to Henry II
...most of them [the quatrains] have been integrated with
astronomical calculations corresponding to the years, months and
weeks of the regions, countries, and most of the towns and
cities of all Europe, Africa and part of Asia...
Twenty years of the reign of the Moon have passed
Seven thousand years another will hold his monarchy
When the Sun will take its tired days
Then my prophecy is accomplished and finished.
number of commentators think that the astrological hints in the
quatrains mean that Nostradamus calculated the zodiacal longitude of the
planets during the time span (1555-3797).
This idea implies that they think it was possible in the 16th century to
calculate for a period of 2242 years the zodiacal longitude of the
planets and the Caput Draconis per 24 hours. This means a total of more
than 6 million complex calculations, a task which is impossible to
In the investigation on which Nostradamus,
astrology and the Bible
is based, the quoted fragment of the letter to Henry II led to the
conclusion that Nostradamus used a progression system, an astrological
prediction key with which the movement of an astrological factor is
turned into time, in order to calculate fulfilment data.
In the investigation, it is supposed because of quatrain 01-48, that the
zodiacal longitudes which are given in the quatrains, occurred during
the life of Nostradamus (1503-1566). In the first line, he mentions
twenty years of his life. This can be explained as a hint to have become
visions for a period of (at least) twenty years.
Nostradamus gives predictions in the quatrains and the letters to Cesar
and Henry II. The investigation showed that he used two progression
systems. In this abstract, those fragments in the letters will be
discussed which point to these systems.
For example Christian Wöllner in Das
mysterium des Nostradamus
(1926, Leipzig). A number of his research results can be read in
Leoni's NOstradamus And
The book has been reproduced almost completely in Amadou's L'astrologie
de Nostradamus -
CD4-system: predictions in the quatrains
...This happens shortly before the last conflagration,
when the planet Mars accomplishes its cycle and is in the last
part of it, and again will begin a new rotation...
"last conflagration" points to a conjunction of a planet (the
Moon excepted) with the Sun. This conflagration occurs in Pisces, the
last zodiacal sign. It means that the Sun, after the conjunction with a
planet in Pisces, has no more conjunctions i that sign. It also means
that Mars is in Pisces, behind the Sun.
This situation occurred on February 27, 1554. On that date, Mars was
located on 15:38:00 Pisces. The Sun and Saturn were conjunct on 18:50:37
Pisces. No more conjunctions of the Sun with a planet in Pisces took
place after this conjunction. There were also no conjunctions with the
Moon or the Caput Draconis.
"last conflagration" is also a way of describing the
"second death", which occurs at the Last Judgment. After the
Last Judgment, there will be a new heaven and a new earth and there will
no more be death by fire.
Nostradamus points in this fragment to April 25, 3827, the end date of
the eighth millennium, as well as to February 27, 1554, the end date of
the period in which he has got visions. This means that he is using a
According to quatrain 01-48, Nostradamus got visions during at least 20
years. Checking the zodiacal longitudes of Saturn, as given in the
quatrains, it turned out that this period lasted at least 26 years.
does not unveil the beginning date of this period. In the investigation,
the beginning date is calculated by means of extrapolating the movement
of the Caput Draconis. Thus, the beginning date which is calculated, is
October 16, 1524. The Caput Draconis is the factor with which fulfilment
dates are calculated. The time enlargement factor is 4. The progression
system is called the CD4-system:
degree moving of the Caput Draconis
equals with four fulfilment years in the time span of the quatrains
calculates the advancing time with a factor, which moves backwards with
a constant daily speed.
year 1524 was extremely important for astrologers at that time, because
of the large number of conjunctions which occurred. In some parts of
France, the end of the world was expected. This was based on amongst
others predictions in the Mirabilis
Liber, made by
Johannes Lichtenberger. In the investigation, the thought came up that
Nostradamus was inspired by the Mirabilis
which book also explanations are given regarding revelations and
Crouzet, p5. [text]
CD100-system: the second set of predictions to Henry II
to Henry II
...A conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury is followed by a
square of Mars and Mercury and the Caput Draconis will be with a
conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter...
fragment is an introduction to a second set of predictions in the letter
to Henry II. It is preceded by a list of retrograde periods of Saturn,
Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury. Next, Nostradamus lists zodiacal
positions in sign (not in longitude) of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus,
Mercury, the Moon and the Caput Draconis. He does not mention the year
in which this all occurs. This series of predictions is not based on
visions, but only on astrological explanations.
investigation showed that the positions in sign, given by Nostradamus,
occur shortly before midnight in the night from December 31, 1605, to
January 1, 1606, Julian Calendar.
After the conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury on January 6, 1606, there
are four squares of Mars and Mercury, i.e. January 6, March 13, August
11 and November 1, 1606. Nostradamus does not specify which square he
has in mind.
On January 19, 1606, the Sun is conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius. This
conjunction is in trine aspect with the Caput Draconis in Libra. From
the period December 31, 1605 until January 19, 1606, no progression
system can be derived.
February 24, 1607, almost four months after the last square between Mars
and Mercury, the Sun is conjunct Jupiter on 15:25:10 Pisces. This
conjunction is in opposition with the Caput Draconis in 12:40:49 Virgo.
On December 31, 1605, the Caput Draconis is on 4:53:36 Libra. The
distance of the Caput Draconis between December 31, 1605 and February
24, 1607, is 22:12:47. In decimals: 22,2131.
The fulfilment period of the second set of predictions in the letter to
Henry II runs from January 1, 1606, until April 25, 3827. This is 2221
years and 115 days. In decimals: 2221,31.
The Caput Draconis is the
factor with which fulfilment dates are calculated. The time enlargement
factor is 100. The progression system is called the CD100-system:
degree movement of the Caput Draconis
equals one hundred years of fulfilment
in the second set of predictions to Henry II
once again calculates the advancing time with a factor, which
moves constantly backwards.
progression system confirms the arithmetical correctness of the
millennium model. The end date of the millennium model is also the end
date of the time span of the second set of predictions to Henry II.
All data in this abstract are according to the Julian Calendar,
which was used in the time of Nostradamus. He died in 1566. In 1582, the
Julian Calendar was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar. To obtain
Gregorian data, 10 days have to be added to these data according to the
Julian Calendar. [text]