NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
substudY "WORLD WAR ii"
Nostrodamus
(B.J. van der Zuylen [F.E. Farwerck], Amsterdam, 1929)
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

brochure Nostrodamus
brochure Nostrodamus

The brochure version of an article, published in a magazine 
The N.V. Maçonnieke Uitgevers Maatschappij Nederland, seated in Amsterdam at 133 Keizersgracht and active, as far as can be traced, between 1911 and 1932, has published an undated brochure, entitled Nostrodamus. The brochure carried the author's name B.J. van der Zuylen.
[1] The name "B.J. van der Zuylen" is the author's pseudonym of Frans (Franz) Eduard Farwerck (1889-1978), who from 1923 to 1933 was Grandmaster of the National Council of the Dutch Federation of the International co-mingled Freemasonry Order "Le Droit Humain".
[2]
The contents of the brochure Nostrodamus were originally published as an article in issue 2 of volume 1929 of the magazine Bouwsteenen - voor een veelzijdige harmonische levens- en wereldbeschouwing: driemaandelijksch tijdschrift gewijd aan wijsheid en schoonheid van alle tijden, which also was published by the Maçonnieke Uitgevers Maatschappij.[3]
In this article, the brochure version of Nostrodamus is discussed. I presume that the contents of this version are identical with the version in issue 2 of volume 1929 of Bouwsteenen.
The brochure Nostrodamus is a non-illustrated, stapled brochure, size A5. The text of this brochure fills 13 pages and is not divided into chapters of paragraphs. The number of text pages of this brochure is equal to the number of text pages of the original article, published in Bouwsteenen.
Nostrodamus does not contain a list with consulted literature. In a footnote on page 13, Farwerck directed those readers who were interested in which predictions of Nostradamus meanwhile were fulfilled, to a number of publications, which were listed as follows: 

  • Les oracles de Michel Nostrodamus (Anatole le Pelletier, Paris, 1867);

  • Prophezeiungen (dr. Max Kemmerich, München, 1924);

  • Das Schicksalbuch der Weltgeschichte (Eduard Rösch, Pfullingen, Württemberg, ± 1920);

  • Le secret de Nostrodamus (P.V. Phiobb, Paris 1927).[4] 

 

Contents
Nostrodamus
is an elucidation in which Farwerck with concrete evidence has tried to prove that (a) it is possible to predict the future and (b) that Nostradamus was a gifted seer who, even in the case of names, accurately could describe what would happen long after his death. 
According to Farwerck, only a few have the courage to postulate, against ruling opinions, that it is possible to predict the future. Farwerck was one of them. In order to ground this, he made a distinction between forecasts in which coincidence plays an important part and forecasts in which coincidence is either minor or almost negligible. Referring to stories and myths about Nostradamus, a paragraph in the Epistle to Henry II in which the year 1792 is mentioned and a number of quatrains, Farwerck concluded that a number of predictions of Nostradamus were fulfilled in detail. The fact that they were printed around 1550-1560, excluded, as far as he could see, forgery. 
Writing about the Centuries in general, Farwerck told that originally, the predictions were written in prose and in chronological order. Next, Nostradamus converted them into a secret language and wrote them down as quatrains (poetry), no longer maintaining the chronological order. This brought him (Nostradamus) to the remark in a six-line verse that his "set of one thousand gloomy rhymes" contained a vast series of events, which would only be recognized after they took place. Because of the fact that the predictions were written in a mix of Latin, Languedoc dialect and all kinds of difficult words, sometimes invented by Nostradamus himself, Farwerck endorsed this.
For Farwerck, it is beyond reasonable doubt that Nostradamus has known the future. The fact that a number of his predictions are fulfilled, is a foundation for further investigation of the way in which predicting the future is possible.

 

Give credit to who it belongs 
Nostrodamus has been written with a certain methodic approach. In his discussion about the possibility of predicting the future, Farwerck made a distinction between (a) predictions, resulting from natural laws and the knowledge of causes of these laws, (b) predictions which are fulfilled by coincidence and (c) predictions in which coincidence plays a minor role, if not negligible. Certainly because of their geographical details and the mentioned names of persons, the predictions of Nostradamus belong, according to Farwerck, to the latter group.
The study of the brochure Nostrodamus upon which this article is based, lead me to the problem about the nature of Farwerck's investigation of the Centuries. Much of the contents of Nostrodamus can almost word-by-word be traced back to the fourth edition of Kemmerich's Prophezeiungen - Alter Aberglaube oder neue Wahrheit?. The lines on page 4 of  Nostrodamus about the chance of fulfilment of a prediction to a thirty-year old man that he will die within a year, or within a month, or the next day, this to illustrate to what extent coincidence might help the soothsayer, can be found on page 162 in chapter 3 (Unsere Beweisführung Einwände und deren Widerlegung) of Prophezeiungen... The order in Nostrodamus of the discussed quatrains 01-35 and 06-75, Présage 58 (in Nostrodamus erroneously listed as quatrain 03-58) and the quatrains 09-18 and 09-34 is identical with the order in which they were discussed in Prophezeiungen... in chapter 10 (Michel Nostradamus). The translations in Nostrodamus of quatrains and the comments upon quatrains can be traced back word-by-word to the translations and the comments by Kemmerich, as is shown right below:

Farwerck (brochure Nostrodamus, p.8)

Kemmerich (Prophezeiungen... 1924, p.364)

De vertaling daarvan [kwatrijn 06-75] is:

De groote piloot zal door den koning met een ambt worden bekleed.
Hij zal den vloot verlaten om tot hoogeren rang op te klimmen:
Na zeven jaar zal hij smokkelaar worden (dus tegen de wetten ingaan)
Een barbaarsch leger zal Venetië schrik aanjagen.

De Coligny werd in 1552 door Hendrik II tot admiraal bevorderd. Na zeven jaar, bij den dood van Hendrik II nam hij ontslag en werd partijhoofd der Calvinisten. Hij werd hun eerste Luitenant-Generaal en organiseerde den burgeroorlog tegen de regeering. Deze duurde tot 1570 toen Protestanten en Katholieken te St. Germain vrede sloten. Deze gebeurtenissen vielen samen met het opdringen der Turken onder Selim II, die in 1570 Cyprus aan Venetië ontrukten.

Wollen wir sie [quatrain 06-75] zunächst übersetzen und mit Le Pelletier kommentieren 1).

Der große Pilot wird vom König mit einem Amt betraut werden [...]
Er wird die Flotte verlassen, um zu einem noch höheren Range emporzusteigen:
Sieben Jahre nachher wird er Schleichhändler sein (d.h. sich gegen die legitimen Gewalten auflehnen),
eine barbarische Armee wird Venedig Furcht einjagen.

Gaspard de Coligny wurde vom König Heinrich II. zum Admiral befördert im Jahre 1552. Er dankte im Jahre 1559, beim Tode des Königs, ab, um als Parteihaupt der Kalvinisten tatsächlich eine mächtigere Stellung einzunehmen. Hier wurde er in Jahre 1562 zum ersten General-Leutnant ernannt. Im Jahre 1567, also sieben Jahre nach seinem Ausscheiden aus dem königlichen Dienst, stand er auf der Höhe als Organisator des Bürgerkrieges (Contrebandé). In die Jahre 1567 bis 1569 fallen die drei großen von den Protestanten gelieferten Schlachten bei Saint-Denis, Jarnac und Moncantour. In der letzten war Coligny Höchtstkommandierender. Diese Ereignisse fielen zeitlich zusammen met dem bedrohlichen Vordringen der Waffen des Sultans Selim II., der Venedig im Jahre 1570 die Insel Zypern abnahm. In gleichen Jahre 1570 schlossen die Protestanten und Katholiken zu St.-Germain Frieden.

 

 

1) Les Oracles de Nostradame, I, p. 87f.

The big difference between Kemmerich and Farwerck is that Kemmerich, as is shown right above, always specified his sources (in this case: Le Pelletier, 1867, volume I, pp.87 ff), whereas Farwerck never did. Not once in Nostrodamus he made a remark in terms of "My investigation to the prediction values of the predictions by Nostradamus confirmed the conclusion of scholars like Le Pelletier and Kemmerich that it is possible to predict the future and that Nostradamus was a gifted seer." or "My verification of the research of Le Pelletier and Kemmerich to the predictional value of the predictions of Nostradamus has shown that their findings are correct, which means that i subscribe their opinion that it is possible to predict the future and that Nostradamus was a gifted seer." On the contrary. The contents of Nostradamus raise the impression that Farwerck himself investigated the quatrains and that this investigation brought him to the conclusion that it is possible to predict the future and that Nostradamus was a gifted seer. Actually, however, he silently copied and edited texts, written by Kemmerich and Faber, and possibly also texts, written by Le Pelletier and Piobb. In other words, the list on page 13 of books to which he referred the interested readers, turns out to be a list of consulted literature. Therefore: this review of Nostradamus can be summarized as follows: give credit to who it belongs! 

 

The future
In Nostrodamus, Farwerck tried to demonstrate that it is possible to predict the future and that Nostradamus was a gifted seer, who could predict the future in detail. However, Farwerck, like Kemmerich, wrote nothing about what the Centuries indicated about the future. We can only guess why not. Perhaps, Farwerck did not want to burn his hands on the gloomy words of the Centuries, which meaning only becomes clear when a prediction turns out to be fulfilled. Perhaps this is the result of the possibility that Farwerck actually did not investigate the Centuries, but copied books. Anyway, Farwerck wrote nothing about predictions in the Centuries which contained, according to some, allusions to the First World War and the years next to it. This in sheer contrast with Kemmerich, who in Prophezeiungen..., at the end of chapter 12 (Der Weltkrieg in der Prophetie) presented a future perspective for Germany, given by mrs. De Ferriëm, a German psychist, that Germany, ruled by "the great monarch", a new Cromwell, will flourish like never before. In addition to this, Kemmerich wrote that within twenty years, Germany will be the leading power in Europe, strong as never before.[5]  

 

Turning points in the life of Farwerck
In 1933, Farwerck joined the NSB (National Socialist Movement). As a result, he was expelled from Freemasonry. In the NSB, he got prominent functions, the most important one the function of campaign leader. He became one of the most important advisors of ir. Anton Adriaan Mussert, the General Leader of the NSB. Around 1937, he founded Der Vaderen Erfdeel, a foundation which aimed to study the archeological and German foundations of "Great-Netherlands". 
In 1940, Farwerck became discredited due to his former Freemasonry membership and had to renounce his functions, since it was decreed by the German national-socialists that Jews and Freemasonics were no longer allowed to be member of a national-socialist party. The foundation Der Vaderen Erfdeel was replaced by the Volksche Werkgemeenschap. Farwerck bij de NSB in diskrediet toen bekend werd dat hij in de jaren ervoor lid was geweest van de Vrijmetselarij.
As far as I know, Farwerck, in the years of his membership of the NSB, did not use the Centuries for propaganda reasons.
After World War II, Farwerck wrote a number of books about North-European (German) mysticism, in some cases using his pseudonym B.J. van der Zuylen. Some of his pre-war publications were reprinted after World War II. After World War II, as far as I can see, he wrote nothing about Nostradamus or the Centuries.[6]

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, July 3, 2011
T.W.M. van Berkel

 

Expression of thanks
The author of this article expresses his gratitude to mr. R. Dijkstra, librarian of the Theosofische Vereniging Nederland (Dutch Theosophical Society), for sending a Xerox-copy of the brochure Nostrodamus and for providing information about the magazine Bouwsteenen

 

Notes
The titles, places and year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.

  1. On the cover and in the text of the brochure, the name Nostradamus is continuously printed as Nostrodamus, also in the case of the titles of books to which is referred on page 13 of the brochure. [text]

  2. Van Berkel: Information on Frank Eduard Farwerck alias B.J. van Der Zuylen. [text]

  3. R. Dijkstra (librarian of the Theosofische Vereniging Nederland) to Van Berkel, June 8, 2011. 
    From 1926 to 1932, seven volumes of Bouwsteenen were published. Although founded by Freemasons, Bouwsteenen was not the mouthpiece of the Nederlandse Federatie van de Internationale Orde der Gemengde Vrijmetselarij "Le Droit Humain" or the Loge Grootoosten der Nederlanden. The editors of Bouwsteenen were responsible for the contents (M. van Marion, webcorrespondent Nederlandse Federatie "Le Droit Humain" to Van Berkel, June 30, 2011). [text]  

  4. The correct listing of the titles etc. to which Farwerck referred, reads as follows:
    - Les Oracles de Michel de Nostredame (Anatole le Pelletier, Paris, 1867);
    - Prophezeiungen - Alter Aberglaube oder neue Wahrheit? 4. verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage mit einem Kapitel über den Weltkrieg und die deutsche Zukunft (dr. Max Kemmerich, Munich, 1925 [1924]);
    - Das Schicksalsbuch der Weltgeschichte. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus in der deutschen Übersetzung von Edouard Rösch neu herausgegeben von dr. W. Faber (dr. W. Faber, Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1922);
    - Le secret de Nostradamus et de ses célèbres prophéties du XVIe siècle (P.V. Piobb, Paris, 1927). [text

  5. Kemmerich, p.462. [text]

  6. Van Berkel: Information on Frank Eduard Farwerck alias B.J. van Der Zuylen. [text]

 
 

 
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