NOSTRADAMUS, ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE
SUBSTUDY "WORLD WAR II"
Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert 
(dr. B. Winkler, Görlitz, 1939 [1938])
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie
 

Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... (Winkler,1939)
Nostradamus und seine
Prophezeiungen...

General information
In 1939,
Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert was published by Regulus Publishers, seated at 32 Hospitalstraße in Görlitz. It was printed at Hermann Engelhardt K.-G. in Großschönau, consists of 51 pages and is illustrated with two charts of Nostradamus.
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler discussed the life of Nostradamus, his publications, the way in which he would have compiled the Centuries, key words and anagrams, quatrains which, according to Winkler, were fulfilled up to 1938 (Winkler discussed a.o. events in the life of king Henry II and Napoleon Bonaparte and events which happened in World War I) and quatrains which, according to Winkler, would be fulfilled between the writing of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... and the year 2000.
According to Winkler, Nostradamus had a profound Christian faith, which enabled him to overcome his grief about the death of his first wife and children, and which protected him from the plague he fought. From the letters which accompany the Centuries (the Preface to Cesar and the Epistle to Henry II), Winkler concluded that Nostradamus attributed his clairvoyance to God. The meaning and influence of religion in a man's life is also discussed in Winkler's novels about Francis of Assisi and Veit Stoß.
The quatrains which are discussed in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... contain predictions about political events. According to Winkler, Nostradamus used his clairvoyance to see important political events. Winkler did not pay attention to quatrains which deal with other events like nature disasters or famine.[1]
Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... is not divided into chapters or text groups. The text has been printed in one piece. A bibliography of consulted publications is lacking. The titles of those publications which Winkler consulted or from which he quoted, are mentioned in foot notes. Regarding Nostradamus, Winkler consulted:

  • Dennert, prof. d. dr. E.: Nostradamus und das zweite Gesicht. Reihe Die okkulte Welt, #187. Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1931.
  • Faber, dr. W.: Das Schicksalsbuch der Weltgeschichte. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus in der deutschen Übersetzung von Edouard Rösch neu herausgegeben von dr. W. Faber. Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1922.
  • Kiesewetter, K.: Die Geheimwissenschaften. 1895.
  • Loog, C.: Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus: erstmalige Auffindung des Chiffreschlüssels und Enthüllung der Prophezeiungen über Europas Zukunft und Frankreichs Glück und Niedergang, 1555-2200. Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1921 (1920).
  • Moura, J.; Louvet, P.: La vie de Nostradamus. Paris, 1930.
  • Nicoullaud, C.: Nostradamus - ses Prophéties. Paris, 1914.

  • Noah, B.: Nostradamus - prophetische Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis gegen 3000. Berlin, 1928.

  • Vehlow, J.: Vehlow-Kalender 1935.

  • Wöllner, dr. Chr: Das Mysterium des Nostradamus. Leipzig, 1926.

Next, Winkler reverted to a.o. the Bible, the Edda, memoirs by general Erich Ludendorff and Johann Wolfgang Goethe's Faust. In Englands Aufstief und Niedergang..., the titles of the consulted publications are also mentioned in footnotes.
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler did not mention which French source text of the Centuries he used. An appendix in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, his novel about Nostradamus, published in 1937 by Regulus publishers, contains a number of Century-quatrains, copied from a French edition of the Centuries, printed in 1650 in Leiden (NL) by Pieter Leffen.[2] Perhaps Winkler consulted this edition during the writing of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... Frequently, he referred to Nicoullaud's Nostradamus - ses prophéties, but this book is a comment and not a complete edition of the Centuries.
Contrary to Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... does not contain a remark about the verification of its contents by a German office which looked through astrological publications.
After World War II, Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... was not re-edited.

 

Dating of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen...
Most likely, Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... dates from the summer of 1938. In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., no events have been discussed which took place in 1939. A couple of times, the year 1938 is mentioned in terms of actuality. On p.29 for example, it reads that since two years, mankind is ruled by Jupiter. This remark points to a cycle of Jupiter which, according to Wöllner in Das Mysterium des Nostradamus, began in 1936, a cycle which is discussed elsewhere in this article. On p.40 of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., it reads that the reunification of Austria and Germany averted dangers which threatened Austria and Vienna. This is an allusion to Austria's Anschluß on March 12, 1938. Further, it reads on p.45 that quatrain 05-94 points to a war of Great-Germany, which will begin around 2000. Winkler characterized the existence of Great-Germany since spring 1938 as a blissful reality.[3] He wrote nothing about the Munich Conference, end September 1938, in which the Sudetenland was assigned to Germany. This might mean that Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen was finished before the crisis regarding the Sudetenland.
Winkler also wrote nothing about the German invasion in Poland in September 1939. He mentioned the non-aggression pact between Germany and Poland, signed by Hitler in January 1934, a pact which had a duration of ten years and at the time Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... was written, still was intact.[4] In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., quatrain 03-57, the quatrain which after the German invasion in Poland in September 1939 was linked to this invasion, was not mentioned at all. In Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! (1937), Winkler linked this quatrain to the period 1461-1751, a link which looks similar with the link, laid by Wöllner in Das Mysterium des Nostradamus. It was only in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., which was written after the German invasion in Poland, that Winkler, basing himself upon comments by Loog and Nicoullaud, linked quatrain 03-57 to this invasion.
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The anti-British nature of national-socialist propaganda publications, based upon the Centuries, dates from December 1939. Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... however, is not that kind of publication. It does not contain anti-British comments or predictions. The contents of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... vary from neutral/research reporting to pro-German in a nationalistic sense. Winkler described Hitler as a great statesman, under whose leadership Germany in less than twenty years after the Versailles Treaty again became a superpower. He considered Germany, Italy and Spain as countries who, because of the influence of Jupiter, would have a "higher Order" in a political sense and hoped that Jupiter in the next decades would have a blissful influence upon the bleeding East, in other words: those countries who suffered from bolshevism.
[6] In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler did not promise a war in Europe which would break out at short notice. To Hitler, he did not attribute political or military ambitions regarding Europe. He did not give a time span to quatrain 10-100, in which a period of British supremacy for more than 300 years was predicted; he also did not give a year in which the British empire would collapse. Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! contains a note which reads that the British supremacy would begin around 1650. In Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, Winkler, basing himself upon the quatrains 10-89, 09-66 and 10-42, also wrote that World War I would be followed by a period of peace which according to quatrain 10-89 would last for 57 years.[7]  

 

Translation and interpretation of the Century-quatrains
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., most of the Century-quatrain texts are in German. A number of these texts were already published in
Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!. Another number of these texts turn out to be copied - sometimes silently - from the books, written by Loog and Wöllner.
Some translations by Winkler are the result of a free translation. These translations contain poetic elements and sometimes elements which originate from his own comments. 
A number of German quatrain texts in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... differ from the quatrain texts in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! For example, Winkler's translation in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... of the second line of quatrain 01-02 is more in accordance with the French text than his translation in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!. This is due to Winkler's comment on this line in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen...: like the priestess of the seer Branchus, Nostradamus would have immersed his feet or the border of his garment in a basin.
[8] Regarding this quatrain, it must be noted that in the first line of quatrain 01-02, Winkler did not translate the words au milieu des branches.

Quatrains 01-01 and 01-02

Winkler-1937, p.132

Winkler-1937, p.80

Winkler-1939, p.12

Quatrain 01-01
Estant assis de nuict secret estude
Seul reposé sur la selle d'airain:
Flambe exigue sortant de solitude
Fait proferer qui n'est à croire en vain.

Quatrain 01-01
Sitz' ich des Nachts, geheimen Dingen offen,
Allein, zurückgelehnt auf ehr'nem Seherthron,
Läßt bald mich das verlorne Flämmchen hoffen,
Daß meinem Glauben wird der rechte Lohn.

Quatrain 01-01
Sitz ich des Nachts, geheimen Dingen offen,
In stiller Einsamkeit auf ehrnem Seherthron,
Läßt bald mich das verlorne Flämmchen hoffen,
Daß meinem Glauben wird der rechte Lohn.

Quatrain 01-02
La verge en main mise au milieu des branches
De l' onde il moulle & le limbe & le pied:
Un peur & voix fremissent par les manches,
Splendeur divine. Le divin pres s' assied.

Quatrain 01-02
Wenn ich die Rute mit den Händen fasse,
Durchströmt es mich wie Feuerelixier.
Ich höre eine Stimme und erblasse.
Himmlisches Licht! Die Gottheit naht sich mir.

Quatrain 01-02
Wenn ich die Rute mit den Händen fasse,
Netzt bald die Welle Saum und Füße mir.
Ich höre eine Stimme und erblasse.
Himmlisches Licht! Das Göttliche ist hier!

Another example of a free translation is Winkler's translation of Présage 141. According to some commentators, Nostradamus predicted in this Présage the circumstances in which his family would find him after his death. In the table below, the French text of this Présage is given. It is said that this Présage was published in the 1567-Almanach-F and preceded predictions for November 1567. It was supposed to be written in June 1566 (Nostradamus died on July 2, 1566). In Présages de Nostradamus (Seuil, 1999), Bernard Chevignard writes that the third line of a variant of this Présage contains the words Proches parens instead of Parens plus proches. This variant also occurs in the French text of Présage 141 in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!.
The French text of Présage 141 is written in the third singular form. In Nostradamus und dessen wunderbare Prophezeiungen (dr. C. Hermann, Leipzig, 1840), the German translation of this Présage is also written in the third singular form. Winkler's translation of Présage 141 in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! and Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... however, is written in the first singular form; in 1937, he added the words ich and mich and in 1938 also the word meinem. These additions are the result of Winkler's opinion that in Présage 141, Nostradamus made an allusion to an amount of money he received from Cathérine de' Medici in 1564, and predicted the way in which family and friends would find him in his bedroom after his death.

Présage 141, French texts (Chevignard, Winkler)

Chevignard, p.189

Winkler-1937, p.121

Du retour d'ambassade, don de Roy, mis au lieu.
Plus n'en fera : sera allé à Dieu.
Parens plus proches, amis, freest du sang
Trouvé tout mort près du lict & du banc.

Du retour d'ambassade don de roi mis en lieu,
Plus n'en fera, fera aller à Dieu.
Proches, parens, amis, frères du sang,
Trouvé tout mort près du lit et du banc.


Présage 141, German translations (Hermann, Winkler)

Hermann (1840), p.75

Winkler-1937, p.121

Winkler-1939, p.24

Zurück von der Gesandschaft, Gabe des Königs an Ort gestellt,
Nichts mehr thun, wird gegangen sein zu Gott.
Nahe Verwandte, Freunde, Brüder des Blutes,
Todt gefunden nahe dem Bette auf der Bank.
Heimgekehrt hab' ich des Königs Geschenke verwahrt.
Nichts mehr ist nun zu tun als zu Gott zu gehn.
Verwandte, Freunde, Blutsbrüder werden kommen.
Tot werden sie mich finden beim Bett an der Bank.

Heimgekehrt hab' ich des Königs Gabe verwahrt.
Nichts ist mehr zu tun, als zu Gott zu gehen.
Verwandte, Freunde, Blutsbrüder werden kommen.
Tot werden sie mich finden an der Bank bei meinem Bett.

Frequently during the process of interpreting the quatrains, Winkler compared his view with those of colleagues, especially Loog, Nicoullaud and Wöllner. In some cases, he joined one of them or copied their comment - whether or not silently -; in other cases, he gave his own comment.  
Winkler did not content himself with a shallow interpretation, as shown in his comment on the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02 on the pages 12 to 17. In his comment, Winkler took distance from Nicoullaud, who supposed that the ghost of the Greek seer Branchus appeared to Nostradamus (first line quatrain 01-02, source text Nicoullaud: Branches). Winkler, in whose source text the word branches was given (tr.: branches), argued the possibility that the first line of quatrain 01-02 contains an allusion to a divining-rod. Next, Winkler discussed the Preface to Cesar, the Epistle to Henry II and the story that Nostradamus by means of a mirror showed the future rulers of France to Cathérine de' Medici, a technique which is known as katoptromancy.

 

Time structures, according to Wöllner 
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., the suppositions of Wöllner regarding time structures upon which the Centuries are based, play an important part. Therefore, prior to discuss the things Winkler has written, one of Wöllner's time structures is discussed, published in Das Mysterium des Nostradamus.[9]
Wöllner derived from the Centuries and the accompanying letters a structure of sevenfold series of eras of 36 years. According to Wöllner, a time span of 36 years corresponds with the astrological time span of a man's life. 
According to Wöllner, the very first era of 36 years in the first sevenfold series began in spring 4221 BC and was ruled by the Sun. Next came eras of 36 years, ruled by successively Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars and the Moon, after which a new sevenfold series of eras began. In an era of 36 years, each year is ruled by a planet (Sun - Saturn - Venus - Jupiter - Mercury - Mars - Moon); the first and the last year of such an era is ruled by the planet which rules the era as a whole.  
Wöllner linked a number of fragments in the Preface to Cesar and the Epistle to Henry II to this time structure, as well as a number of quatrains. 

a. The Preface to Cesar: the Moon, the Sun and Saturn
The Preface to Cesar contains a remark which points to a time structure and which reads that "while we meanwhile are lead by the power of the Moon, the Sun will appear and next Saturn". this remark has correspondences with some lines in Roussat's Livre de l'estat et mutation des temps (Lyon, 1550) and Turrel's Le periode c'est à dire la fin du monde (Dijon, 1531) about the sevenfold series of "Great Years" of 354 years and 4 months, in which each Great Year is ruled by a planet. The sequence of the planets: Saturn - Venus - Jupiter - Mercury - Mars - Moon - Sun.
Wöllner considered this remark as an allusion to the sevenfold series of eras of 36 years. The date of the Preface is March 1, 1555. According to Wöllner's calculations, the year 1555 was part of the era 1540-1576, which was ruled by the Moon. Next, an era came which was ruled by the Sun, next, one which was ruled by Saturn. In other words: Wöllner considered this remark as a confirmation of the presence in the Centuries of the time structure he supposed.

b. The Epistle to Henry II: the year 1792
In the Epistle to Henry II, the year 1792 is mentioned with the additional remark that this year will be considered as a renewal of time. Wöllner interpreted this additional remark as an allusion to the sevenfold series of eras of 36 years. According to his calculations, the year 1792 marked the beginning of an era of 36 years, ruled by the Moon.

c. Quatrain 10-72: the year 1999
In quatrain 10-72, the year 1999 is mentioned, with the additional remark that Mars would reign before and after this year. Wöllner interpreted this remark as an allusion to years prior and next to 1999, which, according to his calculations, would be ruled by Mars. In Wöllner's time structure, the years 1994 and 2001 are at stake.

d. Quatrain 05-24

French text (Wöllner, p.53) Translation (Wöllner, p.53)
Le regne & loy sous Venus esleué,
Saturne aura sus Jupiter empire.
La loy & regne par le Soleil leué,
Par Saturnins endurera le pire.
Ist Reich und Gesetz unter Venus gestellt,
so wird Saturn über Jupiter Gewalt haben.
Ist Gesetz und Reich unter die Sonne gestellt,
so erfahrt <er> durch die Kinder Saturns das Schlimmste

In his comment, Wöllner wrote that Saturn deals with the common people and Jupiter with dynasties and priests. According to him, it is predicted in quatrain 05-24 that in an era, ruled by Venus, the "higher" is dominated by the "lower" and that in a next era, ruled by the Sun, the "higher" suffers the most from the "lower".
In Wöllner's sevenfold series of eras of 36 years, the period 1900-1936 is ruled by Venus and the the period 2080-2116 is ruled by the Sun. Wöllner linked the first two lines of quatrain 05-24 to bolshevism, which seized power in Russia in 1917 and in the next years spread in other countries.
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Winklers comment on quatrain 05-24 
Winkler, following Wöllner, linked quatrain 05-24 to the period 1900-1936, the era which in Wöllner's sevenfold series of eras was ruled by Venus. Winkler gives the German text of the first two lines of this quatrain. This text is the same as the text, given by Wöllner. In his comment on these lines, Winkler wrote that the lower / darkness (Saturn) would dominate the higher / light (Jupiter). In Winkler's astrological ideas, Saturn represents the egoism, the materialism and the evil principle, whereas Jupiter represents the higher and eternal values. On p. 30 in Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., Winkler wrote that these eternal values consisted of a.o. love and truth, values which the German people, according to him, considered to be sacred.
Winkler did not consider bolshevism as the only impact of Saturn in the period 1900-1936, but also World War I. In 1936, an era of 36 years began, which was ruled by Jupiter. In the period 1900-1936, Jupiter's impact already could be noticed in the form of the settlement in Germany and Italy of a new Value, a new, higher Order. In 1938 in Spain, Jupiter struggled for power. In his comment on quatrain 03-54, Winkler wrote that Franco would gain the victory. Winkler hoped that in the next decades the power of Jupiter would stretch out over the bleeding East.[11] 
Winkler did not explain why there was an impact of Jupiter in the period 1900-1936 in which he was dominated by Saturn, according to his comment on quatrain 05-24. Perhaps he thought that the end of World War I also meant the end of Saturn's supremacy.
On p.78 in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, Winkler also linked quatrain 05-24 to World War I. He wrote that during the cycle of Venus, the lower would dominate the upper, that humanity seemed to loose everything that was grown in their souls in the past millennia, but that, as always, this misery also would come to an end and that a long, happy period of peace was at hand.

 

The "higher Order"
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler, basing himself upon considerations which were related to astrological concepts, presented Franco, Hitler and Mussolini as politicians who would create a "higher Order" in their own countries. 

a. Germany
According to Winkler, the "higher Order" in Germany was reflected in the words Grande Germanie (Great-Germany) in quatrain 05-94 and in the first line of quatrain 10-31 (Le sainct empire viendra en Germanie... Das Heilige Reich wird nach Deutschland kommen...), a line which would strenghten the feeling that Germany had to fulfill a special task.[12]  
Winkler linked three quatrains to Hitler: the quatrains 03-58, 04-15 and 05-79. According to Winkler, the rise of Hitler was predicted in quatrain 03-58, a quatrain which in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... carried the number II-58, a false number. Winkler gave the French text of this quatrain and his translation into German:

Quatrain 03-58 (Winkler-1939, p.37)

French text

Translation (Winkler)

Aupres du Rhin des montagnes Noriques
Naistra un grand de gens trop tard venu,
Qui deffendra Saurome & Pannoniques,
Qu'on ne scaura qu'il sera devenu.

Bei dem Rhein des Norischen Gebirges
wird ein Großer geboren von dem Volke, das zu spät gekommen ist.
Er wird Sarmathien und Pannonien verteidigen.
Man wird nicht wissen was er werden wird.

Winkler based his link of quatrain 03-58 to Hitler upon Faber's Das Schicksalsbuch der Weltgeschichte (Pfullingen in Württemberg, 1922), in which it read that the words Rhein des Norischen Gebirges referred to the Danube in the sense of the Inn, a source river. Braunau, the place in which Hitler was born, is situated at the border of the Inn. For his comment on the second line, Winkler reverted to lines, written by the (Swiss!) poet Konrad Ferdinand Meyer: Was langsam reift, das altert spat. Wenn andre welken, werden wir ein Staat!. Regarding the third line (the defending of Sarmatia and Pannonia), Winkler referred to the German-Polish non-agression treaty (Sarmatia) and to the friendly relation between Germany and Hungary (Pannonia). According to Winkler, the fourth line meant that Hitler surprised his adversaries by reaching a high level and was praised all over the world whenever he did something in politics. As far as I know, Winkler was the first German Century-scholar who linked quatrain 03-58 to Hitler.
Winkler also wrote that it was predicted in quatrain 04-15 that Hitler would end unemployment in Germany. He linked quatrain 05-79 to Hitler, being a great legislator:

Quatrain 05-79 (Winkler-1939, p.39)

French text (Winkler-1939, p.39)

Translation (Winkler-1939, p.39)

Par sacrée pompe baisser les ailes
Par la venue du grand Legislateur:
Humble haussera, vexera les rebelles
Naistra sur terre aucun aemulateur.

In feierlicher Pracht die Fahnen grüßen,
wenn der große Gesetzgeber kommt.
Die Niederen wird er erheben, die Rebellen wird er strafen.
Kein Gleicher wird auf Erden geboren werden.

Winkler translated the word sacrée in the first line of quatrain 05-79, which actually means "sacred" or "solemn" into feierlich (joyous). He translated the word baisser in grußen, with which he meant the lowering of the flags in terms of paying a tribute. He translated the word ailes (wings) into Fahnen (flags).
In Winkler's mind, Germany changed into a sea of flags, as a tribute to the Führer. According to him, is was impossible to equal Hitler's economic and racial legislation. If other countries decided to follow Germany, they would not do anything new; in fact, they only would take over what was already developed in Germany. Given the Holocaust, the use of the words "racial legislation" was quite unfortunate, since Winkler, as his daughter explained, rather meant the "national consciousness" and the cherishing of the national culture, without looking down upon other nations.
In Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus, Loog had written that it would take 200 years before Germany would rise from her humiliation, due to the Versailles Treaty, to the level of superpower. Winkler concluded that history showed that Loog was wrong, since this recovery had taken less than twenty years.[13] 

b. Italy
Regarding the political developments in Italy in the years next to World War I, Winkler discussed quatrain 06-20. His German translation of quatrain 06-20 was the same as the translation, made by Loog. Winkler's comment on quatrain 06-20 was also corresponding with Loog's comment: the first line would refer to the League of Nations, the third line to England (although Loog considered it possible that this line could also refer to Japan) and the fourth line to a dictator in Italy. Loog did not give the name of an Italian politician. Winkler mentioned Mussolini.  In 1922, one year after the edition of Loog's Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus, Mussolini was appointed to Prime Minister. At the end of 1924, he eliminated the opposition and ruled as a dictator.
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c. Spain
Winkler linked the quatrains 10-81, 10-82, 03-54 and 06-64 to the Spanish Civil War, which started in 1936. He linked the quatrains 10-81 and 10-82 to Franco's relief of Alcázar. He linked quatrain 03-54 to the flee of the Spanish king and the coming victory of Franco, who would establish a government which would pursue peace. Winkler linked quatrain 06-64 to the siege of Barcelona.
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The future of Europe
Neither in Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...!, nor in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler wrote anything about a war in Europe which, according to the Centuries, would break out shortly after 1938. Following Loog, he linked quatrain 05-94 to a great war around 2000, in which England, France, Germany and Italy would be involved. Germany would achieve victories in the West and next would be threatened from the East. Winkler also took over the link Wöllner made between this war and the quatrains 06-24 and 10-72.[16] However, he did not characterize this war as a war between "the West" and "bolshevism".
Winkler closed his reflections on the future with the discussion of quatrain 10-31 (Le sainct empire viendra en Germanie) and spent a few words on allusions on the return of Christ and the end of times in the quatrains 04-25, 01-91 and 03-02.[17] For Winkler, it was clear that Germany would play an important part in the world. However, he had no idea in which year Germany would become a "Holy Empire".

 

Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... in national-socialist propaganda
A number of national-socialist propaganda writings, based upon the Centuries and/or Century-comments, which have been compiled between December 1939 and the summer of 1941, contain fragments, copied from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., but this book was not given as the source. Winkler was not aware of this.

a. Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? / Nostradamus spådomar om kriget
During the writing in November - December 1939 of a German brochure, which was published in spring 1940 under the auspices of Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda in several languages, among which Dutch (Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? and Swedish (Nostradamus spådomar om kriget), Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... frequently has been consulted. Winkler's translation of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02, for example, has been copied. There are also allusions to the profound faith of Nostradamus and some biographic fragments have been copied. Retranslation of the Dutch translations of the quatrains 03-13 and 05-28 into German results in the German translations Winkler made. This also goes for the Dutch translation of quatrain 03-58 and the comment in which the names of rivers are discussed.
The text in Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? of the quatrains 01-47, 06-20 (erroneously numbered as V-20) and 08-60 and the comments on these quatrains also contain elements, copied from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen...

b. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle)
In the article Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus, published in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on June 16, 1940, Noelle wrote that Winkler's Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... was one of the books she consulted. Research showed that this book was consulted heavily. Noelle copied quite a few German quatrain texts, the discussion of correspondences between seven quatrains and the life of Napoleon Bonaparte and the statement that Nostradamus was a political prophet.
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c. Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (Informations-Schriften, #18)
Brochure-18, produced under auspices of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also contains fragments, copied from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... This propaganda writing contains Winkler's translation of the quatrains 01-01 and 01-02 and his translation of the first two lines of quatrain 03-58. The German text of quatrain 03-67 in Brochure-18 also corresponds with the German text of this quatrain in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., but the word Zwangsmittel, used by Winkler in the fourth line of this quatrain, was replaced by the word Zwangsurteil.

d. Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (A. de Tombre / dr. phil. A.M. Centgraf)
Dr. phil. Alexander Max Centgraf alias dr. N. Alexander Centurio, the author of the German source text of Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (Arnhem, NL, 1941), copied Winkler's translation of the quatrains 03-58, 04-15 and 05-79 and his comment, in which he described the rise and glory of Hitler. Centgraf discussed these quatrains in one paragraph, in the same sequence as Winkler has done, without insertion of other quatrains. He sometimes sharpened Winkler's comments.

The text of the brochure Nostradamus prophezeit den Kriegsverlauf, a brochure, written by Louis de Wohl by order of section 1 of the Special Operations Executive of the British Secret Service and brought into circulation in Germany in 1943, which carries the name of Winkler, does not contain material which originates from Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert.

 

Discussion
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler discussed the life and work of Nostradamus, a number of quatrains which, according to him, were fulfilled between 1559 and 1938, and a number of quatrains which, according to him, would be fulfilled between 1938 and 2000. In his comment, one of the things he wrote was that a number of quatrains pointed towards a war which would break out around 2000, in which Germany would achieve some victories in the West and next would be threatened from the East. 
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., the books, written by Loog and Wöllner, play an important part. Winkler used Wöllner's theories about planetary cycles which cover a time span of 36 years and linked a number of political events to these cycles, which occurred until the '30's. He copied comments by Loog and Wöllner which dealt with that period. Regarding events in Germany in the '30's, he contested some of Loog's comments. Following Loog and Wöllner, he wrote that by 2000 (and not before 2000) there would be a war, in which Germany would achieve great victories in the West, in order to be threatened from the East.
In my opinion, Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... is not a book, written because of psychological warfare. Winkler did not threat with predictions which would indicate that there would be war at short notice. He also did not try to undermine the morale in other countries or to persuade other countries to follow the German politic. However, he considered Hitler's politic as Europe's leading politic. 
As far as I know, there are no indications that Winkler has been involved in the production of national-socialist propaganda writings, based upon the Centuries, for the German Ministry of Propaganda or the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Apparently, Englands Aufstieg und Niedergang..., in which Winkler predicted Germany's victory and England's fall, basing himself upon a.o. the quatrains 03-57 and 10-100, was not written on request of the German propaganda institutions. In the '30's, Winkler, according to his daughter Ellen-Marie Stengel-Peter, was a nationalist, not a national-socialist. Despite repeated requests, he never joined the NSDAP.[19] 
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler made a dichotomy between the "lower" (Saturn) and the "higher" (Jupiter) and described the echoes of this dichotomy which, according to him, were present in a number of quatrains. In the period 1900-1936, the influence of Saturn resulted in World War I and bolshevism, which, according to Winkler, endangered the world. In the same period, the influence of Jupiter resulted in the settlement of a "higher Order" in Germany and Italy; Winkler wrote that this Order soon would be settled in Spain also. He therefore wished that in the next decades, the influence of Jupiter would also have its impact in the bleeding East.
In Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Hitler was praised for his economic legislation and the restoration of Great-Germany. The Franco regime was characterized as a peaceful regime. Nothing has been written about the fact that Franco, Hitler and Mussolini were dictators, who, like the Russian regime, suppressed the opposition and violated human rights.
One of the questions is if the Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... brought some readers to the conclusion that the Hitler regime was a better one than the old regime at the time of the Weimar Republic, because Hitler's regime was an exponent of a "higher Order". There are no documents or publications at my disposal which show the impact of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen...

 

Birth charts of Nostradamus
Und dies geheimnisvolle Buch...! contains a birth chart of Nostradamus, copied from Vehlow's astrological calendar for 1935. This birth chart does not contain house cusps, except the Ascendant - Descendant axis. The zodiacal longitude of the Ascendant is 12:35 Pisces. Winkler did not give any comment on this birth chart.
The birth chart in Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... which also is copied from Vehlow's astrological calendar for 1935, contains the Ascendant - Descendant axis (12:35 Pisces / Virgo) and the MC - IC axis (21 Sagittarius / Gemini). This birth chart also contains twelve equal houses. The zodiacal longitude of cusp 1 is 27 Aquarius; cusp 1 is not coinciding with the Ascendant. The zodiacal longitude of cusp 10 is 27 Scorpio; cusp 10 is not coinciding with the MC. 
Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen... also contains a birth chart of Nostradamus, copied from Noah's Nostradamus - Prophetische Weltgeschichte von 1547 bis gegen 3000 (Berlin, 1928). In this birth chart, the house cusps are calculated according to the Placidean system of house division.
In the biographic part of Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen..., Winkler discussed the question if Nostradamus, who predicted the future up to the most remote year, foresaw the death of his first wife and children. His comment read as follows:

If we look at his birth chart, we find the planet Mars in the fifth house, the house of the children, and, according to a more recent calculation, also Saturn. This points to a fatal stroke, related to children. The astrological knowledge of the seer at least prepared him for this.[20]

The remark that Mars is in the fifth house, points to Noah's birth chart of Nostradamus. The remark that, according to a more recent calculation, Saturn is also in this house, points to the house positions of these planets in Vehlow's birth chart of Nostradamus.
For the purpose of this article, the birth charts of Nostradamus, calculated by Noah and Vehlow, have been checked. This resulted in the discovery of differences which make it impossible to compare these charts in the way Winkler did, to which I add that according to my opinion, it is not the birth chart which reveals the future but the primary and secondary directions, provided that the birth time is rectified by means of important events in the life of the owner of the birth chart.
In Noah's birth chart, the zodiacal longitude of Mars is 2 Leo, retrograde. This means that in Vehlow's birth chart, Mars should be located in the sixth house, which runs from 27 Cancer to 27 Leo. In Vehlow's birth chart, however, the zodiacal longitude of Mars is 19 Cancer, retrograde and Mars is located in the fifth house, which runs from 27 Gemini to 27 Cancer. That longitude would mean that in Noah's birth chart, Mars should be located in the fourth house, which runs from 2:30 Cancer to 23 Cancer, and that no planet would be located in the fifth house.[21]
The birth charts, calculated by Noah and Vehlow, turn out to be calculated for the same birth date and birth place (December 14, 1503, Saint-Rémy de Provence), but not for the same birth time. In Noah's birth chart, the zodiacal longitude of the MC is 2:30 Capricorn, conjunct the Sun. The zodiacal longitude of the Ascendant is 5:30 Aries. This means that Noah calculated the birth chart of Nostradamus for 12:00 TLT (True local time) Saint-Rémy de Provence. In Vehlow's birth chart, however, the zodiacal longitude of the MC is 21 Sagittarius (the MC - IC axis is, quite peculiar, drawn from 12 Sagittarius to 12 Pisces) and the zodiacal longitude of the Ascendant is 12:35 Pisces. This means that Vehlow calculated this birth chart for 11:15 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence. If Noah would have calculated Nostradamus' birth chart for 11:15 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence, the fifth house would have run from 11 Cancer to 5 Leo. This would have meant that both Mars (2 Leo, retrograde) and Saturn (17 Cancer, retrograde) would be located in the fifth house. Such house positions would correspond with the house positions in Vehlow's birth chart, but even then there is still the problem dat in Noah's birth chart, Mars is in Leo, whereas in Vehlow's birth chart, Mars is in Cancer.
According to present-day software, the rounded zodiacal longitude of Mars on December 14, 1503, 12:00 TLT Salon-de-Provence was 19 Cancer, retrograde; Jupiter was on 11 Cancer, retrograde and Saturn on 16 Cancer, retrograde.

Birth charts of Nostradamus (Winkler, 1937 and 1939)

Vehlow (1935) in Winkler-1937, p.122
Winkler-1937, p.122
Birth chart, according to Vehlow (1935) 
December 14, 1503, 11:15 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence
Only the Asc; Mars retrograde on 19 Cancer

Noah (1928) in Winkler-1939, p.7
Winkler-1939, p.7
Birth chart, according to Noah (1928) 
December 14, 1503, 12:00 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence
Placidus-system; Mars retrograde on 2 Leo in 5

Vehlow (1935) in Winkler-1939, p.8
Winkler-1939, p.8
Birth chart, according to Vehlow (1935) 
December 14, 1503, 11:15 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence
Equal houses; Mars retrograde on 19 Cancer in 5

 

De Meern, the Netherlands, October 23, 2006
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on January 8, 2012

 

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

  1. Winkler-1939, p.47. [text]
  2. Winkler-1937, p.125. [text]
  3. Winkler-1939, p.45: Es ist in ihr [quatrain 05-94, TvB] von einem Kriege Groß-Deutschlands, das seit den Frühlingstagen 1938 beglückende Wirklichkeit ist, die Rede. 
    According to Zwischen Szientismus und Okkultismus - Grenzwissenschaftliche Experimente der deutschen Marine im Zweiten Weltkrieg  (Schellinger et al., Sandhausen, 2010) Nostradamus und seine Prophezeiungen für das zwanzigste Jahrhundert is the book-version of Winkler's equally entitled lecture in May 1938 for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für wissenschaftlichen Okkultismus. [text]
  4. Winkler-1939, p.38. Germany maintained her claim on the restoration of the German-Polish border in the way it was before World War I. [text]
  5. Winkler-1937, p.65; Winkler-1940, p.24-25; Wöllner, p.46. See also: Van Berkel: Quatrain 03-57 and Die Weissagungen des Nostradamus (C. Loog, Pfullingen in Württenberg, 1921 [1920]). [text]
  6. Winkler-1939, p.29. [text]
  7. Winkler-1937, p.66 an 76; Winkler-1939, p.41. [text]
  8. Winkler-1939, p.14-15. In 1928, Winkler's compatriot Noah translated quatrain 01-02 like this: In banger Ehrfurcht vor dem Götterlicht / Ergreift die Hand den Stab an seinen Zweigen. / Ein sanfter Wind umwellet das Gesicht, / Die Stimme tönnt, Verborgnes will sich zeigen (Noah-2005 [1928], p.45). [text]
  9. Wöllner, p.1-6.  [text]
  10. Wöllner, p.53. [text]
  11. Winkler-1939, p.29 and 40. [text]
  12. Winkler-1939, p.29 and 45. [text]
  13. Loog-1921, p.66; Winkler-1939, p.45. [text]
  14. Loog-1921, p.65; Winkler-1939, p.37. [text]
  15. Winkler-1939, p.39-40. [text 
  16. Winkler-1939, p.46. Actually, quatrain 08-106 is a quatrain which was brought into circulation in the 17th century and carried the number 08-06. [text]
  17. Winkler-1939, p.48-49. [text]
  18. Van Berkel: Die Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr. E. Noelle, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Berlin, June 16, 1940 [1998 and 2003]). [text]
  19. Stengel-Peter to Van Berkel, June 30, 2006. See also: Van Berkel: Information on dr. B. Winkler.  [text]
  20. Winkler-1939, p.6. [text]
  21. There are also considerable differences between the zodiacal longitudes of Mercury and Venus. In Noah's horoscope, the zodiacal longitude of Mercury is 27 Sagittarius and the zodiacal longitude of Venus is 14 Aquarius, whereas in Vehlow's horoscope, the zodiacal longitude of Mercury is 4:16 Capricorn and the zodiacal longitude of Venus is 3:25 Aquarius. Both horoscopes do not contain the Part of Fortune; Noah's horoscope does not contain the Mean Lunar Nodes. At the time of Noah's horoscope, Pluto was unknown. At the time of Vehlow's horoscope, its orbit was not yet calculated. [text]
 
 

 
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