Quatrain 01-48: Nostradamus versus Satan
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Comment by Van Berkel

Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile
Vingt ans du regne de la Lune passés,
Sept mil ans autre tiendra sa monarchie:
Quand le Soleil prendra ses iours lassés,
Lors accomplit & mine ma prophetie.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
Twenty years of the reign of the Moon have passed
Seven thousand years another will hold his monarchy
When the Sun will reach its tired days
Then my prophecy is accomplished and finished

Van Berkel categorizes this quatrain as a millennium quatrain.
The first line. The "reign of the Moon" is a different way of saying that the Moon rules the sixth millennium, which runs from 827 until 1827. In the investigation, it is assumed that Nostradamus refers to 20 years of his own life. This can be 20 years in the imagination period. It can also be a reference to his age, 20 years, at the time he got his first vision, on October 16, 1524.
Quatrain 01-48 is most probably written in 1544, but can also have been written on October 16, 1524.
The second line. Satan is the one who holds the monarchy during 7000 years, i.e. rules the earth. His reign starts at the beginning of the first millennium, i.e. April 25, 4174 BC, and ends on April 25, 2827.
The first and second line together mean that Nostradamus puts 20 years of his life against 7000 years reign of Satan.
The third line. The words "the tired days of the Sun" refer to the end of the seventh millennium, which is ruled by the Sun.
The fulfilment year of this quatrain is 2827, the year in which the seventh millennium ends.
This quatrain describes almost the complete millennium model.


Comment by Brind'Amour

Source text: 1555-Bonhomme-edition
Vingt ans du regne de la lune passés,
Sept mil ans outre tiendra sa monarchie:
Quand le soleil prendra ses jours lassés
Lors s'accomplir, miner ma prophetie.

Brind'Amour thinks that the first and the third line refer to planetary rulerships in a series of cycles of 354 years and 4 months, counting from 5200 BC. In the period, covered by the quatrains, the Moon rules from 1533 to 1887 AD and the Sun from 1887, i.e. the 7086th year in the existence of the world, counting from 5200 BC. Therefore, Brind'Amour interprets the second line as the duration of the rulership of the Moon until roughly the 7000th year of the existence of the world. He interprets the third line as a reference to the remaining time of the rulership of the Sun, counting from 1887. In general, he connects this quatrain with parts of Livre de l'estat... [1]


Comment by Wöllner

Source text: Le Pelletier, 1867
Vingt ans du regne de la Lune passez,
Sept mil ans, autre tiendra sa monarchie:
Quand le Soleil prendra ses iours lassez:
Lors accomplir & mine ma prophetie.

Translation (Wöllner, 1926)
Sind 20 Jahre unter der Herrschaft des Mondes vergangen 
über 7000 Jahre, so erhält ein anderer sein Reich. 
Wann die Sonne ihre schlaffen Tage beginnt, 
dann lasst meine Weissagung den Endtermin erfüllen

Wöllner relates this quatrain to a series of cycles of 36 years, starting in 4220 BC, the year in which the world is created. According to Wöllner, Adam was born in 4184 BC. One of the periods of the Moon runs from 2800 until 2836 AD, i.e. from the 6984th year until the 7020th year after the birth of Adam. Wöllner interprets the second line as a reference to the succession of the Moon by the Sun, and considers this quatrain to be fulfilled in 2836 AD.[2]


De Meern, the Netherlands, February 15, 2004
T.W.M. van Berkel


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

  1. Brind'Amour 1996, p.118-119.  [text]

  2. Wöllner, p.19.  [text]


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