Quatrain 06-02: two predictions
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Comment by Van Berkel

Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile
En l'an cinq cens octante plus & moins,
On attendra le siecle bien estrange:
En l'an sept cens,& trois cieux en tesmoings.
Que plusieurs regnes vn à cinq feront change.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
In the year five hundred and eighty more or less
One will await a very strange century.
In the year seven hundred and three, heavens witness
That several kingdoms will change from one into five.

Van Berkel categorizes this quatrain as a year quatrain.
The smallest year, mentioned in the quatrains, is the year 580 in this quatrain. The highest year is the year 1999 in quatrain 10-72. These years are, regarding the figure, smaller than 2242, the number of years of the time span of the quatrains. This led to the "reference number system". 
The idea behind this system is that the years, mentioned in the quatrains, are not years, but reference numbers in the series of years between 1555 and 3797, the time span of the quatrains.
A number of investigators writes that in quatrain 06-02 not the year 580 is meant, but the year 1580. The first one who did so was De Chavigny, the secretary of Nostradamus, who published the Présages and annotated a number of quatrains.
[1] The words cinq cens octante are, according to a number of investigators, an abbreviation of mil cenq cens octancte.[2] Other investigators suppose that Nostradamus, whether or not deliberately, forgot the word mil.  
Al these investigators cannot explain, however, why the word mil is used in all the other year quatrains.
The fulfilment year of the first two lines is, according to the reference number system, 2135 (1555 + 580). These lines refer to a century, which means that the time span, covered by these lines, runs from 2135 until 2235.
The fulfilment year of the last two lines is 2258 (1555 + 1703).
The interesting thing about this quatrain is that it contains two predictions, each of them with its own fulfilment year.


Comment by Brind'Amour
Brind'Amour supposes that the first two lines deal with 1580 AD. He writes that in the time in which the Prophecies were written, the indication mil (thousand) more than once was omitted.[3]


Comment by Halbronn
Halbronn writes that the first two lines probably are an allusion to the period around 1583, mentioned in the "Regiomontanus prophecy". According to this prediction, around 1583 a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction would occur  in Aries. This conjunction would not only be the beginning of a series of Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in the fire element in 200 years, it would also be a "very great conjunction" (conjunctio maxima), since it would occur in Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac.
The last two lines of quatrain 06-02 might point to 1702. Halbronn connects this year with the period of 177 years, 3 months and 11 days, mentioned in the Letter to Cesar. This period is half a period of 354 years and 4 months in the Trithemian cycle. According to Halbronn, who bases himself upon a remark by Laurens Videl in Declaration d'abus..., in the Trithemian cycle, in 1525, a period of 354 years and 4 months began, ruled by the Moon. Adding 177 years, 3 months and 11 days results in 1702.
Halbronn supposes that quatrain 01-16 and quatrain 01-51 also contain allusions to the "Regiomontanus prophecy".


Comment by Wöllner

Source text: Le Pelletier, 1867
En l'an cinq cens octante plus & moins,
On attendra le siecle bien estrange:
En l'an sept cens, & trois cieux en tesmoings,
Que plusieurs regnes vn à cinq feront change.

Translation (Wöllner, 1926)
Im Jahre 1580 ungefähr 
erwartet man den sehr selsamen Zeitlauf. 
Desgleichen im Jahre 1703. Die Himmel sind Zeugen, 
dass mehrere Reiche (eins zu fünf) verändert werden.

Wöllner thinks that 1580 and 1703 are the fulfilment years. Regarding 1703, he refers to the Spanish Succession War, which took place between 1703 and 1713.[5]
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, this war began in 1701. In 1703, France got involved. In april 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht was signed.


De Meern, the Netherlands, February 24, 2004
T.W.M. van Berkel


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

  1. Chevignard, p.116. [text]
  2. In one of his publications, Cesar wrote the year 1546 as 546 (Leroy, p.66). [text]
  3. Brind'Amour, in: Halbronn: La centurie VI et l'an cinq cens octante plus & moins, version July 25, 2003   [text]
  4. Halbronn: La centurie VI et l'an cinq cens octante plus & moins, version July 25, 2003 According to software data, this conjunction did not occur in 1584. On May 3, 1583, a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurred on 21 Pisces.  [text]
  5. Wöllner, p.45-46. [text]

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