Quatrains which refer to comets
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Comment by Van Berkel

Quatrain 02-15
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

Vn peu deuant monarque trucidé?
Castor,Pollux en nef,astre crinite:
L'erain public par terre & mer vuidé,
Pise,Ast,Ferrare,Turin,terre interdicte.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
Shortly before the monarch is killed?
Castor, Pollux in the ship, bearded star:
The public treasure emptied by land and sea,
Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, Turin, forbidden land.

Quatrain 02-43
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

Durant l'estoille cheuelue apparante,
Les trois grans princes seront faits ennemis:
Frappés du ciel paix terre tremulente,
Pau,Timbre vndás,serpent sus le bort mis.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
During the appearance of the bearded star,
The three great princes will be made enemies:
Struck from heavens, peace earth will tremble,
Po, Tiber overflowing, serpent placed upon the riverside.

Quatrain 02-62
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

Mabus puis tost alors mourra,viendra,
De gens & bestes vne horrible defaite:
Puis tout à coup la vengeance on verra,
Cent,main,soif,faim,quand courra la comete.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
Mabus will die soon, next will come,
Of people and beast a horrible rout:
Then suddenly one will see vengeance,
Hundred, hand, thirst, hunger when the comet will run.

Quatrain 06-06
Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile

Apparoistra vers le Septentrion,
Non loin de Cancer l'estoille cheuelue:
Mourra de Rome grand,la nuict disperue:

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
There will appear, in the direction of the North,
Not far from Cancer, the hairy star:
Susa, Sienna, Boece, Eretrion:
A great one of Rome will die when the night is gone.

The idea on which the horary system is based, is that the zodiacal longitudes of the planets which are given in the quatrains, have occurred during the life of Nostradamus, i.e. in the "imagination period". This is the period in which he got visions. This period ran from October 16, 1524, until February 27, 1554. This idea implies that the comets, about which he writes in his quatrains, were visible during the imagination period.
In the imagination period, comets have been visible in 1531, 1532 and 1533. The one which was visible in 1531, is nowadays known as Halley's comet. In the investigation, it is assumed that these quatrains deal with one or more of these comets.
There are no hints in these quatrains from which data can be derived on which they were composed. Halley's comet was visible from July 31, 1531. This means that the year 2080 is the most early year of fulfilment. The comet which was visible in 1533, disappeared on September 16, 1533. This means that the year 2245 is the last year of fulfilment.
The conclusion is that these quatrains will be fulfilled between 2080 and 2245.


Comment by Brind'Amour

Quatrain 02-15
Source text: 1555-Bonhomme-edition

Un peu devant monarque trucidé,
Castor Pollux en nef,astre crinite:
L'erain public par terre & mer vuidé,
Pise, Ast, Ferrare, Turin, terre interdicte.

Quatrain 02-43
Source text: 1555-Bonhomme-edition

Durant l'estoyle chevelue apparante,
Les trois grands princes seront faits ennemis:
Frappé du ciel Paix: terre tremulente,
Po,Tymbre undants,serpants sus le bort mis.

Quatrain 02-62
Source text: 1555-Bonhomme-edition

Mabus puis tost alors mourra: viendra,
De gens & bestes une horrible defaite:
Puis tout à coup la vengeance on verra,
Sans main, soif, faim, quand courra la comete.

Brind'Amour gives no particular comment on quatrain 02-15. As for quatrain 02-43, he refers to the use of ruin stones of the Piece temple to level the road Charles V would use during his coronation in 1536, a fact which at that time was explained like a dreadful omen. As for quatrain 02-62, Brind'Amour refers to the painter Jean Gossaert (1478-1532), whose surname was Mabuse (the name of his residence). Mabuse was burned by Francis I in 1543 and again by Henry II in 1553. Brind'Amour does not give data regarding the appearance of comets.[1]


De Meern, the Netherlands, February 16, 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, p.214-215, 254-256 and 283-284.  [text]


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