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Letter on quatrain 01-70 
(T.W.M. van Berkel, astrological magazine Sagittarius, NL, 1980)

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Sagittarius 1980In the autumn of 1979, a series of articles about Nostradamus, written by Wim Rietman, was published in the astrological magazine Sagittarius, published by J.B. Gieles in The Hague, NL. For me, these articles were the reason to go into the Centuries.
In connection with quatrain 01-70, I wrote a letter to the editorial section of Sagittarius. This letter was published in the april issue of volume 1980, p.12-13. Wim Rietman, who by that time already finished his series of articles about Nostradamus, commented. At the end of his comment, he proposed that the readers of Sagittarius would verify which quatrains already were fulfilled, proven with facts which could be verified by means of history. If suited, these contributions could be published as a supplement. Never such a supplement was published.
In June 1980, I wrote an article about Nostradamus, its contents based upon an astrological approach of the Centuries. The editorial section of Sagittarius considered this article not suited for publication, because of the many calculations.
I kept on studying the Centuries from time to time. In the 1986 volume of Sagittarius, the first article was published of a series of 12 articles I had written about Nostradamus and the Centuries. In 2002, further study resulted in the publication of the Dutch book Nostradamus, astrologie en de Bijbel and the bilingual website


J.B. Gieles

The astrological magazine Sagittarius was founded in October 1973 by Jan Bernard Gieles, born in Halsteren (NL) on June 2, 1918, deceased in The Hague (NL) on September 23, 2007. Gieles, who had an astrological practice at home, held lectures and courses, was chief editor as well as publisher. He wrote the majority of articles. In the summer of 2002, Sagittarius was published for the last time.
Regular columns in Sagittarius were e.g. the descriptions of the zodiacal signs, the lessons in astrology and numerology, reviews, predictions regarding the circumstances in the world by means of the actual motion of the planets, the column "objections against astrology" and analyses of the charts of well-known persons in the Netherlands and abroad (artists, politicians, spiritual leaders etc.).
In the lessons in astrology and the horoscope analyses, Gieles showed how with the minus-one-system of primary and secondary directions he developed, it was possible to predict on date in the case of a chart where the birth-time was verified correctly in connection with events which took place in the past. For example, Gieles predicted the fall of the American president Richard Nixon. 
Gieles took the writings of Ptolemy as a starting point, completed with material from the Greek mythology. He used the seven classis planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn), the three transsaturnial planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto), the Part of Fortune, the Mean Lunar Nodes, the Placidean system of house division and the Fixed Stars, according to Vivian Robson's Fixed Stars and constellations in astrology, the major aspects (conjunction, sextile, square, triangle and opposition), the minor aspects (semi-sextile, semi-square, sesquisquare and inconjunct) and the declination-parallel. He did not use astrological systems which originated from other cultures. He also did not use astrological systems which do not result in concrete predictions which become fulfilled on the given date.

In the years I worked as a freelance correspondent for Sagittarius, I learned how to write and edit articles. Mr. Gieles taught me many things, not only about astrology, but also about a continuous critical approach of astrological phenomena and the maintenance of the point of view that whoever practices astrology, has to prove himself to his clients, his audience and his readers by predicting in a concrete way, including dates of fulfilment. Someone who is not able to predict on date, or who only talks about the future without giving fulfilment data, disqualifies himself. It is from this conviction that I started to study the Centuries, back in 1980. In this respect, I owe mr. Gieles very, very much. 



Dear editors,

With interest, I read your articles about Nostradamus. Recently, I compared its contents with the Schors edition of the Centuries and, as far as possible, reflected on their meaning. I would like to know your opinion about quatrain 01-70, which reads:

Rain, famine and war did not stop in Persia, the too strong faith will betray the monarch. In Gallia the end will begin, it might be a secret sign of the goddesses of destiny.

I am convinced that with this quatrain the change of power is described, as accomplished by the ayatollah Khomeini and his adepts. My interpretation:

1st line: 
Poverty, persecution and famine always were present, but hidden for the eye of the world (rain).

2nd line: 
The Islam gets a solid basis from which she can accomplish changes in the government, at the cost of the Shah.

3rd line: 
Khomeini and his adepts were exiles in Paris.

4th line: 
Frequently, there are allusions in the quatrains on an invasion of the Islam in European countries. Nobody knows when this might happen, but indeed the time might have come, because the material man in the industrialized world is not always aware of the power of religion. In my eyes, there is a striking difference between the present Islamic structure in Iran and the communist structures in Eastern Europe and China. These regions can only manifest themselves by the power of their state institutes. At present, neither Brezhnev, nor the Chinese leaders have a charismatic way of leading, in contrast with the ayatollah, due to the religious structure of his people. In connection with the second line, we can note that this "too strong faith" might point to the belief in the coming of the Imam, which could grow despite the activities of the Savak and other security forces in Iran (again: institutes of power), and which resulted in the present situation.

Th. van Berkel


Your interpretation of this quatrain is very thorough and that solid, that I have almost nothing to add to it. There is certainly reason for a compliment. Nevertheless, we have to take into account (especially in connection with your interpretation of the fourth line) that in the case of Nostradamus' quatrains, we are always dependent on INTERPRETATIONS, since unambiguous proof cannot be given, cf. the last article about Nostradamus in our March-issue. Nevertheless, thank you for your contribution. The series about Nostradamus and his quatrains is now finished, but this does not mean that we never will pick this up again. Perhaps the readers of Sagittarius who own a copy of Vreede's "De ProfetieŽn van Nostradamus" can reflect on the quatrains and write down their findings, proven by facts which can be verified by means of history, and submit them to us.

If the number of contributions is sufficient, we might be able to do a selection and spend another article on the quatrains. I advise you, however, to be careful with speculations about the future of the world, because it is hard to verify if such suppositions yes/no are correct. Do not take the gratuitous point of view that an atom war of something like that will come and next to "see" this announced in various quatrains. The number of doom prophets is big enough. This does not mean, however, that such speculations instantly will be rejected. When they are interesting and well-founded, they surely will be included in the coming article. In the first place, however, we look at those quatrains in which events seem to have been described which took place in the past, i.e. between 1560 and 1980. If you have an idea, do not hesitate to elaborate it and to send it to the editorial section of Sagittarius.

W. Rietman


Present-day comment on quatrain 01-70
Today, my meaning about linking quatrain 01-70 to the events in Iran in January/February 1979, is different. There are striking resemblances between quatrain 01-70 and the events which took place in Iran, such as a monarch who had to abandon the field in favour of a spiritual leader and the fact that this spiritual leader was in exile in France in the year prior to his return to Iran. However, quatrain 01-70 does not contain a fulfilment date or a clue from which the fulfilment date, meant at the time this quatrain was written, becomes clear. As far as I am concerned, this quatrain cannot be linked to the events in Iran in January/February 1979 because of the lack of clues regarding fulfilment years, despite the striking resemblances of some lines with these events.


De Meern, the Netherlands, October 1, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel


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