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
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.
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
- 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,
Vehlow, J.: Vehlow-Kalender
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
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
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.
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. 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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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
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.
01-01 and 01-02
Estant assis de nuict secret
Seul reposé sur la selle d'airain:
Flambe exigue sortant de solitude
Fait proferer qui n'est à croire en vain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
141, French texts (Chevignard, Winkler)
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.
retour d'ambassade don de roi mis en lieu,
Plus n'en fera, fera
aller à Dieu.
amis, frères du sang,
Trouvé tout mort près du lit et du banc.
141, German translations (Hermann, Winkler)
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.
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.
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
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.
structures, according to Wöllner
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
text (Wöllner, p.53)
regne & loy sous Venus esleué,
Saturne aura sus Jupiter empire.
La loy & regne par le Soleil leué,
Par Saturnins endurera le pire.
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
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
comment on quatrain 05-24
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
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.
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.
According to Winkler, the
"higher Order" in Germany was reflected in the words Grande Germanie
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.
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:
03-58 (Winkler-1939, p.37)
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.
dem Rhein des Norischen Gebirges
wird ein Großer geboren von dem Volke, das zu spät gekommen
Er wird Sarmathien und Pannonien verteidigen.
Man wird nicht wissen was er werden wird.
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:
05-79 (Winkler-1939, p.39)
text (Winkler-1939, p.39)
sacrée pompe baisser les ailes
Par la venue du grand Legislateur:
Humble haussera, vexera les rebelles
Naistra sur terre aucun aemulateur.
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.
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.
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.
future of Europe
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
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
04-25, 01-91 and 03-02.
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".
seine Prophezeiungen... in national-socialist propaganda
A number of
national-socialist propaganda writings, based upon the Centuries
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.
Hoe zal deze oorlog eindigen? / Nostradamus spådomar om
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
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
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...
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.
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.
Voorspellingen die uitgekomen zijn... (A. de Tombre / dr. phil. A.M.
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
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.
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
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.
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
charts of Nostradamus
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:
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.
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
In Noah's birth chart, the zodiacal longitude of Mars is 2 Leo,
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.
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
charts of Nostradamus (Winkler, 1937 and 1939)
Birth chart, according to Vehlow
December 14, 1503, 11:15 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence
Only the Asc; Mars retrograde on 19 Cancer
Birth chart, according to Noah (1928)
December 14, 1503, 12:00 TLT Saint-Rémy de Provence
Mars retrograde on 2 Leo in 5
Birth chart, according to Vehlow
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,
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on January 8,
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
- Winkler-1937, p.125. [text]
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]
- 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]
- 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 ).
- Winkler-1939, p.29. [text]
- Winkler-1937, p.66 an
76; Winkler-1939, p.41. [text]
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
, p.45). [text]
- Wöllner, p.1-6.
- Wöllner, p.53. [text]
- Winkler-1939, p.29
and 40. [text]
- Winkler-1939, p.29
and 45. [text]
- Loog-1921, p.66; Winkler-1939,
p.65; Winkler-1939, p.37.
- 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]
- Van Berkel: Die
Prophezeiungen des Nostradamus (dr.
E. Noelle, Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Berlin, June 16, 1940 [1998 and 2003]). [text]
- Stengel-Peter to Van
Berkel, June 30, 2006. See also: Van Berkel: Information
on dr. B. Winkler. [text]
- Winkler-1939, p.6. [text]
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]