Having thouroughly studied the quatrains of Nostradamus (although not half as thouroughly as I would have liked), I have reached some interesting conclusions that I would like to share, but I stress that this is but one of my ideas on this puzzle, and I'm still open to the possibility that they're just the ravings of a madman, but I hope this conclusion isn't the case, as it would mean many wasted hours on my behalf.
Anyway, I've read countless articles on so called experts interpretations of the prophesies, and am dumbfounded every time by the pure lack of imagination and creativity in these reviews, but of one thing I am almost certain, the quatrains are only vague if you read them in context with the previous lines, and that with better insight, you begin to form links with others.
Another thing that baffles me, is, having spoken to people who've analyzed Nostradamus, very few of them ever seem to have read the letter signed to his son Cesar, or the complete biographies of his life and the country he lived in at the time of writing his prophesies, but how can we ever have insight into this mans mind, after all, he's dead.
Questions, questions etc, but never any concrete answers and perhaps, there never will be until all the prophecies are complete (3797), or maybe this date is simply a deterance to turn away sceptics, by this date though the world will have undergone changes beyond our simple imaginations, so how can someone living in the 16th century, who's never even seen what we consider to be brilliant inventions, (TV, Aeroplanes etc:) even begin to imagine the world in 1000 years.
But believe it or not, I have found out some strange things from the quatrains that don't seem to be anywhere else. Of course how can I know if these are true since they haven't happened yet, so for this reason, I won't disclose my exact findings, only the means with which they came about, and even at that, only one of them.
Ok, lets begin. The first thing you have to do is forget everything you've heard of the quatrains, and what each one means, because most if not all interpretations are wrong. In other words, start from a clean slate and give my ideas a fresh outlook.
The next thing you need to do is read each and every quatrain, but don't dwell on them, let them sink in subconciously, it does happen, this isn't very important though, it just gives you insight into the language and ideas being expressed.
And most importantly, make sure you have accurate translations and original texts of the quatrains, and if need be, get a french dictionary and double check.
Right, Nostradamus writes himself that the prophesies have been randomly set in order, which they clearly have been, but in order for clarity to be understood, we must have a starting point, which Nostradamus knew too well, and as always, we start at the beginning (1,1).
Looking at the first quatrain, I bet you've been led to believe that this is an explanation of his own nocturnal experiences, but, looking back in hindsight, you'll hopefully see how wrong your ideas were.
Reading each quatrain, you will probably notice as well that each poem seems to be cut in half, with each reference seeming completely unrelated, there is a reason for this. Of course, in some this isn't true (eg: 1,48) but this is also just a clever decoy.
So the first task you have to undergo is the rethinking of how he wrote his quatrains, in that he didn't just mix up the chronological order, but he also mixed up the actual quatrains with others, splitting them in half, so that, they make no sense unless the two halves are united, which with alot of painstaking effort can be done. (alot of painstaking, backbreaking, mind numbing effort :-( believe me
So take the first two lines which will form your beggining point:
"Sitting alone at night in secret study
(it) IS PLACED on the brass TRIPOD"
Now disconect this from the next two lines, instead, Nostradamus has given you a clue as to the code in the prophesies.
And it's so simple it's right in front of your eyes, (explaining the reference in the letter as to making it possible for the general public to understand).
The first connection lies in the second Quatrain:
(The wand in the hand) IS PLACED in the middle of the TRIPOD'S legs With water he sprinkles
both the hem of his garment and his foot"
If you take the second line of (1,1), you'll notice it leads into the first line of (1,2). "It" is "the wand", "IS PLACED" is the common link between the two in that it appears in both, and finally he elaborates on the Tripod giving more info on it.
Simple as that, and every link is like this, it just takes alot of searching.
Now to continue the link, take the second line of the (1,2) quote, "with water etc:" and find it's link, after much searching you should find it, it may be (4,66) or (10,8) lol, or maybe something completely different, but don't despair, the reason I laugh is because I know which one comes next, and next, until the story is told in full, and if you do reach the end of the prophecy, having used each and every link, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that the final link cleverly leads back to the first, what this means though I won't say, you'll have to find out yourself, so my friend, happy hunting.
Although most of what you discover will be quite the opposite.
Also, If you want to get in touch, E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 4th 2004 - 09:11:22 PM