One of the very potent lines of
verse that conceals Nostradamus use of classical reference material is given
below. It has been ignored by other analysts throughout the hundreds of years
since Nostradamusí Prophecies were published. I will demonstrate that what
seems like an innocuous text holds great meaning via the anagrams it contains.
Q100, Line 1
For a long time a gray bird will be seen in the sky
Long temps au ciel sera veu gris oisea
An anagram is a word or phrase
made by rearranging the order of a sequential grouof letters in a text. My
work on Nostradamus involves over twenty years of research into anagrams and
their nature within his and other people's texts. The computer programs I have
created allow me to state exactly how many anagrams there are and every place
where they occur. A fuller discussion of my research is included in other
chapters, but for now this should be a sufficient base from which I can present
the evidence contained within the obscure and cryptic line above.
I begin with the section of the
line starting from near the end of the second word ps au ciel s.
This becomes psauciels by removing the blanks and then
by rearranging the letters. This is the only anagram of this name
anywhere in the text. How meaningful is this?
There are 942 quatreins
(verses) of four lines each in Nostradamus text which means there are over
3700 lines. The lines average about 45 letters in length so there are
about 170,000 letter sets in which each search for anagrams is conducted.
Therefore it can be stated that Asclepius occurs only once within the 170,000
places it might be found. This measure will give numerical relevance to the
other figures given in these writings.
However, low occurrence or singularity,
doesnít prove that it isnít there by chance alone, it only establishes that
it cannot easily be rationalised away as a product of chance. If this was all
that could be offered then my arguments would fail but there is much more to
indicate this word is not there by chance.
Using the same method of analysis
I can take the sequence ris ois from the above line and form
There is only one other instance of this anagram, so finding the two of them
together is again interesting as the occurrence factor is also very low. The
linking of these two identities in the same line can now be advanced beyond
their rarity. They are linked by being metaphors for rebirth.
a Greek figure who even today is linked to medicine and healing. The rod with
the twisted serpent around it, which is the modern symbol for medicine, comes
from the tales of Asclepius. It is a symbol of rebirth since the snake was
considered as being Phoenix-like with qualities of reincarnation. The
is a legendary bird that rises anew
from its own ashes.
like Asclepius, is a god associated with the rebirth of the land at the
time of the Nile
ís annual flood. The Egyptians
linked another image to
Osiris, that of a bird, the
Bennu. This is a gray bird
and it was the Egyptian version of the
Phoenix. This bird is described as
"the one who came into being by himself". It was believed to
constantly rise renewed just like the sun.
The relevance of these
connections to Nostradamusí visible text lies in the
most tales of flood there is a dove or similar bird that is released to search
for land, the birdís long flights bring no hope until the day it returns with
a twig held in its beak. It is a defining image that takes us directly to Noah
and the flood but it also takes us to the antecedent tales from
and other places that tell of
reference to the ancient Star-Gods and the art of divination.
Asclepius, through Ophiucchus,
and Osiris, through Orion, are Star Gods. This offers another connection
via an anagram contained within this line. Using the line as a continuous loop,
allows me to link the end lettering to the first letters of the line, like a
snake biting its tail. Then Long temps au ciel sera veu gris oiseau
becomes iseau Long temp. From this I can form
which is another anagram that only has one occurrence in the whole of
The word pneumatology has
several meanings all of which are similar:
doctrine or study of spiritual beings and phenomena, especially the belief
in spirits intervening between humans and God.
Christian doctrine of the Holy Ghost.
belief in spiritual beings, as angels, between men and God.
So Osiris and Asclepius, the star
gods are found in the same line that contains the description of their
commonality; they are the Gods by whom the ancients sought intervention with the
Universal Creator. In this instance the anagram is a plural form suggesting that
more than one framework is involved, the ancient ones of the Egyptians and
Greeks and the modern Christian form.
Although I believe I have
presented a strong case already, it is not yet complete and there is at least
one other highly significant anagram to disclose at this time. From Long temps
au ciel sera veu gris oiseau we have auspice.
are five anagrams of this word within Nostradamus' text so it is not frequent
but it certainly is less rare than the other words. It is its meaning that
justifies its inclusion, especially now the other words have illuminated the
An AUSPICE is:
protection or support; patronage.
sign indicative of future prospects; an omen.
observation of and divination from the actions of birds.
The line refers to a grey bird
flying for a long time. It is an omen and from its action we can draw
unambiguous meanings. Here once more we have a very clear link to the visible
line as well as to the newly uncovered words.
Osiris was a god of the earth and
vegetation, who symbolized in his death the yearly drought and in his miraculous
rebirth the periodic flooding of the
and the growth of grain. Rebirth
and floods were linked in ancient times.
The third line of the verse in
which all the above anagrams are located (line 1) confirms where this set of
allegories will eventually lead.
He carries a flowering branch in his beak
au bec vn verdoyeant rameau
Here we have a confirmatory image
of the flood. Here is the small bird returning after a long flight with a frond
in its beak. This is the link that Nostradamus makes with the past and through
the anagrams we can see exactly on what stories these lines are based.
However, the above is enough to
establish what I set out to show, namely that it is possible to give deeinsight into a line of Nostradamus' text by uncovering the anagrams within it
that are pertinent to the visible meaning of the line. And I did this in order
to show that Nostradamus' own explanation of what he was doing is not easily
discounted. This verse can even be linked to one of the 1002 prophets of which
Nostradamus spoke since it invokes the story of Noah's flood; a man who spoke to
God through the angels.
See C1 Q100 for full analysis