Nostradamus C1 Q07: Cornelius Agrippa's table of divine ciphers for the number 12
Copyright: Allan Webber, December 2015, 2022
This verse is one of those that contributed greatly to my understanding of
the main source Nostradamus used for the ciphers in his poetry.
many features that link the text and anagrams of this verse to the
prominent works of the 16th century writer Heinrich Cornelus Agrippa,
especially those dealing with the use of ciphers and code techniques. Part
of the link lies in the anagram for Cornelius in the third line and the
distinctive choice by both authors to choose the lettering xiiii to
represent fourteen. It is this choice by Nostradamus that allows some quite
specific points in Agrippa's work to be identified
(See my paper on
Cornelius Agrippa for more).
But there are other features that tie this verse into Nostradamus own
vital cipher carried in its anagrams is one of the five anagrams for
cont) contained in the
lettering of the Prophecies 942 four line verses and it is alongside an
anagram of content.
But at the same time in the next line there is an anagram for
divine (ii d' vne )
which gives the number twelve.
Next to that word pair there is another
ſec_te Les coni).
And in the first line there is an anagram of immediate relevance
to Nostradamus' four line poetry; the word formed is
tetradic (icte Tard)
which is used to refer to a group of four and that lettering is
adjacent to another for faction. In the third line he talks of
a party of conspirators (ie. a faction ) who intercept letters on the
way and this is what Nostradamus' code achieves; his anagrams are
letters gathered on the way and they are meant to be read by his target
audience. This is his way of secretly telling them what he's done.
The evilness to which the verses in this series allude is a form of
decadence and in this verse it can well refer to the human conspiracy
that pits our kind against the eternal agencies that created what we
consume and diminish. The fact that this verse includes anagrams for
vessel, tetrad and content implies Nostradamus sees his writing as an
advpcate for the divine figure he refers to in C1 Q02. It is this
possibility that led me to pair C1 Q07 with C2 Q03 since that verse
presents a similar picture.
Arrived too late, the act has been done.
The wind was against them, letters intercepted on the way.
The conspirators were fourteen of a party.
By the Rousseau shall these enterprises be undertaken.
Tard arriue l'execution faicte
Le vent contraire lettres au chemin prinſes
Les coniurez xiiii d'vne ſecte
Par le Rouſſeau ſenez les entreprinſes.
Anagram Clusters contained in French text
- <i fractionated (broke down into
components)><faction u excel><fiona deTract><unexotic Trader /reTard
- <he cause letter non-retractive><eviLneSs
mn-cipher non-retractile stature><content viLeneSs><earlier veSseL
content mn-cipher stature><even letter retraction cause><retest
terrain convent event
- corneLius (Agrippa) indecIsive xize><~rue
indecisive xize SeLection~<divine Sect xii  encLose><seLect
icon Seven><Seven cousin eLect>
- <PerSians represent RouSSel uneaSe><~uSeS PerSians lz Role represent
uneaSe~><Paler Senze aRouSes printerS><reSPans enterprise><PerSians
serpent><lesz supersensorial unease present>
FREQUENCIES OF RAREST OCCURRENCE in
- supersensorial, fractionated, non-retractile, indecisive, xize
(size), 'divine sect', xiii (13), xiiii (14),
- detract, literate, convent
- unexotic, non-retractive, xii
- excel, vessel, evilness, vileness, retraction,
Cornelius, divine, selection
- senze (sense)
- content, stature, unease
- Fiona, printers
- trader / retard, Persians
- seven, arouses, respans
Cornelius (Agrippa), fractionated, divine sect, xiiii, represent, un-exoteric,
evilness, enterprise, retraction, divine, sense, selection, content,
printers, unease, Persian, faction, arouses, serpent, earlier, vessel.,
enclose, seven, letters.