In the last few chapters I have presented data that is heavily dependent on futuristic anagrams and I have argued that obscurity in the text for the most modern topics in Nostradamus' Prophecies was a result of difficulty in finding suitable allusions relevant to a pre-19th century audience.
This is not always the case and from this point on many chapters draw on links between Nostradamus' texts as much as the anagrams in his verses. But the major reason for choosing to present the themes in the preceding chapters is grounded in what they offer to the coming stories. This is the case with this chapter where the story of gold in the 21st century lies behind a major financial crisis and this in turn triggers the events that are the focus of Nostradamus.
There are thirty-one verses where gold is mentioned in the text which represents over three percent of the Prophecies. Such a sizable chunk suggests this term has special relevance to Nostradamus. Besides these thirty-one verses there are another three that hold anagrams for 'gold' and these three provide pivotal links to the rationale behind Nostradamus' focus on gold and silver.
The basic theme within these verses is complementary to that of the story given in my chapter on Malthus impact on Financial crises of the 21st C in which debt, creditors and corporations facilitate and corrupt the technological advancements of the twenty-first century and beyond. I believe Nostradamus uses the theme of gold and silver to identify verses which reflect the events we will face in our time.
His coverage traverses legend, myth and the history of the past five hundred years in order to produce pictures of our future. That he chose to hide the meaning of verses covering events from the 16th to 21st century is a most peculiar thing to do and cannot in any way be explained by his need to protect himself or his family. What we do know is that he claimed all his work is prophetic.
If this is so then each verse referencing
history or the hidden 500 year period must be relevant by either its
lineage or allusive images to the story of the great mutations of
But now I want to reach out and declare happenings of common interest through incomprehensible and perplex sentences about future causes. The most urgent are those in which I perceive some human mutation and for which I must find a way that is inoffensive to the weakest ear..1555 Cesar Preface (PCE2)
GOLD During Nostradamus' lifetime.
Nostradamus lived in a turbulent financial climate and this had to impact on his writings. The sixteenth century has a special place in the financial history of the World due to the discovery of immense, easily extracted silver reserves in the newly discovered lands of South America. There were a lot of gold resources but they were dwarfed by the amount of silver discovered by the recently arrived European invaders.
The major beneficiaries of this wealth were the Spanish and in particular Charles V who used that wealth to pursue endless wars in pursuit of two ends. These were to support his claim to be the Holy Roman Emperor and for the suppression of the Protestant cause. The pursuit of these goals however bankrupted Spain because the war was more costly than the new discoveries could sustain and Charles V took on debts with punitive interest rates using the strength of his cash flow as his surety.
The reign of Charles V ended when he abdicated in 1556 and it was his son Maximilian who then carried the burden of inherited debt and the ignominy of bankruptcy.
Verse C1 Q53 has already played a pivotal role in the 21stC story of finance where I suggested that a new source of gold and silver acts as an allusion for wealth from the petroleum (ple tourme) industry and an arena yet to emerge where modern man mines the minerals from meteorites.
In the earlier presentation of the above verse I didn't show the links that establish the date setting because it was already covered in other ways but here it becomes relevant to showing the power of allusions. The verse can easily be read on its surface level as the story of misfortunate wealth in the seventeenth century whereby the Kings of Spain gained access to what seemed unlimited quantities of gold and silver. Importantly it was his descendant, Louis the XIV who inherited the benefits and problems this wealth generated.
Gold and the Prosperity of the Realm- the first ten generations.
A powerful demonstration of Nostradamus' coding methodology is given by C8 Q44 and C9 Q17 where the former has an anagram for gold (l dog) in its first line while the fourth line of text of the latter has a French reference to the Age of Gold being dead. There is also a linking pair that comes via the third line of C8 Q44 which says To the king long friend of the half man .
In C9 Q17 gold is mentioned in the text and in that same line there is an anagram for androgyne (roy grand e), (the term androgyne refers to a being with the attributes of being non-gender specific; and in the past they have been labeled half-man and half-woman). In line 3 of the text there is an anagram for friend (n Redif). Hence there is a link between an anagram and a word based on gold as well as another for a word and an anagram mentioning an androgynous friend.
And in the real life story there is an androgynous friend called Chevalier d'Eon linked to Louis XV by ties that fit to the ideas given in both the previous and following verses since Louis' father's reign (Louis XIV) is the one which history refers to as the French Royal's 'Golden Age'. It is by the release of meaning provided by the anagrams that the obscurity of these verses is made to vanish and in its place is the story-line of a nameable French royal family.
C8 Q44 The natural offspring of Ogmios
Le procree naturel dogmion
C9 Q17 The third one firstly does worse than Nero,
Le tiers premier pys que ne feit Neron
Now these two verses are part of a bigger story in which dates are set for these gold-related events. And fittingly the inter-cross method of text and anagrams already used in linking the above verses also works since it has the anagram for calendars (rand eſcla) in the end of the fourth line of C9 Q 17 and the wording 'seven to nine' that appears in the second line of C8 Q 44. This phrasing identifies a point of Louis XIV' reign whereby three generations of the Royal line were sidelined by his longevity.
And there is another cross-linking via the anagram for monetised (emin deſto) in C8 Q44 which has a literal relationship to the fourth line of C9 Q17 where it says the age of gold is dead. Each crosslink increases the likelihood that Nostradamus deliberately wrote them in so the obscurities in his texts could be redressed.
Another verse C5 Q41 also uses the Age of Gold reference found in C9 Q17 and it has the same hint of the demise of a wealthy era since its fourth line says renewing the age of brass for gold. But the story in the text of C5 Q41 shown below resonates with an earlier period, the sixteenth century birth in Pau of Henry IV, King of Navarre followed by his impact on France. This connection of lineage therefore extends the range of the earlier verses which are set in the Louis XIV to Louis XV era. Supporting the relevance of the birth of Henry III of Navarre, the man who became Henry IV of France is an additional link to C8 Q44 and the mentioning of both Navarre and Pau in its text. This story then stretches through the history of the Bourbon line from the start of its rise to the kingly role.
The ties are powerful and the anagrams for this 16thC story were ones that were knowable by Nostradamus.
C5 Q41 Born in the shadows and during a dark day,
Nay ſouz les vmbres et journee nocturne
It becomes apparent that these verses fit well to the generations of the Bourbon line dating from the matriarch of the line, Marguerite d'Angouleme through Henry IV and carrying on to the tenth generation at which time the Golden Age of Louis XIV the Sun King takes place. However the Golden Age is then replaced by a reign of lesser glory under Louis XV.
But how valid and relevant is Nostradamus' half man; the androgyne found in the earlier verses? This question is answerable through Chevalier d'Eon who is linked to the reign of Louis XV by attributes that interweave correctly with the threads teased out in the analysis above.
In 1756, d'Éon joined the secret network of spies called the Secret du Roi, employed by King Louis XV without the knowledge of the government. It sometimes promoted policies that contradicted official policies and treaties. According to d'Éon's memoirs (although there is no documentary evidence to support that account) the monarch sent d'Éon with the Chevalier Douglas, Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas, baron de Kildin, a Scottish Jacobite in French service, on a secret mission to Russia in order to meet Empress Elizabeth and conspire with the pro-French faction against the Habsburg monarchy. At that time the English and French were at odds, and the English were attempting to deny the French access to the Empress by allowing only women and children to cross the border into Russia. D'Éon had to pass convincingly as a woman or risk being executed by the English upon discovery. In the course of this mission, d'Éon was disguised as the lady Lea de Beaumont, and served as a maid of honour to the Empress....Wikipedia extract
And importantly for this chapter on gold the above quote continues:
Most scholars believe Louis XV's decisions damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy, and made it more vulnerable to distrust and destruction, as happened in the French Revolution, which broke out 15 years after his death.
Yet the most spectacular financial story of Louis XV's reign involves another friend of the King; a Scotsman called John Law and his involvement appears to be as much a part of the story of silver and gold as Malthus is of future financial crises.
John Law as Nostradamus' archetypal man-of-straw.
John Law (21 April 1671 – 21 March 1729) was a Scottish economist who believed that money was only a means of exchange that did not constitute wealth in itself and that national wealth depended on trade. He was appointed Controller General of Finances of France under the Duke of Orleans, regent for the youthful king Louis XV.
There is a verse holding an anagram for gold that has strong connection to John Law since this man's French initiatives were taken up by the British with a similar result. The South Sea Bubble became Britain's hangover mirroring that of the Mississippi Company (French).
Verse C5 Q93 is one of the three verses where an anagram for gold (d glo) is found and in the second line of that verse given below there are anagrams for mercature domain (a domin - ateur Mercu) which provide a strong connection to the economics of trade. And the choice of mercature as a word is related to a time in the past; it is an obsolete term for trade or commerce. This concept of a specific type of commerce also fits with an anagram for bourse (re Soub) which appears in the same line as that for gold. It was through instruments traded on stock exchanges and bourses that the great havoc of these economic bubbles was made possible.
This selection of Thomas Malthus and John Law comes about either as a focal point of Nostradamus' interest or as an incredible product of chance. There are two hurdles here that demand the solution I foreshadowed earlier. Both these men lived long after Nostradamus' death and no one else saw the evidence for their tales until now. So this fifteenth to seventeenth century story only makes sense if Nostradamus could see the future and the stories of these men are allusions for events in our future.
Allusions to Thieves of Gold.
The topic of gold's impact on the future of humankind is conveyed by a set of powerful allusions of the type discussed above but they also stretch back into Roman occupation history of France. It is from this far field that Nostradamus combines the story of theft with the malign influence precious metals weave.
The following verses involve a Roman statesman and consul called Caepio from the second century BC. It is about one of his activities in Southern France. In verse C8 Q29 Caepio is mentioned in the last line of text where it arises in the context of an ancient legend. This tale centres on Caepio's theft of gold from temples in Toulouse; gold that is traceable back to the sack of the temple of the Delphic oracle two centuries earlier.
Quintus Servilius Caepio: While marching to Arausio (modern-day Orange) Caepio plundered the temples of the town of Tolosa (ancient Toulouse) , finding over 50,000 fifteen-pound bars of gold and 10,000 fifteen-pound bars of silver. Strabo reports a story told in his time of this semi-legendary treasure, the aurum Tolosanum, supposed to have been the "cursed gold" looted during the sack of Delphi during the Gallic invasion of the Balkans in 279 BC. The riches of Tolosa were shipped back to Rome, but only the silver made it; the gold was stolen by a band of marauders, who were believed to have been hired by Caepio himself. The Gold of Tolosa was never found, and was said to have been passed all the way down to the last heir of the Servilii Caepiones, Marcus Junius Brutus.
C8 Q29 At the fourth pillar which they dedicate to Saturn
Au quart pillier l'on ſacre a ſaturne
The fraudulent gold scandal.
Verses C3 Q13 and C8 Q28 form an inter-crossed pair as did two of those discussed earlier in this chapter. Such inter-crossing appears to be typical of this theme and may act to identify verses that are allusions. In this case both mention an industrial process involving gold with the first line of text in C3 Q13 saying Through lightning in the arch gold and silver melt and the equivalent line in C8 Q28 saying The copies of gold and silver inflated.
The link between the two verses is provided by an anagram for furnace (ac furen) found in the second line of C8 Q28 which becomes the device described as an arc that melts the two metals mentioned in C3 Q13. An electric arc is still a means used in modern times in order to manufacture gold.
I believe the two verses tell us more of this process and imply a deception takes place where metals such as tungsten or uranium are mixed to mimic the qualities of the precious metals when testing for purity. Many details of the mechanism of the fraud are given in the texts of each verse and it is likely they mirror the tale of Caepio in that they involve a theft of false copies of bullion, a theft that is initiated by their manufacturer.
C3 Q13 Through lightning in the arch gold and silver melt
Par fouldre en l'arche or et argent fondu
C8 Q28 The copies of gold and silver inflated,
Les ſimulachres d'or et d'argent enflez
The text of C8 Q28 tells us that stolen gold is thrown into the lake and this provides links to another verse in the fraudulent precious metals series since the second line of text in the following verse, C9 Q12, says The images will be found in the lake while other lines mention both gold and silver. And although one of these two verses has the French word 'simulachres' translated as copies and the other translates it as images these refer to the same idea since simulachres (in the more modern form of simulacres) is usually used in connection with a pretence or sham. In this case the sham involves hard currency debasement.
C9 Q12 So much silver of Diana and Mercury,
This theme of robbery can be seen in quite a number of the verses on gold and they are likely to refer to the events given above. Some of these verses are shown below.
C7 Q3 After the naval victory of France,
C7 Q25 Through long war all the army exhausted,
C5 Q19 The great Royal one of gold, augmented by brass,
The Calendar dates given by the woman in chains.
The date for these gold related frauds is obviously important and it is possible to use Nostradamus' methods to find it in his prophecies. For example verse C4 Q97 is another of the three verses that holds an anagram for gold (gdol) and its text is interpretable using the methods of allusions and astronomic calculations.
It has a complex set of connections that allow a date to be given to events involving a gold crisis. The first line tells us it is about a calendar based on retrograde movements of Mercury, Mars and Venus.
The second line says The line of the great Monarch will not fail and this can be interpreted as the constellations involving a line of Monarchs. These would most likely comprise Hercules, Perseus and Andromeda with Perseus being the great King who grows old in his reign, Andromeda is the mother-figure in chains who becomes his wife and Hercules is the member of their descendants who brings most fame to their line.
Within the anagrams formed by the lettering of the first line of text there are terms such as western (s Venus ret) quadrangle (grade L'an qu) and maneuvers (ure Mars Ven) that help define this astronomic setting. Since it is only possible to satisfy the requirements in the text by there being regressions and these take place in signs opposite to that in which the sun is positioned there are a limited number of occasions where these settings apply. Using the information set out above I deduce the most likely one of these is that occurring late spring in the year 2012.
The conclusion from these foregoing analyses is that 2012 is the
starting point of a story of gold fraud, a subsequent financial
crisis and a sequence of dramatic changes affecting the future
In the year that Mercury, Mars, Venus retrograde,
L'an que Mercure Mars Venus retrograde.