"And thousands of other events will come to pass, because of floods and continual rains, as I have set forth fully in writing my other Prophecies, which are drawn out in length, in prose, setting the places and times so that men coming after may see them, knowing the events to have occurred infallibly." 1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE12)
Physical environmental change beyond man's control is perhaps the most rational fear of our terror-laden times and it is far more threatening than that of psychopathic ideologues whose reign of harm has been present throughout the period of man's ascent. Even though human-induced terror has altered the course of human history the greatest impact has been environmental disaster.
The history of this planet is marked by great disasters involving volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, bush fires, tsunamis, storms, droughts and flood events. In both instances no matter what its origin people die in a random manner, innocent victims of perverse fortune. And it is has always been the environment that has the greatest potential to destroy life as we have known it.
Nature seen through the prism of the ancient Gods has always been the centrepiece of mankind’s apocalyptic visions but so far fears of human demise are just fictional. There can be no doubt that Nostradamus’ Prophecies carry a threatened future of the direst kind where such a change occurs to the earth and it has two dimensions; massive flooding and conflagration.
and I find that the world before the universal conflagration will experience many deluges with inundations so high that there will be no soil that is not covered by water; and this will be for such a long time that all would be lost except for the records of enographies and topographies. Also before and after such inundations, in most countries, the rains will be in demand, and from the heavens will fall a great abundance of fire and white-hot stones, so nothing shall remain that is not consumed. And all this is to occur, in brief, before the last conflagration...1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE8)
Now these writings of Nostradamus do not appear very different from those prophets of the fifteenth and sixteenth century who repeatedly foresaw the end of the world accompanied by natural disasters and each in turn saw their predictions fail.
But Nostradamus didn't foresee flood events that would happen within his lifetime or that of his grandchildren; he saw it as being five hundred years in the future which makes it very different from the normal end-of-world rant designed to inspire men to convert their faith to that of the prophet's nomination.
Nostradamus doesn’t declare ‘humankind should repent’ or that his work should be taken for anything other than a vision of the future
If I had drawn up events as they will happen the people of that realm, sect, religion and faith, would find it so bad that they would listen to fantasies and come to damn that which future centuries will know through seeing and perceiving...1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE2)
So it is possible to conclude that Nostradamus constructed his Prophecies without any perceivable bias but this of course doesn't necessarily make them true.
It is my intent to bring together the material on floods that shows the content of his Prophecies fits with his claims and delivers a consistent picture of lands covered by waters that are just over 200 metres higher than current levels.
Such a massive rise is far greater than that expected by scientists today even at the worst outcome levels for climate change. And such a change would alter so much that forms our baselines for reading stories about the world.
As lands become smaller, islands are left where there were once great agricultural estates, the systems that support life are stressed beyond the ability for all to survive and unrest and massive migrations become the primary concerns of states already struggling to survive.
The Scale of the Floods.
Verse C9 Q69 provides a basis whereby the scale of the floods can be determined and it is the mention of lobsters being found at Grenoble that provides the key.
Although there may be many rational reasons why lobsters may be found inland none other than a great flood would seem to justify its mention as important to Nostradamus' stories of mutations that will affect man's future. In this context Grenoble together with the other places mentioned in this verse sets the height at somewhere over 212 metres above current levels.
On the hilltops of Bailly and the Bresle
The elevation above current sea-level of each location given in the verse above is:
Grenoble averages 212m.
The scope and impact of Nostradamus' great floods is conveyed by verse C1 Q69 and the observation made in an already quoted part of the Cesar Preface which gives a clear indication that major population centres will only be remembered in historical records.
The great mountain, seven stadia round,
Similar references to the loss of written records are found in C1 Q62 which also carries the signature of great floods and conflagration. Importantly the last line of the verse tells us that the flood is not of short duration and it takes a great number of centuries before the world once more has a landscape like the one we now know.
Alas! what a great loss there will be to letters
Nostradamus sets a clear dimension to his work by the depths of this flood and its threats are not evenly felt. The lands where the greatest impacts are to occur can be determined by examining current relief maps.
From these it can be seen those at greatest risk are Russia and North-Western and Western European countries, Western France, Southern England, Louisiana and the South Eastern seaboard states in the United States, north-eastern China, northern parts of Canada, the Ganges valley of India, all low lying islands around the world and the central corridor of Australia.
In other lands the loss of habitable land is largely along the coastal regions and lower parts of the river valleys that are currently less than 250m above sea level. But everywhere this high level exposes the places where most people live as well as the land that provides subsistence.
The great Britain including England
In Campania the Capuan [river] will do so much
The floods mirror the Nordic myths rather than an end-of-the-world Biblical apocalypse.
Great as the floods foreseen by Nostradamus are, of themselves they don't provide a motivation for concealment or for the interest in events so distant from his own time. They are however essential to his main story since they provide the context in which his main events unfold.
considerable evidence in his works that he had no greater interest in
the vast floods than
that of a dispassionate observer of the world. The evidence that
demonstrates Nostradamus didn't see these floods as part of a Doomsday
style 'end-of-the-world', rather they are natural events more in keeping
with the Nordic legends called the Twilight of the Gods where
great floods and war destroy the established order of humankind.
However this is not the end of man since after some time the earth and life renews. It is also made clear in many places Nostradamus did not see the end of life on this planet.
[The Prophecies] contain perpetual predictions for [the period] from now until the year 3797...1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE6)
And by worldwide floods between here and the term I have fore-stated, and before and after it by several times, will [the world] be so diminished, and so few people will there be found that want to take to the fields which will become free for as long as their prior owners have held them...1555 Preface to Cesar (PCE9)
C2 Q93 is a verse that highlights the Nordic nature of Nostradamus' vision. The second and fourth lines of text in this verse talk of conflagration and a great inundation in exactly the same manner as in Nostradamus' Preface to Cesar 1555 (PCE8).
Very near the Tiber presses Death:
Bien pres du Tymbre preſſe la Lybitine
As to the above verse's Nordic content the fourth line contains two critical anagrams, eschaton (onChaste) and Naglfar (nflagra). There are only two other anagrams for eschaton in the whole text and only one other for Naglfar.
The word eschaton is an End-of-Days term while Naglfar refers to the ship that is involved in the Nordic End-of-Days mythology. Both words would have been within the range of Nostradamus' sixteenth century vocabulary.
the great serpent Jörmungandr ... will breach land as the sea violently swells onto it. The ship Naglfar, described in the Prose Edda as being made from the human nails of the dead, is released from its mooring, and sets sail on the surging sea, steered by a jötunn named Hrym.. ...Wikipedia entry
This ship leads the hordes fighting against the gods in the last war at the end of time, but after their destruction a new world will arise from the sea as the flood waters subside. And these are the images Nostradamus has incorporated in the above verse where we have an inundation of similar dimension to that of the Nordic End-of-Time and we have a ship which is linked to the Goddess of Death.
The finding of an anagram for the End-Of-Days term eschaton in this appropriate juxtaposition with Naglfar and the wording of the text can be contrasted with the lack of any End-of-Existence words such as Doomsday, apocalypse or Judgement in any of the 942 Prophecies.
I am not able to find any evidence that Nostradamus' agenda was set by religious belief but there is plenty to show that he was aware that religious views can have as much adverse impact on the future of our race as will our institutions and science; especially when they are presented with a set of inescapable world events that disrupt their comfort settings.
Lateral damage caused by the floods.
Floods of the magnitude implied by Nostradamus' verse produce dangers in addition to that of the waters and these apply to both their arrival and their departure. In Verse C10 Q70 we get to see some of Nostradamus' most futuristic visions of the landscapes inhabited by humans.
The third line of the verse says The fields watered will come to shrink' which is Nostradamus way of saying it is about the end of the great flood era. The first line brings something new since it hints at a unique attribute affecting a species ability to see.
Its other lines tell us the end of the flood era sees the world once more settling into contrasting stable hot and cold zones. The last line implies that old-style (current) human will die out in Italy.
Nostradamus states his Prophecies cover the mutations of man up to the time of the final conflagration and gives that a specific dating of 3797CE.
This gives the first line greater significance since it implies the next stage of evolution involves a form of seeing that requires a further swelling of the human brain. This has some credibility since it is likely the next higher-capability creatures that evolve will take complex-life into the greater universe. A higher degree of prescient capability than current man possesses would seem a necessary prerequisite for this to happen.
Through an object the eye will swell very much,
L'oeil par obiect fera telle excroiſſance
A more precise dating of the floods.
In verse C1 Q16 there is an insight into the timing of the great floods and it comes through one of the two true anagrams for deluge (uge de l') found in the Prophecies. However the text delivers a groundwork for the astronomic dating
The last line of the verse says The century approaches its renewal which is clearly a date clue. The pond joined to Sagittarius mentioned in the first line refers to that sign's north-eastern part which lies next to the Milky Way. And the Scythes in the text of the first line refer to Saturn and the series of progressions and regressions made by it when in that region.
But there is a more definitive clue in the fourth line for it has a sequence of anagrams saying axle en-station Noah deluge (uge de l - 'exal - tation En S - on ha) while the first line has giant axles (x a l'e S - tang i) and verticalness (in ct vers le Sa). These anagrams imply a Noah-like flood occurs at the time the Polar star is at its highest point, an astronomic setting which is between the year 2100 and 2105CE.
The importance of this date was shown in my chapter called The Order of the Chain but at that time its discussion excluded this input from the anagrams.
There are four periods when the settings of Saturn given in the first line can be valid and those occur from 2017 to 2018, 2048, 2076 to 2077 and 2105 to 2107. Of these 2105 to 2107 offers the best fit to all the content of the verse.
Scythes joined to the pond in Sagittarius
The onset of the Floods.
Verse C1 Q17 also offers timing clues from which the onset of the forty-year long flood mechanism can be seen as starting in 2065. It also indicates that from 2025 onwards there is a forty-year period of prolonged droughts.
Floods enhance the dangers of nuclear energy industry.
Floods of this duration, depth and spread have impacts that inevitably will catch man by surprise. There is a verse that brings together several more threads discussed in earlier chapters.
In Verse C10 Q6 the clarity of the flood reference stands out by its allusions to mythical tales. Many myths involve a ‘father and son’ relationship in a god-inspired great flood setting. By these properties of the ancient tales we can link this verse to the events set out previously.
Deucalion mentioned in the second line of text is the Greek equivalent of Noah. His father was Promethus, the Titan-God who gave the fire he had stolen from Mount Olympus to humans. And in the last line this idea of fire appears as the mythical eternal flame of the vestal virgins.
C10 Q6 Sardon, Nemans will flood so high
Sardon Nemans ſi hault desborderont
This connection of ideas provides the framework for understanding the verses significance. At no other time in the history of our race could our actions have had as great a contribution to the dangers of a vast flood as does our current era.
The anagrams eke out that relationship through malthusians (mans ſi hault), which represents those who warn of the threat imposed by man's unchecked appetite for resources and a series of nuclear-installation related words such as denuclearisation (Deucalion renaiſt), dynatron (yront Dan) and radionuclear (ra Deucalion r) that increase the hazards brought by great floods.
Energy consumption is man's undoing which only seems satiable by stealing the fire of the gods found hidden in the atom and this inextinguishable need has become a spur for ever more nuclear plants.
Nuclear power demands flows of water to keep that fire under control but in massive quantities and sufficient depths of water the contamination from places such as Chernobyl becomes man's explosive legacy to the future.
Although there are several more verses that utilise the flood and water themes the ones used in the foregoing analysis provide the major structures of the great floods from which the other verses draw the settings for parallel themes and events.