I am back from a very successful press conference and publicity tour in Mexico City for History Channel’s release of El Effecto Nostradamus (The Nostradamus Effect) in the Latin American market of 100 million viewers.
I have many observations to share about my Mexico trip, but first prescient business before prescient pleasure. Many of you are asking if Nostradamus made any forecasts about Haiti and the earthquake. Haiti by name has never been mentioned; however, as Nostradamus views the future with the eyes and bias of a Frenchman, one must ever follow more verbally nebulous French connections to the future. Haiti, along with Quebec (Canada), is one of two significant centers in the America’s of French colonial culture and roots to Nostradamus’ homeland. There should therefore be a connection.
The term America is definitely mentioned in Nostradamus in plays on France’s most west-pointing nose of landmass aiming at the New World, as it was popularly thought of in Nostradamus’ day. America hides behind the name Amorica. At other times Nostradamus calls it a little closer, like the anagram Hister cuts a letter away from Hitler in his Antichrist prophecies, he calls America Americh. There’s no Haiti anywhere in the prophecies even though there is an indirect reference to a celebrated Haitian as one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s “foreign” female lovers.
In Century 4 Quatrain 54 he says:
Du nom qui onques ne fut au Roy Gaulois,
Iamais ne fut vn fouldre si craintif:
Tremblant l’Italie, l’Espaigne & les Anglois,
De femme estrangiers grandement attentif.
Of a name never held by a Gallic King,
Never was so fearful a thunderbolt.
Italy, Spain and the English tremble.
He will be greatly attentive to foreign women.
There would be romantic trysts with a Polish countess (Walenska) and an Italian prima donna (Grassini) but Napoleonic squeeze number one was the French woman born on the Island of Martinique, in the same region as Haiti, named Josephine Beauharnais. She became lover, wife and finally Empress of France. That’s as vaguely close as we get going down obvious linguistic trails to Haiti and last week’s tragedy being framed in the magic mirror of Nostradamus.
There are other roads made of word links we might take. We must understand an important point lost to many a Nostradamus scholar in foreign lands who have the national conceit to presume Nostradamus understood their languages and wrote most of his prophecies solely for their country. For example, I came across half dozen Japanese Nostradamian books over the years that force over a third of his prophecies to explain important past and future events on that distant Nipponese island chain.
One thing is clear in cloudy Nostradamus’ prophecies. He mentions more geographic locations than any prophet in history, over 600. Nevertheless, the locations thin out the farther we stray away from where they were written, in Salon-en-Provence in South France. Lots of references to Provence, Northern Italy, and France. Less for Germany, England, Spain and the rest of Europe. Then comes the Middle East and North Africa. A little of Russia too. After that, the geographic pickings are slim indeed. Very, very few for Asia, Africa, or the Western Hemisphere. These cover the general continent and its peoples more than a specific locale,
Today we’ll look at one of them: Hesperia, Land of the West, or land of the rising western star.
The variant uses of Hesperia by Nostradamus can apply well to events involving the United States. In (Century-Volume) 4 Q(uatrain) 99, the distant Westerners of the Americas are part of the Western alliance of World War II. The prophecy initially describes the overwhelming defeat of France “by thunderbolts” (aka Blitzkrieg) tactics of Adolf Hitler in 1940. By inserting the “Hesperians” into the mix, the word becomes a hint of near future success coming out of French defeat for the Western Alliance to come. The Hesperians come up again in his famous prophecy naming the Second World War Battle of Tobruk (1 Q28.) The Hesperian link continues in 10 Q94. A fleet of Westerners invaded South France. The prophecy mentions many details of that amphibious landing, Operation Anvil that did take place along the Provencal coastlines in August 1944. America factors in again in 4 Q50 as the symbolic Libra with her scales (i.e. Justice/Democracy) foretold to become a dominant power of the Western world.
The word-clues Hesperie or Esperie, or Hesperiques, point Nostradamus’ laurel branch to prophecy’s boiling cauldron summoning images of those Westerners cloaked in metaphors honoring Ancient Greek myth. Hesperos is the Evening Star in the West. The Hesperides were the daughters of Atlas and Hesperus/Hesperis, and they lived in the extreme West, at the world’s edge hard by Night. Is not the mention of the evening star an allusion to stars in the US flag?
It is clear to me that Hesperia refers more to the great nation across the wide Atlantic, beneath the western evening star, that today sends thousands of troops, its generous donations of money, medicine and care to the people of Haiti, if not a forecasting clue to Haiti itself.
We will have to follow the detective trail down other word and phrase routes in Nostradamus. Haiti comes from Ayiti, the Taino Caribbean-American Indian word in Arawakan for “mountainous land.” In the next blog about Nostradamus and Haiti, we track all references in his prophecies to mountainous lands. Perhaps a presage about the Haitian quake will emerge.
(19 January 2010)
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