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Nostradamus C1 Q7: Cornelius Agrippa's table of ciphers for the number 12.
Copyright: Allan Webber, December 2015

This verse is one of those that contributed greatly to my understanding of the main source Nostradamus used for the ciphers in his poetry. There are 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).

Anagrams that help in giving meaning to this verse include:

trade arrived revile cues un-exotic faction detract
Tard arriue l'execution faicte

vessel content earlier stature treats cause natures-m-cipher evilness
Le vent contraire lettres au chemin prinſes

divine sect enclose Cornelius size 14 indecisive selection
Les coniurez xiiii d'vne ſecte

rapes sin Serpent Persians lore arouses lessen unease represent in spears
Par le Rouſſeau ſenez les entreprinſes.
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

  1. <i fractionated (broke down into components)><faction u excel><fiona deTract><unexotic Trader /reTard reliue /reuile>
  2. <he cause letter non-retractive><eviLneSs mn-cipher non-retractile stature><content viLeneSs><earlier veSseL content mn-cipher stature><even letter retraction cause><retest nonretractile veSsel>literate terrain convent event
  3. corneLius (Agrippa) indecIsive xize><~rue indecisive xize SeLection~<divine Sect xii [12] encLose><seLect icon Seven><Seven cousin eLect>
  4. <PerSians represent RouSSel uneaSe><~uSeS PerSians lz Role represent uneaSe~><Paler Senze aRouSes printerS><reSPans enterprise><PerSians serpent>


  1. fractionated, non-retractile, indecisive, xize (size), 'divine sect', xiii (13), xiiii (14),
  2. detract, literate, convent
  3. unexotic, non-retractive, xii (12), represent
  4. -
  5. excel, vessel, evilness, vileness, retraction, Cornelius, divine, selection
  6. enterprise
  7. senze (sense)
  8. content, stature, unease
  9. earlier
  10. Fiona, printers
  11. cousin
  12. -
  13. faction
  14. -
  15. trader / retard, Persians
  16. seven, arouses, respans
  17. -
  18. Serpent
  19. -
  20. enclose
  21. letters

Key Ideas:

Cornelius (Agrippa), fractionated, divine sect, xiiii, represent, un-exoteric, evilness, enterprise, retraction, divine, sense, selection, content, earlier, stature, printers, unease, Persian, faction, arouses, serpent, earlier, vessel., enclose, seven, letters.


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