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Secrets to Nostradamus' Code Mechanism -the Sephirot revealed

© Allan Webber October 2017.

Nostradamus' work holds many conundrums designed to limit access to the content of his Prophecies. This is true to an extent where most people believe his work is the deliberate shambles of a charlatan. Yet there is direct evidence in his prose writings that show he had a pre-thought plan which guided his work.

His Preface to the first batch of Prophecies published in 1552 clearly indicates that he already knew the content that his Prophecies would cover. He wasn't making it up as he went but took already recorded events in what seems a random order and placed them in a new sequence which he called his ten Centuries. The following quotations provide the evidence of these truths.

.....kingdoms, sects, and regions will change to the diametric opposite of that seen in the present day. 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....

....Now I want to reach out and declare happenings of common interest through incomprehensible and perplexing 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 so all must be written under a more nebulous figure than that of the ancient prophets Preface to Cesar 1555 (PCE4)

The next passage sets out the disturbing events behind this audacious attempt to tell people 500 years beyond his era what they would experience. The central events identifying that future time involve both dramatic floods so deep that the whole landscape is different and a series of asteroid strikes that create further desolatio

But in order, my son, that I may not wander too deeply for the future capacity of your mind, and also because I find that letters shall undergo such a huge and incomparable loss, I find that so many deluges and such deep floods shall befall the world before the universal conflagration that there shall not be scarcely any land. And this will be for such a long time that except for enographies and topograpies all would be lost. Also, both before and after these floods, the rains in many countries shall be so slight, and there will be so much fire and white-hot rock shall fall from the sky, that nothing shall remain that is not consumed. And all this is to occur, in a brief period before the final conflagration. Preface to Cesar 1555 (PCE8)

The third reference hints at the core event motivating Nostradamus. It involves a war unlike any before it since it deals with the resolution of a religious divide by a means not available until that future time. And it had to be through hints because its nature placed him at risk from the most powerful institutions of his own time since it is these that lose most in the future he foresaw.

The time comes my son, to hear that it is by my revolutions, which accord to revealed inspiration, that we know the mortal sword approaches with plague and a war due to the lives of three men that is more horrible than there has ever been. And the famine, which will fall to Earth, will return whilst the stars agree with the revolution. Preface to Cesar 1555 (PCE11)

In order to keep control over his writings Nostradamus then needed a scheme that would tell him which topics he had already covered and it is likely he did this by relying on a coding device well known in the sixteenth century. It is part of the Cabala but the reasons for its use don't necessarily require that he believed in the mystical principles at the heart of its source. He needed a scheme that a person in a later time would be able to associate with the time of his writing. The Tree of Life also known as the Sefirot, Sephirot or Sephiroth was such a device.

The assumption that Nostradamus used such a means also provides a powerful decoding device since it provides a disciplined structure by which our era can identify links between verses based on their text, poetry and lettering.

It is probable that he drew up charts based on these trees in which he placed ten verses and then used the ciphers traditionally linked to the ten spheres of the tree to guide the content wording and lettering in each verse.

It is the purpose of this paper to present examples I believe show that he used this device for his current needs and as a guide for the future.

In order to do this I, unlike Nostradamus, must use a deductive method. I have found patterns in his work that can when correctly assembled mirror his intent. However because I am compelled to use a deduced form my charts can only ever be an approximation to the original. This is not a disproof of the concept but a realistic recognition of what was always intended. The charts are  a guide to how the Prophecies were written.

Nostradamus stated he used a coding scheme and since his epoch was a time when coding mechanisms were popular and rapidly evolving it is probable his scheme drew upon one of those published in the 16th century. However in doing this it is likely he differed from his 16th Century contemporaries such as Agrippa, who took the physical aspects of the Cabala and transformed them into mystical reference points for magic. Nostradamus' usage was the exact reverse; his interest was much more in it as a key to his work so he started with the idea of the mystical and transformed these images into a precise definable alpha-numeric cipher that could be used for code.

And he needed to use a device that made sense to associates in his own time whom he could instruct in its use as well as those people far removed from his time whose only tool for finding the mechanism would be deduction. For both groups he could leave relevant clues but they couldn’t be obvious.

It is by this means that he delivered names, places, locations and calendars. This strategy stands out quite starkly when you examine the verses containing anagrams based on the Sephirot, the Tree of Life.

However there is another issue; his anagrams can be more multi-lingual than his text since they were intended for people in different eras. At the start of the 21st century in order to resolve this possibility over linguistic variance I performed a computerized study of anagrams found within Nostradamus Prophecies.

What my anagram analyses suggest is his base is modern English. Such a finding seems (and seemed) fundamentally wrong yet there is a unique logic to its being both possible and probable.

Such a conclusion must obviously be seen as false if Nostradamus couldn't see the future. Yet his work couldn't really satisfy modern needs if he couldn’t see and present it in a way that people of our time would recognize. It is therefore mandatory that it contain modern language if he could see the future.

And the reason why the modern language used in the anagrams is unlikely to be French comes from the practical aspect of Nostradamus Prophecies. Not only was it intended to be a hidden vehicle for the future but it was a code telling those who backed his efforts about the immediate future of 16thC France. Selected people of his own time were likely shown how to use the Sefirot method to uncover French words from the anagrams. These French entries would have been limited in number but gave keys that unlock the primary 16thC message of the text.

The young lion will overcome the older one,
in a field of combat in single fight:
He will pierce his eyes in their golden cage;
two wounds in one then he dies a cruel death

Le lyon jeune le vieux ſurmontera
En champ bellique par ſingulier duelle
Dans cai
ge d'or les yeux luy creuera
Deux claſſes vne puis mourir, mort cruelle

For example in the verse that tells the fate of Henry II of France there is an anagram for de Lorges (), an alternate name of the soldier who pierced the King’s helmet with his lance thereby causing his death. This is presented as an anagram with a French formayt. Yet in that same passage there are adjacent English anagrams saying casing older eyes (anscaig ed'orl esye) which adequately describes the circumstances of the accident. The latter message is not meant to be prophetic it is a means of giving credibility to the decoding of Nostradamus’  techniques.

To deny this logic as to the necessity of modern language within the writings of the Prophecies means any investigation into its hidden secrets would fail. If modern language is denied a place in Nostradamus work then we cannot test the truth of his claim that he had an ability to see the future.  Irrational denial is not a satisfactory basis for investigating that which lies outside of current understanding. History records that many of our modern understandings of science come through the work of those who saw a quirk in their observations of the world and continued to investigate the phenomenon despite its lying outside  current modeling.

And if we presume no living thing will ever be able to see the future we are ignoring that property that characterizes evolution; the ability of living things to utilize aspects not known to earlier life forms. So in order to investigate the claims Nostradamus made we have to begin with a mind that is open to the possibility that he could see the future.The Sounds of Earth Voyager Golden Record

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The Spheres & Channels of the Sephirot.

Sephirot sphere namesAlongside I show the Basic Tree with one of the (many) Hebraic names of the spheres shown as well as their overreaching attribute/s.

It should be borne in mind all readings taken from the tree are in the Jewish fashion from right to left. There are ten spheres with Keter given the number 1, Hokmah 2, Binah 3, etc. the last is ascribed the number 0. By this means there is the basis for an alphanumeric coding scheme.

I believe the Sephiroth given below reflects the starting point by which Nostradamus began outlining and visualizing his coding methods.

 Confidence for my assumption arises from the sephirot shown below having as its crown the first verse in the Prophecies (Centuries I Quatrain 01: C1 Q01).

In addition the text of the second verse (C1 Q02) has a capitalized BRANCHES in its text, a term higly pertinent to this form of presentation. Taking this into account I place it in the 6th sphere (which is labelled Tifaret) where the two verses then provide the trunk of the tree.

The two verses are also linked by the word emptiness which is found in the text of Q1 and as an anagram in Q2.

The strength of this chart is illustrated well by the verse I place in the 9th sphere called Yesod. It is the sphere for Foundation and it fits this term by the connections it provides. It is by this associative means between content and labeling in the traditional sephirot that all my earliest examples relating to coding methods are built.

A discipline imposed in my reconstruction is the verses in these charts must have links that conform to the direction of the channels used in the traditional Hebraic scheme. To provide those links the words and anagrams found in the linked verses must share matching properties.

In the case below the ten chosen verses the links are provided by terms that in two cases refer directly to the use of the Sephirot. This being the first of my series it is appropriate that the placement of verses in individual spheres relies on the traditional properties of that sphere and its channels.

However other links show terms related directly to his book such as Centuries, Prophecies, Nostradamus and quatrains. And some are unified by their common links of terms that are distinctly code relevant. But there is also a common set of threads related to the major story lines nominated by Nostradamus in the two prefaces published with the verses.

Frequency of this Sefirots most prominent anagrams in Nostradamus Prophecies:

Appearing in this cluster are words, such as

sephirot (1) etymic (1), episteme (7), hierarchal (3) branches (1) labelling (1), melody (2), harmonic (6) cipher (3), emblem (5), Nostredame (3) centuries (3) Quatreins (4) quatrains (2) , miracles (3) emptiness (2) regulations (5) properties (0) epigram (2)

These are clearly rare and English variants of terms highly related to Nostradamus and his coding methodology.

The chart can only exist where there are links that comply with the direction of the channels used in the the traditional schemes. Here the words and anagrams found in the linked verses must share a property matching that from traditional usage. The ten chosen verses are unified through a word scheme that in two cases refer directly to the use of the Sefirot. Many are linked by the numbering used as well as the attributes. Terms for the body provide one such stream while properties of the Sefirot yield another. But there is also a common set of threads related to the major story lines nominated by Nostradamus.

All of these aspects and connections are consistent with a clue left by Nostradamus:

"the hereditary word of the occult prediction will be shut inside my stomach: whereby the defined adventures become uncertain. " Preface to Cesar 1555 (PCE1)

Many of the anagrams also provide a powerful hint that Nostradamus used a device based on code. Episteme for understanding, Etymic for word formation style and epigram are but a few and then there are coding words and the enigmatic sequence in line 3 of the verse given below that say Nostredame trees hides best use (amon$tred etres hide use best). Nostredame is the original form of Nostradamus name.

This sequence is but one of many found spectacularly personal references found throughout the prophecies. And their inclusion is supported by their relevance to other anagrams in the verses and to the wording of the text.

It is the second line of this same verse that holds an anagram for Sefirot (Si fort e) but it also has near-adjacent anagrams for governing  (rgongne Vi) and labour (la Bour). The anagram for governing only occurs here while there are a number of other places for both Labour(5) and Sefirot(11). Labor is another cipher applicable to the fifth sphere while governing is linked to the fourth sphere through it being a means of providing common law.

So not only is there the enigmatic allusion to Nostradamus usage of the Hebraic Tree of life there are accompanying references to the Sefiot / Sehirot and its purpose in guiding his writing of the Prophecies.

C1 Q80
From the sixth bright celestial light
it will come to thunder very strongly in Burgundy.
Then a monster born of a very hideous beast
In March April May June great wounding & weeping

De la $ixie$me claire $plendeur celefte
Viendra tonner $i fort en la Bourgongne
Puis nai$tra mon$tre de tres hideuse beste
Mars, Auril, May, Juin grand charpin et rongne

Below is the first of my Sefirot trees and in this chart I have tried to highlight the many connections between the verses in ways useful to the reader. It should be noted that C1 Q01 as presented in this analysis breaks my rule to use only one version of his publications in order that statistical occurrence probabilities can redress any variance from Nostradamus’ intent. I make this exception here because C1 Q01 is the cornerstone of his work and this sefirot is on his use of this type of device. It is essential that this particular verse be as readable as possible so in C1 Q01 I use the presentation found in many editions. These other versions allow words such as quatreins, centuries and properties to be seen whereas in Cheetham's presentation (which I use) the lettering is distorted by letter omissions that make it unreadable in places in both its text and anagrams.

For access to my analyses of the verses in this table go to Quatrain Verses.

To see all sefirots on my site Sefirot button click here for all Sephirots

Access to the individual verses and the original paper where these analyses first appeared can be gained via the links below

C1 Q01 C10 Q28 C5 Q18 C3 Q100 C3 Q14 C1 Q02 C6 Q70 C3 Q67 C1 Q80 C6 Q25

Nostradamus' First Sephirot chart






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