Not all Nostradamus quatrains are prophecy. Nostradamus planted quatrains to serve as messages. Here we’ll talk about the first two quatrains of Century I of Nostradamus’ prophecies.
Estant assis de nuict secret estude,
Seul reposé fus la selle d’airain;
Flambe exigue sortant de solitude
Fait prosperer qui n’est à croire vain
Sitting alone at night in secret study;
It rests alone on the brass tripod.
A slight flame comes out of the solitude
Making successful that which should not be believed in vain.
Here Nostradamus id describing the method of how he produced his prophecies. The first first is saying that Nostradamus is sitting alone in his secret study. Why secret? It had to because Nostradamus lived in the period of the inquisition, therefore stating that his practices where occult by nature.
The second verse refers to probably a water basin that is resting on a tripod. This is his medium. The third line describes the situation in his study, in complete darkness (except for the slight flame) and in absolute silence. Nostradamus needed total concentration. A slight flame emerges from the solitude and NOstradamus is absorbed in the ritual of the occult and the predictions start to take shape.
The message in the fourth verse is clear enough. He is alluding that the prophecies are successful and precise too. He’s also stating that the prophecies are not to be taken in vain, they are not the finished product of a charlatan. In other words he is threatening those who mock his predictions.
La verge en main mise au milieu des BRANCHES,
De l’onde il moulle le limbe & le pied,
Vn peur & voix fremissent par les manches,
Splendeur divine. Le divin pres s’assied.
The wand in the hand is placed in the middle of the BRANCHES.
He moistens with water the hem and the foot.
A fear and a voice trembling in his sleeves.
Divine splendour. The divine sits nearby.
In the second quatrain Nostradamus confirms again that he dabbed in magic and the occult, because anyone with a pinch of logic can understand that no prophet in the long list of the Bible had to sprinkle water with the wand in his hand . In the third verse Nostradamus is in fear when he heard a voice. This is a scenario of the occult. No prophet in the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit, resorts to such witchcraft methods.
And then come the interesting fourth verse where the two phrases mention the word divine. In the original 1568 version the “v” is written as “u” and hence diuine and diuin. In Roman Latin alphabet the letter “u” is a “v”. One striking feature of these two words, divine and divin, is that they don’t start with a capital letter as a reference to God. Prophets who talked to God talk to him directly and not through a medium as the water basin. It is the devil worshippers who call Satan the divine!
Remember that he made no mistakes in his quatrains. All that seems to be spelling mistakes or when words are used in another language, is all part of his encryption of the quatrains.