VICTORY

•October 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Not everything I have said do I KNOW – yet I try to make solid deductions until the moment arrives, please God, that I may extend the attainments of KNOWING – and not everything I KNOW have I said – yet the truth must come out.

 

Truth is ever God and God is ever Truth. Living for yourself inside a lie, even inside such lies that were not of your own making, means that God cannot reach you there. Because of that masking envelope of lies you have ceased to be recoupable. God is real yet dismissed by you inwardly and refused outwardly by your present bubble of non-reality.

 

An individual sayer has voiced on an Internet forum that truthful people’s words and thoughts will travel the whole of Creation. I recognize the truth in this (and can hear that soothing susurrance upon the breeze, the whispers on the wind that will sometime rise to a clamor, the rustlings of the turn of the next age).

 

What a perfect boat for the most truth-loving among us to float! A universal transport beyond any censorial deceiver, propagandizing perverter, doctrinizing diverter or gainseeking egotist on Earth to signal misadventures or to sink.

 

Well, what does this all say about human speech and imagination?

 

Now go to it, audibly or silently, with or without my steering, no need for map or compass yet be in good order and never look back. Some day soon you shall each stand your own ground in solitary isolation yet we are the many not the few, as you’ll see.

 

You’ll see when we go inwardly alone we will be all the one crew, both as the universal plethora of time and as the infinite One in the eternal moment. What title should we give to this humanity that has for an instant tamed and enlightened their very own animal cargo, the most dangerous animal ever known, the unstable human animal?

 

The world has not seen the likes of this battle-cry before. Joyousness is inappropriate at the onset of war where the corpses seated in battle trucks are collateral to conquests. Joy is fully apposite here because the individual battles are of the human spirit, not the ape-like body or monkey mind, and enlightened dominion is our victory.

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TEN MORE FROM THOMAS – with added commentaries

•September 26, 2019 • Leave a Comment

This post is a follow-up to the post for January 2019 – How Will Death Taste? – which was originally intended as a stand-alone piece based on selected sayings from Thomas’s Gospel of Jesus. The following  are the first ten from the remaindered sayings. The introduction to be found in the January post also applies here (as does the conclusion).

                   Saying 3

Jesus said, “If your leaders tell you, ‘Look, the kingdom is in heaven,’ then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they tell you, ‘It’s in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and outside of you.

“When you know yourselves, then you’ll be known, and you’ll realize that you’re the children of the living Father. But if you don’t know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.”

Jesus speaks to them of the bright blue sky and the deep blue sea, neither of which were we born equipped to master save by serendipitous steps in human inventiveness. The Kingdom of Heaven is a different matter. Unseen and yet everywhere, it covers and embraces what lies without and within ourselves. It lives beyond the brain’s interpretive perceptions of what is and what is not and is even beyond that fast-chattering monkey, seated upon the brain, that we call the mind. And yet we can master our inner self enough to experience, for want of a better expression, an equal partnership with the All.

Here Jesus uses the expression ‘know yourself’, an early and vital part of all good transformations, to represent the entire process of ‘Enlightenment’.

Yes, the famous ‘Know Thyself’ is that important. Yet many are not 100% sure who they are, having been misled all their lives by peers and respected figures alike, and even those who feel secure in their identity and need not cling to external symbols to prove it will benefit from going inside to fully reveal the non-historic, non-affiliated, non-accidental ‘ID’ that they really are.

Please Note: the English language is inadequate for me to say all that I KNOW, especially those lackaday yet accepted meanings of words that represent the spiritual experience, and so I choose or borrow the nearest word or phrase in my communicative attempt.

We are born alone and die alone. Yet God lives, within us and without us. To avoid the taste of death, give birth to your new self in the here and now in a ‘living conjunction’ with the One whereby we feel ‘interrelated’ with the All and yet remain recognized individual beings, rather like children in a family but more so.

Jesus ends with a hint about absence of spiritual experience. It comes down to worldly cornucopia vs. the intransient richness of eternality and their being difficult-to-impossible to conflate. Yet how much $ gain is too much? Well, in the spiritual universe it is not only the financial arithmetic that compounds but also our motives and intentions and it seems that those who achieve great worldly progress do create a unique neediness in their self as a result of developing an invisible hump or two or three and will experience peculiar hardships by the cherishing of addictive non-nutrite inputs. Of course, such foods as cannot sate the appetite seem of sound value and good common sense solely within the topsy-turvy reversed topography of the materialist’s world.

                  Saying 7

Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion that’s eaten by a human and then becomes human, but how awful for the human who’s eaten by a lion, and the lion becomes human.”

The perhaps jocular point that Jesus is making here is not “You are what you eat”. It is that people are more important than animals and have a desirable, envy-making quality that separates them out completely from other species in this world – a coming together of holy spirit with an animal body and mind, a human and a monkey-form, like a fusion experiment with all the confusion that entails for both sides of the creation.

(Finding animal torment fascinating persists in the East. The Anglo-Saxon cultures, though, place animal grief at least on a par with child grief if not above it. Compare the regally-endorsed Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with the plain common National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Try writing an English newspaper item that claims children to be more important than pets and hate-mail will surely ensue.)

What we do not know is the original context in which this Saying should be taken. Greek philosophers offered that animals need not be recipients of the fruits of human morality being neither human nor moral. Before then there had been a cannibalistic belief that to consume your enemy or your dead relative was to take to yourself their best attributes – though not their failings, presumably.

(Same-species consumption persists today both in the wild and with human beings as ritual and criminal acts including war crimes.)

Here Jesus is speaking in similar terms but about the cross-specie devouring of a noble and an imagined-as-noble creature. Today this seems most arcane, a distant peasant wisdom or folklore perhaps? Not so to those living in the Roman Empire. Livy had written about lion fighting in Rome as early as 186 BC. Was such ‘sport’ quite everyday for much of His contemporary following? What kinds of folk was He addressing?

The Bible gospels are said to be written by simple men. Yet those who could write at that time were 10% of the city populations and a fraction of that in the country areas. Scribes and editors were literate by definition, of course, as were Pharisiacal priests. Jesus deeply disliked both groups, it seems.

Followers like Luke and Matthew had been in literate occupations. Saul/Paul though is customarily described as a ‘tent maker’ yet the Hebrew noun employed could suggest equally ‘house maker’ or even ‘church maker’, which figuratively is what he obviously was.

(Jesus gave the people sound ideas and lofty feelings about high and true ideals but it was Paul and perhaps James who gave them their common mindset, the prescribed methods for both internalizing and externalizing these, so as to lay the foundation of the Christian church today – theoretically a borderless state yet bordered in practice by common expressions of common beliefs from a common origin.)

Jesus says that to eat dead matter returns it to life. True in a poetic sense, of course, but not as a material process as food is broken down physically and chemically in the digestive system, unless Jesus was confirming that all matter has a spirit, individually or collectively, that gets taken over into our own self or else takes a vampirical pleasure in drawing our spiritual energy into itself. There are ‘people’ who can do this, please be aware.

Though born as fully human, some people become possessed (theoretically easily reversible – I once spontaneously exorcised a demonic and the results were startling but I cannot know that matters did not revert later) or have killed and buried their shame- or guilt-ridden true selves to live out The Great Deceiver in a  bubble-world empathic only to them (theoretically irreversible as the timeline for any humane treatment would be too long even if wanted, although all things are possible when done by God).

Which brings us to ‘Holy Communion’. The Roman version of this has considered the wine and wafer as mysteriously and truly transformed into blood and flesh. Protesters hold that this is equally nourishing when considered to be so symbolically.

This Saying bears out the possible belief, that it may follow was being implied during the ‘Last Supper’, that their drinking His actual blood and eating His actual flesh would have made His spirit enter into them. Actually, I find cannibalism abhorrent and drinking blood distasteful. Being qualified in youth by the Church of England to take Communion I used to do that but these days I do not and for the above reasons. This Saying, however, has given me pause for thought about disdain for Communion. Even so my ‘hero-worship’ of the real Jesus does not extend to ritual.

(Confucius – a famous advisor to kings across China – wrote that to understand ritual was to hold the world in your hand.  Confucianism though is a very potent force for social stability, an inviolable family structure with a strict relationship code for each member, that has proven resistant to political reach inside families. In fact few family laws, if any, have existed in true Confucian societies with government then left a free hand to lord over all activities outside the family. A kind of trade-off. Moderniser Chairman Mao failed twice to abolish peasant Confucianism. There is a spiritual aspect to it yet it is not exclusive, no priests demanding that only one source of mores be observed. Ancestor remembrance, usually inside the family home, is its main otherworldly ritual – intended, perhaps, to keep the past bosses placated and distant now that their time has gone.) 

                 Saying 8

He said, “The human being is like a wise fisher who cast a net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisher found a fine large fish and cast all the little fish back down into the sea, easily choosing the large fish. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”

Jesus seems to say, perhaps accidentally, that the biggest should die, the smallest should live. To the modern mind this makes a kind of sense. Governments control hole-sizes of nets and young fish below a certain size must be returned to the sea for breeding. However, our high-risk-taking fisherboat skippers could actually sell all of any catch upon safe return to port and would be happy to be allowed to do so. Chance-taking agents will bid for the whole catch, regardless, and batch it up into species, qualities and sizes to sell on to the appropriate markets. At the time of Jesus the outcome would have been closer to the latter than to the former. So what did He mean?

In the upside-down world of the unenlightened materialist this saying has little or no meaning without recalling the modern assumption “biggest is best” and that this particular big fish must obviously have some monetary value greater than the cumulative potential of the tiddlers.

Yet the final sentence clearly indicates that this saying is for those who KNOW. It is a pearl tossed for them alone to catch. As a result “human being” as “wise fisher” here probably implies fully humanized beings and not the spiritually oscillating, practical but prevaricating ‘monkey hybrid’ homo sapiens that have not yet realized the best version of their inner selves.

(Jesus said to ask God to provide for everything and on lacking all doubt it will be given to us. Providence. Wishing for greater wisdom, though, sometimes leads to surprising sorrows as it is only in personal experiences, usually of a harrowing nature, that we may learn from our mistakes and grow in emotional stability and character. Rather seek-out spiritual wisdom through your personal inner Enlightenment. It may happen, of course, that particular worldly awards will be earned but then discounted before we proceed on our inward path, i.e. take out all the hooks!)

Sidestepping Buddhism, which would hold that suffering or pain is illusional and not real to the inner self, James the Just felt driven to tell his followers to find the joy in such suffering for it is happening especially to benefit their selves, which may well be true yet, for most, that’s a bitter pill to swallow. This attitude was intended to enable perseverance, a great tool in battling the incorrigible parts of ourselves yet also the preeminent weapon of the mediocre.)

In a Bible gospel Jesus speaks of “fishers of men”. Be aware of intelligent discrimination as being the primary – but latterly the least important – step on the path towards personal Enlightenment.

(You know, an inner city teacher will attend to the needs of the disadvantaged learners in a group, leaving the quick to fend for theirselves, but the country dweller will ever put the top candidate first, naturally, be that the biggest in the catch or the most proliferous patch for fruiting.)

                   Saying 9

Jesus said, “Look, a sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the roadside; the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on the rock; they didn’t take root in the soil and ears of grain didn’t rise toward heaven. Yet others fell on thorns; they choked the seeds and worms ate them. Finally, others fell on good soil; it produced fruit up toward heaven, some sixty times as much and some a hundred and twenty.”

Plants also need surroundings reflective of their natures. Those plants well-fitted to desert drought will drown easily. Mountain plants like restricted roots and slender diets, dying otherwise. Roses are gross consumers, greedy feeders, and produce champion blooms if a rotted bag from the Horse Of The Year Show is added to their plot. Some jungle canopy dwellers need full shade whilst woodlanders flourish in dappled sunshine. Likewise dormant seeds are triggered by predetermined factors like water or ice or fire (Californian Redwoods). If you broadcast seed regardless you may have start-to-finish successes or else good starters that give up early under stress or even non-starters that will not try to push upwards at all. Or all three at once – ‘good’ seeds and so-called ‘bad’ seeds in a mixed bag.

Jesus acutely observes that first the resources come down: then those suitably resourced rise up.

How curious that ‘up’ and ‘down’ seem to exist objectively. What are these forceful place-markers that exist all around the surface of our ball-shaped planet? And do they exist in Outer Space?

Einstein must have believed that. His relativity explanation of gravity suggests a flat mattress called Space that heavy planets sink into. In other words they sink somewhere we must call down so necessitating somewhere we call up that they just sank from or at least that we could observe as above if suitably located below.

This was either an IQ-testing thought reversal, explaining gravity as being the side-effect of a heavy weight rather than a heavy weight as being the side-effect of gravity, or a major advance on the Chinese of thousands of years ago who drew a straight line then pondered upon it, in effect initiating the philosophy we now call theoretical physics. The Chinese found their intuitions and intellects stirred by this straightening pursuit. The next stage was to posit that there must be something above the line and so something else below the line. Eventually somebody in ancient times decided that they were the same thing and the two became one or Heaven and Earth, apparently up and apparently down from the horizon, separate as concepts and yet forever in touch with each other.

In 1985-6 I found a very receptive listener who I spoke with for an hour or so each evening about the World as seen by me both from within and from without. I think I was among the first to use the approach “You don’t have to believe me, try for youself” which worked well. To my pleasant surprise their spirit nature grew and grew until, one day, as I noticed the ornament in between us to be glowing with a kind of life of its own – and without any word from me – they described the selfsame awesome sight. Well, there we were, seeing the same unexpected event, both in awe, until it returned to a mundane normalcy. We were in a coffee shop. Powerful things, coffee beans? No, this experience can occur anywhere, anytime – it once happened to me as I glanced at a desk telephone and became absorbed by its wonderfulness on some hitherto unencountered level – and links to a stage in development by which we uncover fitfully the divinity that had always been hidden there.

In subsequent years, under the influence of their best friend, they went into an occulted activity  – that I had warned them was a false detour and ultimately debilitating and despite the proofs I had given. All my loving work in vain?

There is no guarantee of achieving Enlightenment. Some will know attainment this time around, some won’t quite make it this time but could in another time and place, others just refuse to try it seems. Yet the journey is its own reward and those rewards when they come are beyond mere beans to calculate. However, what goes up must come down. And vice versa.

                   Saying 11

Jesus said, “This heaven will disappear, and the one above it will disappear too. Those who are dead aren’t alive, and those who are living won’t die. In the days when you ate what was dead, you made it alive. When you’re in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became divided. But when you become divided, what will you do?”

This futuristic narrative reads that the sky or heaven will disappear and so will the sky or heaven above that! Well, today we call the lowest part of the atmosphere the Troposphere and separate this from the Stratosphere with the Tropopause. The upper atmosphere is then divided in two and all that is topped out by the Exosphere for good measure. Did Jesus mean that?

Alternatively the “one above” might be the One God of this Universe or else just the head leaseholder of this planet, the negatively influential local demonic – given to reversals – who may or may not exist (although it seems true to me that they once did and maybe have revived today).

Jesus has described some sort of ‘horizon event’ which seems to step beyond time itself as if planetary orbiting had stopped and all the clocks with it.

Again He speaks of a human ability that most were not aware of – to bring to life anew that which we eat. I am not sure about this revelation. It seems quite dark, not so light, a bit shocking. Have I missed something?

He goes on to speak of what must be a very special light, the embracing glow of God perhaps?

Contrast that with Genesis: the Earth existed void upon a deep darkness as God’s spirit fluttered on the face of those waters. Fiat lux! Then light gets called day and dark gets called night. An expanse called the Heavens (the Milky Way?) separates the waters (that would later fall to Earth through opened ‘windows’ in the sky) although on Day 2 the dry land called the Earth and the watery Seas did appear. Seeing that it was good, the God manifests tender grass upon the Earth (although it is too thirsty for some climes today).

(Elsewhere in ancient times, Darkness was thought of as behaving like a snake, amoral, largely neutral and disinterested until challenged by the Light and then its evil emerges fighting for its very survival, viciously and calculatingly. Even quite recently in human history the dark was seen as the force that dispelled the light and not what must occur in the absence of light when all colours are replaced by black, i.e. the colours all come from white light and must move-on with it. Leonardo knew about this by observation. It’s amazing how many folk won’t observe what is in front of them if that goes against what they once were taught. We don’t see what we don’t expect to see?)

The challenge: Jesus queries how will you act upon entering the light? Clearly Jesus speaks about a special light, not normally seen. I think we all can imagine the subtle meaning of the phrase “To step into the light” but to experience that may be a different matter.

Does He or Thomas or some subsequent scribe-editor then seems to lose their way in the final sentence-pair? Became is past, become is future. This seems out of sync somehow, like a doubling of division.

On the day when you were one, you became divided.

But when you become divided, what will you do?

Clearly this confirms that we were once at one with everything, virtually undifferentiated, and then we became divided into the dualism of this world as perceived by us daily and reinforced by the all-pervasive syndrome of cause-and-effect.

(First you take up your gender in the womb, then the Sun and the Moon give you day and night and so it goes on, dualistically. Then by constant repetitions you become averse to or blind to and so unable to register anything that is not cause-and-effect based.)

The challenge appears: how will you act upon being divided? Yes, but does that mean at around conception what will you do? Well, we know now that the single fertilized cell divides and continues to do so, doubling and redoubling. It’s curious that He might have meant that, nobody would have understood until very recently. Unless that’s part of a plan – which also seems doubtful to the modern mind.

Could Jesus have meant instead how would you behave after being reborn into the One but eventually sliding back into divisive worldly ways? Or should this be something like “But when you eventually become One, feeling deeply part of the universal meld, what will you do?”

The latter might suggest that there is a choice to be made by the Enlightened One, perhaps whether to progress again, after a period of bliss, or maybe to return slowly and painfully back into the world. Either no-one present would have comprehended this, or else everyone.

The website gnosticdoctrine.blogspot.com has a prosaic interpretation of the final sentence-pair – presumably by placing them at the moment that Jesus ordered them (the disciples on basic training) into pairs (of apostles on field operations) – by treating these last two sentences as part of, the introduction to, Saying 12. 

           Saying 12

The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you’re going to leave us. Who will lead us then?”

Jesus said to them, “Wherever you are, you’ll go to James the Just, for whom heaven and earth came into being.”

In a Bible gospel Jesus said He would prepare a place for them after His Departure/upon His Arrival … but here He tells them that wherever they are when He departs they must go and report to His brother James ‘for whom heaven and earth – everything in the material and the spiritual worlds? – came into being’.

Tentatively, I offer here 5 explanations of the extreme James description:

1.It’s my guess that by speaking like this Jesus might have been foreseeing the supernatural-papal type of glory that would surround all future rememberance of James. 

2. James already had status in Jerusalem as a religious leader, an alternative to the imposed High Priest, with whom he might intercede on behalf of the people. Reputedly he was a miracle-worker also. He was so well-regarded by the people that Origen and others have recorded that the destruction of Jerusalem was held out by many as an act of God following the killing of James the Just and not following the killing of Jesus, as we might rather presume today.

3.This extraordinary statement attributed to Jesus about James the Just could also be taken to mean that James had attained Enlightenment, perhaps having been ‘chosen’ at the beginning of time as per Saying 49 of this, Thomas’s own Gospel of Jesus.

Yet in James 4:4 a dualistic James states,

“Adulterers and adulteresses! have ye not known that friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever, then, may counsel to be a friend of the world, an enemy of God he is set.” 

This is quite gnostic and purist, I get it, but it is hyper-critical and divisive so not delivered from  the position of an Enlightened One at all, and is a very ragged version of the sublime “for what is a man profited if he may gain the whole world, but of his life suffer loss?” Jesus in Matthew 16:26

James was truly famous for his sense of justice and while the word ‘just’ is very important to law, religion, ethics and culture generally it has little real relevance to the Enlightened, justice being rooted in dualism like a two-edged sword or a pair of scales.

4.This odd qualification of James has been justified elsewhere by quoting Revelation (although seemingly not written at the time of the Thomas Gospel of Jesus) wherein God changes absolutely everything (so creating a new heaven and earth) and John envisions the new Jerusalem yet does not mention any Kingdom of James.

(Perhaps there is an over-fondness for ‘King James‘ in bible circles, causing some confusion? All my quotes are from Youngs Literal Translation Bible.) 

5.Could this attribution be a weird editorial justification for spooky nepotism, as scribally inserted into the main narrative?

Some say that religion is an inspired cop-out and its records are forever flawed.

In contradistinction to that point of view, here is the holy James for whom the silvery rain falls and the ears of corn glisten …

James the Just was an Elder, a leading authority and one of the shared leadership of the early Jerusalem Church of the Apostolic Age, so-called, with which Paul was associated. He was a supposed brother to Jesus the Nazarene and lived out his life in Jerusalem. He was not an apostle and had not believed in the divinity of Jesus until after the material resurrection of Him.

Although some foreign converts to Judaism had joined in, plus pious folk from Ethiopia, which land housed what otherwise might be the earliest congregational Christianity, the majority of those attending meetings were Jewish convinced followers of Jesus.

These were early days for the belief in Jesus as being the longed-for Jewish Messiah, Jesus the Christ, a notion that has deeply offended a great many Jews even to this day. Paul, officially a Roman, nudged over toward the Gentiles (the non-Jews of the world) as being his Mission while James continued to refer to their meeting-place in Jerusalem as a synagogue.

James – who like Paul stressed the divinity of Jesus – appeared to have a differing message and style to that of Jesus, at least judging by his eponymous book that stresses obedience to the group and views misfortune as being not so much personal as systemic, rather Jewish points of view that would later be expressed by Marx.

Many millions have warmed to the theme of ‘group salvation’ with its exclusive ‘thou-shalt-not-enter-without-thy-church’s-goldcard’ and all the implications that poses.

Saying 13

Jesus said to his disciples, “If you were to compare me to someone, who would you say I’m like?”

Simon Peter said to him, “You’re like a just angel.”

Matthew said to him, “You’re like a wise philosopher.”

Thomas said to him, “Teacher, I’m completely unable to say whom you’re like.”

Jesus said, “I’m not your teacher. Because you’ve drunk, you’ve become intoxicated by the bubbling spring I’ve measured out.”

He took him aside and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked, “What did Jesus say to you?”

Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the things he said to me, you’ll pick up stones and cast them at me, and fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.”

Jesus challenges Simon Peter who resorts to mixture of the spiritual and the material to form an appropriate conjunction. Matthew seeks to hide within the reflected glow that may attach to compliments of rare human wisdom. Thomas tells the truth as he feels it to be. Even so Jesus seems to show irritation that the conventional social address upon speaking to any teacher is also being levelled at Him. (We do the same today with the automatic address ‘Doctor’ aimed at any level of physician.)

The Child Jesus grew up beyond all teachers and got fed up with being farmed out to these lesser beings by Joseph and ending up having to school them instead of them schooling Him.

(Read the Infancy Gospel of Thomas – too bizarre for me to attempt to interpret and yet, like Revelation and some OT books, most moving at some very deep level – to get a flavour of how this might have been)

He was not a teacher of spiritual matters in a material world. Probably He came to this mission because the world had seemed inside-out. When all was in place and the people in accord then He would guide them step-by-step.

He tried to be like an honourable servant and yet also the one you must look to for directions and commands in unaccustomed straits. He may actually have felt like a diplomatic office-holder who had arrived at a low location in an inappropriately gilded carriage that he rather needed  to live down in order to raise up the support of the common people. Or sometimes like a distressed husband who despite being unused to such rough terrain needs must tread in every last corner searching for his lost wife. His followers saw Him as their leader and superior.

Note: I have met Christians who claim to have a personal and present relationship with Jesus Christ. I do not make such a claim. As an iconic figure of religious literature He has been analysed and written about as much as anyone else ever has been, perhaps more. There are so many opinionated points of view. Why should I not add mine? All I may deduce is that He lived two millennia ago, was wonderfully advanced at miracle-working, had a huge mobile following at a time when the Roman Cavalry routinely hunted and mowed down non-official religious meetings, spoke sentences that echoed down the centuries (many of them surviving verbatim despite all the odds – ask any journalist) was surrounded by a clique that viewed Him supernaturally and was forceful in His precepts but not doctrinal, referring them only to the story of Jonah in the whale so as to understand his upcoming demise and what would follow on from it. Jesus was actually a Greek name,very common in Jerusalem – a city that He loved – but more or less unheard of in Galilee where most of His mission took place. He tried to avoid His country family who at one point were trying to get Him ‘sectioned’ out of embarassment with the neighbours. There were few trees where He grew up and imported timbers were expensive. For that reason even small bridges were made of stone. Carpentry, the trade of Joseph, may have been restricted to load-bearing frames and cross-beams used, for instance, to support flat roofs. All armies also employed carpenters who travelled great distances with them. The invisible mortise and tenon joints skilfully crafted may have given rise to the exhortation to remember the beam in your own eye when criticizing others for the speck in theirs, i.e. their speck is visible, yes, but God knows you have a hidden artifice that is much greater than their impurity even if it has been made specially difficult to notice!

You are your only teacher in spirit apart from God Almighty – although on the way ‘up’ there are some very good guiding words available to the intuitively discriminating (yet very few indeed on the way ‘down’ again) – so proceed inside with Him alone and experience fully your personal progress through the dim corridors towards Enlightenment.

(Was Jesus angry because the World that He said He hated is indeed a kind of school, teaching us by our mistakes and upgrading us to even more difficult lessons by degrees? Who could be the Principal of that school and how will final graduation taste?)

There were three followers present and Jesus told Thomas three things. Thomas seems to have been tutored in how fire might be drawn from a stone, the inanimate suddenly impassioned in the worst way imaginable. We shall never know clearly the things that Jesus said to Thomas (much like the vital words of Jesus in His 40 days on Earth after His resurrection that are forever occulted from us) but a whiff of their unacceptability might possess that group and probably would with the Christians of today, too.

More than once Jesus referred to stones as being potentially animated despite appearing to be totally still like master meditators or sleeping monks .

Saying 14

Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you’ll bring guilt upon yourselves; and if you pray, you’ll be condemned; and if you make donations, you’ll harm your spirits.

In Saying 6 (see the website nostradamondo entry for January 2019 ) Jesus makes no reply to questions about fasting timetables, prayer routines, donation methods, dietary requirements, because HE IS NOT ABOUT FOUNDING A RELIGION.

Here though He brings attention to unexpected consequences that no member of any Judeo-Christian or Christianity-influenced country would even consider possible today after two thousand years of absorbing altering influences.

“If they welcome you when you enter any land and go around in the countryside, heal those who are sick among them and eat whatever they give you, because it’s not what goes into your mouth that will defile you. What comes out of your mouth is what will defile you.”

A wanderer needs acquire certain graces that will keep them safe wherever they go. Politeness is one that works even in impolite societies. Not deliberately setting yourself up for ridicule or offense is another (including guarding your tongue, which is the very thing that these advocates could not always do). Taking much care over those who serve you and accepting what is offered in good faith is correct, i.e. not doing these things will leave you unappreciated.

In parts of the East great hospitality is shown to travelling strangers even in places that dislike or distrust foreigners. It was probably once that way in the West also.

In fact, even the poorest people will enjoy giving as generously as their hearts dictate and you will gain love and respect if you speak just a few of their local phrases and eat well no matter what oddity is placed before you. (Excepting rare instances when a culture forbids hearty displays.) To take good care of a travelling stranger was a widespread cultural tradition once upheld as most worthy.

(Immediately after WWI in Britain some destitute ex-soldiers found that they could walk the land much like tramps yet always finding free food and beer and friendly company in the grateful rural villages.)

Doctors, like teachers, are in short supply in rural areas as they earn the least while there and are far from influencing any sort of career path. Some may be bad doctors even, unwanted in the cities, and yet they are accorded the highest respect by locals, regardless. Absolutely any person believed able to heal others – and Jesus does not doubt that His advocates shall be – will find themselves equally well-regarded and may advance their own cause unhindered (other than by the State when it feels like interfering).

We can find in Thomas’s Gospel of Jesus possible roots of a later Christian Gnosticism in Southern France, eventually defeated by envy and greed, which totally divided the physical world from its spiritual counterpart. Jesus holds that the transient condition of the physical stomach is unworthy of worry whilst our strangely enduring invisible utterances give Him deep pause for concern.

In this He was followed by His brother James, one of the earliest pillars of the church, in his eponymous book, chapter 3:8

For every nature, both of beasts and of fowls, both of creeping things and things of the sea, is subdued, and hath been subdued, by the human nature, and the tongue no one of men is able to subdue, being an unruly evil, full of deadly poison

                   Saying 15

Jesus said, “When you see the one who wasn’t born of a woman, fall down on your face and worship that person. That’s your Father.”

Awkwardly – and beyond all colleges to explain despite the sub-scientific theory of evolution – a knowing of the source of the all, ‘Ab Initio’, is not only a clear defeat for ‘A.I.’ but it is also proving impossible for the science of synthetic organic chemistry to nail.

Another one who is not born of woman is that person who has rebirthed themselves during their lifetime by success at unpeeling their historic lower self and nurturing the emergence of their Higher Self in its stead.

For myself, I have noticed that cultural ways are the most difficult ways of all to slough off. Also that how we present ourselves to the daily traffic of human discourse – our presentation to others by charm of voice, humour, occasional forcefullness – that we have developed over the years, our ways of persuasion or of reinforcing personal barriers or of subtle coercion or self-defence, etc., are likely to remain after rebirthing ourselves if only because these things took a lifetime to perfect slowly, gradually. It follows that we may eventually give up the effort to grow them anew and continue with our old proven methods of interaction with others despite having become a very different person on the inside. Always look past the surface, the superficial facial recognition, the pat projections of personality, etc.

Saying 16

Jesus said, “Maybe people think that I’ve come to cast peace on the world, and they don’t know that I’ve come to cast divisions on the earth: fire, sword, and war. Where there are five in a house, there’ll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father. They’ll stand up and be one.”

A very powerful statement. Can it be taken seriously? Isn’t this the gentle Lamb of Christianity? In Saying 10 He said He was come to cast fires and watch the world burn. Violent, no?

Perhaps because He usually presents as very balanced and stable, others then expect Him to bring those same qualities into their own lives? Yet in the surviving childhood gospels He murders child enemies at will (He also reverses a child’s death at will though seemingly not from compassion) and blinds one teacher. Joseph is implored by grieving parents to send Him away from His home village.

At different periods the Jews were expecting either two Messiahs (Christ is merely the Greek for Messiah) or one with the characteristics of both. These were imagined as quite worldly types, one being a priestly figure and the other a military leader. The idea was that the lengthy Roman occupation would be wrapped-up by a mixture of martial force and guidance from above. The desert-based Essenes (remote and seemingly never hassled by the Romans) were in constant training, we may read, to join with an army of angels to do that same job. Fire, sword and war were indeed what happened to the Jews when the Romans expelled the Jews from “the Holy Land”, as prophesied or as cursed by Jesus under the duress of protracted humiliation and execution. Who can blame Him? He was being severely and unfairly rejected. Wouldn’t you curse them if you were in that position? (But John the Baptist and James the Just were also killed unfairly and so even if there were some kind of holy curse on Israel/Jerusalem we can’t be sure which, if any, of this power trio placed it.)

It is tempting to separate the first half of Saying 16 from the second. We can then explain this latter part as the splitting away of the enlightenment seekers from their base groups, their families. This seems a correct enough, if unpopular, course as it clears the path to individual Enlightenment.

Everything that may be modelled in thought experiments or on laboratory benches is, in truth, a mixture of reality and imagination.

The latter is a very profound human asset, far beyond the secondary status accorded to it by the Age of Reason. Paradoxically it is imagination that powers the very scientists who would downgrade it as inferior to the factual.

The fact of the matter here is that the whole of this Saying is intended to stand united, like its positive ending. Undoubtedly the Apostles were slow to comprehend Jesus and each stuck too long with preconceptions of Him: the Priest Messiah (flickeringly representing the spiritual dimension) being the same personification as the Commander Messiah (forcefully representing the desired conflict) according to the Judean mindset at the time of the Roman occupation.

Prophet Mohammed PBUH (who started Islam from a cave) had three definable ‘careers’ – as a successful businessman, as a great Prophet and as a conquering warlord, in that order, and no good Moslem would query that procession as being in any way anomalous. In truth, Christianity, Islam and Judaism are and have been or can be both of peace and of violence.

                   Saying 20

The disciples asked Jesus, “Tell us, what can the kingdom of heaven be compared to?”

He said to them, “It can be compared to a mustard seed. Though it’s the smallest of all the seeds, when it falls on tilled soil it makes a plant so large that it shelters the birds of heaven.”

Another good seed story. It is true that a seed contains the recipe and the ingredients for the whole plant to grow up into something impressive (with some chemicals being so concentrated in some seeds that they are poisonous to us). Jesus picks on the diminutive mustard seed for His example. He also chooses for His illustration a tilled field, a prepared site. Here the seed will ‘take’ and grow to a size where it fulfills its part in the natural scheme of things, proving useful and helpful.

Of help to the anti-Creationists is that although the human body, for example, is a stunning piece of work there are some design faults – weak spots and eminently improvable systems – that seem inexplicable unless chance had been at work at least part of the time. So it is that some essential dietary requirements are both rare in the wild and yet not produced by the body itself. As it happens, mustard has two of those. By my intuition, it seems possible only that God was the Creator and Inceptor of the physical world yet could He not have created something like evolution as well so as to build some surprises into developments upon that first foundation? Truly I know of no complete answer to the broad question of originations – who or what created everything from nothing, including originating the ideas of foundation, development, surprise and intuition – except that there must have been God to have an ‘In the beginning’ – that conceit or incept being another conception-inception that He must also have created ‘ab initio’.

Where is our Universe expanding towards exactly? As a toddler I watched a drip suspending itself from our big scullery tap. It was tear-shaped and weighing itself down. Sooner or later it would fall and disintegrate against the bottom of the deep stone sink. I thought it to be made of the atoms and molecules that I had heard about, just as the Universe is made of stars and planetary systems. I saw that the fate of the universe was to grow fatter at one end and thin at the other until it slipped from the grip of an alien scullery tap. I remember the thought “Is that it? Are we an insignificant droplet in some other world, doomed under our own weight?”

So where did we come from? In Saying 50 (see the website nostradamondo entry for January 2019 ) Jesus is claimed by Thomas to have said to them that the light came into being from itself (no dual nor binary cause for the brilliant effect) and that they were like images or presences or aspects, perhaps even projections, of it. The present Age of Worldly Reason holds that light exudes from matter, otherwise we have no idea where it starts from. What will the next Age have to say about that?

NigelRaymondOfford (C) September 2019

FAKE NEWS! BBC WATCHDOGS PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS NONSENSE NOW BEING CIRCULATED!

•September 10, 2019 • Leave a Comment

FAKE NEWS! BBC WATCHDOGS PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS NONSENSE NOW BEING CIRCULATED! “The present Conservative&Labour types will render their selves unelectable, places taken by reasonable-seeming individuals – doctors, lawyers, engineers, men-and-women-in-the-street, covertly pre-formed as a Fifth Column. These purposeful Commons guardians will then obey a Toy Cabinet which in turn obeys a shockproof Prime Mini-traitor who obeys … ?” THIS NOTION CANNOT BE ALLOWED! FOR THE SAKE OF DEMOCRACY! OH, THE INHUMANITY!

Current news about General Electric spins around comparisons with Enron

•August 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Current news about General Electric spins around comparisons with Enron

Part II

For Part I click here https://nostradamundus.wordpress.com/articles-general/current-news-about-general-electric-spins-around-comparisons-with-enron-a-reprise-of-quatrain-ix-53-may-be-key/

(See also the Nostradamundus Article  ENRON NERON NONDIODECTIC COINCIDENT)

Reprise of Quatrain IX 53 may be key

IX 53
Le Neron ieune dans les trois cheminees
Fera de paiges vifz pour ardoir getter,

Heureux qui loing sera de telz menees,
Trois de son sang le feront mort guetter.

My most recent previous translation of the above (there have been 4) was

Neron the most junior of an elevated group

Will enliven the underlings by thrusting them towards chained dogs,

There are those who will be far from happy,

He will be surprised by death, three of his own will have this done.

My fresh analysis:

Line 1. Humour and fear often co-exist. It is common for the head of a major organization to be referred to as “God” by their management staff, as if jokingly.

(I worked in the bureau of such a CEO where “God” was said to sack directors on sight in the corridors. A climate of fear prevailed. After moving to a smaller business I found that our secretary was a high-rolling psychic, a well-connected fortune-teller who met with this same deity one evening weekly to tell “God” what step to take next with his unwieldy organization as he had not much of an  idea!)

Revered past-CEO of GE, J.Welch, kept General Electric and himself treated as ‘holy’ by the Stock Markets for decades. Some might say there were underlying problems that then came to haunt his three immediate successors. The present CEO is younger than his predecessor by three years. He has been in the job for under two years. His name is H.L.Culp junior.

Line 2. OF ‘paige’ would be a male youth, usually of good family, perhaps noble, put into the service of a seigneur or squire. Or a boy in the position of valet. Or a young seaman, a boy sailor – green, as we now would colour the newboy. It had also meant an entire book or story and had a metonomic meaning, a side of paper or parchment.

OF ‘vif’ is lively, the idea of life, the idea of self integrity, intensity, strength, sensitivity, speed of movement and reactions, the quick not the dead.

OF ‘ardoir/hardoir/ardre’ is to burn something or set it on fire or to destroy by fire including to burn someone at the stake (burning as a torment of the heretic) or to illuminate (as in to switch on) or else blistering by the Sun. Figuratively, the inner sensation of fire. Metaphorically, the torment or ecstacy of love. Something consuming someone, enflamed and animated and reduced to nothing. Or Divine Love. Or a Medieval right to cut down timber for firewood. (OF ‘hardoir’ may be one source of the English word ‘hardware’?)

OF ‘getter’, a place where dogs are kept leashed, or else ‘jeter’ a word with possibly the same sound but meaning to throw out, emit, or otherwise eject or get rid of something or someone. (A sure candidate for the errors of speedy Sixteenth Century hot-print dictation. )

Line 4. OF ‘mort’. As well as  being the substantive for dead, death, extinction, when used adjectivally it meant ‘nul’, non-existent or without legal value.

OF ‘guetter’ had a military meaning, to set an ambush, or it could mean a group who are to watch another or to ‘watch yourself’.

Translation 5:

The junior of the outright chiefs within the three ways/the three chimneys (three markets sectors, three industries, three heads, three smoking guns),
Throws papers onto a volatile fire,

There are those who will be far from happy,
They extinguish (their target), three of the same blood will do it

General Electric, which has often been called the “sixty-six billion dollars company” is dangling on a cliff-edge. (A modern Fr. translation ‘enterprise valant soixante-six milliards de dollar’ is available from the letters of the quatrain as a whole)

Well-heeled fraud-buster H.Markopolos calls his recent GE revelation “the GEnron case” as “GE utilizes many of the same accounting tricks as Enron did”.

(Unfortunately we cannot produce the literal translation “GE utilise beaucoup des mêmes astuces comptables qu’Enron” for lack of a letter ‘b’ although the paraphrase ‘GE utilise quasiment les mêmes tromperies qu’Enron’ is available from the quatrain.)

The letters for the counter-allegation of market manipulation,‘manipulation des marchés’, may be obtained from the first three lines of the quatrain.

The accounting terms ‘debt ratio’ and ‘debt covenant’ seem important here including for the Rating Agencies (‘agences de notation’ is available from the letters of the First Couplet and the Second Couplet also should we borrow the letter ‘c’ from the First.) The letters of ‘ratio d’endettement’, or debt ratio, are in the Second Couplet in full and the First Couplet also should we allow the duplication of one letter ‘t’. The letters of ‘engagements financiers’, or debt covenants, are in the First Couplet in full and the Second Couplet also should we allow a duplicate ‘g’ and the borrowing of letter ‘c’ from the word ‘cheminees’ in the First.

Well, shares are jobbed up or down to get things moving at the start of a market day. Likewise rumours are started, publicly by shareholders or among themselves by stockbroker and securities dealers, to create price movements that will enable them to better shuffle the hands they hold, so to speak. Future outcomes are wagered by banks for their protection and the futures facility is made widely available to businesses and gamblers alike. It is possible either to bet for or against the trend with a futures contract or to sell out your holding before some volatile share-price descent and then buy the same number of shares for much less. Fortunes are made and lost on the markets through rumours, be they true or false.

The GE situation reminds many people of the eventual demise of Enron which also published good monetary health, revenue and sales figures without any inner costs that might reveal sustained losses. The present storm for GE could turn out to have been a giant short-selling exercise. Yet the feared recession alone could limit GE’s ability to borrow in the face of their revealed liabilities although they do have substantial current reserves it seems (‘réserves actuelles’ is lettered into Line 1) though maybe not enough.

It is now a full week since the “market massacre” of GE shares and that is attracting yet more short sellers and they say that no top investor has covered their short position. However, much of this is from accusation and emotion and opposing predictive analyses. Who said that business decisions are rational and long-term?

The academic study of economics has had good and bad effects. By claiming pole position in the Social Sciences with its core theory based around an assumed maximising personality – a model person that Marketing seems not to have observed in the real world – it has now guided business graduates to believe that maximization is a clever and even unavoidable move so pumping-up bubbles that are causing crash after market crash. Or causing unwarranted pressure. Busily maximising bank directors and institutional shareholders’ maximisation-based yet momentary wishes can lead to driving too fast and too far into the beyond by the most expedient rather than the wisest route available. Followed by a tragic fall.

NigelRaymondOfford (C) 23.8.2019

The SLEEPING GIANT is WOKE …?

•August 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Never mind how self-important the new world order-givers feel, they are doomed by their fractious narcissistic psychopathies, their universe-in-a-bubble personality disorders, their fears that make them desire dominance over normal folk above all else.

Lacking warm human or even caring chimplike emotions, yet aping these quite madly for our deception, they seek to create a world freed of all positive emotional attachments and devoid of those cultural sentiments that face towards goodness.

They see their decadent worldly ways, the lies that they have been successfully spreading for years, as being a better state for them, certainly not for us. Be in no doubt that these damp social squibs are superficially effective only and will prove unacceptable to the human race when the people arise from their induced slumbers, sober up and claim back all that was stolen from them while they slept.

Humanity’s progress depends on life becoming smoother not rougher, more generous and not meaner, more trustworthy not more treacherous, warmer rather than colder. Heaven help the perpetrators – all will be revealed as this Age of Worldly Reason passes, thanks God.

Summer Solstice 21st June 2019 brings a day both of pause and crescendo. Ask questions, get ready, soon it’s going to go – one way or the other.

•June 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment

GLOBAL POLITICS POSE AS BIBLICAL END TIME.

‘’Modern Crusaders preparing Iran blood-bath?’’
(Richie Allen Show, Youtube, guest Tony Gosling)

A NEUROTIC NEO-NATION SEES ITSELF SUPERNATURALLY SEALED TO SLAUGHTER ITS WICKED WET-NURSE THE WORLD.

(Nostradamondo, post for April, 2016)

 

 

One epoch ends and another begins? The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire and the Nostradamus Centuries Quatrain I 51

•April 27, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is standing proud despite being minus its high roof and the two-hundred years old beautiful 300 ft. steeple that had been visible upon that roof. The wood of the roof beams had been dry for many more centuries, approaching a thousand years. The destroyed heights of the cathedral were covered-over with lead protection. Lead will melt at low temperatures. Below the roofs are curved ceilings which must now bear the stress of any building movement.

Writing as a one-time fire surveyor I can confirm that fire-spread is a frighteningly fast occurrence. Even more so the smoke from materials. (I attended a wool fire whereby black smoke obscured my vision completely and burned hot inside my lungs and sometimes, decades later, when I cough I can taste that soot.) Even a spark entering an air-conditioning system can fire a whole building. (Southern TV studios, burned down by a spark from a vagrant’s campfire around 1970.) Those who say thick walls do not burn should see, as I have, the devastation of a multi-storey goods store which lost a 1-metre thick concrete wall due to extreme heat from box-upon-box of packing materials. (Revenge arson so they said.)

Luckily most contents had been removed from Notre Dame a few days before as the whole underwent renovation/restoration. In fact that activity may well be the cause of the disaster. Fire starts easily and spreads easily. A discarded lit cigarette or an overheating or arcing electrical part is all it may need.

Electricity is a known quantity – up to a point. The technical chief of a London electricity board region had his house power turned off when he inserted indicators into his ground level sockets. They all lit up. He said there was no easy explanation other than external electricity going where it will by natural potential differentials. Lightning is the same. Static electricity can also spark haphazardly.

People over much of the world were in shock, so iconic is this centre of Catholicism and monument to beauty, spirit and craftsmanship. Outside of Rome and the Vatican this is Catholic Chritianity’s spiritual, artistic and propery-portfolio showpiece and so the people sought a scapegoat. Moslem immigrants/anti-Christian globalist left-wing fanatics/troublemakers of all stripes/political types wanting to take the heat of publicity away from themselves.

The arty academic trick of post- modernism (‘‘post- modernism is modernism plus everything that went before it’’) seems to have fallen into the new low of a basically non-sympathetic generation crying that now is day zero and to hell with all your yesterdays. A new breed of anti-culture vulture wants to resurrect the cathedral as non-Christian and reflective of ultra-liberal social diversity. This is not going down well. It might as well be property developers eyeing the preserved walls of Notre Dame. Not presently acceptable.

Criticism of the firefighters revolves around what seemed to be a water-hose tactic, one to avoid much of the roof area (possibly impossible to reach anyway) and simply wetting the outside stonework, the walls.

(The Paris fire brigade is under the Army, by the way, and so wears Napoleon Bonaparte’s favoured bee motif – nothing to do with the displaced bees on the roof nor any hive-mentality syndrome in Paris.)

A vague and distant video has been circulated showing a figure walking casually about on an exterior walkway. Something he holds gives off a flash. It has been opined that this is a hand-held directed energy weapon but it is even more likely to be a cigarette lighter or a torch. As we see from the sky at night, nothing travels quite like light does.

Another shows a man on a tower balcony in what could be a white turban and bicoloured robe. This vid is truncated just as the figure steps behind a pillar. In fact in the following moments some firefighters appear from behind that pillar wearing white helmets. The video quality on that second section is very low, presumably the justification for not showing us initially all the other white headgear.

One social commentator conflated the videos stating that the flash came from a man in a white headdress and style of clothing she could not bring herself to identify in public. It is sinister that PC is based on single words that must not be uttered. Is this to make it easy for AI to identify, robo-arrest and mechanically prosecute us on a day coming soon?

Surely the cathedral is dotted over with high definition security cameras? Or are they going to tell us the old story that they were all turned off or broken at the time and it’s none of our business anyway – as a matter of National Security. How come our whole damn lives are recorded (yes) but major security breaches never are? I once had a smart but manipulative friend who sprang eccentric street-theatre scenarios on unsuspecting passers-by. I wonder if he runs the World now?

What does Nostradamus have to say? Some folk are pointing to a particular quatrain. Let’s see it analyzed in detail:

I 51

Chef d’Aries, Iupiter & Saturne,

Dieu eternel quelles mutations!

Puis apres long siecle son malin temps retourne,

Gaule & Italie, quelles emotions.

Line 1, OF ‘chef’ had a plenitude of meanings such as the head (including viz decapitations) or the upper part of something or else the chief of a party of dialogue or a war chief or, as OF ‘chef place’, it indicated the main city. OF masculine substantive ‘chef d’oeuvre’ meant a perfect work and, when diminished to chef, represented ‘‘a cross of gold … with a crucifix or better, crowned with a coronet on chief’’. (One such was entered in the estate of John, Duke of Bedford, Regent of France, d.1435.)

This was in Norman French usage, quite appropriate to Paris I suppose but somewhat alien to Michel deNostredame who spoke the tongues of the South.

OF ‘chef tranchant’ meant the cutting edge (cf. chef trenchaunt, King’s Bench records iii, one who sharpens well an axe).

Aries, the constellation named for a ram’s head, suggests the month of April. If we are looking for a planet that rules over Aries then that is Mars but this was in the constellation of Gemini on April 15th 2019. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto each enter their retrograde phase during April 2019. (Following Astrology, Saturn would be debilitated or rendered ineffectual by being located in Aries, by the way.)

Chef d’Aries could just be an oblique way of saying its ruler Mars or else the Sun which is exalted and at its most effective in Aries – which fits warmly to the first day of Beltane.

https://beltane.org/about/about-beltane/

Line 2. It has been pointed out that besieged French President Macron’s first name is Emmanuel – God with us.

Line 3, OF ‘par’ made various use of by and through. Semantically, the preposition ‘by’ holds the idea of ​​course, a crossing or passing route. Also it may mark a discontinuous distribution. Conversely, a return in time at a regular interval. 

OF ‘long’ needs a note,

… confusingly, the OF word ‘longue’ could be used either as ‘long’ (beyond the average) or as a substitute for the OF ‘demi-long’, meaning not of the requisite length or falling short of the ideal.

(from the notes to the EPISTLE TO THE KING at the website nostradamundus.wordpress.com)

A century or a half a century?

OF ‘siècle’ actually meant a large stretch of indeterminate time. It represented secular transience but its usage for a hundred years period, a century, was preferred.

OF ‘malin’ is malice, wickedness, liking evil, the bad side of cleverness, tricky, malign, sinister.

OF ‘temps/tens’ is time, an interval of limited duration in a chronological succession or its unlimited flow. Or a circumstantial atmosphere (sometimes the weather).

Line 4, OF ‘emotions’ is emotions, passions or atmosphere. Within minutes of this voracious roof fire becoming established there was serious and beautiful singing in the streets around the Cathedral of Notre Dame including by what sounded to me like a genuine choir.

The impact of the blaze was physical, religious, psychological, even paranormal, and it hit France right in the heart. (I nearly wrote ‘right in her heart‘.)

My Translation:

Mars/the Sun in Aries OR Paris in Aries OR golden cross in Aries, Jupiter and Saturn,

Eternal God, what dramatic changes!

Then by so long an interval the bad times return again,

OR

Because of an interval having run its course then the bad times will return again,
What feelings in France and Italy.

Leo Zagami, one of the quickest to upload their thoughts onto the Internet, opined that this event really raised awareness in Italy of the great numbers of Islamic immigrants into France.

http://leozagami.com/2019/04/16/the-two-week-beltane-fire-festival-kicks-off-with-the-notre-dame-cathedral-and-nostradamus-predicted-it-all/

Beltane culminates at May Day.

Notre Dame still has its twinned high towers. For some these are symbolic but, curiously, the usual round of Freemasonry (and New World Order)accusations is largely missing from the Internet at present.

Back to Astrology. The chart for April 15th 2019 shows Venus (not yet in Aries) square to Jupiter (not in Aries either) with the Moon in Virgo square to Mars in Gemini.

Whatever our suspicions (which possibly get nudging confirmations from this Nostradamus Quatrain) the Line 1 of  I 51 is NOT an astrological time-marker for April 15th 2019.

N.B. Michel deNostredame wrote that he would confound his dates in the Quatrains in order to avoid distressing kings and their advisors as their very mindsets would forbid them from understanding what is just around the corner for them.

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