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A New Age of Immortality?
Did Nostradamus once peer through the sands of time and see a new day when man would live unrestrained by the fear of death? Did he foresee a time when we would become immortal? Shockingly, it would appear that he did, as he gives us a very intriguing message in Century Second, Quatrain 13:
The body without soul no longer to be sacrificed:
Day of death put for birthday:
The divine spirit will make the soul happy,
Seeing the word in its eternity (2:13).
Let us delve into the interpretation of this quatrain in order to see whether indeed it is warranted that the great sage suggested that we would become deathless.
In the first line of the quatrain, Nostradamus indicates that “the body without soul” is to “no longer be sacrificed”. The body without the soul, of course, means a dead body, as once the soul departs from the body the life processes cease and decay sets in rapidly. But what is this talk of the cessation of sacrifice? In this context of death, sacrifice must mean leaving the body to death. Death can be so construed as a sacrifice as one must give up corporeal existence at the time of death to maintain one’s spiritual life. But what if there came a time when the body could live as immortal with the soul? That time of sacrifice would no longer be mandated and so the body would not have to be dispensed of.
The second line speaks of the “day of death” being put as one’s “birthday”. The importance of the day of our birth is that we count it as the start of our existence, even though spiritually there is great reason to suggest that we existed as much before as we will after our birth. However, even if we admit of a pre-existing immortality of the soul, the importance of our birthday remains as this starting point of consciousness and being in a way that we did not have before. If in some future time we mark our day of death as our birthday, what does this say about the transformation of death in light of what a birthday means to us now? If we count death as the mark of true being, does not this imply that we will live more fully after we have “died”? In line with line one, this cannot simply mean spiritual living after death, but it must include a continuation of the body. Will we then undergo a “death” leading to immortality? It would seem so.
The third line speaks of the “divine spirit” which will make the “soul” happy. It is interesting here that “spirit” and “soul” are distinct concepts, and it seems like it might indicate how precisely we will attain immortality. “Spirit”, when used as a distinct entity from “soul”, usually indicates the life-force present. Descartes, for instance, spoke of the “animal spirits” that pervaded the body and allowed for the motion of the limbs. Likewise, a “spirited” person is one who is very lively and vital. If then we take this concept of “spirit” as meaning “life-force”, and join this to a concept of “divine” as meaning immortal, then the meaning of the line could be that we will transform our mortal life-force (subject to death) into a deathless one. This will make the soul happy as the soul will be able to inhabit a deathless body and its perfection will finally be mirrored in the material form it is otherwise constrained by.
The last line of the quatrain is the trickiest of all to consider. What is the “word” that he speaks of? And what is its eternity? Biblically, the Word (Greek: Logos) references John 1:4 which famously reads:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:4 KJV)
Note the reference to life. Is then Nostradamus suggesting that we will gain a Christ like nature? Will we be given “the power to become the sons of God” (John 1:12)?
There are two ways of interpreting exactly what Nostradamus means by the type of immortality that we will gain in light of the last line of the quatrain. In the first instance, this could also reference the resurrection of the body as promised in the Bible, where the righteous will be raised into eternal life in perfected bodies to dwell with God in a new Earth forever. This would certainly suit the notion of gaining a perfect, immortal body, with the death of our prior body as our real birth.
A second reading, however, is one which is more heterodox and esoteric and is preferred by this interpreter because Nostradamus rarely advocated the common, orthodox, exoteric story of anything, and his view of history is one which applies Christian (and Jewish) religious concepts in unique, prophetic ways. In this interpretation, we will gain Christ-like natures and an immortality of the body at some future epoch by some method which is not here discussed. However, Nostradamus does lead tantalizing clues as to the nature of that transformation in other quatrains, but those secrets cannot be refined from the ore of confusion until a full interpretation can be made of them. That will come at another time.
Frater Auguror Rex
— April 24th, 2012
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