The Letter to Henry II
In 1555 Nostradamus published the first edition of his famous book, Les Propheties (The
Prophecies). By 1558, as he readied to release his final edition, with three new chapters to be
added, his king was demanding an explanation of the first edition and the seven "Centuries" it
contained. King Henri II of France was demanding a face-to-face audience for that explanation;
but, what Nostradamus gave him instead was a letter.
Nostradamus thought it best not to venture north, from his base in Salon-de-Provence. Had he
obeyed his king and met his demands, for a personal tutorial of how to understand The
Prophecies, he might not have ever returned. The reason was because Nostradamus was not
allowed to clearly reveal the meaning of his work. His title was a perfect choice, honestly stating
the source to be of divine origin; but, God had not commanded Nostradamus to write a prophecy
that applied to 16th Century France. Nostradamus produced a prophecy of a more distant future,
which would not be understandable and was not intended to be clearly known, for another 450
years. Therefore, a letter would best satisfy his allegiance to both, the king of his country and the
King who is Jesus Christ.
The letter sent to explain the meaning of the mysterious quatrains (4-line poetic verses) has
become known as the Letter to Henri II. This letter has been described by some writers on
Nostradamus as a wild ride down rapids, where rushes of thought empty into pools and eddies of
clarity, only to start cascading again into falls of words, surrounded by heavy mist. No one has
previously been able to make any sense of the letter. In fact, in the millennium edition of his book
on Nostradamus, Henry C. Roberts stated something to this effect: I only include this letter
because my editor forced me to. If it was up to me I would have omitted it, because it is not
Imagine that for a moment. A king asked for explanation of an unintelligible book; and in return he
was sent an unintelligible letter. How more perfect could that be? If the two characters involved
were Batman and the Riddler, instead of Henri and Nostradamus, then Batman would have figured
the letter out, due to recognizing it as a legitimate response to a direct demand. Both book and
letter need to be solved like riddles, with the letter being the answer to the meaning, while the book
is the means for the answer. However, unlike those fictional characters, over the past 450 years
the letter has become a secondary sideshow, with no serious attempts to make sense of the
If you understand the role logic plays in trying to figure out the meaning of something written
mysteriously, you understand that the simplest way to solve a question of an author's intent is to
ask the author. That is what Henri did; and, Nostradamus replied with the author's statement of
meaning. It then becomes completely illogical to disregard what the author said, simply because it
is difficult to decipher what the author said. Still, this is precisely what interpreters of Nostradamus
have done, by attempting to put meaning to verses, while not supporting that meaning with a
corresponding statement of affirmation, from the author.
Interpreters have made names for themselves by writing books, which basically make
unsubstantiated claims that they know the meaning of, at best, 10% of what Nostradamus wrote.
You see examples of this selectivity when you watch a 2-hour television show on the amazing
"predictions" of Nostradamus. In that time they show around 10 25 pieces of quatrains; and, the
rest of the time is filler about how that matches history or does not match history. Nostradamus
wrote, as far as what are known today, between 942 and 948 verses. The 2-hour show tells you
absolutely nothing about the other 923 932 verses. The reason is the interpreters do not know
enough to venture more guesses, putting their "reputations" on the line further.
The reason these interpreters can fool cable channels into buying such programming as this is
they are in the market of sensationalism, not truth. The interpreters believe that Nostradamus had
over 900 individual glimpses of the future, randomly viewing bits of time, which he wrote down in
the order he received them. This viewpoint makes it easy to place a great deal of importance on
just one quatrain. However, there is nothing in the Letter to Henri II that gives one iota of support
to that theory.
In fact, Nostradamus did not give any indication that he wrote anything other than an epic tale, in
poetic verse. This means all of the quatrains are connected, in an order, where context become
extremely important for determining meaning. In other words, The Prophecies is a book that has
been cut into 948 pieces, with all of those pieces tossed into the air, and then reassembled in a
random order. The result is an unintelligible book. Likewise, to match the book, the letter of
explanation was also cut into pieces, tossed about and then restructured to read like the ramblings
of a raving lunatic. It is an unintelligible letter.
For me, the need for rearranging the quatrains became apparent first, before I even knew about
the Letter to Henri II. As I played with the quatrains like someone trying to put a puzzle together,
without the aid of the picture on the puzzle box top, I began to look closer at the letter to Henri.
While I could immediately see parts of it supporting my theory of needing to put the quatrains into
a new order of presentation, I had to look at the letter long enough, so my eyes adjusted to the
light it projected back to me. Then I began to see, with amazement, how an unintelligible book
demanded an unintelligible letter to explain it.
Without going into complete details of how you "see the projected light," think about something I'm
sure you have seen before, in the Sunday comics. It is called the Magic Eye; and, it is, at first, an
unintelligible array of colors and repeated patterns and pictures. However, all of this color has
been set on top of a negative image, which makes that image appear to become 3-dimensional
when you hold the picture in front of your face and let your eyes lose focus. The results are
amazing; and, it was just like this to me, when I saw how the Letter to Henri II came to life.
The Rosetta Stone, so to speak, in the Letter to Henri II is the story Nostradamus tells about the
dating of biblical patriarchs and figures. This is divided into two basic sections, with one appearing
about one-third of the way into the letter and the other appearing about two-thirds in. For example,
Nostradamus wrote about Abraham in both sections, making it appear to be those wild ramblings,
where he just leaps from one topic to Abraham, not just once, but twice. When the two are
dovetailed together, a lucid story of the time line of humanity, from Adam to Jesus, emerges.
This lucidity then makes understanding why Nostradamus would tell about the time line of the Bible
relative to the story of The Prophecies. While he has written a book about the future, he has also
been allowed to see all of the time of Man, from the beginning till the end. It heightens the power of
the work, confirming over and over that God and the Spirit of Jesus Christ are the only sources
that can know the future.
The Letter to Henri II is restructured for intelligent reading by knowing that a system for
understanding is embedded into the writing style Nostradamus was instructed to use. It is the same
system that is consistently applied to understand each line of each quatrain. When this system is
applied to the letter, one finds that Nostradamus did not let his king down. Everything contained
within The Prophecies is explained, as a thorough synopsis of everything told more detailed in the
The tale is about the fall of modern man and the ruin modern man brings upon himself and the
world. It is the ruin that is seen projected every day on television, either in the nightly news or the
many cable shows that promote Doomsday. What we see on television is a reflection of the global
consciousness, where we sense this impending nightmare approaching. Everything matches what
the story tells will happen, in The Prophecies and the summary in the Letter to Henri II. However,
the letter offers hope.
The hope of knowing what will happen to us comes from knowing it is still preventable. God will not
be punishing mankind for its sins. God has granted Man free-will, which includes the right to
self-destruct. Realizing what is at stake, should nothing be done to change, should be the
motivation. Change is the moral of prophecy.