§663. The comet Tebbutt and the death of Count Cavour (1861.5-6): II-15.

II-15 (§):

Shortly beforehand the monarch massacred ?

Castor Pollux into a vessel, a star with mane.

The public treasury by land and sea voided,

Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, Turin, the intredicted land.   


(Un peu devant monarque trucidé ?

Castor Pollux en nef, astre crinite.

L'erain publiq par terre & mer vuidé

Pise, Ast, Ferrare, Turin, terre interdicte.)  


Notes: Shortly beforehand the monarch massacred ?: This, having the unique example of the question mark in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, may be an ellipsis of “ Shortly beforehand was the monarch massacred ? ” and one may have the question about the king of Italy Victor Emmanuel (1820 – 1878) when he observes an ill-fated comet mentioned in the line 2. But, if one considers the Count of Cavour as the monarchical leader of Italian unity, this prophecy comes true because Cavour is to be dead June 6, 1861, just before the appearing of the comet Tebbutt in the European sky on the day of Saint Peter, June 29, 1861.


Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, Turin, the intredicted land: This line is to determine the epoch of the quatrain, for the happening of the sort seems to be very rare. When did the pope interdict the land of Pisa [Tuscany], Asti [Sardinia], Ferrara [Roman legation] and Turin [Sardinia]? « At last in March, 1860, the popular vote was obtained which gave Savoy and Nice to France and made Tuscany, Parma, Modena, and the Roman legations a part of the kingdom of Sardinia. The pope excommunicated all who had taken part or even connived at this despoliation of Rome [March 28,1860]; but the papal bull, once so formidable a weapon, had in the course of time lost most of its early terrors. » (HH, IX, p.607).  


Castor Pollux into a vessel: A vessel being able to mean the Roman Church, this sentence may express that the being like the Gemini (Castor and Pollux) invades the papal estate. « The Papacy vs. Unity  We have seen how, before the battle of Solferino, Modena and Parma as well as Tuscany had declared in favour of union with Piedmont. After the Peace of Villafranca the states south of the Po united under Graribaldi in military league which had for object the repulsion of all attacks from without and the hindrance of all attempts at restoration on the part of the particularists and reactionists within. Even Bologna and a great part of the Romagna withdrew from the pontifical state and petitioned Victor Emmanuel to take them under his protection. This request was not refused however hot might be the wrath of the holy father.

Under the leadership of D'Azeglio the necessary steps toward union with Sardinia were taken throughout Romagna, and by New Year of 1860, a specially established ministry deliberated on the affairs of the new-fledged state of middle Italy, to which was given the name of Emilia, from the old Via Æmilia of Rome. Neither the curses of the Vatican nor the wrath of the ultramontanes all over Europe could retard in the least degree the march of events. Although the confederation decided upon at Villafranca and Zurich was never made a fact, owing to the disinclination of Austria and the pope to institute the necessary reform; the neutral attitude maintained by England and France yet materially assisted Italy to realise her dream of national unity.

Towards the end of 1859 a pamphlet published in Paris entitled Pope and Congress first startled the world with the thought that it was time the temporal power of the pope should cease, that his rule ought hereafter to be confined to the precincts of Rome itself. This naturally threw the whole Catholic world in an uproar: and elicited from the pope repeated violent denunciations, yet in the course of time the idea became an accomplished fact. Napoleon had never forgotten that the holy father had refused him consecration at the time of his coronation. The union of the middle Italian states with Sardinia was the forerunner of all those “annexations” which was soon to transform completely the character of the peninsula. Napoleon was willing to permit the expansion of the upper Italian kingdom provided Savoy and the countship of Nice be ceded to France.

From the time of Cavour's resumption of his place in the ministry in January, Napoleon and the crafty minister exerted every art known to diplomacy to bring about the end they had in view.» (HH, IX, p.606-607) According to the meaningful syllables of terms, Ca- of Castor and Pol- of Pollux may concern Cavour and Napoleon respectively. As to another example of Castor & Pollux of the quatrain II-90, cf. Ionescu, 1976, p.643.


A star with mane. The public treasury by land and sea voided: « The comet called Saint Peter, because it appeared all of a sudden on the day of the Saint [June 29, 1861], was seen in the constellation of the Gemini; the Piedmontese Parliament voted then a borrowing of 500 millions, the public treasury having been emptied by the armaments of land and sea.» (Vignois, 1910, p.264).


Vignois says that the comet Tebbutt (C/1861 J1) was seen in the constellation of Gemini, but this is wrong, for it was first seen in the constellation of Eridanus and then it moved towards the north celestial pole and traced the route to ο of the Great Bear, then to α Draconis, which excludes its passing of the Gemini. « John Tebbutt found his first comet just before his twenty-seventh birthday, and was to prove to make him as a local and international household name. This was the discovery of the Great Comet Tebbutt 1861 II (C/1861 J1) as a small inconspicuous haze in the southern constellation of Eridanus.

Using the small 4.1cm telescope on the evening of 13th May 1861, he found the nebulous object while sweeping the skies just after sunset for comets – much as amateur astronomers do today.» (James, 2013) « By early July, this great comet had been lost to the southern skies, and rapidly moved towards the north celestial pole. Here the great northern observatories continued observations.» (James,id.). 

« Sir J. Herschel observed it in Kent. He says: - “ The comet, which was first noticed here on Saturday night, June 29, by a resident in the village of Hawkhurst, became conspicuously visible on the 30th, when I first observed it. It then far exceeded in brightness any comet I have before observed, those of 1811 and the recent splendid one of 1858 not excepted. Its total light certainly far surpassed that of any fixed star or planet, except perhaps Venus at its maximum. The tail extended from its then position, about 8 or 10° above the horizon, to within 10 or 12° of the Pole-star, and therefore about 30° in length. Its greatest breadth, which diminished rapidly in receding from the head, might be about 5°... On the 2nd (Tuesday), being now much better situated for observation, and the night being clear, its appearance at midnight was truly magnificent. The tail, considerably diminished in breadth, had shot out to an extravagant length, extending from the place of the head above ο of the Great Bear at least to π and ρ Herculis; that is to say, about 72°, and perhaps somewhat further. It exhibited no bifurcation or lateral offsets, and no curvature like that of the comet of 1858, but appeared rather as a narrow prolongation of the northern side of the broader portion near the comet rather than as a thinning off of the latter along a central axis, thus imparting an unsymmetrical aspect to the whole phenomenon... On the 4th (Thursday) the tail (preserving all the characters already described on the 2nd), passed through α Draconis and τ Herculis, and was traceable, though with difficulty, almost up to α Ophiuchi, giving a total length of 80°.”» (Chambers, 1867, p.288-291) The head of this comet was observed and drawn near Capella, about 15° E of it [about 30° NW of Castor], on June 30 (Chambers, id., p.289, Fig.95).  


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