§849 The difficult battle on the Roer; Destruction of Cologne (1944-1945): VI-4.

VI-4 (§849):

The Celtic river shall change its banks,
Shall no more hold the city of Agripine:
Everything transmuted except the old language,
Saturn, Lion, Mars, Cancer in plunder.

Le Celtiq fleuve changera de rivaige,
Plus ne tiendra la cité d'Agripine:
Tout transmué ormis le vieil langaige,
Saturne, Leo, Mars, Cancer en rapine.)

NOTES: The Celtic river shall change its banks, Shall no more hold the city of Agripine:
Everything transmuted except the old language
: « What we now call Cologne was originally Colonia Agrippina, the Roman colony named after Agrippina, the unfortunate mother of the mad Roman emperor, Nero. In ancient times, the ingabitants pf the colony were called Agrippinenses… the destruction of the city during the Second World War? All is changed, except the old language. During the Second World War, Cologne was subject to severe bombing by the Allies and was massively destroyed. Even the cathedral, miraculously not destroyed, needed drastic repairs. All was changed, except the old language – of the name. The Roman name, Cologne, survived… Now, since we may be sure that the location is Germany, and the time the end of the Second World War, we should note, in passing, that during the last days of the war (before Cologne was captured by the Allies, on 7 March 1945), another German river [than the Rhine] played an important and relevant role. When, by 11 February, the 1st US Army had fought it way to the upper section of the river Roer, the Germans breached the great dams. As a result the area was entirely flooded for over ten days, impeding further attacks. Could Nostradamus have foreseenin his vision this waterlogged country – the river-banks breached and hidden in the expanse of water – and should we therefore read the Celtique fleuve as being Roer? There is no necessary connection between the first and second line of the prophecy, so such a reading is entirely possible. The flooding of the Roer and the destruction of Cologne were two distinct events, though almost contempotaneous.» (Ovason, 1997, p.299-300).

Roer River Battles:
« Of the area’s seven dams, two possessed the greatest potential for large-scale flooding should they be manipulated or destroyed by the Germans. Both were created in the 1930s to provide hydroelectric power for D
üren and other cities downstream to the north. Normally the 62m high, 330m wide earthen Schwammenautel Dam near Schmidt held back a reservoir of around 22 billion gallons of water, while the concrete Urft Dam upstream created one about half that size. Throughout October [1944], the Germans had let these levels drop to nearly half capacity, but as the Allied offensive had been slowed to crawl the water was allowed rise once again. Within a few weeks, engineers from XIX Corps would make an official prediction based on those of Aachen’s Wasserwirtschaftsamt (water control agency) that should the primary dams (Urft and Schwammenautel) be destroyed in one stroke, a devastating flood would result. In the first two hours a 10m high wall of water would hit Düren, and Jülich, which would then fall to some 6m after another two hours. Beyond that, the Roer River Valley would be heavily flooded and virtually impassable for nearly two weeks.» (Higgins, 2010, p.79-80); « With the German salient in the Ardennes eliminated, the Allies prepared a strategic counterattack to achieve their long-standing goals of reaching the Rhine River, penetrating Germany in depth, and concluding the war. February [1945] was to be a month of considerable activity along the Western Front from Nijmegen in the north to the Saar area in the south. Initially, the primary offensive would be undertaken by the Canadian First Army, with attached British forces, in Operation Veritable. In concert, the US Ninth Army’s Operation Grenade would push northeast to act as the southern pincer designed to encircle, or drive out, German resistance between the Roer and Rhine Rivers. Once First Army secured the Roer dams it was to go largely over to the defensive, while elements of VII Corps advanced as protection for Ninth Army’s right flank. With the inability of the Americans to capture the dams in a coup de main, they would have to come up with an alternative plan. On February 2, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force’s plan for veritable and Grenade was accepted, after Eisenhower assured Montgomery that the principal effort would remain in the north, and that crossing the Rhine was not contingent on clearing the entire area west of the river. This eased Montgomery’s concern that the dual effort would dissipate his assault. Major General Clarence R. Huebner (now in command of V Corps after Gerow left for the newly created Fifteenth Army) ordered Major General Edwin P. Parker to have his rather inexperienced 78th Infantry Division capture Schmidt in the Hürtgen Forest as well as the Schwammenautel Dam. At 0300 on February 5, the 78th Infantry Division started out for Schmidt, while elements of the 82nd Airborne and US 7th Armored Divisions provided support. The next day, the 9th Infantry Division captured the Urft Dam intact, and it looked as if the one at Schwammenautel would follow suit. Parker’s efforts were hampered by the close combat environment that minimized artillery and armor support. In an effort to punch through German resistance, and appease the exhortations from his superiors, all tree of Infantry Division’s regiments were put on the front line. Parker had the 310th Infantry Regiment go all out for Schmidt, and it pushed through the 309th after the latter’s effort had stalled against determined resistance. Subsequently, all three regiments overwhelmed the 272nd Volksgrenadier Division, as Schmidt was attacked from three sides. Although the 309th Infantry Regiment had reached Kommerscheid the day before, Parker was still not achieving results to the degree required by Eisenhower and other senior Allied commanders. With Operation veritable set to commence on February 8, the dams needed to be secured as soon as possible. Parker responded by sending an regimental combat team from Louis Craig’s 9th Infantry Division to Schmidt to take over the 78th Infantry Division for another push for the Schwammenautel Dam. The 310th and 311th Infantry Regiments moved to clear the approaches, while the 309th teamed up with the US 82nd Airborne Division, rebuffed elements of 272nd Volksgrenadier Division around Schmidt, and finally took the town. Even with the new commander, 9th Infantry Division’s progress fared little better. Only during the night of February 9 was 1st Battalion, 309th Infantry Regiment able to approach the target. Two groups from the 1st Battalion were sent ahead, with one moving across the top of the dam and the other along the bottom. Under German small arms fire a quick check was made for demolitions, but none were found. Instead of blowing the dam up, the machinery that controlled the structure’s water flow had been destroyed. The Roer River Valley steadily flooded and effectively blocked the Allied advance to the Rhine. Although the Germans had not destroyed the dams to release a massive, yet shorter flood, the result was instead a steady flow of water that gradually inundated the Roer River Valley. What was normally between 30m and 300m width soon broadened threefold [the Celtic river shall change its banks], with a swift 3m per second current. At least First Army had finally extricated itself from the Hell that was the Hürtgen Forest. To the north, Simpson’s Ninth Army, under the operational control of the British 21st Army Group, made final preparations for Operation Grenade. When news of the damaged dams became apparent, however, the jump-off scheduled for 0530 on February 10 was understandably postponed until the water receded. During the nearly two-week wait for the inundated Roer River to recede, Ninth Army trained its soldiers for scenarios such as crossing rivers and destroying fortifications, and accumulated large amounts of supplies, including 46,000 tons of ammunition and 3,000,000 gallons of fuel. Unit commanders were also flying in light observation planes to observe and study the areas over which they were soon to attack.» (Higgins, id., p.217-222).

Saturn, Lion, Mars, Cancer in plunder
: According to ordinary interpretations (e.g. Brind’Amour, 1993, p.252; Ovason, 1997, p.95-96), these planets and zodiacal signs are to be literally accepted as stars; but, the phrase “in plunder (en rapine)”, which should mean the disasters of war in the context of the lines 1-3, suggests to us that “Saturn, Lion, Mars, Cancer” indicates some districts or countries subject to wartime disasters. Now, only the theory of Ptolemy that correlates the stars in the heaven with the districts on earth can solve the verse of the quatrain. It can be called a ‘stella-geography’ of Ptolemy.

The geographical interpretation of “Saturne, Leo, Mars, Cancer en rapine”:

According to Ptolemy (Tetrabiblos, p.83-87; 128-159), our inhabited world is divided roughly into four quarters by the two grand crossed lines: the north-west quarter, the south-east quarter, the north-east quarter and the south-west quarter, in other words, Europe, the South of Greater Asia, the North of Greater Asia and Libya (today Africa); the vertical line of demarcation passes the Red Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and the horizontal line of demarcation passes the Mediterranean and its eastern prolongation of moutainous terrain; the point of intersection is situated at the eastern extremity of the Mediterranean in the south-eastern open sea off the island of Cyprus.

1° « The first quarter lies in the north-west of the whole inhabited world; it embraces Celtic Gaul and we give it the general name Europe. Opposite this is the south-eastern quarter; this includes eastern Ethiopia, which would be called the southern part of Greater Asia. Again, the north-eastern quarter of the whole inhabited world is that which contains Scythia, which likewise is the northern part of Greater Asia; and the quarter opposite this and toward the south-west wind, the quarter of western Ethiopia, is that which we call by the general term Libya.» (
id., p.131).

« Again, of each of the aforesaid quarters the parts which are placed closer to the centre of the inhabited world are placed in a contrary fashion with respect to the surrounding quarters, just as are the latter in comparison with the whole world; and since the European quarter lies in the north-west of the whole world, the parts about the centre, which are allied to the opposite angle, obviously are situated in the south-east part of the quarter. The same holds of the other quarters, so that each of them is related to two oppositely situated triangles; for while the other parts are in harmony with the general inclination of the quarter, the portions at the centre [of the world] share in familiarity with the opposite inclination.» (
id., p.131-133).

(a) « Under this arrangement, the remainder of the first quarter, by which I mean the European quarter, situated in the north-west of the inhabited world, is in familiarity with the north-western triangle, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, and is governed, as one would expect, by the lords of the triangle, Jupiter and Mars. In terms of whole nations these parts consist of Britain, (Transalpine) Gaul, Germany, Bastarnia (The south-western part of Russia and southern Poland), Italy, (Cisalpine) Gaul, Apulia, Sicily, Tyrrhenia [Corsica and Sardinia], Celtica [Portugal], and Spain. The parts of this quarter which are situated about the centre of the inhabited world, Thrace, Macedonia, Illyria, Hellas, Achaia, Crete, and likewise the Cyclades, and the coastal regions of Asia Minor and Cyprus, which are in the south-east portion of the whole quarter, have in addition familiarity with the south-east triangle, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, and its co‑rulers Venus, Saturn, and Mercury.» (
id., p.133-137).
(b) « Of the second quarter, which embraces the southern part of greater Asia, the other parts, including India, Ariana (north of Gedrosia), Gedrosia (modern Beluchistan), Parthia, Media, Persia, Babylonia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria, which are situated in the south-east of the whole inhabited world, are, as we might presume, familiar to the south-eastern triangle, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, and are governed by Venus and Saturn. India, Ariana, and Gedrosia have familiarity with Capricorn and Saturn. The remaining parts of the quarter, situated about the centre of the inhabited world, Idumaea, Coelê Syria, Judaea, Phoenicia, Chaldaea, Orchinia, and Arabia Felix, which are situated toward the north-west of the whole quarter, have additional familiarity with the north-western triangle, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, and furthermore, have as co‑rulers Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury.» (
id., p.139-143).

(c) « Of the third quarter, which includes the northern part of Greater Asia, the other parts, embracing Hyrcania, Armenia, Matiana, Bactriana, Casperia, Serica, Sauromatica, Oxiana, Sogdiana, and the regions in the north-east of the inhabited world, are in familiarity with the north-eastern triangle, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, and are, as might be expected, governed by Saturn and Jupiter. The remaining parts of this quarter, which lie close to the centre of the inhabited world, Bithynia, Phrygia, Colchica, Syria, Commagenê, Cappadocia, Lydia, Lycia, Cilicia, and Pamphylia, since they are situated in the south-west of the quarter, have in addition familiarity with the south-western quarter, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, and their co-rulers are Mars, Venus, and Mercury.» (id., p.145-147).

(d) « Of the remaining quarter, which includes what is called by the common name Libya, the other parts, including Numidia, Carthage, Africa, Phazania, Nasamonitis, Garamantica, Mauritania, Gaetulia, Metagonitis, and the regions situated in the south-west of the inhabited world, are related by familiarity to the south-western triangle, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, and are accordingly ruled by Mars and Venus. The remaining parts of the quarter, which are situated near the centre of the inhabited world, Cyrenaica, Marmarica, Egypt, Thebais, the Oasis, Troglodytica, Arabia, Azania, and Middle Ethiopia, which face the north-east of the whole quarter, have an additional familiarity with the north-eastern triangle Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, and therefore have as co-rulers Saturn and Jupiter and, further more, Mercury.» (
id., p.151-155).

And here is the list of the belligent countries against Germany, which is featured in the quatrain,  in WWII: Poland, Great Britain, Australia, India, New Zealand, France, South Africa, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Greece, USSR, China, USA, Cuba, Dominika, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Czechoslovakia, Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, Irak, Bolivia, Iran, Italy (Badoglio government), Colombia, Liberia, San Marino, Rumania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi-Arabia, Turkey, Finland and Argentina (Ploetz, 1998, p.757). These are the countries in some way damaged [in plunder] by Nazi Germany in WWII.

These are to be identified with the countries or the regional groups (a, b, c, d) enumerated in Ptolemy as follows:

Poland - Bastarnia (southern Poland).
Great Britain - Britain, Cyprus, Troglodytica.
Australia - b,
India - India.
New Zealand - b,
France - (Transalpine) Gaul, Tyrrhenia [Corsica], Mauritania, Metagonitis.Numidia, Carthage, Africa.
South Africa - d,
Canada- a,
Norway - a,
Denmark - a,
Netherlands - a,
Belgium - a,
Luxembourg - a,
Yugoslavia - Illyria.
Greece - Thrace, Macedonia, Hellas, Achaia, Crete, and likewise the Cyclades.
USSR - Bastarnia (The south-western part of Russia), Casperia, Sauromatica.
China - Serica.
USA - a,
Cuba - d,
Dominika - d,
Guatemala - d,
Nicaragua - d,
Haiti - d,
Honduras - d,
El Salvador - d,
Czechoslovakia - a,
Panama - d,
Mexico - d,
Brazil - d,
Ethiopia - Middle Ethiopia.
Irak - Babylonia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria, Chaldaea.
Bolivia - d,
Iran - Parthia, Media, Persia, Hyrcania, Matiana, Bactriana, Sogdiana, Oxiana, Gedrosia (modern Beluchistan), Ariana (north of Gedrosia).
Italy (Badoglio government) - Italy, (Cisalpine) Gaul, Apulia, Sicily, Tyrrhenia [Sardinia], Cyrenaica, Marmarica, Gaetulia, Garamantica, Phazania, Nasamonitis, Azania.
Colombia - d,
Liberia - d,
San Marino - a,
Rumania - a,
Bulgaria - a,
Hungary - a,
Ecuador - d,
Paraguay - d,
Peru - d,
Uruguay - d,
Venezuela - d,
Egypt - Egypt, Thebais, the Oasis, Judaea, Idumaea.
Syria - Syria, Coelê Syria, Phoenicia.
Lebanon - Phoenicia.
Saudi-Arabia - Arabia, Orchinia, Arabia Felix.
Turkey - the coastal regions of Asia Minor, Bithynia, Phrygia, Colchica, ..Commagenê, Cappadocia, Lydia, Lycia, Cilicia, Pamphylia, Armenia.
Finland – a,
and Argentina - d.

In this way, the last phrase: “Saturn, Lion, Mars, Cancer in plunder” expresses in its simplicity the truly world-wide scale of the Second World War.

1° The astronomical interpretation of the last line of the quatrain by Brind’Amour is itself incomplete, because he simply ignores the last phrase ‘en rapine’: « The Rhine shall no more water Cologne, and excepting the language, nothing shall be no more the same when Saturn shall occupy the Lion and Mars the Cancer, in May 1594.» (Brind’Amour, 1993, p.252). Moreover, There were 21 cases of “Saturn in the Lion and Mars in the Cancer” during the period: 1555-2000 (1564, 1566, May-June 1594, 1652, 1654, 1682, 1684, 1712, 1740, 1742, 1770, 1771, 1801, 1831, 1859, 1887, 1889, 1917, 1919, 1947, 1977), whose one case of his option, May 1594, cannot be without reason alleged as the most pertinent.

2° Ovason’s interpretation is arbitrary because he treats the verse « Saturne, Leo, Mars, Cancer en rapine », that is to be integrated as [a in A and b in B], separately as [a in A] and [b in B] (cf. Ovason, 1997, p.95-96). Moreover, if we accept his ingenious supposition that the verse in question should be translated into “Saturn, Sun, Mars and Moon in Aries ”, such an astronomical configuration occurred four times during the period: 1555-2000 as follows:
21–23 March 1556,
4–6 April 1761,
2–4 April 1791,
27-29 March 1998,
none of which is relevant to his main theme of the WWII.
© Koji Nihei Daijyo, 2019. All rights reserved.


Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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