§672. Italian unity after 1865 (1865-1870): II-81.

II-81 (§672):

By the fire of heaven the city shall come near to burn:
Deucalion still menacing the Urn:
Sardinia vexed by the Punic vessel
After the Balance shall have released its Phaëthon.

( Par feu du ciel la cité presque aduste:
L’Urne menasse encor Deucalion:
Vexée Sardaigne par la Punique fuste
Apres que Libra lairra son Phaëton.)

NOTES: Phaëton (Phaëthon): = “ Φαέθων, radiant, epith. of the sun; abs., the sun; son of Helios, famous for his unlucky driving of the sun-chariot; the planet Jupiter ” (Liddell & Scott). But, in this case, it is the Planet Saturn because of the personal possessive pronoun ‘its’ (son) which indicates the Balance, the exaltation of Saturn (cf. Brind’Amour, 1993, p.272).

Lairra: Of “ laire, v.a., laisser, abandoner (to leave, to abandon)” (Godefroy).

The Balance shall have released its Phaëthon: This astrological event of departure of Saturn out of the Balance occurred 15 times during the period of 1555 to 2000: November 1570, October 1600, November 1629, January 1659, November 1688, December 1717, October 1747, December 1776, October 1806, November 1835, January 1865, November 1894, September 1924, October 1953 and November 1982.

On the other hand, the presence of Sardinia gives us another key to the solution of the quatrain, for it refers in three quatrains (§657,X-6; §666,VIII-6 and here) among six to the movement of Italian unification in the middle of the 19th century (1858-1870), of which it was the leader. This is compatible with the option ‘January 1865' of the astrological event.

Sardinia vexed by the Punic vessel [= the Austrian fleet ]: “ The war of 1866 and Annexation of Venice. Italy still looked with hungry eyes at the rich Venetian territory which still remained to Austria. In 1866 Prussia and Austria fell into disputes which culminated in war. In March, Prussia was glad to secure the alliance of Italy, promising to continue war until Austria gave up to Italy the whole mainland of Venice except the city itself and the quadrilateral of fortresses. June 20th Italy declared war on Austria, which sent an army of 180,000 into the peninsula, and 27 ships. Against these Italy raised 800,000 men as well as a fleet of 36 vessels. The quadrilateral, however, gave the Austrians an excellent base, as Bertolini says, as well as a formidable bulwark. The Italians lacked strategists, and though the king and Prince Humbert [Umberto] led them, they met with no success. March 24th they were surprised with loss, and at Custozza where, according to Bertolini, they had only 62,000 men to the Austrians' 75,000, they fought a drawn battle, but retreated after a loss of 3,000 men and 4,000 prisoners. Garibaldi's volunteers, after some slight success at Monte Suello July 3rd, were surprised and completely routed at Vezza, July 5th. He retrieved his fortunes, however, at Ampola (July 16th-19th), Bezzea and Lardaro (July 21st), when word came of an armistice. The navy was also badly defeated at Lissa, July 17th. Admiral Persano on July 18th bombarded the Austrian shore batteries, but although he succeeded in temporarily silencing most of the guns he was unable to effect a landing. Two days later the Austrian fleet appeared in the harbour and at once gave battle to the Italian fleet. In this fight the Italian admiral seems to have lost his head completely, and to have given either conflicting orders, or no orders at all. The result was a complete victory for the Austrians.” (HH,IX,p.614). 

“ The Prussians had, however, gone from victory to victory, finally reaching the triumph of Sadowa, or Königgrätz, July 5th. Austria in despair and in need of troops made Napoleon III a present of Venetia. The Italians felt it an “ignominy” to accept Venetia as a gift from the French, but finally terms were agreed upon with Austria direct, by which Italy received all the Venetian provinces. October 19th, 1866, the Italian flag was hoisted on St-Mark's. A plebiscite was taken and 647,384 citizens voted for the union under the constitutional monarchy of Victor Emmanuel, while only 69 voted against it. November 7th Victor Emmanuel made his formal entry into Venice amidst great enthusiasm.” (HH,IX,p.614-615).

By the fire of heaven the city [= the eternal city of Rome,‘eternal’ being hinted by‘heaven’] shall come near to burn: Deucalion [metaphor for a revolution and a factual mention of the heavy flood of the Tiber in Rome towards the end of 1870 – cf. HH, IX, p.623] still menacing the Urn [= the Vatican where are found Sacred Grottoes - cf. Maxwell-Stuart, 2006, p.16]: Cf. §671, VIII-11: The fire without strength shall burn the Basilica: Even a slightest fire burns down the Vatican. « In vain had Victor Emmanuel sent his envoy to Rome with an autograph letter in which he appealed to the heart of the pope “ with the affection of a son, the loyalty of a king, and the soul of an Italian,” that he would permit the royal troops, already posted in the outskirts of Rome, to enter and occupy such positions in the Roman territory as was necessary for the maintenance of order and the safe-guarding of the pontiff. Pius IX held firmly to his refusal, saying he would yield to force but not to injustice. Then it was necessary to resort to force. The government gave orders to General Raffaele Cadorna to pass the borders with his troops, at the same time informing the European governments, by means of a circular letter, of the resolution taken and justifying its action by pointing out the impossibility of reconciling Italy with papal Rome and the necessity of procuring peace and security for Italy. The note then reassured the powers as to the steps Italy would take for the safeguard of the pope's spiritual power so that his liberty and independence might be complete. On September 11th [1870] Cadorna entered the pontifical territories. On the 17th the Italian soldiers were at Civitavecchia, and on the 19th under the walls of Rome.» (HH,IX,p.621-622). 

« But Pius IX had determined on his course of conduct and was resolved to pursue it at any cost. His views were expressed in his letter written September 19th to General Kanzler, the commander-in-chief of the papal force. In it Pius IX ordered Kanzler to treat with the enemy on the slightest breach of the walls of Rome “as the defence was solely to be suffcient to serve as proof of an act of violence and nothing more.” And so it happened; at half-past five on the morning of September 21st the Italian soldiers opened fire between the Pia and the Sorlara gates and at the gate of St. John and St. Pancras, and hardly was a breach made when the papal troops ceased fire and hoisted the white flag on all the batteries. A messenger was sent to Cadorna and it was speedily agreed that Rome should surrender all but the Leonine city, whicn should for the present remain under the jurisdiction of the pope. Then the papal troops were awarded the honours of war, but were obliged to lay down arms and flags. The peasant soldiers were sent back to their homes and all foreigners despatched to their respective countries at the expense of the Italian government.» (HH,IX,p.622). 
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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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