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In the Renaissance it became popular for Europeans to assume Latin names. Because Latin was the official language of the Roman Catholic Church, there can be some who combined the advancements in human knowledge (more a return to classical times when knowledge had prevailed) with the presumed power and influence shown in papal name changes. A common aspect (in a male dominated world) was to add a –us ending to one’s name.
The whole name of Nostradamus was Michel de Nostredame. So, it was a simple task to add the masculine singular ending and becoming known as Nostradamus. This means understanding de Nostredame is important.
Nostredame is a combined name, coming from Nostre+dame. In Old French, nostre is the same as the modern French spelling of notre. The form nostra is the future tense of nostre, as “will be ours.” All these words bear the pronoun translation “our.” The French word dame (Old and modern) means “lady.” This means Michel de Nostredame was actually named Michael of Our Lady; but, as Nostradamus, it became a statement for the future, saying “One will be of [in honor of] Our Lady.”
Typically, when someone’s last name (one’s specific identifier) in France includes “de,” then that person is identified as having been born in a place. A name like de Nostredame gives the impression that there was a place in France named Nostredame. There is no such place. However, there are many churches in France that bear that name.
In a search of how many churches are in France that bear the name “Our Lady” (Notre Dame), Google returned this at the top of the search page: “Officially known as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, it’s one of more than a hundred churches dedicated to “Our Lady” (“Notre Dame”) scattered around France – and, like Paris’ Notre-Dame, Chartres’ also experienced a harrowing fire.” (From an article taken from USA Today, about the fire at the Gothic cathedral of that name.) This makes understanding how the father of Nostradamus took on that name.
Nostradamus’ father was named Jaume de Nostredame, with his grandfather being the source of that ‘last name.’ Nostradamus’ grandfather was born Guy Gassonet. Relative to that change of names, the website Geni.com writes:
“Grandfather of Nostradamus.
Guy Gassonet, had converted to Catholicism around 1455, taking the Christian name “Pierre” and the surname “Nostredame” (the latter apparently from the saint’s day on which his conversion was solemnized).
Gassonet was a court physician and Kabbalist who descended from a long line of rabbinical scholars. He was influential in his grandson’s education, participating in Michel Nostradamus’ teaching, which included knowledge in medicine and herbal folk remedies, as well as the “forbidden arts of Kabbalah and alchemy.”
While this information presents the guess, “apparently from the saint’s day on which his conversion was solemnized,” that presumes Guy Gassonet went down to some local clerical name change office, signed some papers, and then someone asked, “What day is this?” Someone then answered, “Oh, its the day of the Feast for Saint Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I do not believe that is how it happened.
I believe a better way of seeing how Guy Gassonet officially changed his name to Pierre de Nostredame, was from realizing forethought on the matter. Preparations beforehand would have scheduled an affair to make it official, to be held in a cathedral named for Our Lady AND also possibly scheduled to be held on the day of her feast [Assumption Day is August 15]. Still, that urges one to ask, “Why choose that name?”
Guy Gassonet was stated to have been a “Kabbalist who descended from a long line of rabbinical scholars.” That says he was Jewish by religious tenets. His “conversion to Catholicism” was due to the Papal-led Episcopal [Bishop jurisdiction] Inquisitions that first took place in southern France in the twelfth century.
By 1455 (the fifteenth century), there had been a slow, methodical history of persecution that focused on the presence of Moors (Spanish Muslims) and Jews within Christendom. This included the genocide of the Cathars (between the thirteenth and early fourteenth century) and the execution of Joan of Arc (May 30, 1431). Between 1309 and 1376, due to the rise of a hostile political environment in Rome, the papacy was moved to southern France [Palace de Papes in Avignon]. Antipopes remained in Avignon (Provence region of southern France) until 1403. All of this unsettled control by the Papacy was what led to this conversion, as the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries was when the Church of Rome discovered how far it could go in persecuting disbelievers of their form of religion. The French Inquisitions [the Cathar extermination, known as the Albigensian Crusade] became the Church’s first attempts to exert forceful restraints on the population; with the successes in France leading to the harsher Spanish Inquisitions (1492 advent).
The aspect of this history then focuses on the Cathars, which was a name given to people that were Gnostic Jews who settled in southwestern France (the region surrounding Toulouse, extending east to northern Italy) in the twelfth century. The Greek root for “Cathar” is “katharsis,” which means “purification” or “cleansing” or “clarification.” It was other Catholics in the region that gave the Cathars that name. The Cathar people were hard working, known as weavers, and for nearly one hundred years southwestern France flourished like it never had before, nor would again after their extermination called for by Rome. It is most likely that Guy Gassonet was a remnant of this heritage that survived the carnage.
The story told of Guy Gassonet is that he was married when he was forced to convert to Catholicism or be expelled from France. As he was already a true Christian (rather than the false breed created by Rome), he chose to remain in France and comply with the recognition as a Christian, rather than remain segregated as a Jew. His wife, as a Jewish woman, refused to convert; so, their marriage was annulled. There is just reason for her decision.
A Jew is born to all Jewish women. Even if a Jewish woman marries a man of another religious faith, the child of such a mixed marriage is always born a Jew because of the mother being Jewish. The Jewish mother takes up the responsibility of teaching the child what it means to be a Jew. For a Jewish woman to deny her birth religion was sacrilegious and not something Guy Gassonet’s wife chose to do; and, it should be assumed that she too was descended from Cathar blood, who were Gnostic Jews that died by the sword, rather than convert. Therefore, she and Guy Gassonet divorced, with him marrying a second wife that was Christian by birth (Nostradamus’ grandmother).
Still, acceptance of this “theory” demands one understand why the Cathar people suddenly arrived in southwestern France in the twelfth century, after having lived as Christian Jews for some length of time in the regions now known as Armenia (southern and eastern Turkey, southern Georgia, western Azerbaijan, and northeastern Persia). To this day a pilgrimage of “gypsies” or “Roma” travel from the Bulgaria region (and other places in Europe) to attend the shrine of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue area of the Rhone River. It is this history that gives rise to a new concept of “Our Lady.”
The lore of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer says that a rudderless raft, set sail in Egypt and containing Mary Magdalene, Mary Solome, and Mary Jacobe, along with some male servants [all Apostles of Christ] landed safely in the Camargue. Some say there was no sail also. In a direct route [taking them past the toe of Italy and between the islands to the west of the Italian mainland] they would have traveled over 1,400 nautical miles.
With them was a child named Sara. Some say she was an Egyptian servant girl (perhaps twelve), but others say she was less than a year old. The child’s complexion was dark skinned (thus thought to be Egyptian), so she is called Black Sara or the Black Madonna. This child is believed to be the source of the Holy Blood of Christ (Holy Blood, Holy Grail), who is the Patron Saint of the pilgrims who regularly attend celebrations in her honor and also the Marys’ who landed with her. Those celebrations are held twice annually, in May and again in August each year.
It is my opinion that John the Beloved (the Gospel writer, the writer of epistles, and the writer of The Apocalypse) was the son of Jesus, born of Mary Magdalene (the wife of Jesus). John then married in Egypt [an Essene wedding] and his wife [an Egyptian Jew] gave birth to their daughter, whom they named Sara. It would have then been John’s wife AND daughter named Sara that were on board the raft, which was sent out with the plan being it would sink, killing all on board. It was then a miracle it made it to coastal France; and, it was from that seed being planted there that the Cathars arose, with Guy Gassonet being a direct descendant of Sara.
This means it was a hidden and purposeful choice for his new name, such that “of Our lady” (de Nostredame) was not the same as the Catholic distinction of Mother Mary as “Our Lady.” While also honoring the mother of Jesus by association, the hidden truth is “Our lady” was Saint Sara. The word “sara” is Hebrew, meaning “ruling body,” as a noun from the verb “sharar,” meaning “to retain liquidity.” [Abarim Publications] The aspect of “liquidity” should be seen in terms of holy blood, representing the retention of a most holy bloodline. The Hebrew noun is the root for the names “Sarai” and “Sarah,” which both bear the meaning “Princess.” A princess must be understood to be the daughter of a king, thus of royal blood.
In addition to seeing the importance of name meanings here, it is worthwhile to realize that the name chosen to replace “Guy” is “Pierre,” which is French for “Stone,” while also is the French version of “Peter.” Simon the disciple was named “Peter” by Jesus, with Matthew writing in the Greek “Petros,” and John writing in Aramaic “Cephas.” All of the above brings about a name meaning “Rock,” as the cornerstone upon which a human ‘church’ is built. The “Rock” becomes synonymous with being reborn as Jesus Christ. As such, this means Guy Gassonet took a name that loudly made the statement, “I am a Rock of Our lady,” who was the “Princess of Jesus Christ.” This should be seen as going along with Guy Gassonet being “a court physician and Kabbalist who descended from a long line of rabbinical scholars.”
Additionally, the name Michel is the French spelling of the name Michael. Michael is the name of an archangel that is mentioned in the Holy Bible’s Old Testament three times, all in the Book of Daniel. According to the Wikipedia article “Michael (archangel),” Daniel has a “vision of an angel who identifies Michael as the protector of Israelites.” Then, “Daniel is informed that Michael will arise during the “time of the end.” Nostradamus is known for writing The Prophecies that illuminate the End Times. He did not do that without divine assistance (holy leadership).
The article on Michael then says, “The Book of Revelation (12:7-9) describes a war in heaven in which Michael, being stronger, defeats Satan. ” In the Epistle of Jude, “Michael is referred to as an “archangel” when he again confronts Satan.” These mentions of Michael force one to then look at the Hebrew meaning of the name, which is “Who Is Like God?” or “Who Is Like Unto God?” Only one who is or becomes the arm of God can both confront and defeat Satan.
This then becomes a strong indication that Miched de Nostradamus was named by his father Jaume [a French version of James, meaning “He Who Closely Follows” or “Supplanter” – aka Jacob] to be representative of one filled with God’s Holy Spirit, thus one “Who Is Like Unto God.” James was also the name of a brother of Jesus, which becomes a statement made by Pierre de Nostradamus that his son would supplant him and represent the brotherhood that all Apostles of Christ represent.
As should be seen from all of this analysis, nothing about Nostradamus says he was anything less than a Saint, one who was led to write a Holy book that requires one to also be filled with the Holy Spirit to understand. When that time for divine understanding comes, the end times will be at hand.
R. T. Tippett