THE LOST BOOK OF NOSTRADAMUS
PLATE # 7
 

Plate # 7 shows Pope John XXII dealing with Spiritualists [vs Traditional Catholic Dogma]. The animal is a wyvern, which represents heretic beliefs, along with the woman  [left] who is inviting the pope to join her in drink/belief. One woman is saintly, the other unrighteous. Symbolically a woman represents the church. Knowing what the church was during medieval times, the artist may have been suggesting that the church was the woman on the left - unsaintly to say the least, with the outward appearance of being saintly.

Plate #7 has FIVE subjects for our consideration:
1) A Pope
2) A Wyvern
3) A Saintly Woman
4) The Woman on left - who appears to offer the Pope something.
5) The Chalice


Likeness of Pope John XXII.
Notice the coin at right - this is Pope John XXII - l know that is a throne he is sitting on, but it looks sorta like a dragon, and here is that same ancient hand gesture, which we know now doesn't represent the 'trinity' as one was led to believe.







After the death of Pope Clement V in 1314, there was a 2 year period without a valid pope. In 1316 Pope John XXII was elected. The pope in Plate #7 is this controversial pope. He had to deal with people who were seeking out the spiritual side of life and wanted to explore radical views and beliefs. The church, of course, couldn't possibly have this thought process taking root and had to be stopped fast. Pope John XXII himself found himself believing in a theological midpoint when he became involved with the 'Beatific Vision'. This made him a very controversial pope at the time. After all, if you don't see God upon death, there would be no need for penance or selling prayers for the dead. This would hurt business a great deal. The 'Beatific Vision' believers said you did not see God upon death, and did not until after the judgment.


Source:
Thanks to http://en.wikipedia.org/ and the Catholic Encyclopedia for information gathered to make up this interpretation.
The death of Pope Clement V in 1314 was followed by a sedis-vacancy of two years, due to disagreements between the cardinals who were split in two factions. After two years, King Philip V of France, in 1316, managed to arrange a conclave of twenty-three cardinals in Lyon. This conclave elected Jacques Duèze, taking the name John XXII, who was crowned in Lyon. He set up his residence in Avignon, France rather than Rome, continuing the Avignon Papacy of his predecessor. During the period between 1307-1417, there were nine popes who resided in Avignon rather than Rome, which caused a great rift within the Church, but is not the contraversy that this image details.

The Great Schism of Western Christianity or Papal Schism (also known as the Western Schism) was a split within the Roman Catholic Church from 1378 to 1417. By its end, three men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope. Driven by politics rather than any real theological disagreement, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance (1414–1418). The simultaneous claims to the papal chair of four different men hurt the reputation of the office. The Western Schism is occasionally called the Great Schism, though this term is more often applied to the East-West Schism of 1054.

The Beatific Vision. Beginning before he was pope, John XXII argued that those who died in the faith did not see the presence of God until the Last Judgment. The point is important to Catholics, since if the dead are not in the presence of God, then the whole idea of prayers to the saints would seem to be undermined. John XXII continued this argument for a time in sermons while he was pope. Despite holding for many years a view widely held to be heretical, John XXII, in later years is said to have not been a heretic.

A number of Franciscans, the so-called "Spirituals," or "Fraticelli," adherents of the most rigorous views, refused to back down from their beliefs, and after the deaths of Clement V, they rebelled, especially in the South of France and in Italy, declaring that the pope had no power to dispense them from their rule, since this was nothing other than the Gospel. They then proceeded to drive the Conventuals from their houses and take possession of the same, thereby causing scandal and much disorder. The new general, Michael of Cesena, appealed to Pope John XXII, who in 1317, ordered the refractory friars to submit to their superiors, and caused doctrines and opinions of the Spirituals to be investigated. On 23 January, 1318, many of their doctrines were declared erroneous. Those who refused to yield were treated as heretics. Many were burned at the stake, but some escaped to Sicily.
The name "wyvern" derived from the Old Saxon, also known as Old Low German, the earliest recorded form of Low Saxon, documented from the 9th century upward. Wyvern/Wivere, means "serpent". The French 'wyvern' is known as the Vouivre. Both words are etymologically related to viper.The Viperidae are a family of venomous snakes commonly referred to as vipers, although the term viperids is more common. The wyvern is regarded as a type of dragon. Depictions often include two legs and two wings. Sometimes there are eagle's claws on the wingtips. The rest of its appearance can vary, such as appearing with a tail spade or with a serpent-like tail.

HERALDRY, MEANING OF WYVERN: The word Wyvern is an alteration of Middle English "wyvere" for viper, it is also from Old North French wivre, and a modification of Latin vipera.  A mythical beast usually represented as a 2-legged winged creature similar to a dragon (much like a cockatrice but with the head of a dragon) and with wings and a barbed serpent tail.  Considered a sign of strength to those who bore the symbol the Wyvern is an ancient token associated with Mercia and the old kings of Wessex. The Wyvern is symbolic of valor, strength, protection, warden-ship and dominion.

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