Before you watch the solution, I'd like to pass along some words from Nostradamus himself, who texted me this morning with some thoughts he wanted to share:
"Hello SoSG Puzzlers. By the time you read this I'm probably dead. But I hope you enjoyed my fourth prophecy, congrats to Berkowit28, Jose, Stolenmonkey86, Daniel, and Fanerman, who solved the puzzle in that order! I just want to say that it was an especially fun but challenging prophecy to construct because I had to 1) make sure each magic letter was in the correct position, 2) provide enough clues so you'd know how to solve it, and 3) keep it sufficiently smooth and poetic-sounding cuz I have a rep to uphold. Also, I'd really like to hear directly from you readers regarding which clues were most helpful or misleading, as this SoSG Karros guy seems sort of dim (j/k, bro!). Anyhow, good luck to your Dodgers tonight. Quite honestly I'm not a big baseball fan, as it wasn't very big in 16th century France. But a high school classmate of mine used to play (Saint-Rémy High, class of 1521, go Tigres Luttants!), a guy named Jeff Kent. He didn't talk to me much as he was a bit older (he was a senior when I was a sophomore). I wonder what ever happened to him. Anyways, again, I hope you enjoyed! And if you did, check out my other three volumes of Prophecies, available on amazon.com or go to my myspace page. Peace Out!"
So there you have it, words from Nostry himself. Anyhow, on to the solution. Or at least the most widely accepted interpretation of Nostradamus' Lost Prophecy:
But wait, there's more! That video only had the main clues. Here's a line-by-line analysis of the Prophecy:
Hope lies in the Eye, freedom it can bring
-->Sets up the premise of having to find the Being by knowing where to look
High north and due west, its journey begins;
-->Start in the upper left of the prophecy
A promising Being, meanwhile cries aloud
A promising Being, buried north to the south;
-->The Being is hidden vertically, from the top to the bottom
His skin and bones trapped, but free he will fly
-->More set-up of premise
Once his soul is unearthed from the haze by the Eye;
-->Nostradamus originally penned this line as “Once his name is unearthed from the page by the Eye.”
Plate skills he may bring, from mounds he may hurl
-->This line has proven to be the most controversial, and in fact was the one Berkowit28 and I discussed in the comments. One camp of scholars, including myself, feel this was intended it to convey that The Being could be either a hitter or a pitcher (with plate skills referring to hitters and hurling from mounds referring to pitchers), and thus you shouldn’t focus on only one or the other. The other camp, which includes Berkowit28, interpret it as suggesting The Being is a pitcher, since NL pitchers have to bat and thus must bring some semblance of "plate skills". You decide.
But throughout measured lines, he mustn’t more toil;
-->"measured lines" refers to the cadenced and highly calibrated lines of this prophecy. Nostradamus initially wrote it as “But throughout senseless words, he mustn’t more toil” but in the end wanted it to be more cryptic. In retrospect maybe he should have left it like that.
Thus embark does the Eye, at the Being’s behest
-->So now the prophecy is about to tell you how exactly what path your eyes must take to find the Being
Descends courier rows, leaping space in its quest;
-->“leaping space in its quest” means you ignore spaces entirely. “Descends courier rows” means that courier type (or another monospace font) is the only way technically each “step to the east” is of equal distance, assuming you skip spaces as previously instructed.
If each stride to the south, brings a step to the east
-->This to me was among the most important lines. With each row down, you move one letter to the right (again, ignoring spaces).
Liberation has come, the Being released!
-->If you do the above properly , you will find Hiroki Kuroda’s name and free him!
Anyhow, thanks again for playing. Both the PCS Rankings and the Participation Lottery will be posted soon. And if you get a chance to honor Nostradamus request about sharing your experiences trying to solve the puzzle (successful or not), please do so. Next off-day puzzle, September 4!