Tools Update

Okay, so I did the work and have added links to the freeware I use as a separate category.

In addition, I’m uploading to my MediaFire folder HP Calc, a Hewlett-Packard math program for Win 3.1 that has a very easy to use equation editor. I wish I could change that hideous green it has, though.

Also AnaGraph, a simple graphing program no longer available online (that I could find, anyway).

Actually, I’ve never used either of them in my VMs work, but they are very useful for a different hobby– Long Delayed Radio Echoes.

My Research Tools

The Voynich Manuscript folder on my desktop is divided into subfolders, one for each section. These contain subfolders for each folio, plus one for General Files.

Other folders are General Files, Folio Scans, Transcriptions, Papers, Uploads and Current Research Files.

I use MS Word 6, and Open Office 3 if I’m on my notebook.

WordFind 3.3 handles word lists, palandromes, and anagrams. Other lexicon files can be added, and it returns results in several optional formats.

For graphics file viewing I use IrfanView, which will handle just about any format, including .sid, which is the format for the high-res VMs scans.

For graphics creation I use Paint.NET, an art program that is simple to use, has lots of support, and many useful plugins.

For astronomy and astroarchaeology I have Starry Night Pro 4, long since superseded, but perfect for my work. It handles precession, as well as being able to add objects like comets and asteroids. It handles the 1582 calendar change by deleting those eleven days.

For astrology I use StarFisher 0.8. It’s not a subject I know much about, but since at the time of the VMs astronomy and astrology were the same science, it has proven to be useful on occasion. It does not address the calendar change, which makes the results confusing if I forget.

IrfanView, StarFisher, WordFind, Open Office and Paint.NET are all freeware. I don’t have links handy, but they are easily found.

Alphabet Note

Here is my version of the letter-set for the Voynich alphabet. The layout follows Mike Roe’s Generic Word.

As I will discuss later, the values turn out to be the 20-letter Latin alphabet, plus “k”. EVA q is a special case. The so-called ‘platform gallows’ are combined letter values, as are those with #15 and #16 attached.

I have also determined which ones might be used as numbers, but so far have not found any examples.

Zodiac Note

There’s been a lot of speculation and suggestions on why the Zodiac section starts with Pisces instead of Aries. If you look at the Zodiac Nymph Overview file I mentioned below, you notice there are more aspects (details? characteristics?) to the Pisces, Aries, and Taurus folios than any of the others. My idea is that it starts with Pisces simply because that sign is involved with the information shown (i.e. of interest to the Author) , and having it several folios away would be inconvenient.

I’m making modifications to the Nymph Overview file, and will replace the one there shortly. I’m adding another table with my ideas for the meanings.

Zodiac Section Theory

As I mentioned below, I recently had the idea that the stars with a tether in the Zodiac section might represent a comet’s path through the sign.

I think folio f68r2 shows the comet C/1490 Y1. It passed through Pisces in January of 1491, and its tail passed through Aries. There are 29 stars with tethers in the Pisces folio, along with 12 in Aries Dark and 4 in Aries Light.

I also think f67r1 shows a total solar eclipse in Pisces in 1485. In that case, if each nymph is 1° of the sign, the cans might indicate that the sun “covered up” the sign.

I uploaded to my MediaFire folder a file, Zodiac Section Nymph Overview, that lays out their characteristics.

New Paper

In the J.VS Library, some new files by me have been added:

The paper The Event Depicted on VMs Folio 68r1 presents evidence that the folio shows the Great Comet of 1533 as seen on 18 July.

Additionally there are two animated .gifs showing that the person drawn in the upper circle (the comet) might be Copernicus, who wrote a treatise about it. A third animated .gif shows that the person in the center of f67v1 might be Tycho Brahe.

File Availability

I’ve added to the sidebar a link to my MediaFire account so others can access the files I discuss here. There’s nothing in it right now, but expect that to change soon.

This is necessary since WordPress doesn’t appear to handle tables or other fonts well.