The Rosettes Folio

It was Rich SantaColoma who first pointed out that the diagram on f69r was based on a drawing of a diatom in a book published ~1860.

I agree with him, which makes the Voynich a late creation (~1850 – 1911).

This discovery neatly solved some problems I had with the timeline of astronomical events, such as the inclusion of Tycho’s supernova of 1572.

I disagree with him that it is a hoax created by W.M. Voynich; I think it’s an authentic work created by someone not known to history. Still, that’s beside my point here.

With this post I am adding more evidence to the Late Creation Theory– that the Cosmati Pavement of Westminster Abbey was the inspiration for the Rosettes Folio.

Some repairs were made to the Cosmati around 1870, and the VMs Author could have seen it then. And there is at least one book with pictures and diagrams dating 1865: Memorials of Westminster Abbey by Dean Arthur Stanley.

I have rotated the 86v folio to the compass points based on the two suns and T-O map found there.

Then I rotated a picture of the Cosmati to the same orientation and superimposed it on the Rosettes Folio, adjusting for the file size differences.

As would be expected, the center and four corner roundels overlap, but the smaller outside four on the Cosmati don’t because they are closer to the center.

The interesting discovery here is that there are at least three designs on each that are similar and close together only with this orientation.

I have added a page above titled Folio f86v and put up the diagrams.

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My “Whole Voynich” Theory

What follows does not account for every detail and folio, and is subject to change without notice.

The Voynich Manuscript is a private work encompassing the Author’s ideas of Life, the Universe, and Everything. It is encoded because he felt he had found a Great Truth, and wanted it kept to himself.

The Rosettes foldout, f86, is the centerpiece, a map showing places and things of importance.

It is oriented with East at the top, as indicated by the right-side-up (rising) sun in the upper left, and the upside-down (setting) sun in the lower right. A T-O map in the upper right corner confirms the orientation. T-O maps are also used for orientation on folios f67v2 and f68v3.

The top center, middle left and right, and bottom middle circles are astronomical, while the remaining outside circles are terrestrial. The middle circle is the access to the Biological Section.

The upper right circle has a castle, some other buildings, and a beach between them and the waves crashing in.

The lower right circle has a field and jars from the Pharmaceutical section. This is where the plants in the Herbal section are grown and processed.

The Biological Section, i.e. the Bathing Nymphs, encompasses the sciences of Meteorology, Hydrology and the metascience of Alchemy.

At the top of folios f75r, f78r, and f79v is the earth’s surface, with water running off underground where the Nymphs renew it and send it out again, as envisioned by the system of pipes around them and on the Rosettes foldout.

Rain is falling at the top of f84v, and is controlled and directed by Nymphs, as seen on f79v, f80v, f83r and f83v.

Folio f85r2 shows the cycle of time; birth, life, death, renewal.

Folio f68v3 shows how the Universe rotates around the earth.

The Astronomical section shows two comets, a total solar eclipse, four planetary conjunctions, a supernova (anomalous to the dating of the other events), and an important conjunction of the moon with stars in the Aries/Taurus region.

 The Zodiac section lays out those events against the signs using a graphical coding. The Zodiac starts with Pisces because that sign is involved with the events, and it would be inconvenient to have it at the other end of the section. Aries and Taurus are split to allow more room for the events depicted.

The Recipes section is an Almanac, as suggested by Glen Claston.