Research Note: f67v1

Since the events of the Astro section happened in the Pisces/Aries/Taurus part of the sky, I wondered, if f67v1 is Tycho’s 1572 supernova, why it would be there since it happened in Cassiopeia.

After much searching online, I discovered the reason is its astrological position was 07 Taurus.

I think I have identified all of the stars on the folio, and discovered that all of the named stars are astrologically also in Taurus!

Here are the folio and a star chart from Starry Night for comparison:

Folio Stars

f67v1 Star Identifications

Having an astrological position, I checked to see if it is represented in the Zodiac section, and I think it is.

The folio order is Taurus Light, Taurus Dark, then Gemini, so the first 15 degrees of the sign would be on Taurus Light.

On other folios, the small square “start here” point is generally on the 10:00 position. The nymph at the top of the inner circle has a can with a unique design, so I think it is first.

Taurus Light Nova Position

The pattern is easy to see, and the nymph at the 7° position is holding a unique star, representing the supernova.

This may also indicate how to “read” the Zodiac folios.

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Graphical Timeline

The written file of my dates for the Astro folios is fine, but here they are laid out on a timeline for better presentation.

I think this is an example of “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

Voynich Timeline

The tightness of the date clustering surprised me too.

The 1533 comet may be within the Zodiac range, as it is within 76 years (1° of precession) of 1471.

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.

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.