Unified Astro Section

Note: I have updated and added files to some of the older pages above.

I have finally reached a point in my research where most of the Astro section diagrams have been found to concern a specific time and place: 07 December 1486, near the center of Aries (astrologically 07Taurus). The diagram of f68r3 is the centerpiece.

I have added a new page above with a flowchart showing my interpretaions and how they are related, then a sky map with the collected diagrams.

I do not know, yet, what is so significant about this spot, and research is continuing.

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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.

Notes on f68r3

I wanted to do an update before much more time had passed. This isn’t really new, but is the most complete and far-ranging work so far.

This folio is a visual representation of an astronomical event that took place 7 December 1486. It is tied in with f67r2 and f69r, which are the astrological interpretations.

See the new page above for additional material.

Folio Interpretations

Below are my interpretations of the Astro Section folios (subject to change, of course):

f67r1  Total solar eclipse in Pisces seen in London  16 March 1485

f67r2  Astrological interpretation of f68r3

f67v1  Tycho’s supernova   Nov 1572 (anomalous)

f67v2  Planetary conjunctions seen from London

Upper left (triangle)  AM 30 Dec 1484

Upper right (square)  PM 15 May 1486

Lower right (checkmark)  PM 24 Jan 1494

Lower left (square in T-O Map)  AM 29 Nov 1483

f68r1    Great Comet 18 July 1533 2:00 AM London

f68r2    Comet C/1490 Y1  21 January 1491

f68r3    24 hours before the moon occludes the Pleiades, 7 Dec 1486 (date uncertain; this configuration happens ~9 times a century)

f68v1   Total solar eclipse16 March 1485  emphasizing the Moon’s role

f68v2   Total solar eclipse16 March 1485  drawing of the solar corona

f68v3   Diagram of how the Universe rotates around the earth

f69r      Interpretation of the Astrological Lunar Cycle related to f68r3

f69v     Not yet identified

f70r1    Not yet identified

f70r2    Total solar eclipse16 March 1485  related to the moon and solar corona

My Voynich Research

The article in Sky and Telescope magazine years ago is what alerted me to the existence of the VMs. I found it to be fascinating, and after several months of research joined the main email list. My 10th anniversary there is on 21 Dec 2012, so that will be to blame for the end of the world. : )

A few years ago I was invited to join the Journal of Voynich Studies, an online journal and library (link in the sidebar) with important research available. I felt honored to be taken seriously enough to get the invite.

My work was also mentioned in Kennedy and Churchill’s book The Voynich Manuscript. I even made the index! : )  However, what is there is outdated now.

The dating of the vellum a few years ago to 1404-1438 provides a lower limit  to the creation of the book, but does not preclude a later date.

I work primarily with the Astro/Cosmo section, and to a lesser extent the Zodiac and Recipes sections. (I agree with GC that the Recipes section is an Almanac, so I will be using that term from now on.)

It is my contention that the Astro section depicts real astronomical events, as well as astrological interpretations of them.

I have recently had the idea that the Zodiac section might be a detailed analysis of the events depicted. For example, If each nymph represents 1° of the sign, then the stars with tethers might represent a comet and where they appear together is the comet’s path through the sign. I haven’t yet started investigating this idea.