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.

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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