f68v3 Updated

Some new information about the meaning of the folio has come up, so the page for it (link above) has been updated.

This may be another aspect of the event shown on f68r3; the moon at an astrological position of 07Tau on 7 Dec 1486 and in conjunction with both Almach and the future postion of Tycho’s supernova (f67v1 and f68v2).

New Finding for the d’Oresme-f68v3 Connection

Looking closely at the places where the spirals cut across the waves on f68v3, one can see that the waves are behind the spirals and only partially hidden.

Using Paint.NET I have drawn in the covered parts of the waves and counted them, adding a number to each wave. The result is 43 waves.

A number was added to each wave on the d’Oresme diagram. The result: 43 waves.

This makes the possibility of a coincidence rather remote.


f68v3 Nebula Numbered Waves

d'Oresme Numbered Waves







Here are the two overlaid:


f68v3 Numbered Waves Overlay

Research Note: f68v3

Ellie Velinska pointed out a drawing in Nicole d’Oresme’s Livre du ciel et du Monde (1377) that looks very much like the “nebula” on f68v3.

The VMs is 23.5 x 16.2 cm, while the d’Oresme book is 27.5 x 19.0 cm.
I trimmed the excess and resized both the page and the folio so they’d match scale.

Overlaying the d’Oresme page, I had to enlarge it to 48.2 x 33.3 cm, or 2.0x the Voynich to match the sections.

The lines and circle and words in the middle T-O map match up, as well as the “waves” at the outer edge of the blue field with stars.

I conjecture some type of projection mechanism was used to copy from the book.

It’s hard to find the right transparency level so both drawings are visible, but sharpening the d’Oresme overlay makes the matches clear. This is a replacement for the first picture.

f68v3 Overlay 02For comparison, here are the two separate images, not scaled.

f68v3 Nebula d'Oresme Partial

Notes on f67v2

There has been a lot of discussion and controversy about this folio, and with good reason.

I agree with those who say it’s a set of diagrams of planetary conjunctions. I also think the Author was trying to make it 3D, but didn’t know how.  So using Paint.NET, I have finally gotten around to drawing what I think he(?) was going for:

I hope this is clear; my drawing skills aren’t the best.

3D Projection

The outer trees are shorter, which they would be because of perspective.

To demonstrate this interpretation, see the page Folio f67v2 above.

This might be related to f68v3, which I think is a diagram of the Universe as it rotates around the Earth.

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