Monthly Archives: April, 2014

Voynich stars 67r

This page discusses Voynich f67r. This is the illustration on that page:
 

On another page of this website Kelly has suggested the following:
67r of the manuscript is an astrological chart, with mixtures of asiatic (yin/yang), eastern ( Pisces, Capricorn, etc.), and Judaism. I will provide more details on this shortly and take my best guess at what I think each part means…
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Starting from the center, working clockwise (if manuscript pages are turned right to left):The eight points of the compass: N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and their corresponding names.
Second ring: the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, yin signs are represented by the red half moon, yang signs …

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Voynich: the punctuation problem

One issue which has long interested me concerning the Voynich manuscript (VM), and which has not perhaps been researched as much as it should, is what we can call the punctuation problem.
Obviously the script is noteworthy for having no obvious punctuation, which is rare in itself. However, as a linguist what then interests me is how the reader could know where the ‘sense-units’ begin and end? If we assume that we are dealing with a natural underlying language, the reader would have to have signals of some sort, in the absence of punctuation, as to where the sense endings would be, especially on pages containing lengthy chunks of text. Consider this …

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Voynich cosmology f85r2

This page discusses Voynich f85r2, setting out some interesting ideas proposed by Marco Ponzi on this website. To start with, here is the Voynich illustration, with a  detail:

 
Marco comments as follows: “I think that page represents the four seasons and shares the same orientation that we are considering for 69r: Spring at the top, with Summer, Autumn and Winter following counter-clock wise.
I base this hypothesis on a few analogues.
This early 14th century illumination has a different orientation, but presents a similar general organization of the four seasons:

http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/vpc/VPC_search/record.php?record=8393  

Another similar illustration (9th Century):
http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/vpc/VPC_search/record.php?record=3646
In this illustration Spring holds flowers and Summer holds wheat spikes:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/518265869591338214/
This possibly alludes both to harvest time and to the star of Spica …

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Voynich plant 33r

Can you help us to identify this interesting plant, with two heads in the roots, and also decode the name? See below a picture from a 15th century Italian manuscript which also has two heads in the roots. The manuscript is described here.
A number of people have added suggestions on these pages. See below for discussion.
Step 1: Look at the Voynich plant picture above. Look also at the possible name of that plant from the same page.
Step 2:  Look at some other expert suggestions, below, for what this plant might be. Some are borrowed from here.
Step 3: If you have any good suggestions for the plant, please post a comment below. Give the Latin genus and species name if …

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Voynich talk April 2014

I have recently posted a video of my informal talk in April 2014 on the script and language of the Voynich manuscript. Comments welcome.

Voynich stars f68r

This post discusses Voynich page 68r, in the light of fascinating ideas provided by Marco Ponzi elsewhere on this website (with thanks). Please feel free to add your comments and observations about f68r below.
This is what Marco suggested, with his illustration:
“As you pointed out in your paper, the Label of the Pleiades in Voynich f68r3 (EVA “doary”) possibly reads “taurn”, and could refer to the constellation of Taurus. In footnote 8 you also point out that in Arabic the name of the Pleiades is also similar (“Al Thurayya”).
I want to underline again the similarity of that Voynich diagram with diagrams of the Mansions of the moon: not only is the …

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Voynich plant 7r

Can you help us to identify this plant and also decode the name?
Step 1: Look at the Voynich plant picture above. Look also at the possible name of that plant from the same page.
Step 2:  Look at some other expert suggestions, below, for what this plant might be. Some are borrowed from here.
Step 3: If you have any good suggestions for the plant, please post a comment below. Give the Latin genus and species name if you can.
Step 4: Can you suggest a name in any language which might resemble the Voynich word? If so, post a comment below.
In particular can you suggest a name from any language which might fit the Voynich text?
Thanks