Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Voynich star names analysed (2)

In a previous post I proposed a set of 64 star labels in the Voynich manuscript which seem most probably to represent the names of actual stars (or planets or asterisms). These are essentially only those on three pages of the manuscript, known as f68r1, r2 and r3. I excluded  from consideration many more star shapes in the manuscript on the grounds that they might not in fact be meant to refer to stars, and that any analysis should be cautious in this respect.
Having established this core list, I assigned each item a number, and presented the numbered diagrams on three separate pages so that you can see them and so that …

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This website, future websites

Owing to massive worldwide interest in the Voynich manuscript (VM), and visits to this site, I am thinking of setting up a new and more comprehensive website devoted solely to the VM, and moving this blog and discussion pages onto it. That would also leave this website for my other research. But I thought I would get other people’s opinions first!
Since January, when I set it up, this website has had a total of 163,657 visits from a total of 82,530 unique visitors – a massive interest, I am sure you will agree. The biggest was in March, after I spoke on a US radio show with 3 million listeners, when it had 16196 …

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14th century Occitan Provencal manuscript

I’m sure I’m not the first Voynich fanatic to notice it, but I’ve come across a fascinating manuscript in the British Library which I thought I’d share. It is written in Occitan, a language of southern France, from the 14th century, and has a number of images which remind me of parts of the Voynich, including the illustration on this page, which comes from here.
The manuscript is called Royal 19 C.I and can be found in full here.
Some of the images which are most striking are these:

–f34v, the universe (Click on it to enlarge it). I love the angels turning the universe with a crank system.
–f37, Zodiac wheel, with interestingly different versions of names. “Taur” is there. …

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f68r3 Pleiades page star names

f68r2 Star names

I’ll add discussion and my proposed list soon.

Month names in the Voynich zodiac pages

A well-known oddity about the Voynich manuscript (among so many others) is the set of month names in the centre of the zodiac pages which were obviously added after the main manuscript was completed. Here is the one on the Pisces page, which seems to say ‘mars’, meaning March.
Elmar Vogt [correction: the part on zodiac names was written by Elias Schwerdtfeger] offers an interesting and detailed discussion at the end of the document which you can find here. (The rest of the document, on marginalia, by Elmar Vogt, is also interesting.) He [Elias] suggests that the month names are to be read as:

may, mayˆ
yony, yong, yonij (?)
jolliz (?)
sepembr, septembr (?)

He doesn’t, …

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