Monthly Archives: December, 2014

T-O maps

There has been a  lot of interest recently in T-O maps on this site, so let me post some larger images here for people to discuss. I’ll number them for reference:
1. Marco Ponzi’s interesting comparison diagram:

 
2. An interesting illustration from Mu’aiyid al-Din al-Tughra’i. Masabih al-Hikma wa Mafatih al-Rahma (The Lanterns of Wisdom and the Keys of Mercy).
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/world/earth.html
This shows a set of scales to weigh the elements – on the right we have Fire and Water written below the circle, and on the left we have Air and Earth. To be precise, the lower half of the first circle (left) has ‘alturab’ (earth) and ‘alhawa’ (air) together (written under the diagonal line), …

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Voynich phonetics – Derek Vogt

Derek Vogt has kindly provided an update of his scheme, so the one on this page is now outdated.
Please see his revised and updated June 2015 scheme here and add any comments or suggestions onto that page.
 
Here I am posting the Voynichese phonetic system which Derek Vogt has been working on, drawing on approaches used in my earlier paper which attempted to sketch out a few sound-symbol relationships in the Voynich script. Derek has been drawing on a few other resources:
For plant identifications from their pictures by other people:
http://ellievelinska.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-voynich-manuscript-plant-id-list.html
http://www.voynich.nu/extra/herb_oldid.html
And for names of the plants identified there & translations of some of the words in their names:
http://www.plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/Sorting/List_bot.html#sec.02
https://translate.google.com/
Any comments or suggestions welcome.

f67r1 – discussion of winds from Marco Ponzi

The following discussion about Voynich f67r1 is offered by Marco Ponzi. I have put it here in a separate post to facilitate discussion and comment – SB [The image below has been updated by Marco 6/12/2014]
By Marco Ponzi
“I have made some further research about wind diagrams and the page discussed by Pelling and Zandbergen, f67r1:
http://www.ciphermysteries.com/2010/02/16/ms-coislin-338-the-voynich-manuscript
http://www.jasondavies.com/voynich/#f67r1_f67r2/0.29/0.49/2.00
The proposed analysis makes extensive use of a diagram from a XII Century Latin “compendium” based on Bede, recently linked by Stephen (Walters Ms. W.73 f1v);
http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W73/description.html
 
The Compendium diagram presents twelve winds, giving for each of them one or two names.
7 of the 12 sections of Voynich f68r1 can be connected to Bede’s diagram.
I have also considered …

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