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Labels: thoughts on ot- and ok- prefixes...
I thought I'd share my cataloguing data (and conclusions) from the 12
I analysed all the words from there beginning with <EVA ok-> and <EVA ot->,
to see if they shared any common features that might indicate some kind of
common indexing mechanism.
One thing that arose from this was: if you think of <EVA o e l> as
~planets~, then when you see two side-by-side within the VMS,
astrologically that would be a *conjunction*: each planet-pair were (and
still are) thought to have different meanings. What's important here is
that this forms another indexing mechanism.
EVA planetary interpretation
al moon conjunction mercury
ol sun conjunction mercury
ao moon conjunction sun (I believe this is written "eo" in the VMS)
My justication for "ao" being written "eo" is simple: the unobfuscated moon
symbol would be a simple arch: put that on its side, and you get EVA e: eo
then would be (astro)logical shorthand for (moon+sun).
IIRC, Agrippa (and probably many others) used special glypyhs for
particular planetary conjunctions, so this step shouldn't take a vast leap
The most common following tokens (ignoring y, which looks to be independent
of this) then turn out to be (assuming that "cc" = Pisces, sh/ch = Libra,
and "a[i]r/ai[i]n" = Scorpio/Virgo):-
After: ok-: ot-:
1 eo[ao] eo[ao]
2 al cc
3 e e
4 cc al
5 ar/air ar/air
6 o ch/sh
7 ol ain/aiin
8 ain/aiin ol
9 ch/sh a
0 l (none counted)
These correspond fairly well to each other, with only minor differences of
order: but each have basically ten following symbols, here tabulated in
descending order of frequency.
Could this be something like the VMS' *number* system, in roughly ascending
numerical order? Are there any parts of the VMS where these symbols appear
in sequential order, that we might be able to use as a number crib? The
absence of numbers in the VMS has always been one of its mysteries...
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: could it be that there is no missing astrological folio? We already
have 12 diagrams (with two light/dark pairs) - but this may turn out to be
mere deception by the VMS author. The person performing the foliation may
have wrongly deduced that there was a sheet missing because of this... just
a thought. :-)