I am beginning to wonder whether or not the Zodiac charts are meant to be considered in pairs. The numbers suggest a duality/matching of the charts. Perhaps this is obvious and has already been discussed. I am thinking of something like the following:
(numbers within parentheses are maiden counts starting from inner to outer circle)
f70v1/f71r (5+10) + (5+10) = 30 (2 goats)
f71v/f72r1 (5+10) + (5+10) = 30 (2 oxen/bulls)
f70v2 (10+20) = 30 (2 fish)
f72r2 (9+16+5) = 30 (2 humans)
f72r3 (7+11+12) = 30 (2 crayfish)
f72v1 (10+18) = 30 (2 scales)
f72v3/f72v2 (12+18)+(12+18) = 30+30 (Leo and Virgo)
f73r/f73v (10+16+4)+(10+16+4) = 30+30 (Wolf and Archer)
It may be that there is a comparison such as sun/moon, day/night, summer/winter months, hot/cold, etc. Notice the nightgowns worn by the nymphs in f70v1 vs. the fully dressed maidens in f71r. See how the 'barrels' are phased out from f71r to f72r1 and then they almost totally disappear in f72r2 (no one is standing in a barrel, though a couple of individuals are standing on barrels). The barrel with archways in f70v1 is interesting. It appears again in f71v; however, now an additional archway is visible. Notice that the strings attached to the stars are also phased out from long strings to shorter and fewer strings to no strings. One of the inner circles stars in f70v1 is suspended by what appears to be twisted yarn which I find very interesting. Barrels lying down, barrels standing up, and people standing on barrels needs explanation. One maiden appears to be standing in a puddle of water in f72r2 and another maiden may be standing on grass (top left outer group). Hair length and style also changes (up in a hair net, shoulder length, full length, crowns). Face, arm, and leg positions also appear to bear some hidden meaning. In some cases, the maidens appear to walking counter clockwise getting higher and higher up as the work their way around the circle. I see lots of feet in Leo.
----- Original Message -----
From: Rene Zandbergen
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 7:27 AM
Subject: VMs: Re: Regulus
> Well, this inspired me and maybe I have found
> Regulus is the _figura_ of 7 Leo. When we look at
> the Leo
> diagram in the VMS and start counting the nymphs
> from the
> one on the ascendant (slightly higher, actually) in
> the inner
> circle, and then down (just as in the _Astromagia_
> the seventh nymph seems to have a crown on her head.
> And Regulus means "little king"!
There is much more to this, which makes me
believe that the zodiac section has some
meaning to it. For example: there are about 20
9-pointed stars in the 10 charts we have. There
are further 8-, 7- and 6-pointed stars.
If the 9-pointed stars represent stars of magnitude
1, then we have 2 depictions for each star.
By coincidence (??) there are two crowned stars,
one in Leo and one in Cancer. Both have 9 points,
and Regulus is indeed magnitude 1.
What are the odds that this is a coincidence?
So, I reiterate my bold statement that both
represent Regulus, but I don't know why it is
there two times.
The neat part is that there is actually a third
nymph with a crown, in Libra. This has a small
star (7 points). Regulus culminates when some
of the higher-numbered degrees (20++) rises.
Now look at the crown. Does it have a culminating
I think so.
But I have not yet been able to convince anyone
of this before.
I have tried to match the pattern of 9-pointed
stars with the known magnitude-1 stars of Ptolemy's
list. There are some interesting things: two
mag-1 stars next to each other (I forget what
they are called). But in general the picture is
not very good. So is this another look-alike
star catalogue, just like the herbal section
is a good look-alike of a real herbal, yet fails
to match to any real one?
The problem is that there could be any combination
of things in there: degree of rising, degree
of setting, longitude, right ascension, culmination.
The two labels for Regulus are very different.
I still think that these have a 'feel' of numbers.
About the origin of the word Regulus, I have a
strong feeling that this is actually much
older than Copernicus. The special feat about
Regulus is that it is so close to the ecliptic,
and therefore provides regular close visits by
Food for thought, isn't it?
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