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VMs: Hello and Voynich Manuscript
I will start by introducing myself, as I haven't posted before.
My name is Adam Sparshott, I live in Hertfordshire, UK
I first heard about the Voynich manuscript on the BBC documentary,
and was interested to read more about it. While I realise that I have
only been looking at the manuscript for a few days, I have noticed
something that doesn't seem to have been covered in either the
documentary or any Voynich websites that I have visited.
I would be grateful if you would let me know whether my ideas have
already been covered and then I can save any further time on the matter.
As I am new to this I have written down my thought processes and how
I came to think about my ideas.
I started by choosing a section of the document to look at,
and seeing as I don't know a lot about plants, well not the
latin named variety, and I have never believed in astrology,
I chose the cosmology section.
What I couldn't understand, was why the numbers 4, 7 and 12
kept showing up, and as the signs kept pointing back to the
astrology section, I decided to buy a book on the history
of Astrology to research further. Astrology a History by Peter Whitfield.
Firstly the number twelve crops up as you would expect with
the months of the year and the zodic signs. The number four
seems to be for Earth, Air, Fire and Water. But it was with
the number seven that I really learnt about the fact that at the
time that the Voynich manuscript was supposed to have been written,
astrologers believed that there were seven planets that included
The Sun, The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Anyway, while reading through this interesting subject, I noticed
an interesting photo of the horoscope of King Henry VI, (Page 127)
which has some very similar symbols as the Voynich manuscript.
I then came across a photo of a Zodiac Man that had numbers down
the side of a picture of the man. (Page 120)
Several numbers seem to match with the characters in the Voynich
manuscript and in the Frogguy letters. I have listed some of them below:
(a) The character for two seems to match the frogguy character 2.
(b) The character for four seems to match the frogguy character x.
(c) The character for seven seems similar to the frogguy character a.
Now this got me thinking about the possibility that the majority of the
characters in the Voynich manuscript are either numbers or a form
of astrological symbol or shorthand.
While I do not know enough about astrology to be able to decode them all,
I have seen the character P (Frogguy lj and qj) used in some of the photos
from the book I have read, and this is used for shorthand of parallel
(Same Hemisphere) and cP (Frogguy cljt and cqjt) for contraparallel
(Opposite Hemisphere). I have also seen H (Frogguy lp and qp)
although I do not know what this stands for.
What is the possibility that the writing in the Voynich manuscript does not
actually form part of a language or coded language but are actually
astrological/astronomical readings or some form of horoscope?
This would certainly explain the repetitive nature of the writing and
Other ideas that I wanted to mention:
c, cc, ccc (Frogguy c) possibly 100, 200, 300
d (Frogguy s) possibly 500 or decimal point or division character.
m (Frogguy iv, iiv) possibly 1000 or the symbol for Scorpio.
4 (Frogguy 4) possibly the symbol for Jupiter.
There is a drawing on page 51 that shows part of the drawing
from the manuscript. It shows the Earth split into three parts
1/4, 1/4 and 1/2 and reads, Asia, Europa and Africa.
Also, there is a medieval book called Naturalia by Albertus Magnus
showing the link between plants and planetary influences which looks
Hope the above starts some discussion and I look forward to hearing from you.
The manuscript is certainly very interesting.
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