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Re: VMs: The Star Chart on f68r3
From the looks of things the information was found, collected, and saved
as the VMS.
This leaves the "plant and nymph" pictures. What do they have to do with a
destruction on earth? Evidentially, nothing. How much time is wasted on
them? They seem to do exactly what they were intended to do. Divert
attention from the text.
FWIW, from all the art history analysis of the VMS I've done, there's a
pretty good chance that I can now account for the plant and nymph sections:
the zodiac section I'm kind of 50-50 about, but the cosmological part (that
interests you most) seems (to my eyes, at least) to have come from a
separate (and currently unknown) source entirely.
Also: though the 9-rosette map page seems to tie in to the same time and
place as the herbals and the bath sections, I can't currently assert that
it is from the same source as them.
From all this, I infer that the content of the VMS is a heterogenous group
of manuscripts, which was encoded by its owner. This would make the
encoding related not to the *content* but to the *owner*. By identifying
the owner, then, we should improve our chances of working out the code.
In addition, I'm fascinated by Robert's suggestions about f68r3, most
specifically about the difference between six-point stars (fake stars,
background) and seven-point stars (real stars, foreground). By itself, this
observation (if verifiable) points to the diagrams in the VMS as containing
This isn't a trivial point - everyone here has examined the diagrams and
"seen" patterns, but proving that the modes of representation in there (ie,
number of points on a star, colour of a star, etc) are actually being used
to carry meaningful information would be a very big step forward in
positing signal over noise, code rather than gull. :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: a further possibility is that, on other diagrams (such as f67v1), the
number of points on a star could instead be representing its magnitude (ie,
a primitive measure of "foregroundness"). Going clockwise from 12 o'clock
(inside outwards), the number of points on f67v1 are (from the CopyFlo):-
8 8 7
7 7 7
6 7 7 7
6 6 6
6 6 7
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