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Re: VMs: Re: Star Magnitudes within Manuscript
At 12:09 28/12/02 -0500, Robert Teague wrote:
> Are there any stars shown with anything other than 6 or 7 points?
Looking at folios with stars, I don't see any with fewer than 6 points.
AFAICR, six appeared to be the minimum number of points in a star (though
if anyone can point to any counter-examples, please feel free to do so!) :-)
But I do note other mofications-- Some have a dot in the center,
some a circle, and some filled circles. I note some filled stars, as
FYI, one of the theories (specifically for stars in the zodiac section) is
that these modifications (colour, dottedness, etc) represent a codification
of binary information relating a particular degree.
For example, a red-coloured star could well represent an auspicious time
for blood-letting, a yellow-coloured star not so good: similarly, a dotted
star could represent a male conception, an undotted one female conception.
Quite what a yellow star with a red blob in the middle would represent I
don't know - remember that these are in colour! :-o
Also: there were a number of different (and quite complex) numerological
formulae used for calculating these kinds of information: but this simpler
per-degree system may well have formed another tradition, generally in line
with Pietro d'Abano's astrology (and other similar systems).
If the star pointedness can be shown to be a representation of magnitude
(however crude), that would be a quite fascinating correlation. :-)
There were some postings earlier in the year about the star Regulus (which
is traditionally associated with 7 degrees Leo): if you look at the inner
ring of nymphs on the Leo volvelle, the seventh nymph clockwise round from
9 o'clock (dawn?) has a crown (hence the Regulus inference) - but what
might also be interesting is that the crowned nymph's star has 9 points.
How bright is Regulus?
It's also important to point out that there is some visual evidence
supporting the idea that 0 degrees falls at 9 o'clock:
(1) look at the large gap on the inner ring on the Sagittarius volvelle
(and also on Virgo).
(2) text separators (on the rings around the nymphs) often falls around 9
f71r Light Aries (middle & outer)
f72r2 Gemini (middle)
f72r3 Cancer (two middle)
f72v1 Libra (middle)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: bah! - I can't find my list of the numbers of points in the stars in
the zodiac section. Guess I'll have to do them all again (but remember to
post them this time)... :-(
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