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Re: VMs: A Comment on f67r2

> > The "planets" consisted of the five visible, plus
> > the Sun and Moon. But the Moon is drawn in already, 
> > and since it can't appear near itself, one of
> > those words cannot be 'moon'. 
> That's because you're assuming that these little
> moon figures have a certain meaning.

That's true. 

> But we can't really know what their meaning is.

That the words represent planet names has been an
assumption made long before I got here. I was merely
explaining why I'm not happy with it.

> Maybe they
> just mean that each segment is a month. Maybe the
> cresent size is not important but only the
> colour.

I did discover a lunar eclipse in late 1583, where
the Moon was red like in the drawing.

>  In fact, I would be very surprised if
> the cresent size is relevant. 

But the Moon is shown in that configuration in nearly
every folio it appears in. I think it IS important.

> There is even one
> figure where the moon has two crescents, one on
> each side.

Which I think means a solar eclipse.

> But, obviously, I don't know :-/

After all these years? Why don't you?  : )

> In the end, it becomes a matter of words.
> I don't think that the seven words are certainly
> the seven planet names, but I think it is a
> very promising lead.

Sorry, but I have to disagree, for the reasons
already stated. I've still got to tackle the idea
they are bright star names.

> Of the Pleiades I am far more confident, but
> even here one cannot be certain that the character
> string near the seven stars is actually a word
> giving the name of the Pleiades in some language
> or code.

Now here I agree with you.


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