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Re: VMs: On the VMs zodiac

Hi Marianna,

At 02:08 12/10/2004 +0300, you wrote:
I've been thinking about the VMs zodiac: there are 12 drawings (Aries and Taurus twice, and Aquarius and Capricorn missing). What if:
- The "Aries" is actually Capricorn, as proposed by Rene Zandbergen
- The "Taurus" is actually Aries
Thus, we are missing Aquarius and Taurus, and the two-fold nature of some signs (Aries and Capricorn are represented twice (black & white), and Libra and Cancer have half of them coloured black (the other crab and the other cup of the scale)) gets an explanation: the equinoxes and the solstices:
- the spring equinox: Aries
- the summer solstice: Cancer
- the autumn equinox: Libra
- the winter solstice: Capricorn

I think it's true that most of us have lazily taken the "month ordering" for granted - but there may well be good reasons (like the one you outline) to discard that as being representative of the authors' original layout. I like the black/white equinox/solstice connection, but... it's only a start.

The next challenge is to try to understand what that would mean for the ordering of the zodiac pages, much as we've tried to do for Quire 9. Essentially, if your idea is right, how were the zodiac pages originally folded and bound? Can you hear its signal through the noise?

Cheers (encouragingly), .....Nick Pelling.....

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