Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: Following the Stars

The Voynich Manuscript contains many images of stars with a dot in the center. Following the stars brought me to couple manuscripts from the Universitatsbibliotek Heidelberg. The first one, Codex Manesse (written between 1300-1340) Cod. Pal. germ. 848 (visit here ) contains a drawing of seven-point stars with dot in the center on the coat of arms of person named von Trostberg and on the page dedicated to Kristan von Hamle. The manuscript also pictures very Voynichese cross-bow, crowns and a lady carrying a torch on the helmet of Ulrich von Lichtenstein (representing the knightly philosophy of 'Serving a Lady').

Naked lady with a torch also appear in Das Buch der Natur manuscript ( written between 1442-1448, Cod. Pal. germ.300, visit here ) in the same library along with other naked royalties covered with stars and mermaid swimming in green water.

Another coat of arms picturing a star with a dot in the center can be seen in  Chronik des Konstanzer Konzils (written between 1414-1422, XVI.A.17, National Library of the Czech Republic, visit   here ). The star belongs to Her Johannes Luti of Constance.


  1. About a year or so ago, Reed Johnson, laid out a whole horoscope cycle with various of India's horoscope/mythic gods and goddesses. Most prominently figured was the comparison of the "mermaid/snake" goddess of India and the Vms mermaid.

    About that same time frame I was comparing the "ladies in barrels", who were waving striped banners (Aldobrandini?) or what appeared to be stars on a string (similar to the various inflatable mylar stars we see, here and there, today. Apparently, the Aldobrandini-sponsored works of art (murals, at least) feature the Aldobrandini stars and stripes framework.

    1. except the Vms figure isn't a mermaid, but a figure emerging from a huge fish-skin, and the serpentine figure in an Indian horoscrope isn't a mermaid in our sense at all. The Indian half-fish deity is male and the same figures are known in the west by the 14thC .. otherwise, not bad.

  2. Just so you know, I have always had a strong hunch that the "Voynich" scribes were using their native script (possible Czech or Bohemian) to write the Latin words. Hence the difficulties of translating, at least to the Latin phrases, many of which are, in turn, referring to Greek mythology and mythologizer/philosophers (Euripides, Plato,.....).

  3. Ellie
    Don't fall into the trap of thinking that whatever appears in Europe appears no-where else or wasn't deliberately adopted from foreign parts.

    The same people who took up using coats of arms (which really only began to be popular in the early 12thC) were people with connections to the Crusades, and much of what you see in common with the Vms fits into a pattern of bringing home 'wonderfully ancient' or 'wonderfully Holy-Land' emblems and symbols. Some of what they brought back were books, too and the whole science of heraldry, which begins in France, is believed adapted from the habit of the Arabs, who hung emblems from the horse's bridle so that its owner would be known - alive or dead.

  4. Ellie, this is my second attempt to send a note; here is the comment I was trying to send:

    Take a look at a digitization project, begun in 2011, at the Gregorian University (previously known as the Roman College). You want to see stars? Wait until you see their stars!