Friday, January 24, 2014

The Voynich Manuscript: Tucker and Talbert

Distinguished botanist professor A. Tucker and former NASA IT specialist R. Talbert rock the news with their Aztec solution of the Voynich Manuscript ( read here ).

Can an amateur like me argue with experts and rocket scientists? There is no point.

Professor Newbold  had his VMs solution disproved by Professor Manly. I hope Tucker and Talbert will find their work reviewed soon by experts equally distinguished.

As non-expert, I will attempt to fight the absurdity with absurdity. Here is 'absolute proof' of the pre-Columbian North American origin of the Voynich Manuscript. It is self-evident in the oldest North American petroglyphs. They were carved 10 000 years ago on few boulders at the western end of lake Winnemucca in Nevada. Similarities are striking.

I am talking real Uto-Aztec culture here - not some post-Columbian Aztec-wannabe herbal manuscript drawn in the style of its European predecessors. If we are going North American - let's go all the way!

The Voynich manuscript: St Albinus of Angers

If we follow the 'fishy' logic behind the VMs April Fool's Day (French April Fish Day) then the figure for March 1 in the Voynich manuscript calendar will be located in the inner circle, next (going clockwise) to the figure facing in the opposite direction compared to others in the circle. The 'nymph' matching the requirement in the VMs March rosette is somewhat unique, because the drawing contains the only barrel in the circle that is not painted green.

March 1 is St. Albinus of Angers (Aubin d'Angers) Day in the French Saints Calendar. I will speculate that the VMs author left the barrel unpainted (white?) in reference to the name of St Aubin (name derived from Latin 'albus' meaning 'white').
This, however, is just 'fishy' logic. The author may have left the barrel unpainted for any other reason. His intent is still unknown.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Voynich Manuscript: April Fool's Day

The Voynich manuscript often makes researchers feel like they are being fooled, so I decided to find out if April Fool's day has a place in the VMs calendar.

April Fool's day originated in France and was called April Fish Day - Poisson d'Avril. The earliest reference to this term is found in 1508 poem of Eloy d'Amerval who wrote: "maquereau infâme de maint homme et de mainte femme, poisson d'avril."

The first April rosette in the VMs contains 15 figures. In the inner circle 4 are facing counter-clockwise  and 1 is facing in the opposite direction. In the outer circle 9 are facing clockwise and 1 is facing in the opposite direction. It is possible that the odd facing figures are clue to where the count begins or ends. Next to the odd facing lady in the inner circle is one of most famous figures in the VMs calendar pages - the 'woman with the braid'.

There is something 'fishy' about this figure - it is the decoration of the tube. The waves are similar to those creating the fish-scales in the March rosette.

If we imagine that the figure represents Poisson d'Avril then the 'braid' may represent the bait on the hook. We can almost see the end of the hook coming out of the person's shoulder.

I like this interpretation, obviously, because it matches my theory that the Voynich manuscript is the book with naked women found in the tent of the French King Charles VIII during the battle of Fornovo in 1495. If the term 'poisson d'Avril' existed in France in 1508 - then 1495 (not far back) is possibility.

To everybody else: Happy Early April Fool's Day!