posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 09:41 PM
So...has anyone really partially decoded this wcollection? There are some facts that stand out...
The so-called VOYNICH MS (VMS) in Yale's Beinicke Collection has sure stumped people---- including the most talented cryptographers.....it would be
nice if Yale would allow carbon dating on this MS so establish a Terminus AD Quem (the "date when the calf died" from the vellum).
Wilfred Wojnic (Voynich) a rare book collector, bought the MS from Jesuits at the (then-strapped-for-cash)-Villa Frascati near Rome in 1912 along with
other rare MSS.
It seems like a Gynacological Herbal with an interest in Astrology (the plants that are ID'd are related to fertility or prophylactics to prevent
pregnancy and/or morning sickness, swollen ankles, menstral pain &tc. - the women all have paunches (i.e. appear 6-8 months pregnant) and we see
poisons e.g. Deadly Nightshade but also, Foxglove, Red Rasberry, Shepherd's Purse, Skyflower (32r), Dungwort (3v) Quysoum (4r), Gnaybara (18r), Semwu
(21r) Bear Breeches (6r), Twinflower (10v), Wild Yam (17v), Crocus (40v), Woad-plant (25v), Aster (18r), a rare Nymphoides Lily (2v) &tc. -- all treat
a woman's aches & pains & fevers.
Was this a survivor of the Inquisition? I have not seen a book using the same SIGIL language symbols, except the uncle of the so-called Mona Lisa (La
Gioconda) who used the 4 and the 4o symbol in his diaries...which places it in northern Italy, like the archtitecture and the hairdos.
From all the curious "plants" (some seem copied from dried pressed examples or from wooducts, but not in any forensic sense at times) in the largest
(first) section, it appears on the surface to be a mediaeval "Herbal" or some kind of private medical dictionary-pharamceutical "recipe" book of
some kind which related the medicinal potency of plants and roots and herbs to certain key elements/chemicals/planets with a tie into a person's
astrological birth sign. This suggests a belief in the mediaeval LAW OF CORRESPONDENCES outlined by Aristotle and Plato (and taken up by allAlchemists
& doctors until Paracelsus)
I don'tsee a "classical" Alchemical symbols in the VMS--some look alchemical, but they appear in non-alchemical combinations. I do NOT think it is
anAlbigensian Endura textbook [Cathar Death Rite of Isis (which was poor misguided prof. Levitov's stupid theory of 1987 !)
Dr Dee of England in 1587 sold the book for 600 dukaten to Rudlolf II of Bavaria (Praha) =about $120,000.00 US dollars today--quite a lot for a single
Dee told Rudolph it was the private notebook of Dr Francis Bacon of England (who died around 1394), but the book (with early15th century women's
hairdos and overall style of drawings including the crossbow) seems to point to Brescia/Milan around AD 1390-1425.
Also the "style" of the drawings (notice the castles) is what is known as "humanist" (AD 1440 to AD 1500) & resembles Brescian Herbals (i.e. from
Northern Italy near Milan) which were in vogue in those days (especially between 1400 to 1430). Also the hairdos are Brescian in style from around the
Attempts have been made to make the text readable: I like Landini's EVA (european voynich alphabet) using typewritten letters to denote sigils of the
VMS (e.g. daiin, sheoky, arar, cheoldy etc.)
The question is: what BASE LANGUAGE is this book written in (the language which is residing underneath the-sigils)? Is it a totally new made up
language? Is it Greek or Latin or Italian or some combination?
Or is it 15th century MANCHU (NB: computer studies say YES !) a survivor from Marco Polo ? - which would place it in northern Italy by 1350 or
earlier. There are chinese characters on page 1 ('spring' & 'heaven')
Is it phonetically broken up differently than language is commonly written ?
(e.g. in English we write: "Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow" whereas the VMS (voynich MS might have written it phonetically,
"May reehaDd alitt elLamm whozFleez wazwHyt aznoe).
Also there might be NULL VALUES (letters or combinations which mean nothing (shaiin odaiin o: why all the secret coding? Possibly it contained
scientific information that the Spanish Inquisition might not have particularly liked....
There is a repetitive phrase (annoying to keep having to look at all the time) which resembles the typewritten 8aiiv (EVA: daiin), which might be a
PUNCTUATION MARK like a COLON or a COMMA or a FULL STOP (period).
Sometimes we see the "word" : [8aiiv 8aiiv] twice in succession which might be a "colon" (EVA: daiin daiin) or phrase/paragraph separator
Some "words" are fairly common throughout the book (i.e. they recur with some frequency like [EVA: shol] or [EVA: sheky etc) but there are many
words that appear only once like [EVA: fachys] often set apart on the page or underneath a drawing, almost LIKE A LABEL .
This is why I think the book is a kind of medical herbal, or teaching manual giving names to different plants (in the Herbal sections) and planets (in
the astrological section).
I've noticed that the separator (8aiiv) often occurs often right AFTER a rare word or series of rare words --as if to set these words apart....could
daiin mean 'quotation marks'?
The VMS only measures about 6" x 9" only (smallish) with 235 sides of sigil-writing & herbal pictures (about 24 pages have been deliberately torn
out and handed out to various people around 1660 including pages that Johannes Marci gave to the cryptologist friend Athanasius Kircher to decipher).
These pages are still missing to this day.
The book is today organised into 5 discrete "sections" separated according to topic: two pages from each section have been neatly torn out (possibly
as "samples" from each for Kircher to work on)...
The sections are: The large Herbal A/B section, The Astrological Section, The Balneological Section (featuring numbers of naked pregnant women in
sitz baths), The PharmaSection and the 'Recipe Shorthand' section) with nearly 10 different copyists' hands & possibly in 2 dialects (Voynich A
/B): the pages were numbered by Kircher.
On the last page, Kircher wrote a cipher in Latin Letters in Germano-Latin MICHITONOLADABASMULTOSCCCPORTAS
(removing the NULLS of ITONOLA & CCC reduces to: mihi dabas multas portas: "to me Thou hast bestowed many gates")
The undeciphered "letters" look like a combo of Latin shorthand and Norse Runes /Guild symbols (e.g. the 4 gallows letters) etc.