f69r

 

f69r, Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. 

This share similarities of structure with f67v suggesting it may be based on a Lopan and it also has 16 divisions around the outside suggesting compass directions though not all of equal size, but the areas of the sky divided up by constellations are not equal either.  In this case the radiating stripped and dotted segment at 2 O'clock corresponds roughly with the Pisces Aries border and the start of the Western Zodiac.  The single green and double blue spokes line up roughly with the main cardinal points although the colouring is not very precise.  Below is the folio with main cardinal points, Lunar Mansions and their corresponding Western constellations that occur near to the blue and green spokes.  There is a small dot at 11.30 O'clock that corresponds well with the Lunar Mansion location of SN 5 BC? 

f69r, Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.   Overlay by P. Han comparing the coloured, striped/dotted spokes of the image to lunar mansions as indicated on the Lopan by Dr. David B. Kelley.  The dot at 11.30 O'clock is also indicated.

Below is a general North Pole centred star map shown in relation to the folio and the Lopan and how they may correspond to highlight SN 5 BC? (which may have been the same event as recorded in 4 BC? in Aquila).  SN 1572, SN 1604 and even SN 1054 do not appear to be indicated in the general folio  although the central star image, I would suspect would most likely be SN 1054 if not SN 5 BC? 

f69r, Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University/Credit: Redshift6.  North Pole centred star map, 26/3/5/BC, North China. Overlay by P. Han indicating the position of SN 5 BC?, SN 4 BC?, SN 1054 and the green arrow marking the position of the start of the constellation Aries. 

The central part of the image is interesting and has letters around the spokes of the star, as an interpretation of SN 1054 "stella nova rubens (red)" or "Stella nova Seres (Chinese)" would be the most logical possibilities, but Taurus does not appear to be the main subject matter of the folio.  It may also be interpreted among other things as " New star of Israel" or " Israel revealed", and the star has 6 spokes which would be appropriate for such an interpretation. 

Central star image.  f69r, cropped, Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. 

The dots and stripes on the Aries spoke obviously have significance probably in a location or date  and in relation to the "star of Bethlehem" and SN 5 BC? there is surprisingly a match for the details known about this "guest star" or comet as recorded by the Chinese.  It appeared in the year  BC around March- April.  Below is an interpretation of the lines and dots on the Aries spoke suggesting a date of 26th March 5 BC, at this time the Sun has just entered Aries and is consistent with the date area of SN  BC? as recorded by the Chinese, in the second year of the period of Ch'ien-p'ing, second month, (March 10th and April 7th) a hui-hsing appeared in Ch'ien-niu".

Striped and dotted spoke at 2 O'clock. f69r, cropped, Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.   Overlay by P. Han  with suggested interpretation of the stripes and dots on the spoke at 2 O'clock.

This is the actual star map seen on that day from North China.  At this point the Sun, Saturn and Mercury are in Aries, Jupiter and Venus are in Taurus, Mars is in Scorpio and the Moon is in Libra.  There was a total eclipse of the Moon a few days earlier on 24th March in Virgo.

Credit: Redshift6.  North Pole centred star map, 26/3/5/BC, North China. Overlay by P. Han  indicating the position of SN 5 BC?

To finish, a comparison of a horizon view of the pre-dawn sky to the south east as seen form North China and Jordan on 26th March 5 BC.

Credit: Redshift6. Pre-dawn map looking to the south east, North China, 26/3/5 BC.  Overlay by P. Han indicating the position of SN 5 BC?

 

Credit: Redshift6. Pre-dawn map looking to the south east, Jordan, 26/3/5 BC. Overlay by P. Han indicating the position of SN 5 BC?

 

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