f72r, left.  ZODIAC FOLIOS: LEO

f72r, Leo.  Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

 

The Leo folio is assigned to the month of July and the events for this month are shown below:

July

4th

21st

SN 1054

Mercury at superior conjunction

The folio for Leo would cover July and so the most important event of the year, yet this folio shows no markers and nothing outstanding save the crowned nymph which may represent SN 1054.  The lack of other features may be to draw attention to the significance of the one shown however, analysing the arm markers may shed further light and the figures at the bottom of the outer circle may be linked to the conjunction of Mercury which takes place just on the boundary of Leo, on the B/W image further male figures can be seen in the outer circle.   There are no main markers on the folio but the pointing leg, tail, mouth and eyes of the lion figure in the centre may be markers. 

f72r, Leo.  Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Overlay by P. Han showing the main points of interest on the folio. f72r, Leo.  Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.  Overlay by P. Han showing the central lion figure markers

One possible way they may be lined up on a North Pole cantered Chinese style star map indicates the position of SN 1054 in relation to the other supernovae.  The line of the paw marker being in line with the crowned nymph, its path also crossing the location the Pleiades and Saturn.  The tongue/eye marker together with the paw marker indicate the position of SN 1054, the line of the tongue/eye marker also crosses the path of SN 1572 and onto the area of SN 5 BC.  The line of the tail marker crosses the locations of SN 1572 and SN 1604. The missing star on the folio lies on the line of the paw marker and may indicate the space which was empty before the new star was seen.  The Pleiades in this scenario is marked out as a major component and as suggested in relation to f57r the Pleiades, the Moon just under the Pleiades and Saturn are all indicated in relation to SN 1054.  These particular celestial bodies are significant to the sky on 4th July 1054 AD, the day SN 1054 was recorded in China.

 

Credit: Redshift6 and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (f72r, Leo. Voynich Manuscript). Overlay by P. Han showing the markers on the central lion figure in relation to the sky on the day the appearance of SN 1054 was recoded by the Chinese, 4th July 1054 AD.

Below is a link to a full page B/W image of the folio, there are no greatly outstanding features on the covered part apart from a nymph with missing star and further male figures:

http://www.voynich.nu/q11/f72v3_z3610563.jpe

 

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