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The last 30 Voynich blog posts from the community across the web... Posted on From
A Rose or Not a Rose…
On November 25th, 2017, D. O’Donovan posted an image of a decorated plate next to the center motif of Voynich Manuscript folio 67r. There’s no commentary or date accompanying the plate, but I’m assuming it was intended as a comparison to the central motif in the VMS design, as the paired images are both rayed […]
Tue 12 Dec 2017
J.K. Petersen

Professor Stephen Bax (1960 – 2017)
I learned, via an email from Rene Zandbergen today, that Voynich theorist Stephen Bax died a few days ago. It was only last month that he and Rene jointly formed the Voynich research presence at the Siloe press launch (he is on the left below, next to Rene): I’m sure there are plenty whom he … Read More → The post Professor Stephen Bax (1960 – 2017) appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 11 Dec 2017
Nick Pelling

The Zodiac Killer, the Albany Cipher, and David Oranchak’s “Connie Henly”…
The new week brings a further episode of the History Channel’s “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer”, not for the first time promising much but delivering little (Donna Lass car directions, really?) – the best part [37:25] was the interview with Zodiac Historian Misty Johansen (who wasn’t playing to CARMEL’s script). Even though it also … Read More → The post The Zodiac Killer, the Albany Cipher, and David Oranchak’s “Connie Henly”… ....
Sat 09 Dec 2017
Nick Pelling

Jim Handlin and the Voynich Manuscript…
If you think what the world really needs right now is yet another Voynich theory, preferably one that’s been stewing in some guy’s head for more than a decade and that could well emerge in book form during the next twelve months, then please feel free to advance to the edge of your seat, because … Read More → The post Jim Handlin and the Voynich Manuscript… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 08 Dec 2017
Nick Pelling

Zodiac issues and others
The Voynich archer figure – revisited. A couple of years ago,  I posted the comment quoted below, after which Nick Pelling said that  sagittarius was ‘an ordinary Latin word for an archer’.  And so it was; that was  my point –  the Vms figure isn’t an ‘ordinary archer’ but a fairly unusual sort of crossbowman;  and … Continue reading "Zodiac issues and others"
Mon 04 Dec 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

The Donna Lass cipher, solved… but no happy ending, sorry.
OK, I’m going to start this post by embedding S01E03 of the History Channel’s “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer”, because this is what started me on the road to the solution to the Donna Lass cipher: About half the episode is taken up with trying to make links between the Zodiac Killer and Donna … Read More → The post The Donna Lass cipher, solved… but no happy ending, sorry. appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 02 Dec 2017
Nick Pelling

Some thoughts while we wait…
A short post with some loose thoughts.
Fri 01 Dec 2017
Koen Gheuens

Musing.. cloudbands?.. addendum A
Koen’s comment to an earlier post offered helpful comparisons (repeated below) for the bordering line which appears in numerous folios of the Voynich manuscript (illustrated left from f.68v). In Voynich studies, a convention (whose original proponent I cannot discover), sees this sort of line  described  as a ‘cloudband’,  a term that  by analogy suits its employment … Continue reading "Musing.. cloudbands?.. addendum A"
Thu 30 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Voynich metatheories, Rich SantaColoma, and Document X…
What on earth, you may reasonably ask, is a Voynich “metatheory”? I use the term for a specific kind of Voynich Manuscript theory that seeks to explain more or less all its puzzling features by pointing to a single – usually surprising and/or counterintuitive – lateral step away from what we know (or, rather, what … Read More → The post Voynich metatheories, Rich SantaColoma, and Document X… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 27 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

“The Collied Night” – musing on Koen’s comment ..’the difficulty..’
Fetch me this herb, and be thou here again Ere the leviathan can swim a league. I’ll put a girdle round about the Earth In forty minutes.       “…. the difficulty with the cloud bands is that the shapes they take in the VM are those mostly found in Latin manuscripts.” -Koen Gheuens … Continue reading "“The Collied Night” – musing on Koen’s comment ..’the difficulty..’"
Sat 25 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

“Drawing Close – Voynich Series”, by Sabina Sallis…
Here’s another Voynich-themed art show to add to what is already a medium-sized list: “Drawing Close – Voynich Series”, by Sabina Sallis. It’s at the Customs House art centre in Mill Dam conservation area in South Shields, close to the River Tyne south bank ferry landing until March 2018. Helen Shaddock seems to like it, … Read More → The post “Drawing Close – Voynich Series”, by Sabina Sallis… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 25 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

A second “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” episode…
A new day, and a new episode of “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” (S01 E02, in programme guide speak) to trawl through. Luckily, though, this week’s episode proved to be fairly lightweight: Increasingly Uncomfortable I’m sorry to have to say it, but as this series goes on, I’m getting less and less comfortable with … Read More → The post A second “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” episode… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Thu 23 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

Cloudband history in brief
This history was (as I promised)  in a coming post – the next part of the ‘orb and book’ series – but as it  happens  JKP decided a few days ago to  post something about the ‘cloudband’ in general, taking as his reference [MS] Národní knihovna ?eské republiky   XXIII.C.124,  also known as Velislavova bible  or Biblia … Continue reading "Cloudband history in brief"
Thu 23 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Text to test: Gersonides
Apropos of the Book of Job and commentaries on it – Sorting through the material to work out which modern writers and wikis etc. do or don’t correctly distinguish  ‘Gersonides’ from Jean Gerson, it began to dawn on me, not altogether to my joy,  that Gersonides’ Wars of the Lord  ticks an awful lot of … Continue reading "Text to test: Gersonides"
Tue 21 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Grudge match: Jess Feldman’s “Call It A Premonition” vs supercomputer Zodiac Killer poetry…
What journalists the world over love to do is to bring two vaguely related things together to review or discuss, as if by doing so they identify an incipient trend or fashion. Once pointed out, of course, this trick reeks of self-indulgent modern tossery: but in the scientific interest of exploring different ways of writing … Read More → The post Grudge match: Jess Feldman’s “Call It A Premonition” vs supercomputer Zodiac Killer poetry… appeared first on Cipher ....
Tue 21 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

The orb, the book.. – Pt 2
I’m away for a few days; any typos or other errors attended to when I get back. The header is a detail from a copy of the Pauper’s Bible (or Bible moralisée) made c.1250.  The pair below  from a copy of L’Image du monde, another mid-thirteenth century work, though largely dependent on its author’s French translation … Continue reading "The orb, the book.. – Pt 2"
Mon 20 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

And the Clouds Parted
I’ve been collecting images of cloudbands for a number of years, but not as a concerted effort. If I come across something that looks interesting, I add it to the collection, but I don’t have many, less than 50, and I’ve scarcely looked at them, as most of my time is spent researching plants and […]
Mon 20 Nov 2017
J.K. Petersen

A Voynich Morning
My left arm, disembodied, slowly rejoins the mothership Searching for adverbs, unsuccessful as ever Distant aches filed for future reference Blur, wash, smudged light chinks overpainting Eyes that shouldn’t be open quickly close And re-enter that censored dream again, the one with the And the And the two naked women standing oddly, reading telegrams “ABACTOR … Read More → The post A Voynich Morning appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 19 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

Setting, ???
A linguistic argument to further our understanding of nymph poses and the abundance of water in Quire 13.
Sun 19 Nov 2017
Koen Gheuens

Gerry Feltus’s “The Unknown Man”, now available as an ebook…
A little while back, I became aware that “The Unknown Man” – which I consider to be the #1 factual account of the Somerton Man cold case / Tamam Shud mystery – was about to be republished in ebook format, and so I asked Gerry Feltus for some more details to share with you. What … Read More → The post Gerry Feltus’s “The Unknown Man”, now available as an ebook… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 18 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

Rising
Some new insights on nymph poses.
Fri 17 Nov 2017
Koen Gheuens

Karga Seven’s “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” commences…
The History Channel’s new Karga Seven-produced series “The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” has just started: it features top Zodiac Killer researcher Dave Oranchak, Copiale Cipher cracker (and Voynich Manuscript fanboy) Kevin Knight, long-time Zodiac researcher (and University of North Texas CompSci professor) Ryan Garlick, Cryptologia editor (and author of “Unsolved!”) Craig Bauer, and a … Read More → The post Karga Seven’s “The Hunt for the Zodiac ....
Fri 17 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

The Orb, the Book, and implied equivalence
Correcting misinterpretations of  ‘orb-‘ and cloudband isn’t the most exciting thing to be doing, but has brought up an interesting question: How was it that certain Norman-Anglo-French illustrators came to substitute the orb for  the book in imagery of Christ in Judgement – an iconic form fixed for more than a thousand years in   the … Continue reading "The Orb, the Book, and implied equivalence"
Tue 14 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Request for help: an illustrated copy of Sacrobosco’s De Sphaera online?
A week or more ago, I started writing up a fairly hefty post on John of Sacrobosco’s famous “De Sphaera” (which is one of the books Nicole Oresme translated into French, adding his commentary). I was particularly interested in the diagrams that appear in many of the manuscripts, and so began with Lynn Thorndike’s account … Read More → The post Request for help: an illustrated copy of Sacrobosco’s De Sphaera online? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 14 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

Enigma parade float from Poznan…
Thanks to a top tip from the Cryptocollectors mailing list, here’s what the Stwórzmy Enigma Museum in Pozna? posted on Facebook today: 11 listopada w Poznaniu to nie tylko Dzie? Niepodleg?o?ci, ale tak tak?e Imieniny Ulicy ?wi?ty Marcin. Par? lat temu na Paradzie ?wi?tomarci?skiej wystawili?my ?yw? Enigm? na kó?kach, w której “przyciskami” byli harcerze z … Read More → The post Enigma parade float from Poznan… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 11 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

Gerard Cheshire, Vulgar Latin, and the siren call of the polyglot…
Writer (and University of Bristol PhD student) Gerard Cheshire has recently been asking people to look at his paper “Linguistic missing links: instruction in decrypting, translating and transliterating the only document known to use both proto-Romance language and proto-Italic symbols for its writing system“. (Note that this is actually a draft, but dressed up to … Read More → The post Gerard Cheshire, Vulgar Latin, and the siren call of the polyglot… appeared first ....
Fri 10 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

The Catch to the Crossbow
I’ve written several posts on the VMS bowman and didn’t think there was more to say about his bow, but after looking at hundreds of crossbows, I feel more strongly than ever that the origin of the Sagittarius bow might remain a mystery until the text is deciphered. It’s difficult to find crossbows that originated […]
Thu 09 Nov 2017
J.K. Petersen

“inverted T-O”? – not exactly. (Pt 3 – a digression) in summary form
Preliminary remarks: This post was originally a three thousand word essay provided with the usual   historical, iconographic and comparative detail, cross- referenced to earlier commentary by the present author, as to other academic sources. The whole was provided with a bibliography. On reflection, what is now almost a decade’s experience of publishing ‘Voynich’ research and … Continue reading "“inverted T-O”? – not exactly. (Pt 3 – a digression) ....
Wed 08 Nov 2017
D.N. O'Donovan

Some pirate rum for your cup of tea, sir?
There’s a big controversy at the moment about bloggers and vloggers who get paid to promote products but who do not declare it (or, perhaps more often, do declare it but in what can easily be perceived as misleading ways). For the record: though I have been given a small number of books to review … Read More → The post Some pirate rum for your cup of tea, sir? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Wed 08 Nov 2017
Nick Pelling

Latin’s “Om-age” to Indic Numerals
Most people don’t think of Indic and Latin scripts as similar, but the links between east and west are old and deep and medieval Latin script is not the same as modern Latin. When I first discovered VMS glyphs, I scoured foreign alphabets for the origins of some of the less familiar characters. I already […]
Sun 05 Nov 2017
J.K. Petersen

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