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The Zodiac

  • Jules Janick
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Part of the Fascinating Life Sciences book series (FLS)

Abstract

The Astrological section of the Voynich Codex contains 10 of the 12 zodiac signs (or constellations): Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. The missing zodiac signs, Capricorn and Aquarius, are presumed to have been in a missing folio. Each of the traditional signs is surrounded by concentric rings of 29 or 30 nude or clothed nymphs that must represent days or degrees. There is evidence of gender separation as the signs of Aries and Taurus are divided by sex, and the Gemini twins are a male and a female. Most significant is the fact that some of the traditional signs are replaced with animals indigenous to Mexico. Thus, the fish in Pisces resembles an alligator gar, the crab in Cancer is represented by Mexican crayfish, the lion in Leo is replaced by an ocelot, and the scorpion in Scorpio is replaced by a jaguarundi (similar to cat-like images found in northern European zodiacs). The substitution of indigenous animals in the traditional zodiac signs provides evidence that the Voynich Codex is a Mesoamerican work.

Keywords

Aquarius Aries Astrological section Cancer Capricorn Constellations Gemini Leo Libra Pisces Sagittarius Scorpio Taurus Virgo Voynich Zodiac 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Horticulture & Landscape ArchitecturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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