Thoughts about one’s Lot

Lately, I came across “Lostafeln”, “lot tables” (with “lot” as in “fate”), something like a horoscope. Look at these pictures, drawn from two early fifteenth-century books.

lostafel_1 lostafel_2

Is it just me or could they have been the role models for the notorious f57v…?


I’m particularly intrigued by the concentric rings with the “start” markers, and the alphabetic letter sequences.

(Sources: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Hs. 2352, fol 95r (dated 1392-94), and Stiftsbibliothek Zwettl, Hs. 323, fol 40v (dated 15th century).