I’ve spent the last few months not with trying to decipher the VM per se, but by examining the latin marginalia a little closer. It still puzzles me (as much as anybody else, I guess), how it can possibly be that not even the stuff which is written in latin letters in the VM appears to make any sense.
This fact might be understandable if we assume it’s, for example, a single (abortive) decipherment attempt, where somebody scribbled his notes in the margin. But there are several instances of marginalia, apparently from different hands, and none of them are comprehensible.
As all good wannabe codebreakers, I was convinced that all it took to solve the mystery is having a real close look (and a superior mind like mine…), and finally the pieces would fall into place, and the meaning of the marginalia would become obvious. Hence I set out.
Serendipity set in when, while I was in the middle of my observations, Elias Schwerdtfeger published his own account of the zodiac month names (which I had elegantly left out of my own work). I asked for his permission, which Elias kindly granted, so his work is now included here:
It’s the summary of our finds as a downloadable, hyperreferenced pdf file. (Note: About 7 MB file size)
I know that there is much left to do in this document, not the least of which is editing for grammar and style, but I’m afraid that in the foreseeable future I won’t have the time to work on this sufficiently, so I convinced myself it’s better to publish something unpolished than publishing nothing at all.
If you don’t want to wait for the download or ar not inclined to wade through the forty or so pages of text and pictures, here’s the result in a nutshell: I can’t make heads or tails of it either.
Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I look forward to your comments and suggestions!