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Page: f67r2   Title: "The seven planets"

A circular diagram, defined by 7 concentric mechanically drawn circles.

Circles 1 and 2 (from the outside in) define a narrow band of decoration, consisting of 24 copies of a "scroll"-like or "resistor"-like object. Circles 3 and 4 define another narrow empty band; same for circles 6 and 7.

Between circles 2 and 3 there is a band of coloured (red?) text,
consisting of 12 phrases separated by wide gaps (unit "Y"). They
don't line up perfectly with inner sectors (see below), but appear
to be spaced as if the intent was there.

Between circles 4 and 5 there is a broad band, divided into 12
sectors by straight radial lines, unevenly spaced. Each sector
contains two or three lines of text, reading clockwise, with straight
or curved baselines (unit "C").

Near the bottom (innner) edge of each sector there is a round moon with crescent shadow and human face.  In the middle are 12 planets, moons.

Seven of the moons have a label
just above (i.e. outwards of) them (unit "L").

This table shows the number of lines in units "C" and "L" and the
moon colours (light/medium/dark), starting from 08:30:

Between circles 5 and 6 there is a single row of text, containing 12
labels (unit "X"), apparently associated with the sectors and/or
moons in the band above.

Inside circle 7 there is another ring of text, with 8 erratically spaced labels (unit "Z").

At the center of the diagram there is an eight-pointed star/flower with an "orange slice" background. The eight arms are not particularly aligned with the 8 labels of the innermost text circle.
The star arm at 08:30 has a dotted tail extending out between two labels.

Below the diagram there is a normal-looking paragraph (unit "P")
with 3.0 lines. According to John Grove these are only lines in
the MS that are ruled. The center line of text is coloured (red?)
and its strokes seem to be heavier than those of the other two.


It is possible that the text in all the sectors between radial
lines 10:00 and 5:00 comprises a single paragraph with three and a
half lines. The same can be said of the remaining sectors.

Robert Firth once suggested that the seven named moons may be the the seven Ptolemaic planets.

Since line 2 of the paragraph is colored, each line is probably a separate sentence.

Paragraph: Y: Outer ring of sector titles, clocwise from 12:30
Last edited on 1998-12-11 12:55:40 by stolfi

The original line numbers were assigned by J.Stolfi
starting from 12:30; they were reassigned on Oct/1998
to match Grove's numbering.


1 H ykchs ykchos


2 H ykchyr aram!!!!!!!!!


3 H ykecho ols eesy!dy


4 H soy shr okar


5 H shekchy *!!!ykor


6 H ykeody okchy


7 H dchetdy!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 H !!!!!!!!!!rfchykchey ykchys


9 H chkch!!!dar


10 H ykar ykaly


11 H lkshykchy okar


12 H chky chykchr chy

Paragraph: C
Texts in circle sectors, clockwise from 10:00 o'clock radiual line.
Last edited on 1998-12-08 11:02:57 by stolfi

"U" transcription by J.Stolfi from unidentified scan
"V" transcription by John Grove.

It may be that lines 27-32 and 1-11 constitute a single paragraph
with two lines and half, and ditto for lines 12-26. However, the
08:30 sector has four lines, whereas 07:30 has three and 09:30 has
two. So the reading order used below (by sector) is probably the
correct one.

The line numbers were reassigned on Oct/1998 to match Grove's.


1a H todaiin dain dy

1b H orchoer aiin

1c H choeey s!ar

1d H dacsa*ry*


2a H opodchol d!ain aldy

2b H sochy doiin oldy


3a H odaii!n otocs oekain y

3b H otchoy so!raiis dy

3c H qofchy daiin dal


4a H ydchos ain ar amy

4b H chocfhy saral

4c H rain am or


5a H eoporchy salsoiin

5b H sodar ofor ar

5c H ydag


6a H yteoor yto ykor

6b H okeo!r aiin am


7a H ytody s!aiin

7b H ochol olol


8a H dorar odar ais aloiin

8b H dakan osar odal


9a H chol daiin okol

9b H ytor daiin or


10a H otoldos octhole

10b H sor chedaiin dy

10c H yteos oiin om


11a H ytoeopchey chekody

11b H soshe chos ockhy

11c H daiin aiin os yrl


12a H ofydy sheody aiin

12b H ycheody es odaiiin

12c H yekees oraly

Label: L
Circle of seven labels (or "titles") above some of the moons
Last edited on 1998-12-27 23:37:11 by stolfi

"Z" transcription from a message by R. Zandberger, entered by J. Stolfi
"V" transcription by John Grove.
"U" transcription by J.Stolfi from a scanned image.

Transcribed clockwise from 08:30.
The original label numbers were assigned by J. Stolfi from 11:30;
they were renumbered on Oct/1998 to match Grove's numbering.

Robert Firth once suggested that these labels may be the names
of the seven Ptolemaic planets.

moon at 09:30, dark coloured
2 H dylchsody

moon at 11:30, dark coloured; the Sun?
4 H okal

moon at 01:30, dark coloured
6 H okain am

moon at 02:30, light coloured
7 H opchol!dy

moon at 03:30, light coloured
8 H dfar oeolda!n

moon at 04:30, dark coloured
9 H ytoaiin

moon at 07:30, dark coloured
12 H yfain

Paragraph: X
Circle of 12 labels under the moons; clockwise from 08:30
Last edited on 1998-12-08 11:05:40 by stolfi

"U" transcription by J.Stolfi from an unidentified scan.
"V" trancription by John Grove.

The original line numbers were assigned by J.Stolfi
starting from 11:30; they were reassigned on Oct/1998
to match Grove's numbering.

08:30 moon 10, light coloured, no label above
1 H okadar

09:30 moon 11, dark coloured
2 H qotoear

10:30 moon 12, light coloured, no label above
3 H dchodar

11:30 moon 1, dark coloured
4 H ysaldal

00:30 moon 2, medium coloured, no label above
5 H ytodal

01:30 moon 3, dark coloured
6 H tol daiin

02:30 moon 4, light coloured
7 H otardy

03:30 moon 5, light coloured
8 H chodalg

04:30 moon 6, dark coloured
9 H ytchodyy

05:30 moon 7, dark coloured, no label above
10 H octhys

06:30 moon 8, light coloured, no label above
11 H ytokar

07:30 moon 9, dark coloured
12 H otolor

Paragraph: Z
Circle of 8 labels around central star/flower.
Last edited on 1998-12-11 12:56:57 by stolfi

"U" transcription by J.Stolfi from an unidentified scan.
"V" transcription by John Grove.

Transcribed clockwise beginning at 'dotted tail'
from central 'star' (at 08:30).

1 H s air

2 H so!eor

3 H cpheey

4 H okodas

5 H oepcho!l

6 H s!acthhy

7 H osar

8 H oran