Astrology Series, No. 4. MS 408.
Gerard Cheshire
July 2024

Astrology Series, No. 4. MS 408. Gemini: The Lovers. This paper translates all scripts and image annotations included on the Gemini page from the astrology section of the manuscript. Unlike modern astrology, which uses the symbol of the Roman twins Castor and Pollux, this is the preceding Greek version, which uses the lovers Thouros and Phosphoros. This is because Ischia monastery had been established by Basilian monks when the island was part of Magna Graecia (Greater Greece). Rather than discussing personality traits, the author of the manuscript uses the symbol of lovers as an opportunity to provide sex education for the young women of the court at Castello Aragonese, Ischia. The women had been isolated in the castle for their own protection, while King Alfonso V and his men were away conquering Naples, and their natural urges were beginning to show. So, the Gemini page provides instruction for when the men visited the citadel on leave.
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keywords: astrology series, gemini, ms 408, ischia manuscript, voynich manuscript, medieval, 1444, 15th century, middle-ages, linguistics, palaeography, codicology, cryptography, history, education, syntax, phonology, semantics, morphology
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