Nostrils Disastrous Guide Point – Folio 18r

Captain’s Blog 2/17/2022: edited version of an earlier post

Sometimes in the Voynich Manuscript the authors create such fantastic new words that make me laugh uncontrollably. In ancient times to describe something that had no scientific name it would be expressed using objects that looked like the subject at hand. For instance, eye of newt, is actually mustard seed.

The opening two words of Folio 18r took me a really long time to understand (ok actually 24 hours). In Latin Characters it reads: sronsa soros gp

From Old Irish: srón f  Suffix -sa from Old Irish, emphatic first-person singular, (genitive sróinenominative plural sróna): Noun: (1) nose (2) nostril

From Middle English: sorȝe, sorwe, sorow. From Old English sorh. From Proto-West Germanic *sorgu, from Proto-Germanic *surgō. Cognate with Old Frisian sorge, Old Saxon sorga, Old Dutch sorga, Old High German sorga, Old Norse sorg, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌲𐌰 (saurga).
Noun: Disastrous

From English GP:
Noun: Guide Point, on Ordnance Survey maps.

GP (Guide Points), was used in British and Scottish surveying maps as early as 1375. It stems from Viking maps found out of Greenland and dates to as early as 900AD from Erik the Reds time period. The key to the Voynich Manuscript is the Catalan Atlas and uses GP, guide points, to set up the map. The nostrils are apart of the key to the VM – No joke, it’s the nostrils of Poseidon. For more information about the map of Poseidon (we know call the Atlantic Ocean) I post about it on my blog.

The Geolocation of 18r is off the cusp of South America at the same longitude line as Poseidon’s nostrils, 28 degrees W. The reason why this is a disastrous guide point is because the Antarctic Current is marked by a ring of clouds. That ring of clouds marks the counter rotating current. Using the same longitude line as Poseidon’s nostrils would cause you to get sucked into the Antarctic Current and you would circle it for all eternity. This location is well known for being called “the end of the world.” With disastrous perpetual storms and being lost at sea forever.

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