Ancient Chinese Seismometer & Folio 43v

Captain’s Blog 1/13/2023: An in depth view of Folio 43v.

Each Folio in MS 408 (Voynich Manuscript) has hidden technology, how to operate it and where to use it and why. To calculate where each Folio is the reader must have time and distance. Without going into a verbose lecture on geodetic calculations, (which have been previously discussed in other blog posts) the authors of MS 408 inserted time calculations be solar observations drawn in the flowers, the distance calculations are the scaled measurements of the Folio itself. Due to tangential distortion by Yale scanners the true Folio calculations where re-calculated and approximated by measuring existing Yale replicas. Given the time and distance displayed on Folio 43v places the coordinates at 32°N / 127°E approx. approaching the Dragon Triangle( Folio 44r), South of Japan.

In the East China Sea the seismic profiling indicates that the geologic structure beneath the ocean floor consists of nearly parallel folds, with rock ridges near the northern limits of the East China Sea, near the edge of the continental shelf, and along the Ryukyus (as drawn in Folio 43v middle of the right side.) The Ryukyus are an island chain with several volcanic islands on the East China Sea side. Many of the volcanoes are still active. Epicentres of earthquakes are found along the axis of the Okinawa Trough and the Ryukyu Island arc.

A sea captain or Admiral would want to know the seismic activity in this region due to the severe volcanic activity. In Ancient China the inventor astronomer, engineer, scientist, scholar and artist Zhang Heng (79-139AD) designed and created the first earthquake sensing device named Houfeng didong yi. Which could remotely detect earthquakes hundreds of kilometres away. Known as a Seismoscope, this inertia sensing instrument was the very beginning for the science’s in the field of seismology.

The device that the authors of MS 408 describe in Folio 43v match the description of the ancient Chinese Seismometer with some variations. The alterations include being attached to a clock and the use of the French version of a Monkey Tray. (A Monkey Tray is a base for holding large canon balls.) The Seismometer would work by detecting the direction of where an earthquake was coming from by wobbling the internal lever releasing a canon ball from the snake/dragons mouth.

The diagram to the Left is the Ancient Chinese Seismometer, to the Right is the European version attached to a clock.

Translation of Folio 34v:

High pressure ridges in the discolored area (right sided root system). The velocity of an orifice synchronizes the vial, the metal consumes humidity forcing out the pool attached to the side snake. The mark holes force out the leader confirms the merged average time vector eddies (tsunamis). The atmospheric vorticity stays the secant. I am giving the out, gather and collect the inactive foremost forefront outside the atmospheric vorticity. The use approaches the smallest unit pass through spherical excess. The speedway had thrusted the outcome unprocessed velocity of an orifice throttle. The pass through gets a clockwise circulation gated area (reference to time zone change in sun position), the former night (e)*secant arc forced out the whole information.

The reading undertaking gets the grids mark (Flower Solar observation 35°N) it is obtaining the mark and pushes a strong grid former hollow cavity. Where it blows you all are going (flowers are blowing toward South of Japan near Ryokyu Islands) the lead collects the forefront and moves like an eel, 69cm all around. Forward it persists the y-level away and would heavily pinion the leader, ventured the measurement contestably discharging the lever unusually wobbling naturally and vaulting.

At the times beginning as the bird fly’s (reference to time zones in the Catalan Atlas and birds flying at this latitude in the Map see below) the use completely grids. Remove and detach the radius, it is pushing the drawings monkey (tray) out of the way, the former angular radius link the increase to the snake. Suppose the out use covers and violates competitively, thrust confirmed pass through you are congealing. I will be continuing the lead information differently. The opening forced out the ball-socket joint receiver. Zero-Zero (coordinates) stakes the leader to obtain the leadable. The wing-attachment at a distance, the authors have the leader and will rack to your pinion. The clock spoon had measured descending entirely. Monster Wave (tsunami) secant spherical excess information you go the upper bow naturally, the visual hole stacked to get the pass through.

(END Folio translation)

The above translation third paragraph mentions “At the times beginning as the bird fly’s” is a reference to Time Zones calculated in the Catalan Atlas. The position of the map is to begin a the edge of the known world at the latitude of the birds.

3 thoughts on “Ancient Chinese Seismometer & Folio 43v

  1. There is much more to this device than meets the eye. I had pointed this out to my group and a few others just a couple of months ago. This device is based upon the Ogdoad. I’m not able to go into more detail at this point, however, I will point out this connects China with Northern Europe and ancient Egypt and America beginning around 1165. Ogdoad the D and T being interchangeable at certain times. OgTOAD. This is actually an ancient Egyptian number. Most references call them “Frogs”. There is much more hiding within that Catalan Atlas than people realize. That goes for hundreds of works of cartography. I look forward to sharing with yourself and Doc some of the things I’ve come across. Some of which is so small, I need better technology, more magnification than I currently have to make it visible and large enough for legibility. I’ve had tremendous success working these images. I would be more than willing to help. Just started following you on Academia a few hours ago. I already started following the Doc a few weeks back. There was a slim chance we were related. Luckily you’re not related to my biofather’s mother, the late Mary Katherine Tucker. I can now say, You have a beautiful mind, and not feel weird about it. Very glad to have come across your work.

    With the utmost respect,

    Anthony Greb


    1. Hi Anthony! Thank you for responding to our blog! I read your work on and find we have parallel interests and research. Would love to talk to you more about your papers and possibly seeing if our teams could collaborate on writing a paper together.


  2. Hello Katie,

    Thank you for your time and kind response. Sounds cool to me. Probably best for Patrick and Doc to talk first.

    I really appreciate your work on this manuscript. This was something I was hoping to do once caught up upon the North American Baptistry. Let’s just say you and I have come to some similar conclusions. I have not been as far in depth as you and Doc. I have worked a few images I’ve come across here and there. I agree wholeheartedly with the map aspect. There is a bunch of stuff hiding in there. One of the things I’ve wanted to test was brought up by a couple of other Maps. Larry Costa (a member of our group) and myself both noticed what appears to be the same principle as marking cards. Basically by wearing red glasses AKA Rose colored Glasses an otherwise invisible image would appear. Sometimes the glasses are tinted blue or green. A couple of the Voynich images I worked several years ago seemed to have this effect built in. Those were done on my original Motorola Z3. That phone was smashed and information irretrievably lost. Long story.

    I would suggest looking at some of the images with glasses of various colored tints. You can also run the image through the photo editor in your phone to do essentially the same thing. Warmth and skin tone level adjusts the hidden red, while Tint and Blue levels adjust the blue and greens. Adjust brightness, white level, shadows and black level to help clarify.

    Now that someone else has done all the work on the Voynich, I can concentrate upon the Liber Floridus Manuscript. Owned by…Wait for it…

    GHENT University Library. John Gaunt the Ghentleman from Ghent


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