Hello everyone, and happy new year!
I am a 21 year old student of Art History at the university of Nanterre near Paris where I live. I first saw the VMS on Jacques Guy's site when I was looking for Rangiroa tablets for an ethnology paper. Anyway, I don't have any qualifications aside from my interest in this manuscript, I don't really have any theory, and I just hope I can make myself useful, who knows? Concerning plants, I've got an interesting list here with Paracelsus, which I finally translated(more or less), along with a few other details. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
According to him, plants belong to seven planetary groups. All plants related to a planet cure ailments in certain parts of the body, each organ is also ruled by one of seven planets plus earth.
SUN: Heart, cardio-vascular.
MOON: brain, stomach,"humors"(opposed to galenic, here there are 3:sulfur, mercury, salt, in the body)
EARTH:purification of the blood and toxins
MERCURY: nervous system & lungs
VENUS: glands, kidneys, infectious diseases
MARS: gall bladder, anemia
JUPITER: liver, sometimes bronchi
SATURN: skeleton, langorous states
However, he also warns that " A drug which is favorable during a certain period can be harmful at another time depending on planetary influence." And in the Paragranum he tells us: "The basis for your work must include the nomenclature of diseases according to leo, saggitarius, Mars, Saturn...for otherwise you will not and cannot achieve anything". " Preparing the drug consists...in knowing the star of the disease and opposing to it the star of the right drug. The supreme science consists inknowing the concordance between these two stars". This could account for the astrological and astronomical labels, and brings us to the "Venus in Scorpio" idea (sorry I can't remember who had it on the list).
Paracelsus was also a forefather of balneology, prescribing bathing in curative waters based on 17 plants...speaking of baths...when I saw the VMS at Beinecke, it seemed like the water was only green on the surface, while the inside was blue...maybe green layer on water is floating herbal mixture? This brings us to the 1530's when he visited curative baths in Pfäffers, where groups of up to 20people would be bathed in one basin.
Here are the plants:
SUN: angelica, ash, bloodwort(burnet), buttercup, camomille, chelidonium, juniper, rosemary, pansy, St john's wort, walnut, centaury, rue, sunflower, tormentil, sanguisorba,viper's bugloss.
MOON: cabbage, watercress cucumber, hieracium, sage, lily, waterlily, clove, atriplex, plantain, prune, poppy, red poppy, purslane, cowslip, rye, privet.
MERCURY: wild carrot, fern, fennel, hazelnut, marrube, lavender, lily-of-the-valley, licorice, maidern's hair, marjoram, mulberry, oat, parsnip, citronella, sloe(blackthorn), valerian, basil, ranunculus, flax, garlic, gentian, hawthorn(may tree), hop, nettle.
VENUS: Alkanna, ivy, bean, blackberry bush, cherry tree, chestnut, cowslip, daisy(2 kinds),foxglove, redcurrant, marshmallow(hollyhock), groundsel(senecio), alchemilla, french marigold, rose, dog/wild rose, wild thyme, armoise commune(french name), parsley, pear tree, periwinkle, plantain, prunetree, poppy, red poppy, primrose, meadowsweet, rye, soapwort, sorrel, strawberry, vervain, wheat( 2 kinds), mint, milfoil(yarrow)
MARS: sloe, "epine-vinette"(berberis), basil, bryony, benedict, ranunculus, garlic, gentian, hawthorn, hyssop, hop, nettle, onion, horseradish, rubarb, tobacco, absynth
JUPITER: wild thyme, agrimony, aspargus, melissa, beetroot, cranberry, borage, chervil, chestnut tree, dandelion, burdock, chicory(endive), fig-tree, stock, hart's tongue, leek, rose, thistle, oak.
SATURN: sorrel, strawberry, vervain, wheat, quince tree, capsella bursa-pastoris, tamarisk, blackthorn, solomon's seal, buckwheat, epilobe, yew, onion, pine, radish, rubarb, absynth, amaranth, beech tree, ornithopus, larkspur, cornflower, cress, elm, fern, fumitory, gladiolus, pansy, hemlock, holly, ivy, medlar tree, moss, belladonna, poplar, polypodium.
Many varieties of these plants have already been identified by Dana F. Scott in the VMS...maybe more can be matched? Sorry this is so long, but...what do you think?
Best wishes to all,