It was fabulous to hook up some of the staff there at the Yale library, particulary Dr. Ann Manisana, and see the Voynich manuscript in person. We were in strong agreement that the first large script in the Little Alien Schoolgirl Sampler was indeed a match to the script in the manuscript. We were unable to use the sampler in any way that would shed additional light into decrypting the manuscript. Scholars there have been able to date the manuscript to before 1550 in our current time line, which only confuses attempts to date the sampler.
Dr. Manisana was also wonderfully helpful in being able to help put some context to another of the central motifs in the sampler. There is some shared imagery in various ancient cultures. The Babylonian Tree of Life is pictured sometimes like:
This tree is sometimes flanked by creatures, ranging from the pair Adam and Eve, to these bird-like gods (shown below "fertilizing" the tree,) to fish-headed Assyrian gods. In different contexts, the tree was also referred to as a portal, or "door of life."
The six-legged beasts that I had thought simply were specimens of the native fauna, may actually be guardians of the portal or tree. There is a world of difference between a domesticated six-legged reindeer or bull that might be a source of dinner and a guardian of the Door of Life! Given such historical wealth of symbolism, I am concluding they are guardians. Whether they offer any fertilizer or not, is debatable.
So many wonderful things to be rediscovered! I like the thought of the ancient (and the future) images being perpetuated through the use of motifs in modern handworks.