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The constellation of Cancer is followed by Leo. On Figure 5.11, we show the representations of this constellation on the Egyptian zodiacs and compare them with the DuĆ¼rer drawing. It is clear that Leo can be easily distinguished on all the Egyptian zodiacs. However, we would like to point out two important features of Leo present on different zodiacs.

On several zodiacs, there is a female figure usually standing on its tail, or sometimes holding it in her hand. At the first glance, this female figure could be considered as a symbol of the next constellation of Virgo, but in almost all such cases there is another figure representing Virgo. The only exception is the Upper Athribis zodiac, where the female figure holding Leo by the tail is indeed Virgo. On the other hand, it is clear that this female figure has to be related to Virgo, so we will

Figure 5.3: Representations of Aries on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.4: Representations of Taurus on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.5: Representations of Gemini on differ- Figure 5.6: Representations of Cancer on different ent Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astron- Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

omy.

Figure 5.7: Position of Cancer on the Round Den-derah zodiac. All non-constellation symbols were removed from the zodiac for better clarity
Figure 5.8: Position of Cancer on the Round Denderah zodiac.

simply call it secondary Virgo. As a matter of fact, Virgo is represented by as standing female figure occupying much smaller space than Leo, whose body on a zodiac usually spreads horizontally over much larger area, but this is not the case on the real sky. Among all the zodiac constellations Virgo occupies the largest part of the ecliptic, while Leo occupies much smaller area. This disproportion causes some difficulty in picturing Virgo on the zodiacs or star charts. For example, on the medieval European star maps, Virgo was shown in a laying position, what allowed Virgo to cover a larger apace.

But on Egyptian zodiacs there was another way to expand Virgo over larger area on ecliptic. The little secondary Virgo standing on the tail of Leo indicates that this place belongs to Virgo. Notice, that Leo often stands on a snake. This is an important detail in Egyptian astronomical symbolism. We will present later many examples of symbols standing on snakes or boats. We claim, and will justify it, that it always means that the symbols using such attributes were shifted or expanded to another place on ecliptic or are even related to the time different from the main date of the zodiac. For example, Leo's Figure 5.10: Representations of Virgo and the star figure is often placed on a snake to indicate Spica at the tip of Leo's tail on the Diirer's drawing. that it expands "illegally" over the neighboring constellation of Virgo, which is in addition indicated by the presence of the secondary Virgo.

Figure 5.9: Nonalignment of Cancer on the Long Denderah zodiac.

Figure 5.12: Representations of Virgo on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.11: Representations of Leo on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.12: Representations of Virgo on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.14: Representations of Scorpio on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.13: Representations of Libra on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.14: Representations of Scorpio on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

Figure 5.15: Representations of Sagittarius on dif- Figure 5.16: Representations of Capricorn on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European as- ferent Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy. tronomy.

Figure 5.17: Representations of Aquarius on different Egyptian zodiacs and in the European astronomy.

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