5411 The Sun in the Main Horoscope

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On Figure 5.50, we show the representations of the Sun in the main horoscope on different Egyptian zodiacs. It is not difficult to notice that the Sun in the most cases was shown as a circle. Sometimes, there was a narrow crescent marked on the circle near the edge, maybe in order to indicate that the crescent of new Moon always appears near the Sun. Indeed, usually we can only observe a part of the illuminated Moon's hemisphere. The whole hemisphere, i.e. the full moon, can only be seen when the Sun and Moon are positioned on the opposite sides of the Earth. On the other hand, if the Sun and Moon are positioned on the same side of the Earth and are close one to another, we can only see a small part (or even nothing) of the illuminated hemisphere of Moon. This is why Moon "dies" or is "reborn always" near the Sun, where it appears as a narrow crescent. This particular representation of the Sun can be seen on the zodiacs (DL), (EM) and (P2) (see Figure 5.50).

Figure 5.48: Four-headed figures on Egyptian zodiacs.

Star appears on the horizon

Star appears on the horizon

CULMINATION:

While crossing the local meridian the star reaches it's highest location over the horizon

Figure 5.49: Graph showing a star at the culmination point.

CULMINATION:

While crossing the local meridian the star reaches it's highest location over the horizon

On some Egyptian zodiacs, there is no special figure to denote the Sun, but still its location is specified in an indirect way. For example, in the Demotic Horoscope on the Brugsch's zodiac, there is no inscription neither a symbol to indicate the Sun. However, its position is clearly demonstrated by a color filling of the Scorpio's figure. This observation was already made by N.A. Morozov, who profoundly investigated the Demotic Horoscope. He wrote:

Figure 5.49: Graph showing a star at the culmination point.

the opposite to the Scorpio figure, the whole night, or in other words

"Among the twelve zodiac constellations, only Scorpio's figure is colored to indicate that it disappeared in the sunlight that occurs in November, and Taurus is filled with black color to suggest that it "rules" through it culminates at the midnight."42(See Figure 5.50 (BR))

Midnight Culminating Constellation

Any star or planet located on the meridian is said to be at meridian transit or culmination. At the culmination point, a star appears at the highest location over the horizon (see Figure 5.49). In a similar way, we can consider the culmination of a whole constellation. The sun and a zodiac constellation that culminates at the midnight are located on the ecliptic on the opposite sides (see Figure 5.51).

On a particular date, a zodiac constellation that culminates at midnight is the only one that can be observed through the whole night and therefore, it could be considered to be the "main" constellation of that night. According to Morozov's idea, the culminating at midnight constellation of Taurus, which is marked in black on the Demotic Horoscope, indicates that the Sun was located in the colored constellation of Scorpio, which is situated

„ . , on the opposite side of the ecliptic. Sun w

On the two other main horoscopes on the Brugsch's zodiac, the Sun is shown as a bird (see Figure 5.50 (BR)). Later, when we will discuss the features of partial horoscopes, we will present many examples of birds symbolizing the Sun. We will find out that all these birds look alike. One of such examples was already discussed, when we spoke about the partial horoscopes of the summer solstice, where the Sun is often represented as a bird sitting on a pole (see Figures 4.1 and 4.2). On the Long Denderah zodiac, there are several symbols of birds, which belong to the partial horoscopes, indicating the movement of the Sun along the ecliptic. We will return to this discussion later in section 5.8, in which we

Midnight Culminating Constellation

Figure 5.51: Zodiac constellation, which culminates at midnight is opposite to the Sun on the ecliptic

will deal with partial horoscopes. Right now we would like to point out that this specific form of birds (see Figure 5.49 (BR)) was commonly used on the Egyptian zodiacs, mainly in partial but also sometimes in main horoscopes, to represent the Sun.

We have another example of a disguised representation of the Sun on the Color Thebes zodiac (OU), where there is no special symbol for the Sun. In order to find the Sun, we have to look for indirect indications of its location. This is not a complicated task. Notice that on this zodiac, the constellation of Taurus is shown in the way clearly suggesting that it was culminating (see Figure 5.50 (OU)). More precisely, the symbol of Taurus is held up in a hand of a man. Consequently, the Sun at that time should be on the opposite side of the ecliptic, in the proximity of Scorpio or Libra. Our computations proved that at that date the Sun was located in Virgo near its border with Libra (see Chapter 8 for the details). We would like to mention that on the Color Thebes zodiac, there is a hieroglyphic inscription above the head of Virgo with two symbols of birds (see Figure 5.52). It is quite possible that it denotes the Sun in Virgo.

In general, finding the Sun and Moon on the Egyptian zodiacs is not very complicated procedure. However, since the Sun and Moon could be represented by similar or even identical symbols, it is sometimes necessary to consider several possible variants for their identifications in the main horoscope. There is also a possibility that the Sun in the partial horoscope of the spring equinox can be represented by a similar symbol as in the main horoscope. Therefore, in such situations additional variants should be considered. This is exactly the case of the two Denderah zodiacs.

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