56 Boats Snakes and Other Objects Under the Feet of Figures as Pull Out Symbols

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A carefully study of the Egyptian zodiacs leads to the following observation. Some figures appear on zodiacs without any support under their feet, while other clearly stand on something or even are enclosed inside larger objects. Often, they stand on boats or snakes which are sometimes shaped like boats. On an Egyptian zodiac, the same figure may appear in one place floating on a boat and in another place without it.

On Figure 5.61 we present a fragment of the Long Denderah zodiac, where two identical figures with planetary walking sticks can be identified. These are the male figures with falcon heads. As they are shown exactly in the same way, they should represent the same planet. But, as we have already justified it earlier, an Egyptian zodiac is in fact an astronomical symbolic message that was intended to be readable. Notice that one of these figures is located on the left of Aquarius and the another one is placed on its right, far away from the first one. There are many other figures between them (see Figure 5.61). As their positions are far apart, they represent the same planet but at two different dates! However, there is something distinct about the way they appear — one is simply walking while the another one is floating on a goose (see Figure 5.61).

On the Egyptian zodiacs one can find many examples of this kind. On almost every zodiac there are figures (planetary or not) standing or sitting on other objects. In the most cases, these objects are boats or snakes but sometimes they are other animals or things. As an another example we show on Figure 5.62 a fragment of the Small Esna zodiac (EM), where one can see several figures standing on boats or snakes.

Our comparative analysis of the Egyptian zodiacs proved that all these "supporting" symbols of boats, snakes, geese, etc., have a definite astronomical meaning. Namely,

Figure 5.61: A fragment of the Long Denderah zodiac showing Mars in the main horoscope and with a pull-out symbol
Figure 5.62: A fragment of the Small Esna zodiac showing several figures on snakes or boats

they are the pull-out symbols applied to those figures on the zodiac that were displaced from its proper position on the zodiac (either in time or space).

The use of the pull-out symbols was very common on Egyptian zodiacs. It was a smart method that allowed ancient artist and astronomers to put together on the same zodiac more than one horoscope displaying astronomical description of several related dates. The pull-out symbols applied to a planetary figure created a new meaning for it, making clear that it does not belong to the main horoscope. As all the partial horoscopes have fixed locations on the ecliptic, in practice there is no confusion between them either. Moreover, by applying the pull-out symbols, an Egyptian artist was able to design more freely the whole zodiac. For example, he was able to move some figures from the overcrowded areas on a zodiac to other places. For this purpose it was sufficient to use a pull-out symbol and assure that there are adequate indications of its proper location. For instance, on Figure 5.62 there is a symbol of the spring equinox, represented by two male figures holding hands. Notice two small lambs near them indicating that this configuration speaks about the spring equinox (if there were two lions instead of lambs, it would be an indication of the autumn equinox). Indeed, a lamb symbolizes Aries, which is the neighboring constellation for the spring equinox point, and a lion symbolizes Leo, which is the neighboring constellation to the autumn equinox. Notice that the actual location of this symbol of the spring equinox, which is in between Capricorn and Sagittarius, is not proper for it. However, the whole picture is still correct because of the usage of the pull-out symbol in a form of a snake.

Let us recall that in the case of Egyptian zodiacs of the round type the pull-out symbols are limited to snakes or boats only. There are some exceptions, but only in special cases.

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