Step 1. (See subsection 6.7.1.) Decoding of the main horoscope on the Small zodiac and compiling the color annotated zodiac. The color annotated Small Esna zodiac is shown on Figure 7.42.
With a help of the comparative tables of the Egyptian symbols, which were discussed in section 5.1, it is not difficult to recognize all the figures representing zodiacal constellations on the Small
zodiac, except those symbols which were located in the destroyed part of the zodiac. All these figures (which were discussed in section 7.4) are similar to the corresponding symbols of zodiacal constellations on the Big Esna zodiac. In fact, these symbols are also similar to the constellation symbols used on the both Denderah zodiacs.
On the Small zodiac, we can easily recognize the figures of Leo (accompanied by a figure of secondary Virgo), Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Sagittarius. The figure representing Sagittarius is located at the end of the preserved part of the zodiac, and the subsequent constellations of Scorpio, Libra and Virgo were supposed to be in the destroyed section.
All the figures representing constellations on the Small zodiac are located in the middle row. Notice that all the figures on the Small zodiac are divided into three rows (see Figure 7.42).
On the Small zodiac, all the planets of the main horoscope are located in the bottom row. On the annotated zodiac (Figure 7.42), we marked these figure in yellow. Those symbols are all the figures holding the usual planetary walking sticks. In the bottom row there is located a representation of the paschal moon (see subsection 5.9.1 and Figure 5.78), as well as few symbols belonging to partial horoscopes. In particular, there is a scene with a bull lying on a boat with a woman standing behind and shooting an arrow over its head. In spite that the woman holds no bow, still there is a small flying arrow that could only come from her direction (see Figure 7.42). On the color annotated zodiac (Figure 7.42) all the figures belonging to the partial horoscopes were marked with the light blue color.
In the bottom row, there are also few symbols that were marked in red. These are new type of symbols that were not present on the other zodiacs. We will call them "constellation brackets." We will discuss them later.
The zodiacal constellations are represented in the middle row. On Figure 7.42, they are marked in red. Beside these figures, we also find in this row several symbols belonging to the partial horoscopes — they are marked on Figure 7.42 in light blue, and a supplementary scene located between Aquarius and Capricorn, which is marked in green.
These two rows represent the main area of the Small zodiac, where the partition into zodiacal constellations is indicated in the middle row. The upper row, which is separated from the main area by two horizontal lines, has its own meaning that is only loosely connected to the lower two rows.
The upper row is entirely associated with the symbolism of the partial horoscopes. On the color annotated Small zodiac (see Figure 7.42), all these figures are marked in light blue to indicate that, without exception, they are the symbols of the partial horoscopes. However, in this row we do not find pull-out symbols, which were discussed in section 5.6. The reason for this is simple — as this row is already separated from the main area of the zodiac, there is no need for using here pull-out symbols. We can see here the symbols of two equinox and two solstice points, which are located on the Small zodiac in the following order (moving from the left to the right):
The symbol of the autumn equinox — a bird (resembling a heron) standing on a podium with a diagonal cross. This type of a podium on the Egyptian zodiacs symbolizes an equinox point (see section 5.8). This symbol is located approximately above the figure of Leo followed by the secondary Virgo (see subsection 5.1.5) in the middle row. It is slightly shifted to the right. Right over Leo, in the middle row, there is also another symbol of the autumn equinox — a self-entwined snake (also marked in light blue on Figure 7.42). Let us notice that most probably, the main group of the autumn equinox symbols was located over Virgo (like it is the case with the Big Esna zodiac), in the destroyed part of the zodiac, and the figures shown over Leo are just the end of this sequence.
Next, if we move further to the right in the upper row, we encounter the symbol of the summer solstice — a cobra with upright fore body on a small podium (see section 5.8). Under it, in the middle row, there is a symbol of Gemini symbolized by three walking figures (notice that exactly the same symbol of Gemini was shown on the Big Esna zodiac). Let us recall, that on the Egyptian zodiacs the summer solstice point was displayed in Gemini (see subsection 5.8.4 for more information).
Further to the right, there is the symbol of the spring equinox — a human figure sitting with bended knees on a podium with a diagonal cross. Right under it, in the middle row, there is located the symbol of Pisces, which is the location of the spring equinox point.
Finally, we find the symbol of the winter solstice — a cobra with upright fore body on a podium, which is exactly the same symbol as for the summer solstice point. It is located near Sagittarius, but is shifted slightly towards Capricorn. On the Egyptian zodiacs, the location of the winter solstice point was indicated in Sagittarius.
After that, we encounter the destroyed part of the zodiac, where probably were located the main autumn equinox symbols — at the head of the procession of all the figures on the Small Esna zodiac. This agrees with the variant of the Egyptian year beginning in September, i.e. nearby the autumn equinox.
Around each of the above symbols of the solstice and equinox points, are situated the planetary figures belonging to the corresponding partial horoscopes. Particularly "abundant" in symbols is the partial horoscope of the winter solstice, which occupies almost a half of the upper raw on the Small zodiac. The symbols of the partials horoscopes will be discussed again later in this section.
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