832Planetary Figures on the Thebes Zodiac

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Let us proceed to the identification of planetary symbols on the Thebes zodiac. These figures should be located among the symbols of constellations. In a meaningful design of a horoscope, the figures representing the planets can not be too much apart from the constellations, so a spacial relation between them could be established. Consequently, we should look for the planets in the area already occupied by the identified above constellations of Leo, Scorpio and Taurus. Indeed, among the nine figures, which represent the remaining constellations, there are no additional symbols at all, except a small hieroglyphic inscription near the female's figure head. This inscription could simply be an indication that it is a symbol of Virgo (see Figure 8.11). On the other hand, several additional symbols can indeed be found among these three "standing out" constellations of Leo, Scorpio and Taurus.

Figure 8.11: The Color Thebes Zodiac.

First of all, we notice three male figures standing right behind the lions tail in the lower half of the zodiac. The hands of all the three figures express some gestures, and there are small hieroglyphic inscriptions placed next to their heads. These figures are followed by seven other male figures, but there is nothing distinctive about them. They hold the hands to their sides and one find no more inscriptions among them. This scene is clearly showing to us that the first three men are trying to "say" something, while the all others are "saying" nothing. The hieroglyphic inscriptions near the three leading figures contain probably their messages. Maybe, they are simply the names of these male planets. So, it is indeed a symbolic representation of a horoscope. We can deduct from it, that in Leo or near by, for example in Virgo, there were three male planets. In addition, we can guess that the hieroglyphic annotations, next to these planetary figures, were their actual names. This is also an important indication for us, that when looking for the other planetary symbols, we should pay a particular attention to occurrence of inscriptions accompanying these symbols.

There is no problem in recognizing the only female figure in this area of the Thebes zodiac. This figure, which is located over figure of lion, definitely represents Venus. Notice that there is something particular about its location. Although it is close to Leo, it was moved away from the other three male planets. Venus appears hovering over Leo in a location, which was shifted forward with respect to the three other male planets. In this moment it is impossible to figure out the exact meaning of this scene, but we should remember that for the previously analyzed Egyptian zodiacs, the computed final solutions provided us with convincing explanations of similar astronomical scenes. Thus in this case, we will also expect that the final solution will help us to clarify the interpretation of this astronomical picture.

The appearance of Venus in Leo can be also confirmed by another symbol — a crocodile, which is located under the figure of lion. A similar pair of symbols was also present on Brugsch's zodiac, in the horoscope without "the Walking Sticks," where it was identified as a symbol of Venus in Leo. Therefore, we can assume that they have the same meaning as on the Thebes zodiac.

One of our most important claims related to the symbolism of the Egyptian zodiacs, is that it always follows the same set of rules. The correctness of this postulate was confirmed by our success in finding the unique and full solutions for all the studied Egyptian zodiacs. It turned out that these zodiacs were using the same astronomical conventions. Since an astronomical object can be shown in many ways, the symbolic language of zodiacs is rather complex. Nevertheless, closely similar symbols on two different Egyptian zodiacs always carried the same meaning.

Consequently, we can conclude that on the Color Thebes zodiac, Venus is shown in Leo. Besides Venus, in Leo or Virgo, but not far from Leo, there were three other planets. Let us discuss shortly, what possibly these planets could be.

Let us look again at the figures standing behind the lion in the lower half of the zodiac. This sequence is stretching almost to the right end of the zodiac. As we have noticed it earlier, this procession is led by three male figures. Each of them has a hieroglyphic inscription next to it. They are followed by another male figure without particular attributes, with hands on its sides and with no inscriptions around. The procession is closed by three other completely identical figures. It is not clear what could be their meaning, but the lack of any distinctiveness among them may suggest that their role is probably to fill the empty space on the zodiac. It is possible, they are simply an entourage of the main planetary symbols. If we exclude these four figures, then besides the planetary symbols (three leading figures with inscriptions) there are three male figures with the usual for Egyptian zodiacs planetary attributes. The first of these figures has a jackal head, the second has an ibis head (a bird with a long curved down beak), and the third one has a falcon head. We have discussed these attributes in subsections 5.4.2, 5.4.3, 5.4.4, and 5.4.7. The jackal or ibis head are typical symbols for Mercury or Saturn. For example, on the Small Esna zodiac, Saturn was represented by a figure with ibis head, and on the Big Esna zodiac, Mercury was shown with jackal head (see the related to these issues discussion in subsection 5.4.3). On the other hand, the falcon head is an attribute of Mars frequently used on the Egyptian zodiacs (see subsection 5.4.7). In this way, in Leo or in Virgo but close to the Leo's tail, there are shown Mercury, Saturn and Mars. Let us point out that in the case of the Thebes zodiac, there is a possibility of a mixup of Mercury and Saturn, because of their similar symbolism (see subsection 5.4.4), does not create additional problems. These two planets are shown together in the same constellation — in Leo.

At this moment we only need to locate the remaining three planets: the Sun, Moon and Jupiter. Right under the lion, which represents Leo, there is a symbol of Scorpio. The presence of Scorpio in this area of the Thebes zodiac is an indication that there was indeed another planet (or possibly planets) in this constellation. The design of the Thebes zodiac was based on the idea of displaying only those constellations that contained some of the planets. All the other constellations, without any planet inside, were shown in a very simplified way (or simply omitted). Consequently, we expect that near Scorpio there should be a symbol of another planet. Indeed, right next to it, there is a small hieroglyphic inscription that looks like two dots, which is followed by a symbol of a small crescent. This is clearly a symbol of a half-moon. The location of this half-moon and its relatively small size with respect to the figure of Scorpio (but not to Leo), indisputably hints that the Moon, in its half-moon stage, was located in Scorpio. A more precise examination of this symbol reveals that in fact it is not exactly a half-moon, but a lizard shaped in a form of a half-moon. In this way, we obtain that the Moon on the Thebes zodiac is shown in Scorpio.

Since the most of the planets are already located, it is not very complicated to find the Sun and Jupiter. The presence of Taurus, in this area of the zodiac, indicates again that either the Sun or Jupiter was there. But it is impossible, because of purely astronomical reasons, that the Sun was in Taurus. Notice that Mercury and Venus were already identified in Leo, which is two constellations further from Taurus — a distance of about 50o. Since Mercury and Venus are never getting so far away from the Sun, the Sun could not be in Taurus at that time. Consequently, Jupiter was in Taurus. It is shown on the Thebes zodiac as a male figure holding high above his head a tray with a bull. The corresponding to Jupiter inscription is located on the same level as the bull, noticeably to the left, just in front of the two fantastic figures separating the area of the main horoscope from the "constellation sequence." This inscription consists of three hieroglyphs and a bird underneath.

Finally, we need to localize the Sun. It is easy to notice that there is only one more inscription on the zodiac. It consists of several hieroglyphs and a small figure of bird, which are located near the head of a female figure at the right end of the "constellation sequence" (see Figure 5.50). We recognized this sequence of figures, which are filled with small dots, as the symbols of "empty" zodiacal constellations. The only female symbol in this sequence was identified as Virgo. In this way, we obtain that the Sun was in Virgo. For some reasons, Virgo was moved into the group of the sequence of "empty constellations," instead of being included in the area of the main horoscope. However, the female figure representing Virgo is not filled with small dots, as the all other figures in the "constellation sequence," and it stands clearly out of this sequence. On the other hand, the position of the Sun in Virgo, is compatible with the locations of Venus and Mercury in Leo. The other variants for the location of the Sun — in Leo or Cancer, were not confirmed by the results of the computations, and consequently, were rejected. In addition, on the Color Thebes zodiac, there is another indication that the Sun was in Virgo, or not far from it. If we look carefully on the figure representing Taurus, we realize that its elevated position on a tray may symbolize that at that time the constellation of Taurus was in its culmination point, i.e. it reached its highest altitude on the sky. It was already explained in section 5.4.13, that the culmination of Taurus means that the Sun was on the opposite side of the ecliptic, in either one of the constellations of Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, or Sagittarius. However, it could not be neither in Cancer or Leo. In summary, we can conclude that on the Color Thebes zodiac, the Sun is shown in Virgo.

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