circular Zodiac of Dendera was carefully carved and blasted
from its stone ceiling by Napoleon's Army of Discovery, composed of
the noted savants who once again re-introduced Egyptian wisdom,
science, and beauty to the entire world. Like all things from the
ancient world, the stone zodiac is not a simple image which portrays
one idea. The cultural philosophy and worldview of the ancient
people saw everything as a part of the universe -where every part
helps to define everything else. Therefore, their every thought
contained many levels of meaning. It would not be too outrageous to
claim that the Zodiac of Dendera could be an amalgamation of myth,
science, history, geometry, and religion. Even more than 100 years
ago, Sir J. Norman Lockyer in The Dawn of Astronomy (p. 135)
speaking about this very Zodiac of Dendera, remarked, “It is
impossible to disconnect Egyptian mythology from astronomy.”
asserted that the Temple of Dendera was previously orientated to the
at about 5000 BC, and then at Dubhe at about 4000 BC. Because of
several sight-lines of orientation of the temple and its numerous
additions and renovations -it was Lockyer's opinion that the
astronomical temple of Hathor was rebuilt in 3233 BC; then in 1600
BC, and again by the Ptolemys in 100 BC. Egyptian inscriptions
confirm these dates concerning some of the re-models.
Latrone, Bally, and Dupius dated the stone zodiac any where from
15,000 BC down to the time of the Emperor Augustus. Lepsius
identified the image of Osiris as the constellation of Orion, and
the central Leg of Beef as our present day Big Dipper. He also
picked out the five planet images placed among the star
constellations which were the most powerful places of the planets.
Lepsius likewise identified the 36 Decant figures around the rim of
the zodiac. Helene Hagan in her The Shining Ones (p.80) says
that Egypt was divided into 36 nomes, each corresponding to a
constellation, "giving these nomes a spiritual and personified
character or pedigree: we have already mentioned that the stars
represented the Enlightened Dead Ancestors..." Herodotus has told
us that the nomes had their special and separate culture and god;
and that many of the nomes identified with a foreign family, tribe
or nation. As for example the town of Sais was a Greek friendly
colony or ghetto -as there were Babylonian ghetto towns. Therefore
Egypt endured for such a long period of time because of its cultural
mix unified under one nation.
conclusion, we would like to say that the Circular Zodiac of Dendera
should be looked upon as a multifaceted chronometer of cosmic
cycles. These cycles, the 36 decant figures, and the zodiac and
constellations were their guidelines to a far reaching ancient
history and mythological ring. The Dendera Stone serves as our most
important artifact of an instrument of scientific record -an amazing
vehicle of synchronization of ancient, classical and modern eras. It
is our most important scientific inheritance from the past, because
it demonstrates the extreme depth of intelligent human life,
discovery, and history upon our planet. This was the initial opinion
of Dupuis who was captivated with this remarkable object.
Explore the Egyptian
are a variety of interpretations of the Egyptian zodiac in existence
today. With the one presented here, each sign of the zodiac is
presided over by a god or goddess, or the sacred river Nile.
Although there are twelve astrological signs in this system, their
date correspondences aren't concise monthly ranges like the Western
zodiac, but rather a series of date ranges, so be sure to check
carefully to see which sign you are!
January 1 - January 7
January 8 - January 21
January 22 - January 31
February 1 - February 11
February 12 - February 29
March 1 - March 10
March 11 - March 31
April 1 - April 19
April 20 - May 8
May 9 - May 27 May 28 - June 18
June 19 - June 28
June 29 - July 13
July 14 - July 28
July 29 - August 11
August 12 - August 19
August 20 - August 31
September 1 - September 7
September 8 - September 22
September 23 - September 27
September 28 - Oktober 2
Oktober 3 - Oktober 17 Oktober 18 -
Oktober 30 - November 7
November 8 - November 17
November 18 - November 26
November 27 - December 18
December 19 - December 31
The Nile &
Ra is the principal god of Egypt, the
cosmic home of wheel of time.
His solar cult gives light to the entire Egyptian pantheon.
Ra, model of power and grandeur, is the first divinity who
detaches himself from primordial chaos and gives the first
breath of life.
Without his fertile benevolence, all the substance of the
world would be nothing.
Ra's light shines right into the human heart and face.
He gives man speech as well as life to the child in the
Consequently, those born under this
sign are generous, fruitful and find their steps guided
toward great opportunities.
Other people feel reassured around them, and they are always
willing to give their best.
this god with the head of a wild dog is attributed the
invention and spread of the techniques of embalming the
dead. In the guise of a roaming dog, this god explores every
cemetery, fulfilling the duty of a sacred search, for
Anubis' ministrations resemble those of a refined cook and a
talented painter in the care he takes selecting the best
ingredients for baths and aromatic balms to add on the parts
for the body requiring preservation.
The funeral task is never macabre.
This god symbolizes death and the wandering of the departed
until they persuade Sekhmet to open the door to the valley
Those born under this sign are clever and full of
compassion, but they harbor the presence of darkness.
With this realistic understanding of the dark side of life,
their character is deeply ambivalent and sometimes
fatalistic. Their deep sufferings can sometimes build a wall
of inhibition that occasionally restrains their amorous
They radiate a profound personality, are aware of the
opposing forces within them and are always ready and willing
to adopt the best solutions to remedy and psychological
yellow ochre (male),
goddess with the body of a woman and face of a cat swinging
between good and bad tendencies, appears late in Egyptian
religion, though the symbolism of the cat is prehistoric.
The cat, with its affinity with the human, always gives a
keen perception of the occult in its most ancient origin.
The importance accorded to the cat by the original
inhabitants of the Valley of the Nile is linked directly to
its spectral gaze which embodies the secret repository of a
Simply by its magnetic presence, it can detect and thwart
any outside attack. Bastet is fascination arising from a
When this mysterious knowledge is realized, it opens the way
to worship in the deepest sense.
Those born under this sign seek balance and harmony with
their relations with others.
They know how to protect and devote themselves to their
loved ones while occasionally neglecting their own
interests. They possess an inner strength and agility which
help them to recognize their hidden enemies and thus triumph
The Bastet character can sense the most obscure psychic
When aligned with this intuitive strength, they will bring
great insight into business ventures and especially affairs
of the heart.
The beginning of the world, the
creator, Atum, unites two of his children: Shu, the god of
the air and Tefnut, goddess of moisture.
Geb, the earth, is born out of the rising wet clouds and in
turn begets Osiris and Isis.
Geb is loved as the principle of unity between the
prehistoric epic worlds.
He embodies the link between these epochs and is an amused
spectator who sees existence as an enigma and game.
Geb intervenes in the Egyptian pantheon and rituals make
sure that when oaths are taken, they are both sacred and
Every pledge that obliges the speaker to change the course
of his earthly life is ritually buried n the safekeeping of
Geb before being officially announced.
As a guardian of life, Geb harbors the positive virtues if
sweetness, submission and peaceable firmness.
As a symbol of memory, he predisposes those born under his
sign to careers of writers, administrators and counselors.
This original nature of protection by the earth shines
through in their psychological make-up.
The Geb personality is attractive and
so highly sensitive that it is very impressionable.
Their modesty and ability to empathize with the feelings and
upsets of others can be a disadvantage, but Geb's cosmic
ascendance naturally lifts above self-love and vanity.
Geb & Bastet
red carmine (male),
With Horus, the politics of justice
take shape in the mythical world of the ancient Egyptians.
This vengeful god, son of Isis and Osiris, entered into
legendary combat with Seth. Aided by partisans loyal to his
father, Horus conquered the invaded kingdom and, during the
struggle, over-powered Seth in Nubia which made him the
first sovereign god of the greater unified Egypt.
We see him still fighting, helped by his great love for
justice. During the battle with Seth, the strength of Horus
gave rise to the history of magnificent sovereigns and of
the power and protection derived from the gaze of "Udjat",
the magic eye, plucked from Osiris and taken by Horus.
This bird-god possesses to a supreme degree the virtues of
enlightment and peace with which he renews the vital fluids
of that which is desiccated or congealed.
Those born under the sign of Horus make their way in the
world with a fierce will.
Their intelligence and breadth of learning make them appear
capable of understanding and uncovering everything.
They must mater their rebellious spirit early, before their
eagerness to dominate makes them opportunists.
Their deep psychic ability is balanced between an
appreciation of the paternal virility and that which is
contributed by mothers and wives.
Osiris & Thoth
Isis' soul is devoted to the clearest
of quests, and this glorious lover it the supreme messenger
Pride and meanness fail before this unequaled magician, just
as deceiving glimmers vanish when day breaks.
The most illustrious of Egyptian goddesses, in her capacity
for love and redemption, finds the strength to take under
her wings and protects all those who are about to perish
coldly for lack of faith in the wild generosity of the vital
Isis, proud and alone, sustained by her brother and husband
Osiris, is also the mother of life.
This tireless source of resurrection and profound mercy, the
goddess Isis is often represented by the double protection
of the looped cross and the knot, symbols of the
perpetuation of origins and descendants.
To be born under the demanding sign of Isis confers a
dimension of solidarity and unity.
You are likely to be very hospitable.
Go where you will be able to give life and guard it.
Be receptive to people, but in your soul keep your standards
pure and do not thing them compromised too cruelly at every
Ra & Thoth
red carmine (female)
Mut is one of the most ancient
divinities of the Egyptian pantheon.
The epic of the ancient gods also includes the very popular
goddess Isis, a savior mother.
Besides a woman in her role of both sister and wife, we find
another mother, Mut, who has withdrawn into the mythical and
historical scene while taking with her unspeakable words and
a fundamental violence.
For this mother who is repressed by the capricious genealogy
of the gods, heroes and men, life and death go hand in hand.
The waters of the Nile and the burning sand of the Nubian
Desert are part and symbolic of this mother body. In the
presence of this fearsome goddess, man is born with the
feeling that his life must be paid for by guilt in terms of
the mystical parallel between the life of the human and the
death of the divine.
Thus, those born under the sign of Mut
are secretive beings inclined to melancholy.
Full of irony, frustrated in seduction because of their
shyness, they nevertheless have formidable inner riches
because they know how to go directly to the point in all
their human relationships.
Their wisdom is obvious, their hopes inspiring.
What they search for most is the goodwill and protection of
an authoritative father figure.
Ra & Seth
deep red (male),
deep blue (female)
The Nile is a river whose steadiness
is interrupted by floods of incredible abundance.
Like an artery in which the blood and salt of the maternal
body of the Land of Egypt circulate the sacred rivers
fertilizes the earth with its rich deposits.
There, where the papyrus, reeds, millet, sorghum and ritual
flowers grow, civilization is born.
Those born under this sign are peace-makers, lovers of
refinement and owe it to themselves to live in an awakened
They are receptive to all the riches they bring to their
In this scene and repository of divine drama and powerful
ambitions, the Nile witnesses the fall of Seth, the
resurrection transformation of Osiris and the glory of Horus.
On its river, Thoth the bird-god originated his philosophy.
From the plants that push their roots into the river's
depths, the healing god Anubis harvests the aromatic
substances for his cosmic pharmacy.
The "Nile people" are wise, tolerant and capable of motherly
tenderness towards all those who desire to break loose from
But, like this river that spews forth layers of fertile silt
and corrosive deposits, they are subject to changing moods.
Isis & Thoth
The goddess Nut, is able to bear
Osiris thanks to the help of the god Thoth, who invented
five extra days in the year. Osiris is conceived during this
period. Assisted by Isis, his sister and wife, Osiris gives
humans respect for the gods, instruction in agriculture and
in the order of the universe.
As symbol of continuity, this god, beloved to the people of
the Nile becomes the object of tenacious jealousy by his
young brother, Seth.
Seth helped by his accomplices, succeeds in locking Osiris
in a box that is quickly thrown into the currents of the
river. Isis then recovers the body of her husband and,
together with her sister Nepthys, use their magic breath to
return Osiris briefly to the realm of the living for a final
carnal union from which Horus is born.
But the rivalry continues to dominate Seth's heart and he
does everything possible to mutilate the body of his brother
and disperse the corpse.
In her second attempt, Isis collects the fragments scattered
by this profane god, except for the penis that is swallowed
by a mormyrid fish.
Your character is dual and your
Fiery but vulnerable, when faced with adversity, you waver
more than others and you experience the dilemma of picking
the right moment for action and decision.
Bastet & Geb
The Pharaoh is the incarnation of the
"good order, the right and the just."
His work perfects divine exploits.
The monarch also thrusts aside chaos to cast tight on the
life of his subjects.
The Pharaoh, as a living god, gives life through his actions
and is at the center of sacred scriptures which credit him
with multiple divinities.
The most impressive of these mythical links is the one that
ties him to the lioness goddess Sekhmet, who guards hell
with strict equity and justice.
It is not possible to recognize compassion or doubt in the
character of Sekhmet.
It is driven by the most mathematical sense of justice.
In Egypt, lions are often depicted two at a time back to
back, each of them looking out over the opposite horizon.
This twosome symbolizes presence through an eternal gaze
which surveys and controls at the same time.
The Sekhmet nature stretches from the extreme pure to the
most impure, from order to disorder and from just to the
Those born under this sign are strongly telepathic,
observant, authoritarian and rarely indulge themselves.
Their moral sense is sometimes unfortunately censorious in
spite of their secret desires.
Sekhmet people are endowed with a majestic grace and inner
sense of beauty which aligns them with the rhythm of the
Geb & The Nile
In the high drama of Egyptian
Religion, Seth plays the necessary role of bringing death to
the world by casting his divine brother Osiris, into the
mighty river Nile.
When Osiris is returned to life briefly by the magic of his
loving sister-wife, Isis, the sequence of disintegration and
regeneration into a higher form is born.
Seth embodies the powerful forces needed to bring about
Ultimately defeated by Isis and her son, the falcon-god
Horus, Seth becomes a free spirit, a wanderer on earth and,
after his forced exile, the god of desert solitude.
Those born under the sign of Seth seek
change and are forever searching for their wholeness.
They must experience many adventures before finding
themselves and being able to direct their strong inner
They readily learn from their mistakes and possess tenacity
in their challenges unrivaled by any other sign.
The essence of Seth is metamorphosis, the cocoon of life is
ever expanding to embrace new knowledge and insight
The Seth personality is called upon to lead the way into
these unexplored dimensions.
Bastet & Isis
The sacred Ibis bird sways its
silhouette on the banks of the river, where the
Nile is extended by a striking monotony of irrigation
It is with modesty that this bird-god Thoth provides
ingenious ideas to the simple senses of humans and inspires
their souls and energies with a passion to know and to
build. Thoth's clear-sightedness drives away indolence,
insidious cunning and impatient pride.
Thoth's instruction induces people to invent and to risk
breaking with tradition.
Nature insists on producing enlightened masters who must
serve her without pretensions in order to dominate her.
Thoth comes to us as a good-natured memory, keen to preserve
wisdom and is patron of astronomers, accountants, healers
Thoth stands out from all the gods of ancient Egypt by best
expressing the reliability of the creative word which he
repeats tirelessly to all beings that bring fertility to the
banks of the Nile.
Persons born under the sign of Thoth are enthusiastic and
enterprising, but scorn mediocrity and meanness.
They are courageous and like to take risks provided they are
engaged in efforts that will ultimately allow them to
It is unthinkable for them to break their word or to cheat