The Purpose Of The Dendera Zodiac

Ancient Kemet’s Dendera Zodiac: The World's First Zodiac

The purpose of Egypt’s Dendera Zodiac which is the world’s first and oldest Zodiac can be understood from decoding the meaning of the Dendera Zodiac which is based on Astronomical data.

The Dendera Zodiac was found in the ruins of the Ancient Egyptian Temple at Dendera by Napoleon during his Egyptian campaign in 1798.

The Egyptian Temple at Dendera was used in Ancient Times as the Temple for the Ancient Egyptian Diety Hathor who was originally called Het Heru in the Nile Valley Civilization of Kemet where she originated prior to the Greek conquest of Egypt.

The Dendera Zodiac was subsequently taken by Napoleon from Egypt for display at the Louvre in Paris.

Purpose Of The Dendera Zodiac

The purpose of the Dendera Zodiac was to provide the basis for Astrology because the Dendera Zodiac conveys concepts of Kemetic Spirituality based on Astronomical data.

In this respect, Astrologically, one of the purposes of the Dendera Zodiac is to demonstrate the Universal Cosmic Law of Correspondence or (Maat) which means ‘as Above so Below’.

This Astrological concept is based on  Ancient Egyptian Astronomical information on the location and birth of the Sirius Star in the Draco Constellation.

Another purpose of the Dendera Zodiac is that Astrologically, the Dendera Zodiac shows the Sky and the Stars as a representation of the Universe, and in it, the God of the Earth Plane i.e. The Black Woman depicted stretching out her arms across the Sky in the Dendera Zodiac represents the Goddess Nut who is shown in the Dendera Zodiac as a microcosm or fractal of the larger macrocosm that is the Universe.

Inside the Dendera Zodiac you also have a picture of a Hippopotamus Goddess giving birth in the Blackness of Space to the Dog Star Sirius in the Constellation of Draco.

The Birth of the Dog Star in the Dendera Zodiac is thus an Astronomical reference to the Star Sirius.

The Sirius Star was regarded as the central Sun of our particular Universe by the Ancient Egyptians of Kemet because the Ancient Egyptians knew Sirius was the brightest Star which made Sirius the Father and thus Centre of our particular Universe.

The purpose of the Dendera Zodiac is therefore to show the supreme archetype of Heaven as the mother Hippopotamus Goddess that gives birth to the Dog Star Sirius followed by all the other stars that form the rest of the Zodiac

In this way, the Dendera Zodiac’s purpose was to serve as a form of accurate Astronomical data whilst at the same time embodying Spiritual Concepts on the creative process of the Universe based on this Astronomical data.

For this reason,  Cyril Fagan who was a member of England’s Royal Astronomical Organization, argued that the Dendera Zodiac is proof that the Ancient Egyptians invented Astronomy and provided the foundation for Astrology.

Support for this conclusion on the origins and purpose of the Dendera Zodiac can possibly be traced to the Ancient Nubian Settlement of Nabta Playa which has been recognised as the world’s oldest Astronomical Site where the Nubian Africans who founded Ancient Egypt’s First Dynasty devised a Rock Calendar to monitor the movement of the Sirius Star in order to predict the Flooding of the Nile River since 7000 BC.

From this perspective, the purpose of the Dendera Zodiac is to record the culmination of Ancient Egyptian Astronomical Knowledge dating back to the days of Pre-Dynastic Egypt which eventually gave birth to Astrology based on Astronomical data collected since at least 7 000 BC and which was included in the Dendera Zodiac. 


Whilst the true age of the Dendera Zodiac may be subject to debate,  the purpose of the Dendera Zodiac is clear from its Astronomical accuracy and its rich  metaphoren meaning.

Its also important to note that the Dendera Temple was built in Ancient Kemet which was a very old Civilization.

Ultimately, the importance and purpose of the Dendera Zodiac lies in the fact that it portrays how the Ancient Africans of Kemet understood the origins of our Universe, and most importantly, the role of the Woman in microcosm as a symbol of the greater macrocosm of the Universe that was born in the blackness of space also referred to as ‘the chaos of the womb of the universe’.

This understanding of the Dendera Zodiac shows that the purpose of the Dendera Zodiac is also to remind us of the role of the feminine principle in the process of creation.

All aspects considered,  the ultimate purpose of the Dendera Zodiac is to demonstrate how Religion and Spiritual concepts in Ancient Kemet or Egypt were based on Astromonical Science and not superstition.