Hymn to Thoth and the Rising of Alphekka

The Cairo Calendar is a 19th Dynasty Egyptian almanac and horoscope calendar that lists feasts, mythological events, favorable or adverse days, forecasts, and warnings. It includes over 40 references to the “going forth” of deities. According to researcher Patricia Hardy, dates of the “going forth” coincide with astronomical events, the movements of stars and constellations. The Cairo Calendar is actually a form of Ancient Egyptian celestial divination; yet another demonstration of Heku.

The Cairo Calendar shows that this date, October 12th, is favorable and reflects the “going forth of Thoth in order to judge in the presence of Re.” This date also marks the rising of the star Alphekka which is in the Coronae Borealis Constellation. The circlet of stars in this constellation represent a crown and the brightest star in this crown is Alphekka.


The following Hymn to Thoth was written by Horemheb the last Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty (circa 1300 BCE). We honor Thoth on this day of his going forth and acknowledge the rising of Alphekka:

Praise to Thoth, the son of Amun-Re,
the Moon beautiful in his rising,
lord of bright appearings who illumines the gods.

Hail to thee, Moon, Thoth, Bull of Heliopolis,
who spreads out the seat of the gods,
who knows their mysteries,
who establishes their commands;
he who sifts evidence,
who makes the evil deed rise up against the doer,
who judges all men.

Let us praise Thoth, the exact plummet of the balance,
from whom evil flees,
who accepts him who avoids evil,
the Vizier who gives judgement,
who vanquishes crime,
who recalls all that is forgotten,
the remembrancer of time and eternity,
who proclaims the hours of the night,
whose words abide for ever.


Horemheb and Horus
Statue of Horemheb and Horus in the Vienna Art History Museum


Bakir, A. E. M. (1966). The Cairo Calendar. Ministry of Culture and National Guidance, Antiquities Department.

Hardy, P. A. (2002). The Cairo Calendar as a Stellar Almanac. Archaeoastronomy, 17.