The Feast Day of Heru-ur

Heru-ur (Horus the Elder) was the son of Geb and Nut (the Earth and the Sky), making him one of the oldest gods of ancient Egypt. In Predynastic times he was combined with a hawk or falcon god and a god of light known as “the great one.” By the Old Kingdom era he was simply referred to as Horus and had become the first national god and the patron of the Pharaoh.

Heru-ur was called the son of truth signifying his role as an important upholder of Ma’at. His right eye was the Sun representing power and quality, and his left eye was the Moon representing healing. Heru-ur was sometimes depicted as a man with a falcon head or fully as a falcon.
According to the Ancient Egyptian calendar (Cairo Calendar), today is a very favorable day as it is “the day of the feast of Heru in Kemwer and of his years and his beautiful images.”

Kemwer was an ancient Egyptian town, also known as Athribis, located towards the south end of the Nile Delta. Athribis had one of the earliest pyramids, the furthest north of all the pyramids built in ancient Egypt, and the only known pyramid in the Delta. The mud-brick pyramid has been completed destroyed over time however there are ongoing excavations of a massive ancient temple complex.

Athribis Temple

To Horus, O mighty Heru-ur, we offer praise.
Bright son of Geb and shadow-cloaked Nut, beloved of Hathor,
great lady of gold, O eldest of the falcon-gods,
ancient of worship, ancient of name, O Horus
whose left eye is the sun, whose right shines as the moon,
We call to you for favor, we call on you for strength.
Yours is the courage to seek out strife, to war with
the wicked who would corrupt the work of Ma’at.
Yours is the nerve to face what may come, whatever
the chances, whatever the risk. Yours is the will
to persevere through any misfortune, any restaint.
Yours is the heart to fight the good battle,
to struggle and strive and to succeed. O Horus,
mighty Heru-ur, overcomer of obstacles,
share with us, O god, your gift of determination