Thoth Karnak Temple

Thoth in Karnak Temple, Luxor Egypt

Last Monday morning I woke up early and looked at my e-mail.  A friend sent this “Do you want to talk about Thoth?”   That is an interesting way to start the day.   I just posted about Sekhmet the day before.   What was this, ancient Egyptian god week?   But then again in my world every week is Egyptian god week and not a day goes by when I don’t think of Egypt.  So let’s talk about Thoth.

In Egyptian mythology Thoth is the god of writing, law, medicine, math and geometry, scribe of the gods and recorder of time.  His is depicted as a man with the head of an ibis and he has a stylus and tablet in his hands ready to write.   He is very busy keeping things in order and attends the judgment of souls that die in the “weighing of the heart” ceremony.  His symbol is the caduceus, which is now the symbol for doctors and hospitals.   He has so much to do that he has other names and incarnations.   We also know him as Hermes Trismegistus, the great alchemist, and Mercury, messenger of the gods.

Thoth came before written history, bringing humans the skills to write and communicate using the power of words.   He is the counterpart to Ma’at, the goddess of truth and justice and his consort is Seshat, also the goddess of writing and knowledge.

After my first trip to Egypt I become more aware of Thoth and tapped into his energy of learning and wisdom.   On the second trip I bought a tall statue of Thoth at Karnak temple which I placed by my couch where I spend all my time reading.   When I moved last year Thoth was one of the first things I brought with me and he took up residence in the library.


Like Quan Yin  in my garden waiting for me to find her, Thoth had long been in my new home waiting for me.      I was cleaning the home office of my late father-in-law John and came across a giant and very heavy caduceus that hung on his office building many years ago.    John never threw anything away so this memento of his long and distinguished career lay hidden out of sight.    I thought it was very interesting but I just put it in the basement with the other cool old stuff I had no idea what to do with.

caduseus Thoth with caduseus at Abydos

Caduseus in my Library                            Thoth with Caduseus at Abydos

A few months later I realized what a powerful symbol this was for me; short of a neon sign could anything be more obvious.   I brought the caduceus up to the library and it was in a corner for several more months until I was ready to accept its meaning.   It may originally have been a symbol for the medical profession but now it was my personal sign for the direction my life is taking.   With my dear Egypt friends by my side I hung my caduceus and started calling it the Thoth library, a place for learning the Wisdom of the Ages.

So tomorrow I am going to be talking about Thoth.  I want to let people know that the wisdom of ancient Egypt needs to be remembered and Thoth is here to guide us.   You can hear this interview at  Feb 6, Thoth, god of wisdom.

Recommended books:

The Secret Teachings of All Ages    Manly P. Hall

The Emerald Tablet; Alchemy for Personal Transformation    Dennis Hauck


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