The Westcar Papyrus is an ancient Egyptian papyrus thought to date to the Hyksos period (circa 18th to 16th century BCE). The collection of stories centres around the IVth Dynasty Pharaoh Khufu (aka Cheops) and a series of wonders or acts of magic performed by various priests. The stories have been given the title “King Cheops and the magicians”. In this paper, I review the stories within the Westcar Papyrus and seek to:
1. Establish that the stories are using elements of mythological storytelling to convey astronomical data;
2. Offer a new understanding of what Khufu seeks for his horizon or Pyramid through a new translation of a critical phrase within the story of Djedi; and
3. Establish a timeframe based on the astronomical data encoded within the stories that has been interpreted to date.
This revision refines the thinking around the characters Reusre and Userref which provides a better identification of the children of Ruddjedet and what is meant by the house of Thoth. I have also included a new section on possible R.A. alignments. As always, keen for feedback.