Feast of the Hive
published in "Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick"
Volume I, Number 3, 1978
These rituals are given to Man to know in the seventy-third year of the
Aeon of Horus. They are practiced in the flowering of the Aeon of
Maat. They have been revealed at this time so there may be a
comprehension and understanding of the nature of Man as he will be, and
of the Alchemy of Maat.
The "post-Victorian" climate of sexual liberation has diluted the
intensity of the subjective appreciation of sexual Alchemy. The social
environment of Western man in the seventh decade of the Aeon of Horus
has rendered a sacred form profane.
In keeping with the formula of IPSOS, by which the Magickal Current of
Maat has been united with the Current of Shaitan, it is now the time
and here the place for the unveiling of the evolution of Alchemy. To
the end of infusing new life into the High Art, are these rituals
The celebrants of these rituals are Kings, individuals secure in
their self-awareness and personal sovereignty. They freely choose to
function as priest and sacrament for the benefit of the gestalt. Not
from a desire to cease living, nor from a concept of the "nobility of
martyrdom" do they base their acts... From a profound love for and
unity with their Race, they donate their physical bodies.
Individuals dwell in small enclaves, or Hives, whose populations range
from a few hundred to about a thousand. There is but one true city on
the planet, Meshikan. It is mounted upon a platform and travels from
continent to continent. Its function is to serve as the administrative
and archival center of the Race. In our time, there is no desire to
crowd together in cities. We are en rapport through individual
participation in the gestalt.
The Hive Temple functions as a center for religious gathering,
artistic-display (as a museum/theater of creative and performing arts),
and local administrative functions. It is not uncommon for individuals
of other Races of the Comity to be guesting in the Hives (provided, of
course, that such Brothers are of structures compatible with the
environment.) These Brothers may, if they choose, participate in the
Hive-Feasts — our definition of "human" has expanded considerably
since your era.
The Shadow Priesthood functions as a balance-weight for the Hive; as
such it is perhaps philosophically more akin to the essence of Maat
than the Dayside order. We have found that only the younger
Race-members of the Comity, such as ourselves, still distinguish
between noumena and phenomena, the Nothing and the All. Until we
achieve the degree of maturity enjoyed by our Elder Brothers, however,
we will maintain the dual priesthood for the sake of polarity and
The rituals presented here may strike some individuals of your time as
a reversion to barbarity and precivilized practices. Evolution
progresses in spiral form, with a point on the circle also moving
forward with each revolution. To acquire the essence of certain virtues
our ancestors ate their enemies; for the same basic purposes we
eat our friends and brothers.
The Christian Communion service was a type of prefiguring of the
Hive-Feast, though the symbolism of bread and wine, despite the factor
of "transubstantiation", was indirect and dilute. The sacramental
flesh of the Feast of the Hive is the most direct transmittor of energy
available to us on the physical plane.
As you read of these rituals, be careful of your guard. There are
eaters of bodies other than flesh, who lurk about the Gate between our
times... By the same mouth that eats the holy flesh is the word of
love and balance spoken.
To the south of Temple rotunda is a large iron cauldron, suspended
over a fire-pit. In the Great Hall of the Temple is the banquet table,
large enough to seat the entire Hive. On the north of the rotunda is
the Arena. To the west is the dias-altar, vested in crimson, and to
the east, a latticed meditation-bower.
THE WAY OF COMBAT (Rajas)
Two Warrior-Priests/Priestesses, of matched skill, strength and
spiritual enlightenment, shall, agree to participate in this Working.
They shall have been on a vegetarian diet for at least six weeks prior
to the working, on a regimen of lean, rare meat for the week im
mediately preceding the rite. and fasting for twenty-four hours in
advance of the actual combat.
Only after five years of intensive physical and spiritual training is
an Aspirant qualified to participate in a Ritual of Combat, and that is
as an Armed Warrior. The only weapons permitted are a blade of
forearm's length and a shield of forearm's diameter. After surviving
five years of armed combat and further training, a priest is then,
qualified as a Warrior of Air; the only weapons are the naked hands.
Both types of ritual are fought to the death of one Combatant.
This ritual is performed on the Solstices. The Combatants are the
concelebrating priests for the rite, with the Firemaster, Tanner,
Goldsmith and assistants as acolytes.
The Hive assembles within the Temple before the Solstice dawn. From
the appearance of the first light, all sit in silent meditation, and
then hymn a greeting to the sun as the disk rises above the horizon.
Wine, cakes and fruit are distributed among members of the Hive, as the
young candidates for Warriorhood are brought forth and presented with
their Aspirants' robes and practice weapons.
They are received by the teaching-priests with due solemnity, and this
reception marks the beginning of their training-period.
There follows a duel-dance by pairs of fourth-years students using
blunted weapons. They enact an appropriate Martial legend from the
race-past. As the Sun approaches noon, the Arena is cleared and the
Hive falls silent.
The Firemaster enters with the Combatants, who are naked and oiled. The
Firemaster kindles two torches and hands one to each of the Combatants.
They bow toward the Hive to the Firemaster, and embrace each other.
They touch the torches together, uniting the separate fires into one
flame, then cast the torches into the bed of kindling beneath the
cauldron. As the flames grow, they return to the Arena.
They fight, each seeking to inflict a swift and fatal blow upon the
other. Lithe, catlike, their strikes and parries are more rapid than
the eye can follow. They are envenly matched, veterans of other such
rites, and dedicated Masters of their Art. Their fasting has heightened
the senses, the danger has brought them to the peak of their ability in
The Balance of the Feather brings the decisive blow; one stands, one
fails. The Firemaster determines death; if necessary, he indicates one
further strike by hand or sword, and the first part is complete.
The body of the vanquished is suspended, and the Tanner removes the
skin, which he will process into fine parchment for the Temple scribes
The scribes will write of the life of the slain upon it, and place it
within the revered Book of the Great Ones.
The body of the slain one is butchered and seethed in the cauldron
until sundown, when the feasting begins. At sundown, the cauldron is
removed from the fire and the stew is served as main dish for the
banquet. The victor is awarded first choice of parts, usually the heart
or the liver.
The Skull will be gilded and jeweled and placed in a niche of honor
in the Temple wall above the Arena. The bones will be
transformed, where possible, into hand weapons; the remainder will be
The preliminary dietary discipline of the combatants, plus the
battle-engendered adrenaline, form the-chemical base of the sacrament
of this rite. It is part of the Firemaster's task to so employ the use
of herbs in the cooking process that the communal benefit from the
feast manifests in terms of strength and endurance rather than
agitation and belligerence.
Communion in the ritual of the Way of Combat confers upon the
participants those virtues - peculiar to Mars, Jupiter and the Sun, and
special facility on the Paths connecting them. To balance the forces
invoked by this rite, its Dark counterpart is performed by the Shadow
Priests in the subterranean chambers below the Hive Temple.
The Shadow Priests are few in number; the Hive is aware of their
existence and necessity, but they operate on a hidden basis, as a
symbolic Unconscious of the gestalt. Their ranks are filled by a
selective protess: candidates are those who discover within themselves
a talent for Working the Qlipoth, and who are deemed acceptable by the
practicing priesthood. Their Initiation Ordeal consists of living for
a year severed from participation in the gestalt.
The Dark version of the Way of Combat has, as its major distinguishing
feature, the death by suicide of one of the combatants. Instead of
defending one's life while seeking to bring death to the other, the
warriors of the Shadow Priests seek to prevent the other from suicide
while attempting to bring death to oneself. The first death
accomplished signals the end of the Combat, with the one left alive
obliged to preserve himself for the next occasion.
Following the feasts in the Temple above and the Temple below, the
Firemasters from both priesthoods meet to exchange a small quantity of
their Sacrament. The opposite broths are then distilled for use as
seasonings, thus maintaining Balance for the Hive.
THE WAY OF LOVE (Tamas)
This rite is held on the Equinoxes.
The celebrants' are a priest and priestess, assisted, as before, by the
Firemaster, Goldsmith, Tanner and others.
Unlike the Way of Combat, the first part of the ritual is conducted
not in assembly of the entire Hive. but with the Brothers and Sisters
of the Priesthood of the Bee. This priesthood consists of those whose
Will it is to maintain the open communication of the Hive within itself
(i.e., to keep the health of the gestalt) and with the forces of
The major celebrants are assisted by six other couples of the
Priesthood of the Bee. Maat is invoked as the Gynander, and Gaia also
is called as the general representative of elemental Nature. This is
done at the dias altar.
The first couple unites on the dias altar. They consume a token amount
of the Elixir, but leave the greater part of it to be taken by the
second couple. The second pair, after sharing the Elixir of the first,
assume their place upon the altar, proceed with the Mass and Communion,
sharing this intensified Elixir with the third couple. This process
continues to the point where the sixth couple has shared Elixir with
the major celebrants. There is here both a cumulative and distilling
effect, so that the primary celebrants will be producing an Elixir of
seven distillations and seven increments.
On this final occasion, however, when the priestess mounts astride
the priest, the Firemaster binds them together with cords, permitting
just enough mobility for the act to be performed. As the first slow
movements begin, to the soft chanting of the encircling priesthood, the
assistants of the Firemaster quietly enter with a silver-pointed
javelin. This he takes and holds, standing at the foot of the altar.
As the tempo of the act increases, so does the chant rhythm. At the
orgasm of the priest, the priestess leans forward upon him in embrace,
and the Firemaster hurls the javelin, piercing both through the heart.
The binding cords prevent any death-reflex from separating them; still
coupled they are spitted and slow-roasted until nightfall. The bodies
are gutted and cleaned through lateral incisions that do not disturb
In preparing the flesh for serving, the Firemaster carefully
extracts the Elixir. He extends its quantity with consecrated and
purified ingredients and it is used with the fleshmeat in the form of a
The Hive assembles at sundown for the feast. The twelve participating
priests; and priestesses wait upon the feasting Hive-Members, bringing
the Elixir to each in a silver vessel. The Singers perform love songs
and lays in honor of the day's concelebrant couple. The wine for the
feast is aphrodisiac, and a variety of drugs is available after the
eating is finished. Night sees the Hive in embrace, in dance, in
A torchlight procession forms at midnight and the bones of the
concelebrants (excepting the skulls) are carried to a plot of earth on
the Temple grounds that is the representation of all lands under
cultivation. The bones are buried in a trench along the perimeter of
the plot, except for the femurs which are added to those already
positioned vertically as fencing for the plot.
Gala is invoked by the Firemaster, a small libation of the Elixir is
poured on the earth, and the procession sings hymns to the elements and
to the planet as it returns to the Temple and home.
The Goldsmith silver-plates the skulls and jewels them, after which
they are placed in niches above the dias-altar. The Tanner's only task
following this rite, is to plait the hair of the celebrants in
intricate patterns to form a mat upon which the skulls will rest.
The virtues here pertain to Mercury (communication), Venus (unifying
relationships) and the Moon (receptivity to and linking with the spirit
The Shadow Priesthood, meanwhile, conducts the obverse rites
underground. This consists of a dual process of oral homosexual
workings, with the Sisters and Brothers working on twin dias-altars.
The description will follow the male aspect, but the Sisters work in
the same manner, with the vaginal fluids being processed like the
There are six participants assisting the main celebrant. The first is
fellated to orgasm by the second; the majority of the Elixir is
conveyed by mouth to a silver vessel between the dias altars (the
Sisters deposit their Elixir within the same vessel), and a small
portion of it is retained and consumed by the second priest. The third
priest duplicates the process, and so on until the major celebrant
completes it with the sixth priest.
The Firemaster stands ready with the javelin, and the Tanner does the
same at the Sisters' altar.
The first assisting priest kneels before the celebrant who is
spreadeagled on the altar, and with the utmost skill, brings him to
orgasm. This is timed as closely as possible with the Sisters, so that
both achieve ecstasy and are slain simultaneously.
The first assistants then turn to each other and commingle the Elixirs
in a kiss, again depositing the majority in the vessel and retaining a
small amount for their own consumption.
The Firemaster binds the slain priest and priestess back-to-back for
the roasting, and proceeds with the preparation of the Elixir as a
sauce. There is an exchange of a small quantity of it between the
Firemasters later, as in the Way of Combat.
The Shadow Priesthood assembles for this feast, which is followed by a
great ring of oral-genital connection, with the sexes alternating.
A torchlight procession forms. Since the Shadow Priesthood is
relatively small in number, the remaining flesh is placed on the Tower
of Silence for the Temple vultures to consume in the morning. The bones
are carried to the sea, or to the nearest inland water-way. The Dark
Mother Ocean is called upon, and Dagon. Chthulu and the other Elder
Gods are invoked. A libation of the Elixir is poured into the water,
and the seal of Maat is placed upon the Gate between when the Elder
Gods withdraw. The Shadow Priests return to the Temple before Dawn.
THE WAY OF THE DRAGONFLY (Sattvas)
There is no fixed time for the culmination of this ritual; it is set
according to the word and will of the celebrant.
The celebrant selects a young assistant from among the Priesthood of
the Black Flame. This assistant vows a year's time to the completion of
the Dragonfly rite, during which he or she will live with the celebrant
They will spend most of their time in a hut in the woods, coming to the
latticed bower within the Temple during the Full Moon. They are
assisted in the Temple by the Healer and the Firemaster.
The ritual is begun by an invocation of Shiva on the night of the Full
Moon. He is invoked in his Lion Face aspect.
With the assistance of his chela and the Healer, the celebrant severs
his left foot and offers it to the Firemaster to be prepared. The
celebrant then consumes his roasted appendage, sharing a portion of it
with the chela.
The bones are carefully cleaned and varnished and are used to begin
the construction of a Shivalignam. The ritual is continued for the next
eleven Full Moons, with the severings at ankles, knees, hips, wrists,
elbows and shoulders.
The periods of time between the rituals are used by the celebrant to
bring down and manifest within himself the essence and completion of
the All. In the process of self-consuming, the celebrant concentrates
the All in an ever-decreasing volume of his earth-self, symbolized and
materialized in his physical body.
On the thirteenth Full Moon, the group again assembles within the
lattice-bower. Upon this occasion, however, the chela takes up
the Dagger, and upon command of the celebrant, stabs the limbless
trunk to the heart. The chela receives the dying breath of the
celebrant in a kiss.
The Firemaster prepares the body for a Hive-feast, reserving the pineal
gland which is carefully sun-dried, and covered with gold leaf. The
skull is plated with iron, and set within a niche above the lattice
bower. The remaining skeletal bones are placed within the Shivalignam
sculpture, which is then added to a circle of similar symbols
surrounding the bower.
A Shadow-Priest compliments the ritual as follows:
Kali and Maut are invoked on the dark of the Moon. With the severing of
each part on the following months, the chela bears the part to the
Tower of Silence for the vultures. Any bones that may remain are
collected on the following visit.
The Shadow Priest spends the intervals between rituals in a
subterranean grotto, expanding his being toward the Nothing. The
vultures disperse his physical self in like manner
On the thirteenth occasion of the rite, the Firemaster and Healer
attend. The chela dispatches the celebrant with a Dagger, but here the
celebrant receives the chela's breath with his dying gasp.
The Healer cuts two openings in the skull, immediately above the cars,
and thus removes the pineal gland. He then carries the skull to an
anthill where the soft parts are removed. The trunk is carried to the
Tower of Silence, and the available bones are recovered at an
appropriate time. The skull and bones are taken to the shrine of Kali
in her cavern-temple and are added to the adornments begun by previous
celebrants. The skull is strung on Her necklace, and the skeletal bones
are hung from her girdle.
The gilded pineals are brought by the respective Firemasters to an iron
coffer that occupies a niche in the corridor that joins the Temple of
the Hive and the Temple of the Shadow Priests. Not even the Firemasters
can distinguish among these Eyes of those who became All, and those who
In considering these Ways-to-come, o ye Warriors of Heru, remember that
the atoms of your body were once dancing at the heart of a star. That
of which you are made will dance again in many forms, down through the
Aeons, for nothing of the Universe is ever lost.
Pour out freely your blood, and eat whatever is given to you - for
which is the greater ecstacy - "to be sugar, or to eat it"?
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law; love is the law, love