November 21, 2020

Sun in Sagittarius Meditation


Blessings of the Sun in Sagittarius! Below is a short audio clip and transcript from the Temple of the Zodiac - Window of Sagittarius meditation by Olivia Robertson. If you would prefer to listen to the full 25-minute meditation, please go to the YouTube video here: 


Click on the link below to hear the audio clip:  


Transcript (mp3 / 4:30 mins. / 1mb): 
"We face a hill surmounted by the Temple of the Zodiac. Now, begin to climb up this hill. . .we reach the South-West portico flanked by two female sphinxes. We now enter this Temple. There are 12 stained-glass windows. In the center is the altar of the perpetual flame of everlasting life. Come to the window of Sagittarius. The window depicts a Goddess enthroned on a mighty rock of ages. She is crowned and bears in Her right hand a sceptre surmounted by a golden eagle. In Her left hand She holds a mighty crystal orb. Above Her on the left is a crescent moon shining down above a winged white horse. On the right is a rayed sun illuminating a peacock with raised tail of blue and green and gold. 

"A sudden wind blows open the window and we see the nine mighty stars and the fifty-four lesser stars of constellation of Sagittarius. Protected by the starry bow of the Centaur lies Arcadia. Friend, enter Arcadia of the Starry Bow of the Goddess Diana, leader of the dance of the Muses and receive joy and love and enchantment from the Immortals. This is the realm where rest those who accept divine commands with faith and happiness. But linger too long here and you will be the lotus-eaters, who sit by the Arcadian stream, unendingly smiling, bereft of strength, purpose and wit. 

"I want you now to pass through this window. How you've envied those with spiritual faith, the serene countenance of a nun, the absolute acceptance of a follower - of Diana or any Deity - obedience, and in that obedience: certainty, peace, joy, no questioning, no struggle, peace, no war, cared for, loved. Enter Arcadia. Just to let go - to let go the separated self, to obey the rule, to follow the guru, the teacher, to accept the Divinity totally, like slipping back into a warm pool surrounded by still water lilies, for what can grow in tumult? 

"Nothing matters without happiness, so accept and drink of the pool of happiness in your cupped hands . . the happiness the Goddess Diana gives. . .the sounds of birds. There is someone you love reflected in the pool and you look up and see this one, smiling at you. Here you are together, forever when you return here, it's always here. 

"But even as we lapse into complete peace and happiness at a distance, we hear a voice say: "come back, come back, come back from Arcadia." Reluctantly we drag ourselves back. We return to the Temple of the Zodiac, and from thence down the hill and you find filled with the elation and joy of the Goddess that you return to your own time and place." 

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(© photo of the Shrine of Sagittarius, Foundation Center Temple by Minette Quick; audio by the Fellowship of Isis Homepage, all copyrights reserved)

November 13, 2020

Honoring Olivia Robertson


Dear Aset Shemsu, we invite you to join us in lighting a candle to remember Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis, on the anniversary of her passing to the Spirit Realm seven years ago.

Please also visit our new YouTube channel where we will share Olivia's audio recordings.  We have begun with the FOI prayers and blessings:


Check back as new offerings will be added as time permits. All of the mp3 recordings will still be available on the Audio Gallery section of our website (see link below). Isian Blessings to all.


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November 1, 2020

November Oracle: Goddess Themis

 

"Listen. 
It is easier to wait for an Oracle with stilled mind 
than it is to listen to those around you."


The Oracle for November is from the Goddess Themis and includes audio of Olivia Robertson.  Read and listen to it by clicking on the link below:



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October 29, 2020

Cressida Pryor: Samhain Letter

 

"This is what I envisage at Samhain...
the love that pours through the generations, 
that has been freely given despite hardship and difficulty."

Read the latest letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, at the following link:

Samhain 2020 FOI Letter


October 22, 2020

Sun in Scorpio


Blessings of the Sun in Scorpio! From the book "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess", by Olivia Robertson:

"Behold the constellation of the Scorpion, lurking between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. See its claws and the fiery Antares, its Eye! Its sting is in its tail and it emerges from the sea of heaven, in pursuit of Orion who flees far across the sky. Hot in pursuit is Sagittarius with his bow, and above him is Hercules, who when he was a child strangled two serpents in his cradle. Below him is the giant Ophiuchus, holding the twisting constellation of Serpens the snake. Ophiuchus was revered by the Greeks as representing their deified healer Aesculapius, whose emblem was a staff entwined with a snake. Some saw Ophiuchus as Chiron the centaur, wise in knowledge of healing herbs. Observe that the right foot of the giant rests upon the serpent's head. That which poisons may also cure."


(© photo of the Shrine of Scorpio at the Foundation Center Temple.  The wooden panels were carved by William Morris and the altar cloth has the FOI Cosmic Web of the Universe embroidered upon it.  Copyright Minette Quick.)

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October 7, 2020

From Dea, Rites & Mysteries of the Goddess

 

From Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess, by Olivia Robertson:

"The religion of the Goddess centres around the Hearth. Whether this be the inner sun flaming within the matrix of our earth, or the sun itself, this is the source of manifested life. Within the body of all mothers, whether Goddesses, women, female creatures that give birth to egg or seed, the inner fire is the Divine Centre. In this nucleus is our own heart's life, that heart whose rhythmic beating keeps us alive and sets moving the rhythmic Dance of Creation. This Heart-beat of the Cosmos sets moving all heart-beats, even the tiny pulse within a blade of grass. On the earthly level the heart brings life. On other levels it is Love. For the Heart exists on all levels. . .

"Though we respect great temples, a simple room or grove of trees form a Matrix that protects our altar fire. A shrine may be a psychic temple not made with hands. The Devotee, sitting in silent contemplation, even in a crowded room, may yet build in creative imagination a shrine that guards the privacy of the soul. For the Matrix is not only a womb or shell: it is also the individual aura. We carry our temples about us.

"Within the shrine is the resting place of Deity, the Altar. Made of stone or wood, the altar is the throne of Isis, Aset; and the Palladium, the casket of Athena. Here is the meeting place of Deity and Devotee. Here the Goddess or God manifest either through the Hierophant or through all the participants. The elements placed on the altar are an earthly focus where Deity may materialise through earth, air, fire and water; and through oil which represents the blending of the primal four. Any shelf or table in a room may be the altar, and any quarter or place between the compass points may be used. For each compass point is relevant to the Goddess. On the altar may be offered a stone, a pot plant, incense sticks and a cup of water. Through their hallowing by the Devotee, these are used as a focus for their own true being. The gem of life is in a stone: the divine breath is within smoke: the elixir of life shines through water. Every element, every atom, contains the spark needful for its transmutation.

"Through this realisation, the Devotee invokes Deity and through a simple touching of the hands, may awaken the life spark within each object. Earth protects: on another level it represents strength and stability. Fire brings vitality: it also in a greater sphere of being, typifies Love. Air symbolises Mind and Spirit and so must be free to move. Water is so receptive that it must be kept pure and calm, yet flowing. Otherwise, like unhealthy emotions, it may either rage in a storm, or stagnate. Though occult symbolism varies in different systems, the principle remains the same. Any object, however humble, is a key to its essential reality in greater spheres. The purpose of ritual is to strike a note on one level - even with bell, gong or sistrum, and so to awaken the same note on other octaves of being.

"When a shrine is awakened through its true keynote and colour, it begins as it were to hum like a well-tuned harp. It is the awareness of the Devotee that brings about this transformation. For the Deities respond to those who knock. They answer.  Those seekers who are ready for expansion of consciousness may ease the way to initiation. The Elemental Spirits, the Sidhe, Devis and Devas, will work in harmony with those who treat the elements with respect. No Spirits should be commanded even if this is possible: they come joyfully to those who do the Mothers' work."


(© Photo of Olivia Robertson on her 93rd birthday in 2010; Chapel of Harmony, Foundation Center Temple;  copyright Minette Quick.)

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October 1, 2020

October Oracle: Goddess Vesta

 

"My Light is expressed individually 
through each creature, every atom: 
yet all are One in me."

The Oracle for October is from the Goddess Vesta.  You may read it at the following link:



(© Shrine of Vesta, Foundation Center Temple, photo by Minette Quick.)

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September 22, 2020

Equinox Sun in Libra

Blessings of the Equinox and the Sun entering the sign of Libra!  This photo of the Shrine of Libra was taken at the Foundation Center Temple, showing a statue of the Goddess Etain, carved by David Durdin-Robertson. You may listen to Olivia Robertson giving a meditation on the "Window of Libra" by clicking the link below:

(mp3 file: 5:30 minutes / 1.25mb)

Audio transcript:

"How honored we are to be climbing the hill towards the Temple of the Zodiac. As we gaze at the stars wheeling around us, we realize that each star is the home of Divine intelligences and even mightier Beings and Deities who preside over whole galaxies. Is beyond our believing, yet each of us has a spark of star within us and we belong to the body of the Cosmic Mother. On we climb, up the hill, and we reflect that as each star is haven of Deities, bright beings we may become, yet there are also planets encircling, which are planetary schools for us, as is our Earth. We face the south-west portal of the Temple. It is flanked by mighty winged Sphinxes. Pass the Sphinxes and we enter. Look upon the twelve walls, these beautiful stained-glass windows are each crowned with a sign of the Zodiac.

"Come to the west window surrounded by the seventh sign, Libra: the scales of equal day and night, autumn and spring. The picture shows a Goddess beneath an Aspen tree, cradling the Yin-Yang egg. Think of a Goddess cradling it. The Consort of the Goddess encircles Her with His arms. Below we read the ancient words: 'The aspen will detain, The egg will all explain; Seek not; yourself be sought. All other search in vain.'

"A mighty wind rushes through the Temple, throwing open the window - feel this wind pouring through. We see through it the glittering constellation of Libra with its 28 stars. The star Se Han forms the south-western pan of the scales. Approach the window! Look at the constellation of Libra and enter into entirely other landscape of soft beauty, into this happy land of the Goddess Kwan Yin, full of all we have ever longed for, land of our heart's longing. Here we have the company of those we love, forever - or - as long as we choose. We make our own space and time in Infinity. Here grow the Peaches of Immortality. Taste them if you can find them. Those who have tasted these peaches may ever return, if they have the will to do so.

"Here, all are reconciled: love and truth, philosophy and religion, peace and activity. Above all we find harmony within ourselves and with others. Here is harmony with all Nature. Judgment is not judging others: it is having the judgment to bring harmony so there's no loss to any. Peace can only come with justice. Let us do justice to ourselves, and so we will be just to all, and so the Law of Love and Harmony prevails.  Thus, in harmony with ourselves, we are part of the Cosmos and the Music of the Spheres."


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September 21, 2020

Cressida Pryor: Autumn Letter

"Are we able to quieten enough to hear
the deep calling to restore the balance
we need to face the winter times?"

You may read the latest Autumn Equinox letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, at the following link:

Autumn 2020 FOI Letter

September 8, 2020

FOI Blessing Prayer


"In the names of Isis and Osiris,
may all beings be Blessed:
Spirits and humans,
animals, birds, reptiles,
fishes, insects, plants,
rainforests, the Earth
and all Her sacred elements."

You may listen to Olivia Robertson give this blessing, along with other prayers here:

FOI Prayers & Blessings


(© "Dana, the Fox's refuge" illustration  and prayer by Olivia Robertson.  Text and artwork copyright reserved.)

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September 1, 2020

September Oracle: Goddess Nu Kua

"There is no discord that cannot be resolved, 
no colour clash that is immune from 
the celestial symphony of perfect beauty."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Nu Kua. Click below to read and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle:



(© photo of Olivia in the Cave of the Mothers, Foundation Center Temple, copyright Minette Quick; audio by the FOI Homepage; all copyrights reserved)

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August 22, 2020

Sun enters Virgo


Blessings of the Sun in Virgo!  The Shrine of Virgo is located outside of the Cave of the Mothers in the Foundation Center Temple in Ireland.  Click on the link below to listen to an historic audio clip of Olivia Robertson giving a meditation:

(mp3  / 7 min / 1.62 mb)

Audio transcript:
"We shut our eyes and still our minds. We see before us in the distance a hill crowned with a beautiful Temple surrounded by myriads of stars. We mount the hill by a winding path. We are climbing up to the Temple of the Zodiac. It is twelve-sided and pearl colored with long windows that glow with many colored lights. We are approaching a Gateway in the south-east, guarded by two bronze statues of Sphinxes - women to the waist, lions below, their wings reaching the roof. On the left of the Gateway is a spring from which a stream flows into the Temple through a conduit.
 
"We particularly examine the windows on either side of the doorway. On the left, is a window marked "Leo". The stained-glass depicts a naked woman surrounded by a Hawk, a Lioness, a Cow and a Winged God. On the window on the right, is a picture of a woman veiled from head to foot, holding an Ankh in her right hand, a scroll in her left. Over the window is the sign of Virgo, formed by two folded wings and the knot of Isis. The sign of Virgo looks like an "M" and you can form a loop in the center, the Knot of Isis.  Over the doorway is a bas-relief of a Sphinx, her lion's body facing the Leo window, her woman's face turning towards the window of Virgo. Her wings sweep downwards on either side of the entrance, forming two feathered curtains.
 
"Suddenly a powerful wind rushes through the Temple pushing open the Window of Virgo! Through it we see eight blazing stars shining through nebulae. Within this astral sphere of Virgo are the Isles of the Blest where we learn how to weave the future from the past, by using the present.
 
"Now I want you to visualize yourself passing through the Window of Virgo, the eight blazing stars, and we see islands of great beauty.  All may enter this place, the Isles of the Blest, but those who have done wrong, learn here how to expiate and make all well. How lovely are the islands.  There is music here, great beauty, nature spirits, wonderful animals.  Peaceful lions, deer, small animals playing around their feet, lionesses. . . The animals and birds here are intelligent.  You can communicate with them telepathically, as we can with Angels, Nature Spirits, Deity.  Do this. . learn. . learn how to be blest so we may attain this place even in sleep on earth.  You learn here the weaving, because we are the Fates, we create our own Fate.  They're not sinister ladies sitting on thrones being disagreeable to us.  We have to learn even how to turn evil into good, which is wonderful because nothing's wasted you see - we can use the past now to create the present.  But you need help to do this and that is why we need to be in the Isles of the Blest.
 
"At first we feel overcome when we think of the harm we've done.. . maybe we've harmed animals or people.. .but now we see how we can 3-fold make up for it.  We can forgive others.  There's all of infinity to do good in.  There's much laughter here because nothing is more delightful than to recognize the Truth, and often it makes one laugh, at oneself, preferably.   All pretense vanishes here.  Now if you feel you have experienced this bliss of creation, of creating a better future for ourselves and our earth, you may now, I should think, feel like looking at the eight stars.. . you feel spiritual light pouring through you.  We learn here to center ourselves.  Now is the center of the circle around which time flows - past and present, like a stream flows around us - that is the secret.   We are not moving through time, we are ever the same in spirit - no, time is moving around us.  We are not moving through space, space is moving around us.  Feel this consciousness, this awareness.  You are in the center.  Time and space are flowing around you and you may therefore alter what happens.  This is the art of Creation."
 
"It is now time for us to return through the Window of Virgo.  Leave by this Window of Virgo, come back through the window.  We all return to the holy Temple, changed - even a little."


(© Shrine of Virgo photo by Minette Quick; audio by the FOI Homepage; all copyrights reserved.)

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August 16, 2020

The Goddesses of India, Tibet, China and Japan

Written by FOI co-founder Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, and printed in 1976 by Cesara Press, this book was then described in the following manner:

"This is the second of a sequence of books describing the Goddesses of many countries and civilisations.  The first is "The Goddesses of Chaldaea, Syria and Egypt".  A separate entry is devoted to each Goddess.  Among the particulars included are the variant forms and the etymology of the Goddesses' names, genealogical details, epithets, biography and characteristics.  There are also descriptions of their temples, public and esoteric rituals, the regions associated with their worship, the forms in which they are represented and their correspondences to Goddesses of other Pantheons."

Read the book here:  
The Works of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson


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August 10, 2020

Invocations of Sekhmet and Ptah


Invocations of Sekhmet and Ptah by Olivia Robertson from a past rite:


Transcript (mp3 / 1.1 mb / 1:09 mins):  
"I invoke the Goddess Sekhmet of the Midday Sun. Mother of the Goddess Maunet and of the God Nefertum; Source of All Souls, Mighty in Enchantment, may your Lion Power transform our violence into the gold of Love. . .  The creation of beauty in myriad forms brings about the regeneration of the passions, however dangerous. Without emotion creation is not possible.   I invoke the God Ptah, Consort of Sekhmet, Lord of Creation, Architect of the Universe. Thou who brings harmony to atoms and galaxies, achieving order from chaos, draw us back into the practice of the sacred Arts, that we may join in your Cosmic Creation."


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August 1, 2020

August Oracle: Goddess Rhea



"In my laughter is heard the happy 
music of the constellations."

The Oracle for August is from the Goddess Rhea and includes audio of Olivia Robertson from a past rite.  Read and listen to it by clicking on the link below:

 

(photo of O. Robertson, © Durdin-Robertson)

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