July 27, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Lughnasad Festival, Foundation Center Temple

 
LUGHNASAD FESTIVAL 26th July 2014, at FOUNDATION CENTRE

Presented by Members of the Priesthood & Circle of Brigid
A lovely programme had been planned
and we were delighted to welcome Cressida Pryor,
the Fellowship’s Steward to be with us again.

We also had some special visitors from Sweden who brought great joy to the occasion as they had asked a member of the priesthood to celebrate a hand-fasting ceremony for them in the Temple before the main ceremony, which I was privileged to witness and found very moving.

The weather which had been extremely hot and humid during the week was cool and inviting and though showers had been forecast, we were able to sing and process the familiar route beneath the famous Yew Walk, on down through the grounds invoking first Dana in the Druid’s Grove, then Tara in Her Abbey, followed by an invocation by her priestess of Persephone - who guards the Garden Gate to the Temple, but now looks out over the gardens from her tall and secure plinth from inside her shrine. Perhaps she is determined to stay in our hearts with us throughout the whole year from now on!

Entering the Temple the atmosphere was most beautiful due to the dedicated work of members of the priesthood who have loved giving it care over these past months. We are committed to continue with this work which will offer welcome and blessing to all who come to Huntington to visit it during the year and enjoy the tours of the Castle and grounds, which are offered in both summer and winter months now. For information see the website www.huntingtoncastle.com

Invocations to Deity and the Blessings of the Goddess were given to all who were gathered at Brigid’s Well; and there was a natural focus upon the riches of the ripening time of Lughnasad in this hemisphere. It was good to see some of our Irish members back home for a brief visit from abroad or from important ventures elsewhere in Ireland.

A heart-rending Oracle from the Goddess Isis was given in Her Temple by her priestess. “You are all Gods” she cried and begged us to be aware of where thinking ill of others in our daily lives can lead. It is a source of great sorrow to her that so many of her children’s lives, both young and old, are being destroyed in the world at this time. She asked that we step back and realise that all conflict is essentially illusion and has no meaning from where she stands, and that peace is really possible when it starts in our own hearts.

This was quite a wake-up call, and it was clearly true, and during a most beautiful Journey offered by David de Roeck to the sounds of an enchanting oriental piece of music, we all entered a most peaceful and rich inner world and realised how blessed we were to be able to experience it in such a protective and supportive atmosphere together.

Amongst other gentle and delightful offerings was an Eastern Chant in which those who knew it could join, and Monica and Anna read us some of their beautiful and evocative poetry. This led us to the Mystery Play as it was also the time of Opet, celebrated in the Ancient Egyptian calendar by the Pharaoh and his Queen accompanying the statue of the Sun God in a barge on the Nile to Karnak and back to ensure a good harvest. This was played out under the direction of Anna by Luke and Alison, and was very much enjoyed by all.

I had been in touch with Linda Iles to send our condolences to the Circle of Isis on the loss of their much loved Arch-Priestess Loreon Vigne of Isis Oasis in California on July 17th; and she sent me a delightful little poem by Loreon, which plays on the name of Isis with a great sense of fun. So I took the liberty of sharing it. We are glad to hear that our sister centre, Isis Oasis, will continue to serve their community and indeed the whole region as both Loreon had hoped for the future, with the blessing and involvement of her family in the inspiring programme of events which are held there on a regular basis.

After the usual announcements, thanks were given to Deity, and healing/counselling sessions offered by the priesthood to those who wished to receive them, and the company repaired as usual to the newly-refurbished Osborne’s in the Village for our customary spread to enjoy each other’s company and rest awhile before setting off home.

Minette Quick
(Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)


Our loving thanks to Minette for sending her report of the festival and to all members of the Circle of Brigid and the FOI Priesthood of Clonegal Castle.
 
(photo of the Foundation Center Temple High Altar, copyright M.Quick)

July 22, 2014

The Sun enters Leo

 
Blessings of the Sun entering Leo! Hear Olivia Robertson call upon the Goddess Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess:

 Olivia invokes Sekhmet
(mp3 file: 1:15 min./299kb)

Audio Transcript:
"The sun leaves the crab, Cancer and enters the sign of Leo of the lion Goddess Sekhmet. Sekhmet is the Goddess of the mysterious lion power, which is within us all.. . Holy Sekhmet, bring to us thy flame within the golden sun which is beneath the earth. We feel the flames rising up from the heart of the earth, Cor Leonis, Heart of the Lioness: star royal, flame, red fire. Bring us Thy flame. Sisters, brothers, feel the power rise up from the earth. Let it rise and shine and warm our hearts with love." (sistrum)
 
 
(photo of Olivia's artwork, "The Sphinx, the Lady and the Lion" copyright Minette Quick)


Archival Link: Online Audio Gallery

July 16, 2014

The Passing of Rt. Rev. Loreon Vigne

 
We are sad to inform that the Rt. Rev. Loreon Vigne passed to Spirit Sphere on July 15, 2014. Loreon was the founder of Isis Oasis and the Temple of Isis in Geyserville, California and was one of the charter members of the Fellowship of Isis Archpriesthood Union. Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to Loreon's family and friends.

Archival Link:  Loreon Vigne

(Photo of Loreon at Isis Oasis Temple, submitted by her many years ago.)

July 12, 2014

Artwork: The Goddess Mago


The Goddess Mago by Olivia Robertson.  She writes:  "Mago has red-gold hair like the sun and her body is made of white light and orange stars.. . When the time comes you will be guided to reach Magoland, if you overcome various tribulations.  Remember: Do good.  Speak the Truth. Share with others.”   (Quote from the book "Athena, Arcadian Awakening")


Fellowship of Isis Online Liturgy

July 4, 2014

Stars in the Star Chapel

 
Olivia Robertson writes in the book "Sophia":
 
"The scientific validity of astrology has no consequence in this form of intuitive awareness. It is spiritual discovery of our kinship with the stars. So perfect can this relationship be, that one realises that the Sages were true magicians of the psyche, and taught wisely concerning the influences of heavenly bodies. The music of the spheres brings radiations that affect the spirit within us. The tropical or sidereal forms of horoscope readings can refer to different but relevant types of relationship: the sidereal, with stellar influence: the tropical, with seasonal effects of the year. A horoscope may thus be seen as a psychic mandala given to us by our spiritual Guides as a useful map of our lives, understood through the symbolic language of the ancients. The actual appearance in the sky of constellations seen as ram and fishes, virgin and scales, are picture hieroglyphs used by Adepti on that mighty blackboard which is the moonless night sky! Thus the precession of the equinoxes is relevant, teaching us about the coming of a new era, described as a move from Pisces to Aquarius. Mathematics are essential for astronomy. Inspiration is all-important for reading star symbols. Each symbol can be a key that will open the door to an unknown realm! The Ankh is the opener of all doors: it is the Key of Life held by Isis, Daughter of Nuit." 

(Photo of the painted Window between the Star Chapel and the Well Chapel by Minette Quick.  She writes:  "In 1980 the Star Chapel was created by Co-Founders, Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and his sister Olivia. They worked together painstakingly to clear an ancient wine cellar in the basement of the Castle. The ceiling was designed by Lawrence to show many of the wonderful non-zodiac constellations such as the Polar Constellations, including Caer Arianrhod, her Pole Star home, and the Great Bear. There are Cygnus the Swan, the Ariadne Crown, Andromeda’s Sea Monster, Sirius, Orion & Cassiopeia. Having first painted the whole ceiling deep blue, Lawrence created cardboard stencils. These Olivia then used to paint the stars in gold.")


Archival Links: 
Castle Photo Gallery
Fellowship of Isis Online Liturgy

July 1, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Oracle for July


"Those who would bring harmony to a new age
need to combine empathy with all that is,
yet must maintain the Inner Flame of the Self."

The Oracle of the Month for July is from the Goddess Athena.  You may read it in full here and also listen to Olivia Robertson give the Invocation and Oracle:

 
 
(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy from the DVD "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis." All rights reserved.)
 

June 23, 2014

Solstice at the Fellowship of Isis Foundation Center

 
MIDSUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL – 21st June, 2014 AT FOUNDATION CENTRE
Presented by Members of the Priesthood and the Circle of Brigid
Our Coordinator, Cait presided throughout a delightful programme of events.
 
The Sun had blazed down on Ireland for several days as a large gathering of members met with our guests and enjoyed some refreshments in the CafĂ© before the Solstice Celebrations began. The Castle arranges many events for visitors and there were plants for sale and tables outside to enjoy the sunshine. Nature’s incredible energy seemed to have culminated in a display of glorious abundance in the beautifully kept grounds. Indeed, a cascade of enchanting bluey-lilac roses tumbled down the wall beside the gate into the garden and begged us to stop and smell its gentle perfume as the happy and relaxed company finally set off in Procession.

It is the custom to sing our way in Procession down to Dana’s sacred Grove to invoke Her presence, then up to the Goddess Tara’s home in the Ancient Abbey; and yet, there was a sense of deep stillness behind it all at this balancing point of the year, and we were glad to invoke not only the Goddesses but also Lady Olivia who so loved these places. Her presence is still very much with us it seems from the reports of so many from far and wide who have experienced her continuing support in their lives, attesting to her words that we shall find, to our delight, having crossed over the barrier of death, that in truth we can do far more from there to help those we love.

Finally approaching Persephone’s Gate, Her presence was invoked to prepare us to enter. The Temple of Isis awaited, its energy wonderfully renewed by the dedication of our members who have given generously of their time and devotion over the past few months to undertake a regular programme of step by step cleaning, replenishing and honouring the sacred energies so long cared for by Lady Olivia. This work will provide a foundation from which to continue her work into The New Aeon which she cared so passionately about. So many thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. We shall all have a chance to contribute in this way in support of Pamela, Olivia’s Great Niece who has worked tirelessly throughout. We cannot thank her enough.

At the Well we all gathered to invoke Deity and bestow the customary individual blessings from the Goddess. We were delighted to welcome two of our much-loved senior Priestesses who have not been able to come down for a while. This was followed by a powerful Oracle from the Un-Named One through Her Priestess. Though spoken in quiet tones there could be no doubting that we are each asked to listen for and respond to Her Voice in our everyday life, to stand for protecting our Planet and everything on it in justice for all, not just the fortunate few.

We were then taken on an Inner walk in Nature by Eimear, passing on through a mist ‘between the worlds’ into a wooded clearing at the centre of which was a mighty Oak, and many wonders transpired and were reported later. It was good to hear new voices speaking of their sacred experience in a supportive space. Next we all joined in a lively Goddess chant led by Deirdre, and accompanied by sacred rattle. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all and provided an excellent atmosphere for our Solstice Mystery Play presented by Marian, “The Enlivening Rite of Aine and Dagdha” and enacted by her small band of players in the following roles:

Ceridwen and Her Cauldron
The Irish Goddess Aine – As Summer Fairy Queen
The Irish God known as the Dagdha Mor
Together with their two youthful assistants who volunteered their services on the day
The Summer Princess & the Hawk Prince her protector.

Inspired by Ceridwen, the Goddess & God spoke on behalf of the true nature of ‘Femininity and Masculinity’ acting in harmony and cooperation. A beeswax candle was lighted and our young Summer Princess & Hawk Prince processed with it around the Temple in and amongst the assembled company before returning to share sweets with all to the lively strains of an Irish Jig which ended in general merriment.

Proceedings drew to a close with the usual announcements of upcoming events, and included the success of one of our members at the recent Irish Council elections which she has been working towards for some time. Olivia knew of her work and had supported her wholeheartedly, as indeed she always did with each and every one of us who had set our hearts on a path of service to our communities in whatever way we felt drawn. Short healing sessions were offered as is customary to those who wished to receive them.

As ever it was a wonderful gathering at Foundation Centre to continue to celebrate the 8 Annual Festivals. We all thoroughly enjoyed meeting up for tea afterwards and catching up in excellent company.

Minette Quick
(Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)


Our thanks to Minette for sending this festival report and to all members of the Circle of Brigid and the Priesthood of the Fellowship of Isis at Clonegal Castle.

(Photo of The Well of Brigid Na Mara © M.Quick)

June 21, 2014

Shrine of Cancer

 
Blessings of the Solstice and the Sun entering the sign of Cancer! This photo is of the Shrine of Cancer in the Temple of Isis, Clonegal Castle. The statue is the Goddess Juno of the midsummer moon. By Her is a ceramic figure of Her peacock. Real peacock feathers show their starry eyes of the sky. Juno stands on an appliqued representation of the Spider Goddess Arachne, Who spins the Cosmic Web of the Universe.
 
Olivia Robertson writes in "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess": "Cancer was held by the Sages to be the House of the Moon, as the Moon was believed to have been in Cancer at the Creation. It was respected as Horoscope of the World, as the sign nearest the Zenith. The learned Berossos declared that our earth shall be submerged when all planets are grouped in Cancer. The Chaldean Magi and the Platonists taught their disciples that souls descend from Heaven into human bodies through Cancer, the Gate of Humanity. There is a deep meaning concealed in the very sign of Cancer, two curved '6' forms embracing each other - resembling the Eastern Yin-Yang symbol of positive and negative energies moving in contrary cyclic paths of the Serpent. Holding Cancer aloft in the sky is the Seven Headed Monster Hydra, sacred to the Chaldean Dragon Goddess of Creation, Tiamat."


Archival Link: Photos of Zodiac Shrines

(photo copyright Minette Quick, shrine commentary by Olivia Robertson and MQ.)

June 18, 2014

Highlighted Books of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson


Books 4, 5 and 6 of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson's "Communion with the Goddess" series specifically covers Egypt, with book four entirely about Isis. You may read a PDF file of each of these at the following link:




(photo of LDR from the Occult Experience, created with permission, all rights reserved.)

June 11, 2014

Audio clip: Selene and Endymion

 
Listen to Olivia Robertson in this archived recording of her meditation on the Moon and the myth of Selene and Endymion:

Selene and Endymion
(mp3 /3:18 min / 776 kb)
  
Audio transcript:
"See with your mind's eye the myth of Selene and Endymion. A poet, wearied with life's dull round, seeks solitude in a grove of cypresses. As night comes, he lies down and falls asleep. Slowly the dark sky begins to glow with a pale light. From on high a Goddess of magical beauty appears above the trees, and sees the sleeping youth. Her black hair spreads about Her, glittering with stars, and it has copper-coloured lights.  And Her face and naked body are made of crystalised White Light, with a glow of copper. She falls in love with the beauty of the poet's soul. She looks through to all his past lives and struggles, the neglect and poverty, the loneliness, the feeling separate from others.  She touches him with her long white fingers. He opens his eyes and sees Her and he marvels at her transcendental loveliness. She puts down her hands and arms like two long beams of light.  She draws Endymion upwards into the night sky. Behold, the two are made One, surrounded by a radiating white and copper aura. Upon the earth lies the body of the youth, face upwards, his unseeing eyes open.
 
The moon in her beauty inspires the romantic dreams of poets and lovers, so that the humblest woman becomes a Goddess of eternal loveliness: a hump-backed man is transformed through love's eyes into a God. And this is no illusion, for the ugliness is but a false transient image and it is banished to reveal the truth. Ugliness, stupidity and cruelty are but distortions in our shadow world of the perfection that is our true being. Those who despise others are deluded by the passing play: wise are those who adore the ideal in their lovers.
 
'Lady of Night, two-horned, Lover of nightlong dances,
Look through the latticed windows, O Moon with thy quivering ray,
On my golden lass, Callistion! Immortal glances
May linger unforbidden on mortal lovers' play.
Sure on us both, O Moon, there rests thy benison -
Once was thine own heart kindled to love Endymion'."


(Illustration of Selene and Endymion by Olivia Robertson.)

Archival Link:  Audio Gallery