May 25, 2015

Window Shrine


Candles in the window of the "Shrine for Absent Friends", Foundation Center Temple.


Archival link:
Fellowship of Isis Photo Gallery

(photo copyright Minette Quick)

May 20, 2015

Shrine of Gemini

 
From the book "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess", by Olivia Robertson:
 
"Companions on the quest for Intuition and Clear Minds, know that the constellation of the Dioscuri, the Twins, is depicted in the Denderah Zodiac of Ancient Egypt as the Lion God Shu, Bringer of flowing waters, and His twin the Lion Goddess Tefnut, Lady of Heaven. They are shown facing each other, holding hands. These Divine Twins were born of the Goddess Nebhet-hotep, Great in Magic, Wife to the God Atum of primaeval waters. The Lion Pair in their turn brought forth the Goddess Nuit of the starry sky, and the God Geb, of the earth. Isis and Osiris, sister and brother, were born of these, and the rest of the Great Ennead of Heliopolis, which includes Shu and Tefnut, Isis and Osiris, Ra, Geb, Nephthys, Horus and Hathor. The virtuous are revived through Tefnut: 'I have brought to him the Goddess Tefnut and he liveth! The soul which dwelleth in Tefnut abideth in bliss in Her realm beyond death'. Thus to the Egyptians, Gemini was the House of Life here and in the next world. It was also the sphere of twin souls."
 
 
Archival Link:
 

(Photo of the Shrine of Gemini by the South Portal of the Foundation Center Temple, copyright reserved.)
 

May 18, 2015

Highlighted book: The Call of Isis

From "The Call of Isis", by Olivia Robertson: 
 
"When one surveys the condition of the earth, threatened by global war, planetary pollution, the possibility of a beautiful change dawning on earth seems remote! But the physical world is created through the action of mind; and the mind is capable of fantastic change when its environment is threatened...
 
"How can we as individuals co-operate with this great work? It is best, I feel, for like-minded people to combine into meditation circles. No special temple is needed: any room may be used in a friend's house. And for private daily meditation, one can set aside even a corner of a room for one's spiritual attunement with Divinity. And through this habitual focussing of awareness, inspiration will come. Of course inspiration varies with each one of us: one may surprise oneself by developing an unexpected talent. Instead of specializing in one particular form of work or gift, one may discover pleasure in painting, writing, singing, dancing and modelling clay: and one need not mind about a lack of proficiency!
 
"To evolve spiritually, it is essential to extend one's field of awareness. Once inhibiting self-consciousness is cast aside, latent talents may flower gloriously.  As a growth of consciousness takes place, small groups join larger ones, who tend to seek a beautiful area in which to live together. In such centres humans live in harmony with animals, birds, trees and plants, with the spirit of Nature Herself. A network of such centres may bring about a wonderful transformation of our earth. For in the depth of each one of us is a longing to live happily with all that springs from the source of Divine Life.
 
"Life does not limit itself to form or time or space. It is eternal, ever-conscious, all-pervading. In unity with this, we realize the joy of immortality, and are in harmony with all that is."
 
Archival Links:
Call of Isis - Read in Full Online
Order Book - FOI Online Bookstore

(The Call of Isis original 1975 cover, copyright reserved.)

May 16, 2015

Cressida's Blog


Cressida Pryor, Steward of the Fellowship of Isis, invites you to her new blog:




May 14, 2015

Photozine of Olivia Robertson


"The Goddess Process" is a photozine being offered by Honey Salvadori, with photos of Olivia Robertson that were taken by her in 1995. This is a limited edition, full color, saddle-stitched book that is 24 pages long. The photozines will be available through the Foundation Center Castle gift shop in Ireland and are also being sold online through Honey's website:

May 12, 2015

Beltane at the Foundation Center

 
Please see this page for an article about the recent Beltane gathering at Clonegal Castle:
 


 
 
(photo of FOI members surrounding Olivia Robertson's memorial birch tree, copyright M. Quick)
 
 

May 8, 2015

Cave of the Mothers

 
This photo is of Olivia Robertson on her 93rd birthday (in 2010), next to the "Shrine of the Daughter of Gaia of the New Aeon".  This is located in the Cave of the Mothers at the Foundation Center Temple.  Olivia's painting of "The Three Mothers" is directly behind her. (photo copyright Minette Quick)
 
From the "Guide to Clonegal Castle" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:
 
"Now it is the Chapel of the Mothers, used for initiations. Its barrel vaulted roof serves to represent the womb. Facing the door is the Great Mother, in a modernistic style, and on the wall to its right is a West African Mother Goddess mask. This Chapel also, contains many animal, vegetable and mineral figures made by members, representing the realms of Nature in the Great Mother's womb."
 
 
Archival Link:

May 5, 2015

FOI Healing Prayer


"The Healing Wings of Isis
Protect, Enfold and Awaken you!"



(Prayer and illustration by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved.)

Archival Link:
FOI Prayers and Blessings (with audio)

May 1, 2015

May Oracle of the Month

 
"Each snow crystal manifests its individual pattern of Deity.
And this is what is meant by the immanence of the Divine Spirit."

 
This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Dana. You may read it in full and also listen to an audio file of Olivia Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle, by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
(photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy of Logic Reality, copyright reserved.)
 

April 27, 2015

Beltane Letter from Cressida Pryor

Dear Friends at Beltane,

“The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn,
Now is the time for a child to be born....”


My opening words are from Sydney Carter’s gentle beginning to his chilling song, the Crow on the Cradle. They tell how warfare kills and therein reminding us that every casualty has been some woman’s baby. These words sadly so relevant now as war torn refugees flee North Africa, drowning in the turbulent waters surrounding our landmass.

I start with these words as they have been my constant companions over the past month while I attempt to capture them to memory. Those of you who endeavour to learn by heart might find it an easy task...sadly I do not have a natural capacity to absorb that level of detail and have to repeat, repeat and repeat them. In the shower, as I walk into town and as I cook supper. And in my efforts I pay homage to those from previous oral cultures who committed so much to memory; yes their brains grew extra memory tracts but it is still an amazing achievement.

And in the last few days the meadow opposite has welcomed back its four legged bovine companions from their winter confinement. After initial jubilation; free running and general friskiness, the whole herd walked around the perimeter of their new summer territory. It seems a solemn process and the heeding to an inner calling. These wise creatures, full of curiosity and timidity, in equal measure, will come to bless the fields with their slow munching and regularly delivered dollops of manure.

These beasts sadly exemplify the old concept of service...they certainly serve the needs of a meat eating agrarian society...

I have recently read a piece by William Meader on the esoteric understanding of ‘service’...perhaps one that we need to be reconnected with so we move away from the old patriarchal, status dependant concept that may well, quite rightly, repel many.

He writes: ‘Service to humanity is the hallmark of life when the soul is sensed deep within. Experienced as an inner call or prompting, availing oneself in service is an inescapable necessity when walking the spiritual path’...I have used the words ‘to serve’ in my past letters as a call to this deep inner connection through the Sacred Feminine and the divine soul within. Meader reminds us of the need to connect with our ‘being’ rather than our ‘doing’...which gives a different quality of wholesome service rather than the drive to rescue through our own aggrandisement, need to please or assuage other discomfort.

At this wonderful time of year may our interconnection through the sacred feminine open the expression of her through our loving service in the world; both of our being and thereby our doing.

All hail Isis in Hathor. May we, through her, recapture our inherent connection with the greening; the soul of nature and of the spirit calling within and be her expression on this beautiful earth.

Blessed be, dear Friends,
Cressida




Archival Link:  Letters from Cressida Pryor