March 25, 2015

Spring Equinox Festival

 
Please see this page for an article about the recent Spring Equinox gathering at Clonegal Castle:
 
 
 
 
(photo of Castle grounds, copyright Durdin-Robertson)

March 24, 2015

Sun in Aries

 
Blessings of the time of the Sun in Aries! Olivia Robertson writes in "Sophia":

"Companions, on the quest for the Golden Fleece of Love and Life, know that Aries the Ram is Shepherd of the Starry Flock, leading the Zodiac procession round the encircling year! Shining unattainably in the bright sky are the gold cloud sheep of Phoebus Apollo. The flock's Ram bore Helle and her brother Phrixus on his back as they flew from the wrath of their step-mother Ino. Alas, Helle flew in...to the sea, hence called the Hellespont. 'First Golden Aries shines, who whilst he swam lost part of his freight, and gave the sea a name.' To this constellation belongs the starry Shepherd, Tammuz Dumuzi. As he sank to his death into the Western Sky Ocean, he was rescued by Ishtar, Goddess of the eight-pointed star Sirius. The mighty Amon-Ra, Ram God of the Egyptians, reigns in this House. He is also the Agnus Dei, the Easter Lamb. His is the Golden Fleece.
 
"The Goddesses also have the courage and glory of Aries! Divine Minerva was honoured at this time at Her Festival, the Quinquatrus. Victors in contests of music and games were presented with vessels of oil and crowns of olives, grown in Her Grove of Academus. As Pallas Athena, Her Spring Panathenaea was celebrated by a joyful procession bearing her embroidered saffron peplum to the Parthenon, there to be lain upon the statue of the Goddess, and strewn with Spring flowers. In the Panathenaic frieze old men and women lead the ritual carrying olive branches of peace, and men in their prime follow with shields and spears. Foreigners carry little boats and women bear water-pots. Young men crowned with millet sing hymns to the Goddess, and Virgins carry baskets of sacred objects. All these and ourselves honour the Goddess of a Thousand Works."


(photo of the Shrine of Aries, Foundation Center Temple, copyright Minette Quick)

March 21, 2015

Foundation Center Registration


As of today, there is a new email address to send FOI Registrations for new centers and titles.  Please see this page for more information:


Letter from Cressida Pryor

 
Cressida Pryor writes from the FOI Foundation Center Castle:
 
 

March 20, 2015

Audio Highlight

 
Blessings to all Aset Shemsu on this Equinox, which marks the 39th anniversary of the Fellowship of Isis!   (see previous post as well) Click on the link below to listen to Olivia Robertson in this historic audio clip:
 
(mp3/1:39 min/390 kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"Rise into the air of the past, my time and space. . . Come to the land of Ireland, where all humanity is one and our widespread Fellowship has members in 71 countries of every race; for all are born of Nuit, the Sky Goddess of the Zodiac, whatever their language, race, or culture, or religion. Come back to the south-east corner of Ireland. Look down at a wooded valley. It is a veritable labyrinth of trees. Set between two rivers, watched by a mountain. . . Hidden within the trees is an ancient gray castellated Castle. From it, flies the flag of the Goddess Cybele - a castellated crown, which is Hers. This is the Castle of the Goddess!"


Archival Link:
Online Audio Gallery

March 19, 2015

FOI's 39th Anniversary

 
Happy 39th anniversary to the Fellowship of Isis! The FOI was founded on the Vernal Equinox of 1976 by Olivia, Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson. Join us in honoring their continued legacy as our members worldwide remember and celebrate this day.
 
Archival Link:  FOI Founders
 
(photo of all the FOI Founders, copyright the Durdin-Robertson family. All rights reserved.)

March 16, 2015

FOI Daily Prayer



The Fellowship of Isis Daily Prayer

"Holy Goddess Isis, Mother of all beings, come to our hearts.
Grant us, Thy children, Love and Joy, Wisdom and Abundance.
We offer Thee our loving care for all who are born of Thee."


 
Archival Link: FOI Prayers and Blessings

(Prayer and drawings by Olivia Robertson.  Photo by M. Quick of shrine at the Foundation Center Temple: Nephthys, Osiris and Isis - top, middle, below.)

March 14, 2015

The Castle in Springtime


Sharing the beauty of Spring from Huntington/Clonegal Castle,
the Foundation Center of the Fellowship of Isis.





(photo shared from: Huntington/Clonegal Castle, copyright Durdin-Robertson, all rights reserved)

March 11, 2015

Isis of Alchemy

 
"Isis of Alchemy, Transformation through the Goddess" is now available in paperback.  It may be ordered through Amazon (or any other bookstore), as well as through libraries.  It is always available to be read in full for no charge in the Online Library section of our website as well.
 
This book includes eight rituals of the Fellowship of Isis along with illustrations, by Olivia Robertson. She wrote in the introduction:
 
"My own series of experiences occurred while I was writing the Alchemical Rituals now presented in this book. Yet when I began writing, I knew little of the subject. I often re-read three of my favourite classics: 'Le Comte de Gabalis' by the Abbe de Montfaucon de Villars, 'The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz,' and 'The Most Holy Trinosophia' by le Comte de Saint Germain. . .As to my own quest, it has led me home. I have discovered the hidden sun within the transforming fire on Brigid's Hearth."
 

March 4, 2015

Isidis Navigium

 
Lawrence Durdin-Robertson writes in the book, "Juno Covella":
        Egyptian: ISIS; The Ploiaphesia, Navigium Isidis, The Ship of Isis. (Seyffert, Diet.) "Isis . . the festival, held on the 5th of March is called the ship of Isis (Isidis Navigium), in recognition of her being the patron of navigation and inventress of the sail".  Also: "Isis addresses Apuleius: 'The eternal laws of religion devote to my worship the day born of this night. Tomorrow my priests offer me the first-fruits of the new sailing season by dedicating a ship to me; for at this season the storms of winter lose their force, the leaping waves subside and the sea becomes navigable once more'.  (Apuleius, Met. XI)"
 
 
Photo of "The Ship of Isis" painting by Olivia Robertson, Foundation Center Temple, copyright M. Quick.  (cropped and framed)