June 20, 2018

Festival Report: Summer Solstice

"As Nature unfolds its ever-changing drama each year,
it surely provides the ultimate demonstration
of ever-present creativity and true Divinity."

You may read the full report on the Summer Solstice Festival at the Fellowship of Isis Foundation Center by clicking on this link:




(photo Foundation Center © Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)

Summer Letter from Cressida Pryor

"May we too remain open to harvest
all the loveliest flowers of the soul;
be it a smile to the stranger
or an out reaching hand of welcome."
 
The Summer Solstice letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, has been uploaded and you may read it in full by clicking on the following link:
 
 

June 13, 2018

German & Spanish sections


Please note that the entry pages for the German and Spanish sections of our website have moved.  The new URLs are below:

 

Here also is the page for the FOI Manifesto translated in various languages:

Many thanks to our team of translators for giving their time and support in this manner.  If you would like to help with translations in any language, please feel free to contact us.



(artwork of Isis & Osiris, © Olivia Robertson, photo © Minette Quick)

June 7, 2018

Castle Tours

 
The Castle is holding summer tours once again. The Gardens and Tearoom are open 11am-5pm and tours of the House are 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, May through September.




(photo © Durdin-Robertson)

June 1, 2018

June Oracle: Goddess Athena


"Understand the meaning of what I am,
and you will gain comprehension
of your own lives and destiny."
 
The Oracle for June is from the Goddess Athena.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Lawrence and Olivia by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
(Pallas Athena, Medusa Altar/Members' Shrine. Foundation Center Temple. Photo © Minette Quick.)
 

May 20, 2018

Sun enters 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...

"Let us meditate upon the constellations of Gemini. Castor and Pollux are in verity far from each other; yet the constellation holds many twins. Gemini, guide of mariners, rises high above the sea of heaven. Far above Auriga, the Charioteer, drives the Great Wain about the Pole Star. The twins shine among many animals, the lynx, the unicorn, the lesser dog. Gemini rises beyond the reach of the creatures of the abyss, Hydra and Cetus. It is the constellation of the Mind and Spirit which through Hermetic alchemy unites the realms of this life and the next, and draws together twin souls." 

 
(Photo copyright Minette Quick.  OR wrote: "Shrine of Gemini by the South Portal of the Castle Temple. The Goddess Vesta of the Eternal Flame is represented by a giant face, painted on a mirror. Behind is a 3-tiered candelabra. Vesta is also shown within Her Greater Self, as a brass mask, thus showing the twin aspect of Gemini.")

Archival Link:
Fellowship of Isis Liturgy

May 6, 2018

Beltane Festival

 
"It seemed to me that the whole message
on this occasion was to be strong in ourselves
amidst the troubles of the world."

You may read the Foundation Center Festival Report by Minette Quick at the following link:

 
 
(photo of the Old Abbey, copyright Minette Quick)

May 1, 2018

May Oracle: Goddess Hathor

 
"You will never know my laughter and light
unless you draw the veil from your own personality
and allow the sun to shine forth!"
 
The Oracle for May is from the Goddess Hathor.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
(Painting of Hathor by Olivia Robertson, Temple of Isis, FOI Foundation Center. Photo copyright Minette Quick)

April 28, 2018

Beltane Letter from Cressida

 
"Seek rest within the sacred shelter of Isis’s wings
And draw nourishment from the energy of our fellowship"
 
The Beltane letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, has been uploaded - read it in full by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 

April 24, 2018

Call for submissions


Announcement from the Circle of Brigid calling for submissions to the Foundation Center newsletter, Isian News, Isian Voices.  You may read more by clicking the link below:

 
 
 
(Dedication to Brigid at the entrance to the Well Chapel at the Foundation Center Temple, photo copyright Minette Quick.)

April 20, 2018

Sun enters Taurus


Happy Sun in Taurus!  Listen to an audio journey from the late Olivia Robertson, leading a meditation to the Constellation of Taurus:

The Window of Taurus
(mp3 - 3 mins - 709kb)

Audio transcript:
"To realize the harmony of Justice and Compassion, we need to make a magical journey to the Constellation of Taurus. Know that these signs are given to us by the Adepti, the Magi of old, so that we may relate to the reality of the stars - not through the sciences, but through our spirits: this is spiritual rising. Come. Approach the window of Taurus. This window depicts a red-haired Goddess seated on a white bull, which is emerging from the sea. Descending from the stars of Taurus, are 14 maidens who bathe in the ocean. Now suddenly a sharp wind blows, and it throws the window open, and we are faced with the constellation of Taurus. Gaze upon the 7 stars of the Hyades, in V-formation - 7 of the 14 Atlantides maidens. Within their aetheric sphere is the mountain of Hursag, Paradise of Creation. For what appears as earthly, flaming stars, planets and space, is but a symbol of a reality beyond. Hear of this mountain of Hursag, this paradise. Ninurta, the God, created the mountain to save his people from the flooding of the Tigris. Hear the ancient words written on tablets, about this God-king: "Behold now, everything on earth rejoiced afar at Ninurta. The Lord made mourning disappear from the land, he made happy the spirits of the Gods. Because of his Mother's great joy at his great and heroic deeds, Ninurta addressed her: ‘O Lady, O Ninmah, because for my sake you would enter the matchless land, the hill which I have set up, let its name be Hursag, and you be its queen’.” In this magical world ruled by Ninmah and Ninurta, only those who do great deeds are admitted. Pass through the window, if you dare. Imagine yourself now, entering this land if you would - if you would do great deeds. Enter and visualize what you would like to do in the future, and see it as if it happens!"
 
 
(Shrine of Taurus photo by Minette Quick, audio from the FOI Homepage, both copyright reserved.)

April 12, 2018

Remembering Olivia Robertson

 
Please join us in lighting a candle in honor of the late Olivia Robertson.  Olivia was born on Friday, April 13, 1917 and was always quick to point out that Friday the 13th was a day associated with the Goddess!
 
Here is a short recording of her speaking on the company of heaven and enjoying life:
 
(mp3 / .15 sec / 121 kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"Angels are!  The whole company of heaven are around us.  It doesn't matter what religion we believe, the main thing is to enjoy life - this life, and the next.   And that is really, what it is all about."
 

Archival Link:
The Life and Work of Olivia Robertson


(photo of Olivia Robertson, copyright Zoé d'Ay)

April 1, 2018

April Oracle: Goddess Dana

"The Golden Age shines for those who have,
through awareness and the practice of the virtues,
regained the use of psychic eyes and ears and feelings."

The Oracle for April is from the Goddess Dana.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the link below:



(photo of Olivia Robertson, copyright P. Sudheer, with additional cropping by this site)

March 27, 2018

Spring Festival Report

"With the power of Love and the
development of our own spiritual wings,
our deepest dreams will surely blossom
and come to fruition,
as we bravely overcome the darkness
and grow in the light."
 
Here is the report on the Spring Equinox festival at the Foundation Center Temple:
 
 
 
 
 
(photo of Persephone, copyright Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)
 

March 21, 2018

Sun in Aries

 
Blessings of the Sun in Aries!  Olivia Robertson wrote about this Foundation Center shrine:  "Above the Shrine of Aries, carved in bas-relief by David Durdin-Robertson, the Goddess Nepthys of Nature, blesses Africa."
 
Please also enjoy this audio clip of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson during the ritual of "The Athenaea" (see transcript below):
 
(mp3 / 200 kb / 51 secs)
 

Audio transcript:
"We are here assembled to celebrate the ancient Athenian Festival of the Panathenaea. The singer Orpheus instituted the Athenaea in honour of Pallas Athena, Goddess of Power, Wisdom and the Arts. At this time of the Vernal Equinox of equal days and nights, when the sun leaves the sign of the tied fishes for the ram, Athenians and foreign visitors formed a joyful procession. They climbed the hill of the Acropolis and brought to the Parthenon the Peplum of Athena."



(photo of Shrine by M. Quick, photo of LDR created with permission from "The Occult Experience";  both photos and audio copyright reserved.)


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