August 23, 2019

Sun in Virgo

From the book "Sophia" by Olivia Robertson on the Constellation of Virgo:  
"Behold the Virgin holding her wheat ear, the star Spica! Above her, Bootes drives the wain around the Pole Star and by him are Virgo's loyal hounds, the Canes Venatici. Centaurus, half man, half horse, is below her hand, tamed by her gentleness. The Virgin shines above the sea monster Hydra, who bears on his mighty coils Corvus, the Prophetic Crow and Crater, the Mystic Cup. The Libran Goddess stands nearby, weighing Virgo's golden grain on her scales, while the harvest is protected by the rampant lion, Leo."

(© "We Reap to Share" art by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved.)

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August 16, 2019

Star Chapel

"The intention of the Fellowship is to unite the Divine Source, Love and Truth in harmony.  We try to unite these two Divine attributers in the Holy of Holies, the Star Chapel, with no outside walls.  Ishtar and Tammuz, Isis and Osiris, Vishnu and Lakshmi, Maria and Christ, bring this wholeness now fragmented on this earth.  We fight subjection, domination, exploitation of humans, animals, birds, fish, reptiles and insects of every species – all creatures of the Mother’s sacred elements."  Olivia Robertson

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Photo of windows between the Star Chapel and the Well of Brigid with paintings by Olivia Robertson.  Remarks by Minette Quick:  "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."

(Lughnasadh 2013 quote by Olivia Robertson; photo/caption 2011 by Minette Quick; all copyrights reserved.)

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August 9, 2019

Foundation Center Lughnasadh Festival

"The Goddess too has a harvest. 
She always has the correct amount of Soul and Spirit 
to maintain, all the Kingdoms in her creation."

The report on the Lughnasadh festival at the Foundation Center has just been received and may be viewed here, along with photos:

(© report by Tom Joseph Swinburne; photos by Katheriona Doyle; copyrights reserved)

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August 2, 2019

Cressida Pryor: Lughnasadh Letter

"The assurance through divine faith of infinite 
possibilities keeps the light of hope alight."

The latest letter from Fellowship of Isis Steward, Cressida Pryor, may be read here:

August 1, 2019

August Oracle: Goddess Grainne

"From the dawn of time, humanity has called upon me 
to supply that which I give generously to all creatures."

The Oracle for August is from the Goddess Grainne.  You may read and listen to an audio recording of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson in a past rite by going to this page:

(© Goddess Grainne, art by Olivia Robertson, photo by Minette Quick, copyrights reserved)

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July 23, 2019

Sun enters Leo

Blessings of the Sun in Leo! Listen to Olivia Robertson invoke the Lion power in a past rite:

Audio transcript:  (rattle of the sistrum) "It is my privilege at this ceremony, to call forth the Lion power: 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" by Minette Quick, audio file by the FOI Homepage, copyrights reserved.)

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July 3, 2019

Foundation Center Summer Festival

The report on the Summer Solstice Festival, held at the FOI Foundation Center on June 22nd, may be read by clicking here:

(© report by Tom Joseph Swinburne; photos by Katheriona Doyle; copyrights reserved)

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July 1, 2019

Fellowship of Isis: July Oracle

"I hide my wisdom in the stories I tell children 
before they sleep. The sciences tell the facts clearly: 
but Inner Truth is concealed in fable and paradox."

The Oracle for July is from the Goddess Sophia and includes an historic audio file of Olivia Robertson. You may read/listen to it at the following link:

(Photo © Dennis Murphy, from "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis" DVD.)

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June 21, 2019

Happy Sun in Cancer and Solstice!

Blessings of the Solstice and the Sun entering the sign of Cancer! Olivia Robertson wrote 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."

(Shrine of Cancer, FOI Foundation Center photo copyright M.E.K.)

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June 19, 2019

Cressida Pryor: Summer Solstice Letter

"We are all in relationship with this beautiful planet 
and Mother Nature who sustains life on it..."

The Summer Solstice letter from Fellowship of Isis Steward, Cressida Pryor, may be found at the following link:

June 11, 2019

Castle tours and FOI festivals

The Castle tearooms and gardens are now open to the public everyday from 11am to 5pm and tours of the house are held at 2, 3, 4 and 5pm. Visit their website for fees and directions:

For FOI events, if you are visiting during any of the eight seasonal festivals, please contact the Rainbow Circle of Brigid for an invitation: 

(© photo copyright Durdin-Robertson)

June 1, 2019

June Oracle

"To fulfill your Destiny you need to be free from the trammels 
of your space and time and touch the glory of Eternity."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Nana Buluku. Click below to read it and also listen to audio of Olivia Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle:

(photo copyright Dennis Murphy from "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis" DVD.)

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May 28, 2019

Book Highlight: Isis of Fellowship

In 2002, Olivia Robertson wrote "Isis of Fellowship, How the Fellowship of Isis was Founded."  She wrote this Foreword in April of that year:

"In my eighty-fifth year, I feel the time has come for me honestly to describe how my brother, his wife and myself founded the Fellowship of Isis. 

"This is a question I am so often asked and as often brush the query aside with a recommendation to read our Manifesto, study the Liturgy or join a centre! What I have avoided as a matter of principle is to be personal. 

"I had encapsuled my personal experiences within a framework of ideas in my book 'The Call of Isis'. I refused to write an autobiography. I wished to give the rest of my life to promoting the Fellowship: not on encouraging a cult of personality, bugbear of our media-crazed society. 

"Mystical awakening is impossible to describe to those who have not experienced it. Suffice to say that during my life, like thousands of other people, I have had a series of awakenings into 'The Real World.' The ever-living Now, the eternal reality that exists beneath our dreams and nightmares we call 'life' is ever present, awaiting our recognition. 

"It is the source of our being and all that we hold to be good, noble and true. Most people have had moments of this blessed enlightenment. But everyday living smothers our true awareness, and too many bury their lovely treasures of 'living time', fearing that disbelief, ridicule and suspicion will sully their hidden jewels. Like love, mystical experiences are best guarded beneath the veil. To expose is to cheapen. 

"When someone queried a yogi why he was breaking customary secrecy by publishing his knowledge, he replied: 'When the house is on fire, you throw your valuables out of the window.' This fateful era is just such a time of crisis. 

"In 1946 I was alone. In 1952 I was joined by my brother, an Anglican rector, who also had the Great Awakening. We were joined by his wife, who for a whole month was able to sustain the experience. We awaited spiritual guidance, wondering what we were to do. To quote a new version of the words of St. Patrick: 'On earth at this fateful hour, Isis cometh in Her power.' The Goddess came to us. In 1976 we were ready to begin."

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May 22, 2019

Sun enters Gemini

Blessings of the Sun in Gemini!  Click below to hear Olivia Robertson give a blessing of the Starry Twins from a past ritual:

Audio transcript:
"Friends, let us wonder at the Starry Twins of Gemini, light years apart, yet together in vision. The divine forms of the Shining Twins manifest: Mawu and Li-Sa - Isis and Osiris - Lakshmi and Vishnu - Artemis and Apollo. . . receive the blessings of the Shining Twins."

("The Sirius Twins" artwork by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved)

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May 13, 2019

Foundation Center Beltane Festival

The report on the Beltane Festival held at the FOI Foundation Center on May 4th may be read by clicking on the following link:

(© report by Tom Joseph Swinburne; photos by Katheriona Doyle; copyrights reserved)

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