September 22, 2014

Sun in Libra - Equinox

Blessings of the Equinox, time of Libra!  The photo is the Shrine of Libra at the Foundation Center Temple. It shows a statue of the Goddess Etain, carved by David Durdin-Robertson. She is bestowing blessings upon the a...nimals around Her. The wooden panel is by William Morris with inlaid fleur-de-lis.  You may also hear Olivia Robertson speak on the "Window of Libra" in this audio clip:
(mp3 file: 5:30 minutes / 1.25mb)
Audio transcript:
"How honored we are to be climbing the hill towards the Temple of the Zodiac. As we gaze at the stars wheeling around us, we realize that each star is the home of Divine intelligences and even mightier Beings and Deities who preside over whole galaxies. Is beyond our believing, yet each of us has a spark of star within us and we belong to the body of the Cosmic Mother. On we climb, up the hill, and we reflect that as each star is haven of Deities, bright beings we may become, yet there are also planets encircling, which are planetary schools for us, as is our Earth. We face the south-west portal of the Temple. It is flanked by mighty winged Sphinxes. Pass the Sphinxes and we enter. Look upon the twelve walls, these beautiful stained-glass windows are each crowned with a sign of the Zodiac.
"Come to the west window surrounded by the seventh sign, Libra: the scales of equal day and night, autumn and spring. The picture shows a Goddess beneath an Aspen tree, cradling the Yin-Yang egg. Think of a Goddess cradling it. The Consort of the Goddess encircles Her with His arms. Below we read the ancient words: 'The aspen will detain, The egg will all explain; Seek not; yourself be sought. All other search in vain.'
"A mighty wind rushes through the Temple, throwing open the window - feel this wind pouring through. We see through it the glittering constellation of Libra with its 28 stars. The star Se Han forms the south-western pan of the scales. Approach the window! Look at the constellation of Libra and enter into entirely other landscape of soft beauty, into this happy land of the Goddess Kwan Yin, full of all we have ever longed for, land of our heart's longing. Here we have the company of those we love, forever - or - as long as we choose. We make our own space and time in Infinity. Here grow the Peaches of Immortality. Taste them if you can find them. Those who have tasted these peaches may ever return, if they have the will to do so.
"Here, all are reconciled: love and truth, philosophy and religion, peace and activity. Above all we find harmony within ourselves and with others. Here is harmony with all Nature. Judgment is not judging others: it is having the judgment to bring harmony so there's no loss to any. Peace can only come with justice. Let us do justice to ourselves, and so we will be just to all, and so the Law of Love and Harmony prevails.  Thus, in harmony with ourselves, we are part of the Cosmos and the Music of the Spheres."

Archival links:
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Shrines of the Zodiac

(photo by Olivia Robertson, cropped and enhance by this website. All rights reserved.)

September 19, 2014

Art Highlight: Finuala

This painting by Olivia Robertson is entitled "Finuala, Swan Sidhe of Air and Water." It is located on an altar at the left of the well in the Chapel of Brigid at the Foundation Center Temple.

(photo copyright Minette Quick)

September 16, 2014

Visiting the Foundation Center


Huntington Castle is only open to the public for tours during the summer months, though there is a year round programme of special events. See for details.

However members are welcome, by prior invitation, to one of our Fellowship Festivals at the Castle which are private gatherings and therefore not publicised.

Might I suggest that to avoid disappointment members planning to travel to Ireland wishing to visit, make contact before final travel arrangements have been made.

Minette Quick (Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)
For invitations to FOI seasonal festivals, please see this page:  Events

September 13, 2014

Book highlight: Juno Covella by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

From the back cover:  "This Calendar is called after Juno, who was invoked as Juno Covella, of the New Moon, when the Nones of each month were announced (calantur), by the Roman Pontiff. (Varro).  The Calendar gives details of the Goddesses presiding over, or connected with, the various divisions of time. . . Material for the Calendar is drawn from a variety of sources. These include the traditional scriptures such as the Babylonian and Egyptian Ritual Texts, the Vedas, the Bible, the Zend-Avesta, the Kojiki, and the Nihongi, the Koran, the works of Classical writers including Hesiod, Aratus, Varro, Ovid, Ptolemy, and also the late Roman Calendars of Philocalus and Silvius. Among rarer or lesser known books are the Institutes of the Emperor Akbar, Dufresnoy's Chronological Tables and the Abbe de Montfaucon's Supplement to Antiquities Explained." 
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The cover illustration of this book is by Anna Durdin-Robertson.

September 8, 2014

Selene's Realm

Olivia Robertson wrote in the rite of "The Triple Moon":
'Let us make our voyage to the sphere of the full moon in our fair ship Luna. We sail through bright moonlight into Selene's spiritual realm. 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, but the banishing of a false transient image. For 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.'
(photo of the Moon Goddess Shrine by Minette Quick at the Temple of Isis, Ireland, further cropped by this site.)

September 5, 2014

Clonegal Castle - Temple Portico

Clonegal Castle, columns indicate the Temple Portico.
(photo copyright Stacy S.)

September 1, 2014

September Oracle: Goddess Brynhild

"Though struggle appears necessary in the worldly sphere,
the best battle is against one's own wrongful ideas and passions,
and not against the neighbour."
This month's Oracle features the Goddess Brynhild.  You may read it in full by clicking on the link below:
(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy from the DVD "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis." All rights reserved.)

August 24, 2014

Circle of Brigid Notice - Fellowship of Isis World Map

Notice to all FOI Sites:

It is now 9 months since Olivia's passing, time which seems to have flown by as we deal with her loss. A time, also, when we come to truly understand the vast legacy she left behind, a legacy which continues to inspire and enliven us all on our vocational paths! In 2016 the Fellowship of Isis will celebrate its 40th anniversary, a profound vision of love, community and spiritual devotion to the Divine Feminine which Olivia and Lawrence created at the Vernal Equinox in 1976. As the Fellowship grows, with possibly as many as 30,000 members, we come to realise the expansiveness of that vision! The huge quantity of work that Olivia and Lawrence put into the FOI, is only now being realised as we take up the mantle and we thank the Gods for the gift that they both gave to us!

As part of the upcoming celebrations, we, at the Foundation Centre on the borders of counties Carlow and Wexford, felt that it would be wonderful to have a very clear sense of the extent of the membership and the Iseums, Lyceums, Priories and Groves and other groups in existence. We have discussed the possiblity of creating a world map with markings showing the location of all groups being run throughout the world. There is so much marvelous work being done throughout the Fellowship that it would be a lovely thing to honour it!

To that end, we are asking all Iseums, Lyceums, Priories and Groves, and other groups within the Fellowship, to renew contact with the Foundation Centre so that we do not, in error, leave anyone out! Perhaps you could also explain a little about the groups you run so that the members of the Fellowship come to know more about you.

We would ask that groups contact us by Samhain 2015 (October 31st) so that we can begin to create the map and have it ready in time for the anniversary itself.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

With the blessings of Isis,
The Circle of Brigid

Map Submission Form:

Archival Link: Circle of Brigid Notice


August 22, 2014

Sun in Virgo

Happy Sun in Virgo!  Above is a photo of the Shrine of Virgo, with flanking Egyptian hangings. "Isis raising Osiris" is the central statue. It was carved by David Durdin-Robertson when he was 16 and many years later, Olivia painted Her gold.
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(Photo by M. Quick, with additional cropping by this site)

August 19, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Daily Prayer

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."

(Isis and Osiris altar, mirror paintings and prayer by Olivia Robertson, photo by Minette Quick)

Archival Link: FOI Prayers and Blessings