November 22, 2015

Shrine of Sagittarius

Blessings of the Sun in Sagittarius!  The Shrine of Sagittarius is found in the Well Chapel at the Foundation Center Temple.   Click on the link below to hear an audio clip of the late Olivia Robertson giving a guided meditation of the Window of Sagittarius:

Temple of the Zodiac Meditation - Sagittarius
(MP3 file - 4:30 mins./1mb.)

Audio transcript:
"We face a hill surmounted by the Temple of the Zodiac. Now, begin to climb up this hill. . .we reach the South-West portico flanked by two female sphinxes. We now enter this Temple. There are 12 stained-glass windows. In the center is the altar of the perpetual flame of everlasting life. Come to the window of Sagittarius. The window depicts a Goddess enthroned on a mighty rock of ages. She is crowned and bears in Her right hand a sceptre surmounted by a golden eagle. In Her left hand She holds a mighty crystal orb. Above Her on the left is a crescent moon shining down above a winged white horse. On the right is a rayed sun illuminating a peacock with raised tail of blue and green and gold.

"A sudden wind blows open the window and we see the nine mighty stars and the fifty-four lesser stars of constellation of Sagittarius. Protected by the starry bow of the Centaur lies Arcadia. Friend, enter Arcadia of the Starry Bow of the Goddess Diana, leader of the dance of the Muses and receive joy and love and enchantment from the Immortals. This is the realm where rest those who accept divine commands with faith and happiness. But linger too long here and you will be the lotus-eaters, who sit by the Arcadian stream, unendingly smiling, bereft of strength, purpose and wit.

"I want you now to pass through this window. How you've envied those with spiritual faith, the serene countenance of a nun, the absolute acceptance of a follower - of Diana or any Deity - obedience, and in that obedience: certainty, peace, joy, no questioning, no struggle, peace, no war, cared for, loved. Enter Arcadia. Just to let go - to let go the separated self, to obey the rule, to follow the guru, the teacher, to accept the Divinity totally, like slipping back into a warm pool surrounded by still water lilies, for what can grow in tumult?

"Nothing matters without happiness, so accept and drink of the pool of happiness in your cupped hands . . the happiness the Goddess Diana gives. . .the sounds of birds. There is someone you love reflected in the pool and you look up and see this one, smiling at you. Here you are together, forever when you return here, it's always here.

"But even as we lapse into complete peace and happiness at a distance, we hear a voice say: "come back, come back, come back from Arcadia." Reluctantly we drag ourselves back. We return to the Temple of the Zodiac, and from thence down the hill and you find filled with the elation and joy of the Goddess that you return to your own time and place."


(Photo by M.E.K., and audio file are both copyright reserved.)

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November 13, 2015

Honoring Olivia Robertson

Please join us in lighting a candle in honor of Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis.  Also see the post below to listen to an audio file of Olivia describing her experiences with the Silver Lady, the Goddess who first inspired her.
Olivia Robertson wrote in 2000:
"I am proud that FOI has always emphasized that the Deities and the whole Company of Heaven are real and immortal. As their offspring, we partake of this immortality, if only we claim Divine Mother (and Father) and our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters."  

(photo by K. McDonough, quote by Olivia Robertson from personal correspondence: both copyright reserved.)

The Silver Lady

In remembrance of the life and work of Olivia Robertson (see the above post), we share this drawing and audio file where she describes her experiences with the Silver Lady:
(mp3 file, 1.85mb, 4:02 mins)
Audio transcript:
"She who inspired me to do all my work, came to me, at night in 1946 at Imbolc; about Feb. the 1st, I saw her. I associated her with snow, because she came at midnight in the snow with the aura of stars and moon. It was at the time of Capricorn still, getting on to Aquarius - that queer, cold, magical time of midwinter, moving to spring. She told me to get out of bed, which I did reluctantly because of the bitter cold, and put on my red cardigan. Now I guess she wished me to know that she WAS REAL. But she was made of different substance, of crystallized white light, her hair raven black, her dress was cut in v-shapes of different cloths - violet and blue-green. I knew that they were blended together, the material, in some way - not sown. She unwound a white scarf. Her face had delicate features. To me she was absolutely real, as physical reality to be absolutely real, but obviously in different dimensions. She told me to sit, and she sat facing me.
"The extraordinary thing is, that I could not remember one word of our half hour's conversation. Now I believe I was not meant to remember in the surface of my mind, that I had to have free will to work out what I wanted to do as well. This has influenced me all my life - whatever our conversation was - from the depths, like the depths of the ocean. My own feeble telepathic abilities were as nothing in comparison with the clarity and power of her thought-stream. This was the first Goddess who had come to me. By Goddess, I mean an advanced feminine Being. The visits were a very rare occurrence, with years inbetween. I knew she belonged to a more spiritual and wise race of being. At the close of our communion - it was communion - she rose and I thought: 'she has a dignity of a queen, the grace of a ballet dancer and the power of a gymnast!'
"At that date I had not heard of UFO's, so could not make out at all what was this small plane which she had to wait for? Goddess or no Goddess, she had to wait for some, what I thought, was like a little Aer Lingus plane. And above all, what was the giant ship in the sky that the plane would take her to? I gathered it was as big or bigger than the Queen Mary liner, and that to me was immense. I think that size in the sky made of some wonderful substance like this Lady - well, I couldn't understand it at all - I was overcome.
"A year or so later, I had a vision of the Silver Lady, as I called her, appearing in a wretched slum dwelling with an African family of some immigrants, in utter poverty, which then existed in the Dublin slums, which I'd worked in for four years. I looked after children in the most terrible conditions. What struck me was her power. She stood, straight and slim, and raised her right arm in command. Her left arm she gestured downwards in utter dismissal of such conditions. It reminded me of the figure of Christ, in Michelangelo's Last Judgment: one arm up, the other down. It's as if you call down the powers of heaven with your left hand and execute them with your right. It was a call to action."

Archival Link: FOI Audio Gallery

(Drawing of the Silver Lady by Olivia Robertson, personal collection, copyright reserved.)

Fellowship of Isis 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)

November 10, 2015

Samhain Festival at Foundation Center

"There is much richness in the intimation of immortality
to comfort and sustain us through the deep emotions
of letting go of the past to make way for the new."
Click below to read the full report on the festival at Clonegal Castle this past weekend:

(photo of High Altar, Foundation Center Temple, copyright M. Quick)

November 1, 2015

Oracle for November

"Each star my veil surrounds with darkest night
Yet clothed in soft doves' feathers I abide."

The Oracle of the Month for November is from the Goddess Allat.  You may read it in full here and also listen to an audio file of Olivia Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle:


(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy from the DVD "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis." All rights reserved.)

October 30, 2015

From Cressida Pryor: Samhain Thoughts

Dear Friends,

My letter this Samhain accompanies a painting I have lived with all my life. The final time Olivia stayed here she saw this picture and immediately exclaimed: “Ah yes, the Green Goddess! One of Barbara’s best...”

Barbara, my mother, was Olivia’s older sister by four and a half years. She studied before the war at the Slade in London and had a few exhibitions but sadly did not keep painting after she had her four children. I think she then found her creative spark had broadened and was more about people, relationships and an interest in the afterlife rather than oil paint on canvas. Whenever I hear Olivia’s voice I also hear my mother’s.

My thoughts at this time of growing shadows and darkening nights feel more connected to those who have gone before us; who lead the way. For those recently bereaved where grief is rawest and the remaining gaping hole feels too huge to bear I can but offer my hand of friendship with these thoughts on the “Perennial Tradition” that encompasses the recurring themes in all the world’s religions. It emphasises that there is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world and a deep longing for this...and the final goal of existence, of life, is union with this Divine Reality; bringing the fullness of all things in love. Olivia, Derry and Pamela had the wisdom to emphasise the FOI’s compatibility with other faiths; the primacy of the Perennial Tradition I think colours the ethical background to the Manifesto. An awareness of the Divine at work in all things is the Beauty, Truth and Love we honour and celebrate. My spiritual background also welcomes this peaceful connection within the web of world faith.

As we come together at this time when the veil is at its thinnest we can feel even more this connection to the ancestor’s presence...their guiding hands, their love and sometimes their small nudges encourage our reluctant steps on less lit paths that can lead us on to the greater good.

We are also aware and present to those yet to come and the responsibility of handing over this planet in a fit state for their lives’ fulfilment.

Divine Greening,
Open our hearts to the cold, damp and fallow.
Allow faith in the doubts that refresh the dark corners,
Blow winds of courage when our spirits waiver.
May the small wisps of your Divine voice be heard
Even when the noise of life bellows;
So we know the fullness of all things in Eternal Love.

With blessings and gratitude,
Cressida, FOI Steward
Archival Link:
Fellowship of Isis Letters

(photo of painting by B. Robertson, copyright reserved)

Audio: Lawrence on Samhain Eve

Listen to Lawrence Durdin-Robertson during a past Fellowship ritual:

(mp3/42 sec /330 kb)

Audio transcript:
"Companions, we are assembled on this holy Samhain Eve to make communion with Spirits from other Spheres. At this time the veil between the psychic realms and ours is lifted. The Dolmen Gateways to the Sidhe Mounds of the Faery people are open. Let us follow the custom of our ancestors who offered food to their beloved families and friends in the Spirit World, and offerings to the Deities and faeries."

Archival link:

(photo from the Occult Experience, created with permission, please do not reproduce.)

October 23, 2015

Sun in Scorpio

Happy Sun in Scorpio!  This passage is from the ritual of the Mystical Awakening of Scorpio and Kundalini (Liturgy book "Sophia" by Olivia Robertson):
1st Priestess: "Know that this is the Stellar House of Initiation. Our instructors on the Path, the Alchemists, taught that only when the Sun is in Scorpio may Iron be transmuted into Gold. For as the sun declines after the Autumnal Equinox, so does the individual soul face the apparent extinction of her dream of separate existence, when faced by death. So does a candle fancy itself extinguished when the sun rises! Scorpio rises in the cold hours of the dawn. So be watchful and fall not into inertia, for who can tell when the Scorpion stings."
2nd Priest: "Ponder on the fate of the giant Orion, stung by the Scorpion and so sinks into apparent death in the red Western sky. Was not even the Child God of Initiation, Son to Isis, Harpocrates, killed by a scorpion? He was revived by Isis, and shows himself to the wise as a naked child with his finger to his lips, enjoining silence. Was not the mighty Sun God Ra-Temu bitten by a snake, which Isis sent to him in the autumn? He suffered from the poisonous serpent power circling in every limb, until he fell through the flaming twilight into the watery abyss. Only when he had surrendered His Secret Name with all His magical Powers to Isis, did She restore Him as Ra-Horus, in the bright dawn when spring returned to earth. For though the Mysteries are preserved through silence, we must offer ourselves and all we have to the Goddess, that we may be reborn with knowledge of our immortality."
2nd Priestess: "Know that the Path of Scorpio provides a sudden shock! The cunning scorpion strikes at the foot, yet its poison courses throughout the body. Like the serpent it is called the One who Lurks. It is most potent through water and through the blood. Know that this very cruel sting, which seems to torture and to slay, is in verity the Awakener! Only through the sting may the stigmata of Initiation be gained. Yet this awakening may not be bargained for, nor induced, for only when the soul is ready may the Coming Forth by Day be achieved! Scorpio is also the sign of the Eagle and of the Winged Serpent. May we, with the Wings of the Goddess Selket, the Scorpion Goddess, rise above the Path and so learn to know its serpentine deviations, its pitfalls, its goal. Thus may we, with the aid of the presiding Deities, receive the onrush of the Fire Goddess, Kundalini, without loss of integrity or peace."
(Photo of the Shrine of Scorpio, located in the Well Chapel of Brigid at the Foundation Center Temple.  The wooden panels were carved by William Morris, and the altar cloth has the FOI Cosmic Web of the Universe embroidered upon it.  Copyright M. Quick.)
Archival Link:

October 19, 2015

Invitation to 40th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Friends and Members,

I am delighted to inform you of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the Fellowship of Isis at Huntington Castle over the weekend of March 19th and 20th next year.

Put it in your diary now!

You can be assured of a welcome as we honour and celebrate the first festival of our beloved fellowship; at the very same place that inspired the Founders.

There will be an exhibition of memorabilia, photos, films and other items to prompt memories and a sharing of past involvement. We will hold the Spring Equinox Festival on Saturday; have speakers to add to and extend the contexts of the Fellowship over the weekend and on Sunday the opening of the new Sacred Grove in memory of the Founders. There will be a seated shared meal together on the Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime.

Sadly as places are limited, due to restricted seated space, we would encourage an expression of interest to attend as soon as possible and January 6th at the latest; so we can prepare a memorable and special celebration for everyone.

True to the manifesto ideals the FOI has no membership fee so there are no funds to draw on for this event. We will need to cover food costs and marquee hire so will inform you of this as soon as we can when we know numbers better. We will keep costs to a minimum.

Please RSVP to our Hon. Sec. at the Foundation Centre ( clearly marking the email ‘40th Anniversary Celebration’.

With blessings and thanks,
Cressida Pryor; the Founder’s Successor and Steward of the FOI.
October 19, 2015
Update: In view of the numbers of members who have already indicated their interest in attending, it will not be possible to facilitate the attendance of members who have chosen another path from those loyal to Foundation Centre, Olivia's family and Cressida, her chosen successor.   (written by C. Pryor)
Homepage Archival Link:  Invitation to 40th Anniversary

October 12, 2015

Shrine of Ngame

The Shrine of Ngame,
Foundation Center Temple,

October 6, 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."

(Prayer and drawing of Isis on glass with cloth background by Olivia Robertson, Foundation Center Temple, Ireland.)

Fellowship of Isis Prayers and Blessings with Audio