December 1, 2018

December Oracle: Goddess Eloha


"By experiencing the Divine Spirit within yourself 
you become attuned to the same Spirit 
within each person, animal, bird, tree, stream."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Eloha.  It includes an audio clip of Olivia Robertson and you may read and listen by clicking on the following link:



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

November 22, 2018

Sun in 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 audio of Olivia Robertson giving a past guided meditation:

(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."

Archival Link:  FOI Audio Gallery

(photo by Minette Quick, audio by the Fellowship of Isis Homepage, all copyrights reserved)

November 16, 2018

Festival Report: Samhain


"Once again it was wonderful to experience 
the weaving of all the different threads 
in the celebration joining together to create 
such synergy and healing for all concerned."

The report on the Samhain Festival at the FOI Foundation Center may be read at the following page:




(Well Chapel photo, copyright Katheriona Doyle)

November 15, 2018

Samhain Letter from Cressida Pryor

"the Fellowship holds a knowing that this life
is not all there is and leads to an inner assurance
that our life comes from the sacred,
is sustained by Her
and our ultimate destiny is in Her."

The entire Samhain letter from Cressida Pryor, FOI Foundation Center Steward, may be read at the following link:

November 13, 2018

Honoring Olivia Robertson


On the anniversary of her passing to the Spirit realm five years ago, please join us in remembering Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis.  Here is an audio clip of Olivia giving a meditation:

(mp3 / 1:30 mins / 707 kb)

Audio transcript: 
"Let us gaze upon Magna Mater, Cesara, set forth in stars. From her matrix comes forth all that is.  Visualize the Mother of All, from whom comes all stars, from which issues life on all planets, spirits and all stars.  We are all her children. Let us show forth our Mother's glory: her creativity, her joy, her love, her wisdom.  As we do this, we may become aware of this whole company of heaven: Goddesses and Gods, Seraphim, Kerubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Archangels, Angels, blessed Spirits of Humans, Animals, Trees, Birds, Plants, Atoms.  All that is, in perfect symphony. You have your own individual unique place in this Cosmic Reality.  And this is Cesara's Ark!"



(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy/Logic Reality.  Audio by the Fellowship of Isis  Homepage.  All copyrights reserved.)

November 12, 2018

Hallow our shrines


"Holiest of the Holy, great Goddess Isis, perpetual comfort of mankind, thou whose beautiful grace nourishes the whole world. Whose heart turns towards all those in sorrow and tribulation, as a mother's to her children, we invoke thy grace. Hallow our shrines with thy protecting wings that bringeth shade to the weary of heart, jubilation to the distressed and rest to sufferers. Bring vision and healing, thou who with thy breath bringeth the dead to life: thou friend of Thoth, bring us wisdom. As thou dist restore thy husband the God Osiris, bring us also thy everlasting love and life."



Archival Link:
Fellowship of Isis Liturgy

(From "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" by Olivia Robertson.  Foundation Center High Altar photo, copyright Katheriona Doyle.)

November 5, 2018

Hail Athena!


"We offer incense to thee, the Goddess Pallas Athena. Thou doth bear the Owl of Wisdom upon thy shoulder and wieldeth the Spear of Light. From thy Shield come the life-giving Medusa Rays, veiled from human sight. Bestow upon us power and the wisdom to use it well. Inspire our works of learning and of the arts!"



(Quote by Olivia Robertson from "Panthea", Athena art by Olivia, photo copyright Minette Quick)



November 1, 2018

November Oracle: Goddess Ariadne

"I am always with you, 
though you see me not."

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




(Ariadne on Castle door by Olivia Robertson, photo copyright Minette Quick.) 

October 23, 2018

Sun in Scorpio


Blessings of the Sun in Scorpio!  Click on the link below to hear Olivia Robertson take the role of Elaine of the Alchemical Twins in the meditation of the Portal of Scorpio: 


(mp3 / 5:00mins / 1.2mb)

Audio transcript:
"I approach the Western Portals of Scorpio. It looms high above me, supported by two pylons. The lintel is emblazoned by the figure of a golden hawk with outspread wings. On the left is a statue of Selket, the Scorpion Goddess. On the right is Sekhmet Herself. On Her lion’s head She bears the cobra Uachat-Buto and She holds the reed of sovereignty. I realise that when I pass through this gateway I can follow either the occult path of Selket with secret powers, or walk the straight-forward ways of Sekhmet. Lionesses are the huntresses. I follow Her right-hand path. 

"I find myself just where I dream of in Ancient Egypt! This is an oasis with soaring palm trees and every sort of luxuriant vegetation. No, I'm not in Ancient Egypt, but a copy of Ancient Egypt in the New World. Abundance brings good to everybody. I seat myself under a palm tree along with many well-dressed people of various nationalities, but obviously well-off. I am praising the richness of nature here, but people are laughing at me. They say it's not like Egypt, a desert, as it is.  This oasis is entirely artificial, the water being piped here at great expense. This is by nature temperate desert with no rainfall.

"Then a quiet young man sees my concern and tells me that he is making for a dedicated group near who are digging for a spring to discover - he said they are being helped by a wonderful water-diviner. Will I join them? So I rise and follow him and find a group of workers digging on what looks like dry sand and rock under the directions of a man with a pair of large spectacles. 

"At first I do what they tell me - at first. But suddenly I find myself taking the lead – they are going nowhere! I consult the water-diviner and find a new spot. I dig and on my own I find a crevasse in the rock-face beneath the sand, pull away, and water gushes forth! 

"I feel in ecstasy, I've never been so proud and happy. Soon groups of people are joining us and they congratulate me on what I've done and I'm just a newcomer.  And they all begin digging. This spring I found is mighty and pure, good water. I've done the right action at the right time, for the land was threatened by drought. But oh, what elation - now I know my life's work, so they tell me.  I've come here - I've been chosen.

"But what is this agonizing pain that shoots through my left foot? I am poisoned. I scream. Someone says I've been bitten by a scorpion. I feel angry to be so helpless.  Somebody is trying to help me and I console myself by the thought that now the work will carry on to create an oasis that will bring water to hundreds of people and animals and stop us using up Nature's water, in the wrong way. Yet I feel a stab of fear. I've started all this, but do these people have the right ideas? What are their motives? This digging is getting out of hand. I can no longer control it, as I lie in pain. I call to Sekhmet for help. And then I hear these words as deep as flowing waters:   

'My daughter, rivalry poisons the waters of life, which is for all. More cruel than the scorpion’s sting is concealed jealousy disguised as high-mindedness! Share not only the water you have found, but also the glory of the finding of it.'

"I see it all. I lie back on the sand under a palm-tree and I leave the work now to others and I enjoy the sun speckling my body through the palm-leaves. And my hands are stroking the sun-warmed mane of a mighty, contented Lioness. As I try to see Her I come back to all. . . so content."


("Golden Eyes, Black Night" painting by Olivia Robertson, mp3 by the FOI Homepage, artwork and audio copyright reserved.)

October 1, 2018

October Oracle: Goddess Prithivi

 
"As you lift veil upon veil of
my enshrouded mystery,
your wonder and joy will increase."

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




(photo copyright Alice Smeets.)

September 25, 2018

Festival Report: Autumn Equinox


"As the trees shed their leaves at this time,
so too should we release that which serves us no more."

A report on the Autumn Equinox Festival at the FOI Foundation Center may be read by clicking on the following link:



(Well Chapel photo copyright Cáit Branigan)

September 22, 2018

Equinox Sun in Libra

 
Blessings of the Sun in Libra and the Equinox!  Below is an audio clip of Olivia Robertson:
 
Audio - The Constellation of Libra
(mp3 / 2:34 mins / 605kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"You say, I may not be born under the Constellation of Libra, what are the stars to do with me? The stars are the mystical body of the Goddess. We have stars, atoms within ourselves, and we are atoms within the body of our galaxy, and the Ancients taught us of the wonder of the stars, taking our own humble names. A Lady, a bright Being from the stars would come to a simple person and point to an area of the sky where certain radiations came and would say: 'what do you call that?'  'We call it the scales' - man - 'it looks like scales'. And the Lady would pause and go into a contemplation and then say:  'my friend, get your family and the elders of the village together. And I will tell them about the meaning of the scales and of balance between violence and gentleness, love and truth.' And so were the mysteries brought forth to our ancestors who could not read, but to whom the picture-book of the sky was a revelation.
 
"Each man and each woman - each creature - has two forces, complimentary: positive and receptive. You are receptive now, to my voice, but when you give a person directions, of any sort, even the way, you are being positive in relationship. So no human being is either all positive or all receptive - there's a beautiful flow and harmony between both. Now magical ritual helps attune us to the stars. . . and this is the time of the Atumnal Equinox, when day and night are equally long. It is the time of harmony, of Libra of the Scales."
 
Archival Links:
 

(Photo by Minette Quick who also wrote the following with Olivia:  "Shrine to Sun sign of Libra: presided over by Niamh who brought spiritual knowledge of Atlantis, the Sidhe and Dana. To Oisin a human Irish hero. Dedicated to the College of Isis, wooden plaque of Coat of Arms of Magdalen College, Oxford, where family scholars studied under the auspices of Magdalen as spiritual teacher. The continuation of this takes place in the Old Mill House, which houses lectures, exhibitions and events of various kinds.")

September 20, 2018

Attunement Report

 
From Cáit Branigan, Rainbow Circle of Brigid, FOI Foundation Center:   
 
Fittingly, on a day when the rain fell forming lush pools in Wexford, our attunement began with a blessing of, and gratitude for, the sacred well of Brigid in the Temple. Ancient and central to the energy of the Temple, we are reminded of the importance of blessing the waters after a Summer which has been so dry. As the lifeblood of the land, the birthing waters of our Earth Mother, they nourish us, body and Soul.

As our attunement proceeded, we became aware of the need to ensure the spiritual nourishment of ourselves and the Fellowship, extending beyond ourselves to strengthen our community. Uniting Heaven and Earth within and without thereby restoring balance to all.

In the Love of Isis,
Cáit

Archival Link:  September 2018 Attunement




 
(All photos copyright Cáit Branigan)

September 19, 2018

Cressida's Autumn Equinox Letter

"Perhaps at this equinox we can be aware
of our differences but balance this with
knowing how much we also share."

The Autumn Equinox letter from Cressida Pryor, FOI Foundation Center Steward, may be read at the following link:

 

 

September 18, 2018

FOI Attunement Reminder

 
This month's attunement with the Foundation Center Temple will be on:
Thursday, September 20th at 9am GMT
 
From Cáit Branigan, Rainbow Circle of Brigid: 
"The next Temple attunement is on Thursday 20th September at 9am Irish time. If you would like any prayers to be included and would like to have a ribbon placed on the prayer tree, please see the instructions on this page: FOI Prayer Tree

We would love to have you tune in and join us. Here are some photos from the last attunement!
 




(All photos copyright Cáit Branigan:  Temple Prayer Tree, Shrine of Dana, High Altar, Well Chapel of Brigid)