Welcome Aset Shemsu! The Fellowship of Isis is an international organization founded in 1976 by Olivia Robertson, Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson. Societies include: the College of Isis, Spirals of the Adepti & Alchemy, Druid Clan of Dana, Noble Order of Tara & the Muses Symposium. This blog is maintained by the FOI Homepage Archive for the purpose of sharing FOI-related information, updates to our website, as well as announcements sent directly from the FOI Foundation Center.
"The sun is our Heaven, yours and Mine. Every dawn you
see it rise and it culminates, and then it appears to leave you, sinking in the
West. But in reality it is always there, awaiting you. For all of you are
children of the sun. Your solar bodies are hidden in earthly flesh, as the sun
is hidden during an eclipse. It is through your solar bodies of light and warmth
that you hear not only the voices of those attuned to you on earth, but you also
begin to receive words from the whole Company of Heaven. Your vision extends to
seeing the divine form of myriad-colored Deities, and your minds are enabled to
understand their spiritual teachings. Listen then for the voices of the
Goddesses and Gods, and allow your vision to accept their presence. When the sun
shines at day you do the works of earth: but when the outer sun is hidden in
night, then is it time for your souls to awaken. The solar Spirit that shines in
each of you and in all beings shines forth in glory!"
(Drawing by Olivia Robertson: "Achieving the Inner Sun")
Many blessings as the Sun moves into Scorpio tomorrow. This is the Shrine of Scorpio, located within the Well
Chapel of Brigid at the Foundation Center Temple. You may also hear an audio
file of Olivia Robertson, giving a past meditation:
"Visualize the Temple of all your dreams, surrounded
by a rainbow of light .. . we enter through the southwest portal flanked by two
mighty female sphinxes, wings reaching the glimmering roof. Now we notice four
statues of a bull, a lion, an eagle and an angel! Let us approach the window of
Scorpio in the West, overlooked by the golden eagle. We approach this window and
seat ourselves before this stained glass surmounted by the sign of Scorpio. The
picture shows a man in green robes holding aloft a wand entwined with a green
and red cobra with raised hood. By him is a woman in purple robes, who is riding
up on her tiger with her arms around his neck. Suddenly a wind rushes through
the Temple, throwing open the window. Through it we see the brilliant ten stars
of Scorpio shining above a mountain by the sea.
"You find yourself floating towards a red and emerald star, Antares. As you
approach, you see a colour-filled land where fulfilled desires may be enjoyed.
Think of this, enter this place - but beware! Do not lose yourself, caught by
obsessive passions. Enter the paradise of fulfilled desire. Enjoy what you have
longed for in your heart, and dared not feel. This divine within us - desire . .
. love . . . but with it may come the desire of power over those we love. We
face this in ourselves, to keep them safe within our own arms. With this comes
jealousy, fear, hatred against a rival. . . there is the danger of total
subservience, surrender to one person, one cause, one overriding desire. The
cause for which we kill, for which we are manipulated. . .we are followers
shouting slogans, filled with the obsessive passion for tribe . . . for ideal .
. . for leader. And is the leader enslaved by passions?
"Here is the place of alchemy, these passions must be realized to be
transmuted into Love, Beauty, Truth. The Truth of the idea, the Love within the
passion. All evil slips away, transmuted into good. The power of the passions is
enjoyed. And so we are enabled to receive love as well as give it, to give it as
well as to receive. We regret being called back. We leave Antares, slowly
withdraw, back away from this wonderful star, and come back before the stars by
the doorway, of the Temple of the Zodiac."
Cressida Pryor, Steward of the Fellowship of Isis, asked that this letter be distributed today. It concerns the central role of Circle of Brigid at the Foundation Center, as well as the dissolution of the FOI Union Triad. Please note the Manifesto has also been updated to reflect this change. Our warm appreciation goes out to Cressida and the members of the Circle of Brigid for their outstanding work for the Fellowship of Isis.
"Psyche, Magical Journeys of the Goddess", by Olivia Robertson, is now available in
paperback. It may be ordered through Amazon or any other bookstore, and it is also available through local libraries. You may read it in its entirety
at no cost through our website as well.
From the introduction:
"Journeys of the psyche are the life giving joy
of those who dream of perfection. The harder everyday existence becomes, the
more we draw away from it and, denied peaceful sleep crowned with beautiful
dreams, may create images of loveliness through creative imagination. We learn
to escape from the unreal world of transient time and place into immortal
reality: from boredom, pain and fear of death into realisation of our divinity.
To imagine is to co-create with the Deities. It is to give birth to manifold
forms. The inner planes are more pliable to the interaction of thought-feeling
than is the physical world. What are planets but dream playgrounds of Goddesses
and Gods? We are beginners in the art of creation. The spider weaves a perfect
logarithmic curve and the bee, exquisite hexagrams for their honey stores: and
when mothers give birth they also create. But this is unconscious activity.
Through divine inspiration we are learning to choose the patterns needed for our
lives. We shall know the future, for we shall have formed it."
"The Moon is our sister planet and her influence moves
both the tides of the sea and our own souls. As she waxes and wanes she affects
all plant life and our own emotions. In her fullness she is a mighty mirror that
reflects to us the polarized rays of the sun. In her darkness she shows us our
own black image, the earth's shadow. So she is an enigma that conceals the
truth. For everything in this physical world is but a reflection of greater
spheres. We need to know ourselves through the moon's magic mirror, so that we
may transform the world."
(photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy, Logic Reality)
We have been blessed in Ireland with a
wonderful continuation of warm daytime temperatures this year.At night however the temperature drops heralding
all too soon the end of tender beans in the garden and the last of an abundance
of blackberries and other fruits.But
Saturday dawned bright and clear and we had quite a large gathering of members
and their friends to our Festival at Clonegal.Many events take place at the Castle these days and a wedding was taking
place the same afternoon, and with the fine weather, the Bridal Party had requested
that they might take their vows actually in the old Abbey, which was a lovely
idea and we all wished them every joy.
So we adjusted our usual plans to leave
them in peace and processed down to the Druid’s Grove in the Wilderness to
spend a beautiful peaceful time together in this sacred place which the
Co-Founders dedicated to the Druid Clan of Dana.There we invoked Her Presence and that of Tara
and Persephone, that we might enter the Temple of Isis in purity of heart and
thankfulness that provision had been made for us all in the Fellowship to connect
in spirit with these special places and perhaps even visit one day.
At Brigid’s Well of Truth we remembered
Olivia’s vision of ‘light energy’ coming directly into it from the heavens,
providing healing of the spirit through its waters.* She maintained that it was
this energy which enabled her and her brother Lawrence to bring forth and
encourage a love for the Goddess again in our age. They researched and reconnected
with Her manifestations throughout the ages, and established that the essential
universal truths have always been remarkably similar.They sought to re-establish and acknowledge
the innate equality and unity of Goddess and God, as did Isis and Osiris, each
fulfilling their divine destiny.As a
visionary, Olivia tuned into so many of the famous manifestations of the
Goddess and received their wisdom for our time.She preserved these Oracles at the heart of the Liturgy, which she
created to illuminate our many and diverse spiritual paths through life.
After all had been Blessed with sacred water
from the Well, we were introduced to three of the priestesses newly in training
with our Lyceum of the Three Mothers, and were delighted to meet them and wish
them every success and deep fulfilment as they dedicate their lives to the
service of the Goddess.
Following this we received a powerful
Oracle from the Goddess Danu who reminded us that we can all do something to
further a more general awakening to the need to treat our Great Mother, the
ground beneath our feet, with greater respect.To protect her from the ravages of short-sighted, severely damaging
attacks, offering limited benefits for the few, by acting together in the
interests of everyone - She requires our hands and hearts and voices.
We had all been saddened to hear of the
recent death after a long illness of a long-term member of the priesthood here,
and were glad to welcome members of her close family and friends to join us in
remembrance of her gentle, quiet, wise spirit.This was quite a homecoming in a sense for one or two younger members as
they had actually been blessed by Olivia as babies and had travelled quite a
way to be with us from West Cork.
A feature of the Festivals that have
taken place at Foundation Centre since Olivia’s passing has been the
participation of everyone in the priesthood in the planning process, in order
to provide a changing and interesting seasonal content to the ceremonies. This
time we were taken on a ‘magical journey’ by one of our Circle members who is a
wonderful story teller.We also had a
quite spectacular ‘mystery play’ central to which was the telling of the high drama
around the birth of Athena (“She who comes”) as told by the Goddess Metis (“She
who was of all beings the most knowing”)But the centre piece of our play was
Athena Herself, resplendent with helmet, sword, shield and golden staff or ray,
having sprung fully grown from the head of Zeus, who to protect himself had
somehow swallowed pregnant mother and baby so that she might not be born!
After all this excitement our time was
nearly up, so having given thanks and prayed for the Blessings of the Mother on
all in need, we repaired to enjoy the welcome tea which had been prepared for
us in the village, and many of us stayed on there, quite a while, to enjoy each
other’s company and get to know those who had joined us for the first time.
Minette Quick 29th September, 2014
* You may read Olivia’s full account which she
sent whilst in hospital in June 2013 to the websites, referring to the
importance of these sacred places for us all to connect with in spirit if we so
wish.The Manifesto of the Fellowship
expresses the essential universal truths expressed over the ages for spiritual
seekers of their time by many Goddesses and Gods. Olivia's Letter: Sacred Places