January 7, 2020

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 by Olivia Robertson; photo of Foundation Center Temple High Altar by Minette Quick; copyrights reserved)

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January 1, 2020

January Oracle: Goddess Brigid


"To enjoy all that is, we need pride and humility; 
love and caution; belief and disbelief."

Happy New Year!  The Oracle for January is from the Goddess Brigid and includes an historic audio clip of Olivia Robertson.  You may read and listen by clicking on the following link:




(© 'Brigid' artwork by Olivia Robertson; photo by Minette Quick, Foundation Center Temple; Audio by the FOI Homepage; all copyrights reserved.)

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December 28, 2019

Foundation Center: Winter Festival Report

"Be your True Self.  Be the Beautiful Self 
that you were made – now and always.”

The report on the festival held at the Foundation Center on December 14th may be read at the following link:



(© report by Stella Dana, photo by Minette Quick, copyrights reserved)

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December 23, 2019

Dec 24th: Modraniht, Night of the Mothers


From "Juno Covella" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson: 

DECEMBER 24th - Anglo-Saxon: THE MOTHERS; Modraniht, Night of the Mothers. (Hislop, "The Two Babylons", p. 93):

"As the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, 'Yuleday', or the 'Child's day', and the night that preceded it, 'Mother Night' (Sharon Turner's "Anglo-Saxons", Vol. i, p. 219)  . . (Hilda Davidson, "Gods, Myths, N. Europe", p. 112) "Inscriptions are known from Roman times in Germany, Holland and Britain in honour of groups of female beings known generally as 'the mothers' . . Female deities of this kind seem to have been worshipped by both the Celts and the Germans, and they were evidently associated with fertility and with the protection of hearth and home. In some form they were known to the Anglo-Saxons, for Bede mentions them in De Temporum Ratione (13), where he tells us that the night before Christmas was known in heathen times as Modraniht, 'the Night of the Mothers'. There seems little doubt that they were closely connected with the birth of children".


(© Cave of the Mothers, Foundation Center Temple, photo by Minette Quick)

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December 22, 2019

Sun in Capricorn


Happy Sun in Capricorn!  Olivia Robertson wrote in the book, "Sophia":

"Companions, let us contemplate the Constellation of Capricorn! Behold, it emerges from the Sea of Heaven, the primordial abyss from which all life is drawn. Within it swim Pisces Australis and Aquarius. and above flies the eagle Aquila. Beyond ascends the starry Northern Swan Cygnus, spreading wide its wings. Nearby are the twin souls, fair Vega, maiden of the Lyre, and Altair, the youth of Aquila, separated by the milky way. As is told in the Orient, the Weaver Maid and the Shepherd, may only meet once a year, over a bridge of magpies. So do our souls long for completion, the union of darkness and light, dreams and activity, the past and future, in eternal reality. . . "


(© photo copyright Minette Quick.)

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December 21, 2019

Happy Solstice!


Olivia Robertson wrote in the Introduction to "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess":

"Wherever any living flame burns, there is the Vestal Fire guarded by Hestia. The tradition in Ireland, and in many countries, is that the hearth fire must never die. At the time of the winter solstice the fire is renewed with embers from the dying fire of Yule. To create a shrine to the Goddess there needs to be this matriarchal flame. In any impersonal hotel room, in a town flat, in a small garden, the vestal flame is the same, and gives the same power as that bestowed by the Goddess in the mighty temples of antiquity. This sacred flame may be represented by a lighted candle, an incense stick, a resinous torch or small fire. The smoke represents Air, the holy breath which keeps the fire alive, as does our breath combine with our heart-beats. By the divine law of correspondences, everything material in this world is a symbol for some reality in another sphere. When a fire, candles or incense are burnt with the intention of honouring Deity, a communication centre is created, which forms a link in a golden chain that brings through the fiery power of the Deity invoked.

"Having made the centre of our shrine, we need a shell, a Matrix to protect it. This Matrix in greater form may be understood to be the darkness of Outer Space which holds galaxies in its embracing blackness. It is the blue atmosphere with fleecy clouds which protects our earthly vegetation as a robe: it is the crust of the earth, a chrysalis that conceals the mystery within. Beneath this rocky shell of earth are two lava flows of magma which, like fiery dragons rotating in contrary directions, protect the golden apples that shine in the glowing heart of our planet. And so also is the Matrix the protecting womb that enfolds the unborn child and small animal: the snake that conceals her eggs within her: the nut shell and husk that guard the living kernel and seed within. Though we respect great temples, a simple room or grove of trees form a Matrix that protects our altar fire. A shrine may be a psychic temple not made with hands. The Devotee, sitting in silent contemplation, even in a crowded room, may yet build in creative imagination a shrine that guards the privacy of the soul. For the Matrix is not only a womb or shell: it is also the individual aura. We carry our temples about us.

"In a Seasonal Rite, the invocation is connected with a special time of year, with the cyclic movements of the celestial bodies and with the climatic changes of the earth. For those living in a town, cut off from nature in her wild form, even the visualising of Stonehenge and the Polar stars at the Winter Solstice brings food for the soul, a reminder of past incarnations, a harmony with nature spirits. When a group gathers for a seasonal festival, even in a small room, affinity is realised with the cosmos.  Above is not a mere plaster ceiling with an electric light bulb suspended from it - but the starry glory of the heavens. Behind the television set is the mystery of the setting sun: beyond the radiator is the radiance of the circumpolar stars: by the door may be felt the influence of the centre of our galaxy, near Vega, the Weaver Maid. And mighty Orion is rising below the sitting-room carpet, as he chases Taurus, and in turn is followed by the Star of Isis now below the earth.

"Any Rite which invokes Deity or Deities through a Mystery Religion - that which deals with the Unknown - has effect throughout all levels and on the earth itself. Throughout the ages people of varying cultures have learnt to communicate with those from other spheres: we need all the knowledge, understanding and good feeling we can obtain, in order that we may live here in peace with each other with all creatures; and obtain happiness and wisdom in the spheres beyond death."


(© "The Fiery Mother," copyright Olivia Robertson)

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December 19, 2019

Cressida Pryor Letter and Member Memorial


"May we find Joy in our hearts and this world."

The latest seasonal letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, has been uploaded here:


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Also, earlier this week a page was added to the FOI Memorial section; that of  Patricia Griffin, long-standing member and Assistant Temple Priestess at the Castle Temple for many years.  Our sincere condolences and blessings go out to Pat's family and friends at this time.




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December 13, 2019

Audio: Divine Alchemy


Click below to listen to an audio clip of Olivia Robertson speaking in a past rite:

(mp3 / 1:00 min / 233 kb)

Audio transcript:
"There is a polluted river of grief and rage and every emotion flowing deep below our everyday awareness. Freud described this as the Unconscious.  It works through group telepathy and poisons families, races, religions.  We need bravery to allow this river to flow openly through us - not to block it, because we ourselves are creating it.  Only by facing evil can we perform the Divine Alchemy of transforming hate into love, fear into faith, violence into peace. So shall we cleanse our world from our own nightmares.  When even one of us does this, the poisonous river of death becomes the cleansing river of tears and so reaches the sky, drawn upwards to the sun, and rains upon us, the pure waters of Life."


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(©"Visionary of the New Aeon", by Olivia Robertson, artwork and audio copyright reserved.)

December 1, 2019

"Beneath my black veil of dreams is my 
True Being, the Primordial Mother."

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





(© photo of Olivia Robertson,  High Altar, Foundation Center Temple; copyright Alice Smeets.)

November 26, 2019

Fellowship of Isis Prayer

"Holy Isis, Holy Osiris;
We give you thanks
that your Love, Beauty and Truth
are manifest with Power and Peace
throughout all spheres,
within all beings,
and we accept your Blessing now,
in Mind and Heart."


Listen to Olivia Robertson:

(© Prayer and drawing of Winged Isis and Osiris by Olivia Robertson, photo from Foundation Center Temple by Minette Quick: copyrights reserved)


November 22, 2019

Sun in Sagittarius

Blessings of the Sun in Sagittarius!  Olivia Robertson wrote this about the Constellation of Sagittarius in her book "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess": 

"Companions, behold the Archer, half man, half horse, whose stars were revered in Ancient Babylon and Chaldea, when the Winter Solstice was in this sign. The Archer rises above the Sea of Heaven, below the Tropic of Capricorn. He chases the Scorpion with his arrow, and is followed by the Sea Goat. Above him shine the lovers of the sky, Vega, the Weaver maid within the Lyre stars. She is separated by the Milky Way from her lover, the Shepherd Altair, who is within the Constellation of Aquila, the eagle. They can only meet once a year, by way of a bridge of sparrows! Above them flies the Swan, Cygnus. The horse, Equuleus, stands beneath Delphinus, the Dolphin. Each creature has its innate Divinity, and its particular path of transmutation."



(© photo of the Shrine of Sagittarius, Foundation Center Temple, copyright Minette Quick.)

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November 20, 2019

Foundation Center: Samhain Festival Report

". . .one could imagine having joined in friendship 
with the roots of our fellow beings worldwide 
and within this connection, love flowed."

The report on the festival held at the Foundation Center on November 2nd may be read at the link below:



(© report by Stella Dana, copyright reserved)

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November 13, 2019

Remembering Olivia Robertson

On the anniversary of her passing to the Spirit realm six years ago on November 14, 2013, please join us in remembering Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis.  Here is an audio clip of Olivia speaking on her family and the Goddess Dana:


(mp3 / 4.6 mb / 4:40 mins)

Audio transcript:
"Dana has showed herself to me and so I follow her way. Her hair is of the sun, her skin is pale as the moon and her turquoise blue mantle surrounds islands as the sea. Yet she may appear with golden-ebony skin of Africa, or with the copper glow of the Mayans. She is both Earth Mother and Queen of Heaven. I've seen Goddesses in full consciousness.  Here, I fell right down into some depths below sleep.  And there this Divine image came and gave a kind of happiness that no other Deity appears to bring.  Each Deity has their own gifts for us.

"My own vision was in 1952. From 1960 to 1974 the Goddess came to us regularly with messages from spiritualist seances in the Bridge House in Clonegal. It was then that I was given her name: Dana.  The visitations were accompanied by strong silvery, electric power. It was really almost overwhelming the first time, we had to hold hands somehow to channel it.

"After my brother and I had founded the Fellowship of Isis in 1976, Dana showed herself to our Priestess. The rest of us, heard angelic chanting. This was from deep men's voices alternating with contralto women's voices. This actually  lasted for 15 minutes. The Goddess has also shown herself to our Wicklow neighbour, a famous Healer, 7th son of a 7th son. She gave me this message through him: 'Go on. Do well. Preach My Name.' 

"Our own family goes deep back into Irish Celtic tradition. We belong to the Clann Donnachaidh of Ireland which emigrated to Scotland about 1,500 years ago. Later the name Donnachaidh - Duncan - was changed to Robertson. Our branch returned to Ireland when my grandfather, Herbert Robertson, M.P., married Helen Durdin, the owner of Clonegal Castle, which was built by Lord Esmonde who married the granddaughter of Grainne Mhaol, Queen of Connacht, pirate queen - she still appears in spirit by a spy bush. 

"My grandfather could be called an Honorary Druid because of his monumental work, 'Stemmata Robertson', tracing our Gaelic ancestry. Our cousin, the author Robert Graves, also undertook Druid work by listing the Druid Tree Alphabet.

"In our field bordering the Derry is our ancient Bullawn Stone. Thousands of years ago this was used for grinding corn, so forming a cup which holds healing rain water. The power is in the stone, the water carries it.  It was sacred to the Sun and Grain Goddess, Grainne. It is still used for curing warts by local people. It was joined at the turn of the century by a meteorite that landed by our avenue, and glowed for two years. Rooks sat on it warming their behinds. A meteorite is a legendary marker for a Holy place. Within our Temple of Isis in the castle is a Holy Well traditionally associated with the Bullawn Stone. The castle was built around it in 1625, so our ancestors have always drunk from its healing waters. The well is dedicated to the Goddess Brighid. We use it for everyday drinking, ritual and healing, and promoting psychic vision.

"My brother Lawrence and I discovered the ancient Paganism of Ireland when we were children in the early thirties. We used to go by donkey cart upstream by the Slaney to visit a hermit, Daniel Fox. Mr. Fox was our local Merlin. As he and I sat over a fire in his cottage, he would tell me of his visions of Pagan people who lived by the river thousands of years ago. He would see and hear them, he said, as they rose at early dawn. They would drink from a well, bathe in the river and then assemble at an altar stone, high on the steep slope of the bank. There they would wait for the sun to rise across the river. Mr. Fox would show me the altar and well every time I visited him. He kept them clear. When I was sixteen I painted pictures of the ancient ceremony as he had described it."



Archival link:  The Life and Work of Olivia Robertson
http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/oliviarobertson.html



(© photo of Olivia with a picture of her mother, taken by Dennis Murphy/Logic Reality; audio by the FOI Homepage Archive.  All copyrights reserved.)

November 1, 2019

Oracle of The Morrigan


"Your success is assured, because the only satisfaction
you seek will be to enjoy the Divine reality all around you."

The Oracle for November is from the Goddess Morrigan.  You may read it by going to the following link:



(© The Morrigan art by Olivia Robertson, photo by Minette Quick, all copyrights reserved)

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October 29, 2019

Cressida Pryor: Samhain Letter

"This is a time to remember and honour those that have gone 
before and live our lives responsibly so we can hold our 
heads up to welcome those who are yet to come." 

The Samhain letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, may be read at the following page: