October 8, 2019

Honor to Tiamat

Listen to Olivia Robertson invoking the Goddess Tiamat in a past rite:



Audio transcript (mp3 / 1:33 min / 1.4mb):  
"We need the aid of Tiamat Who holds the Tablets of Fate, to gain Wisdom and Love through knowledge of the stars.  I offer incense to the She who is the Dragon Goddess of our Galaxy.  I invoke the Goddess Tiamat! Hear the words written on clay tablets of Babylon about the Creation:


'When in the height Heaven was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name;
And Apsu the Primaeval Who begat them,
And Chaos, Tiamat, the Mother of them both -
Their waters were mingled together, and
No field was formed, no marsh was to be seen;
When of the Deities None had been called into being,
And None bore a name, and no destinies were ordained;
Then were created the Gods, all Goddesses;
Aeons were increased; and Tiamat was Mother of them all!'

"Thou Who art the Beginning of Creation, Mistress of Magic, Mighty Dragon, Mother of all, aid us in our search for Wisdom and for Love. For only from our own origin, the matriarchal Goddess, may we understand the Universe of which we are a part."


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Photo comments by Minette Quick: "This chapel of the non-zodiac Stars is centre of our Temple Labyrinth. The main altar of the Goddess Ishtar of the 8-pointed star, Lady of 15, shows a 'Mirror of Hathor', which reflects the soul's dreams. Ishtar is painted on the surface and Her Lover, Tammuz, Shepherd of the Starry Flocks is shown above the mystic mirror. The Goddess Tiamat of Space is painted with outspread wings on the altar frontal."

(© From the book "Psyche" by Olivia Robertson; Quote from the Enuma Elish, trans. L.W. King; Temple art by Olivia; altar photo by Minette Quick Foundation Center; audio by the FOI Homepage Archive; all copyrights reserved)

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October 1, 2019

Fellowship of Isis: Oracle of Astarte

"The gifts of the Tree of Life shine within 
the earth and within each creature."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Astarte. Click below to read and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson giving the Oracle in a past rite:




(photo ©  Dennis Murphy, from "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis" DVD.)

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September 24, 2019

Foundation Center: Autumn Festival

"with hope in all our hearts we gathered in celebration
of the seasonal change of equal day and night"

The report on the festival held at the Foundation Center on September 21st has been uploaded, along with photos:





(© report and photos by Tom Joseph Swinburne, copyrights reserved)

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September 22, 2019

Sun in Libra

Happy Equinox and Sun in Libra!  The link below is an audio file of one of the FOI co-founders, Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, speaking on the constellation of Libra and the Justice of Maat during a past rite:

(mp3 / 1:05min / 255kb)

Audio transcript:
"Companions on the quest for Truth and Justice, know that in many ancient lands the constellation of Libra, when in the House of the Autumnal Equinox, was revered as portraying Justice, through the equal balancing of day and night, summer and winter. In Egypt, the Goddess Maat was depicted presiding over the weighing of the Heart on the Scales of Justice. The Heart was balanced in the Northern pan against Her Ostrich Feather of Truth, whose every frond responds to the Breath of Spirit."


Here also is an excerpt from Lawrence's book, "Juno Covella, Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis":

Autumnal Equinox. Sun enters Libra (tropical). Greek: DEMETER and PERSEPHONE; Roman: CERES and PROSERPINA; The Greater Eleusinian Mysteries, First Day. (Lempriere, Dict.) "Eleusinia . . This festival (i.e. the Greater) was observed in the month Boedromion or September, and continued nine days from the 15th to the 23rd". (Kerenyi, Eleusis, p. 8) According to this author's reckoning the 15th of Boedromion is taken as corresponding to September 23rd or 24th. (Julian, Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, 173A) "I was saying that we ought not to suppose that the ancients appointed the season of the rites irrationally, but rather as far as possible with plausible and true grounds of reason; and indeed a proof of this is that the Goddess herself chose as her province the cycle of the Equinox. For the most holy and secret Mysteries of Deo and the Maiden (Kore) are celebrated when the sun is in the sign of Libra, and this is quite natural".



(©: Shrine of Libra photo by Minette Quick; photo of Lawrence from the Occult Experience video, created with permission; audio by the FOI Homepage Archive: all copyrights reserved.) 

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September 19, 2019

Cressida Pryor: Autumn Letter

"May we honour nature’s balance and sit humbly with our 
fellow creatures who live the wisdom of true presence. . ."

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




September 11, 2019

Castle tours and FOI festivals


Autumn colors at the FOI Foundation Center in Ireland. There are tours available everyday this month and on the weekends in October. For more information see the Castle website: 


Also, if you are visiting during any of the eight FOI seasonal festivals, please contact the Rainbow Circle of Brigid for an invitation: 


(© photo copyright Durdin-Robertson)

September 1, 2019

September Oracle: Goddess Haumea

"For those who are willing to understand, 
the eternal verities of love, beauty and truth 
are manifested through planetary Mystery Dramas."

The Oracle for September is from the Goddess Haumea and includes an historic audio file of Olivia Robertson.  You may read/listen to it at the following link:




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

August 23, 2019

Sun in Virgo


From the book "Sophia" by Olivia Robertson on the Constellation of Virgo:  
"Behold the Virgin holding her wheat ear, the star Spica! Above her, Bootes drives the wain around the Pole Star and by him are Virgo's loyal hounds, the Canes Venatici. Centaurus, half man, half horse, is below her hand, tamed by her gentleness. The Virgin shines above the sea monster Hydra, who bears on his mighty coils Corvus, the Prophetic Crow and Crater, the Mystic Cup. The Libran Goddess stands nearby, weighing Virgo's golden grain on her scales, while the harvest is protected by the rampant lion, Leo."


(© "We Reap to Share" art by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved.)

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August 16, 2019

Star Chapel


"The intention of the Fellowship is to unite the Divine Source, Love and Truth in harmony.  We try to unite these two Divine attributers in the Holy of Holies, the Star Chapel, with no outside walls.  Ishtar and Tammuz, Isis and Osiris, Vishnu and Lakshmi, Maria and Christ, bring this wholeness now fragmented on this earth.  We fight subjection, domination, exploitation of humans, animals, birds, fish, reptiles and insects of every species – all creatures of the Mother’s sacred elements."  Olivia Robertson

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Photo of windows between the Star Chapel and the Well of Brigid with paintings by Olivia Robertson.  Remarks by Minette Quick:  "In 1980 the Star Chapel was created by co-Founders, Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and his sister Olivia. They worked together painstakingly to clear an ancient wine cellar in the basement of the Castle. The ceiling was designed by Lawrence to show many of the wonderful non-zodiac constellations such as the Polar Constellations, including Caer Arianrhod, her Pole Star home, and the Great Bear. There are Cygnus the Swan, the Ariadne Crown, Andromeda’s Sea Monster, Sirius, Orion & Cassiopeia. Having first painted the whole ceiling deep blue, Lawrence created cardboard stencils. These Olivia then used to paint the stars in gold."

(Lughnasadh 2013 quote by Olivia Robertson; photo/caption 2011 by Minette Quick; all copyrights reserved.)

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August 9, 2019

Foundation Center Lughnasadh Festival


"The Goddess too has a harvest. 
She always has the correct amount of Soul and Spirit 
to maintain, all the Kingdoms in her creation."

The report on the Lughnasadh festival at the Foundation Center has just been received and may be viewed here, along with photos:



(© report by Tom Joseph Swinburne; photos by Katheriona Doyle; copyrights reserved)

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August 2, 2019

Cressida Pryor: Lughnasadh Letter

"The assurance through divine faith of infinite 
possibilities keeps the light of hope alight."

The latest letter from Fellowship of Isis Steward, Cressida Pryor, may be read here:



August 1, 2019

August Oracle: Goddess Grainne


"From the dawn of time, humanity has called upon me 
to supply that which I give generously to all creatures."

The Oracle for August is from the Goddess Grainne.  You may read and listen to an audio recording of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson in a past rite by going to this page:




(© Goddess Grainne, art by Olivia Robertson, photo by Minette Quick, copyrights reserved)

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July 23, 2019

Sun enters Leo


Blessings of the Sun in Leo! Listen to Olivia Robertson invoke the Lion power in a past rite:


Audio transcript:  (rattle of the sistrum) "It is my privilege at this ceremony, to call forth the Lion power: Holy Sekhmet, bring to us thy flame within the golden sun, which is beneath the earth.  We feel the flames rising up from the heart of the earth - Cor Leonis - Heart of the Lioness: Star Royal, Flame, Red Fire.  Bring us thy flame!  Sisters, brothers, feel the power rise up from the earth.  Let it rise and shine and warm our hearts with Love." (sistrum)  



(photo of Olivia's artwork, "The Sphinx, the Lady and the Lion" by Minette Quick, audio file by the FOI Homepage, copyrights reserved.)

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July 3, 2019

Foundation Center Summer Festival


The report on the Summer Solstice Festival, held at the FOI Foundation Center on June 22nd, may be read by clicking here:




(© report by Tom Joseph Swinburne; photos by Katheriona Doyle; copyrights reserved)


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July 1, 2019

Fellowship of Isis: July Oracle

"I hide my wisdom in the stories I tell children 
before they sleep. The sciences tell the facts clearly: 
but Inner Truth is concealed in fable and paradox."

The Oracle for July is from the Goddess Sophia and includes an historic audio file of Olivia Robertson. You may read/listen to it at the following link:



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

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