January 15, 2019

Book Highlight: Goddesses of Chaldaea, Syria and Egypt


Written by FOI co-founder Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, and printed in 1975 by Cesara Press, this book was described in the following manner:

"The Goddesses of Chaldaea, Syria and Egypt is the first of a series of books describing the Goddesses of many countries and civilisations.  A separate entry is devoted to each Goddess.  Among the particulars included are the variant forms and the etymology of the Goddesses' names, genealogical details, epithets, biography and characteristics.  There are also descriptions of their temples, public and esoteric rituals, the regions associated with their worship, the forms in which they are represented and their correspondences to Goddesses of other Pantheons."

You may read the book here:



(Copyright reserved by the Durdin-Robertson family, with ongoing thanks for their permission to share these works.)

January 8, 2019

Shrine of Lakshmi


From "Urania", by Olivia Robertson:  "We invoke the Goddess Lakshmi! Thou who art known as Mother of the World, aid us with Thy love! . . . Lakshmi, Goddess of Good Fortune and Love, is sister of Venus. She was born from an ocean of milk, bearing a lotus."  

From the "Guide to Clonegal Castle" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:  "The South angle of the temple leads into the Hindu chapel, on the N.W. wall just inside the door is a picture of Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth or prosperity (Shree), with the Elephant God Gayanana on one side of her. At the far side of her is an Indian picture of Shiva and Parvati, the Third Persons of the Hindu Trinity."  

(Photo © Minette Quick.)

Archival links:
Fellowship of isis Liturgy
FOI Photo Gallery
Temple of Isis Tour

January 1, 2019

January Oracle: Goddess Alma Mater

"More and more spiritually and psychically 
gifted children are coming into incarnation."

Happy New Year!  The Oracle for January is from the Goddess Alma Mater and includes an audio clip of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson together in a past rite.  You may read and listen by clicking on the following link:



("Star Children" art © Olivia Robertson)

December 22, 2018

Sun enters Capricorn


Blessings of the Sun in Capricorn! Click on the link below to listen to an audio file of Olivia Robertson speaking of the constellation of Capricorn in a past rite:

(mp3 file - 517 kb - 2:12 mins)

Audio transcript:
"We move towards the North, to the window of Capricorn.  It is mighty and vivid with colors that seem to be alive.  Above the window is the sign of Capricorn.  We see a stained-glass picture of a goat, with fish's tail, accompanied by a Green Man crowned with leaves, and a mermaid holding a cornucopia - every sort of good thing, fruit and wheat.  We like the Green Man too, with his comical expression, his golden halo and his antlers and his leaves. However, suddenly the wind blows the window open and we face the actual constellation of Capricorn in its spiritual form.. . The Magi of old called Capricorn "Altera Solis Porta": the starry gateway for souls to enter heaven.  Here we gaze at the stars and hope for a vision of the Earth Goddess, who is our Goddess of the Earth, Nerthus.  For we know that She is crowned with the stars, holds the earth in her hands and has the moon on Her brow and the sun as a robe.  We accept the gifts of earth - trees and flowers and animals and birds.  We adore Her and She is in all beings, as is Her green Consort.  We are whole.  May the blessings of the Goddess Nerthus bring you wisdom and peace, now and forever."



(Photo of the Shrine of Capricorn, Foundation Center Temple by Minette Quick. © Photo and audio copyrights reserved.)

Archival Links:

Winter letter from Cressida Pryor

"Hope that despite bleak times and suffering
there is light beyond; that there can be
miraculous changes however small."
 
You can read the entire Midwinter letter from Cressida Pryor here:
 

December 21, 2018

Season's Greetings!


The above artwork is by Olivia Robertson.  It is from the cover of her book "The Call of Isis", printed in 1975, one year before the founding of the Fellowship.  You may hear Olivia speak of one of her experiences of Isis in this historic audio clip:

(mp3 / 1 min / 426kb)

Audio transcript:
"My own dedication came from sudden awareness of identity with the White Light of Isis, a shining silver-white feminine figure with wide shining lightning flashes extending from either side of her head – this encompassed the stars. So I learnt that without Truth, Love becomes dissipated. I have always received inspiration from Those outside myself. I received this teaching: 'Approach Truth with courage: Love with humility.' Divine reality pervades every being. I learnt to honour the truth in all faiths and philosophies. To accept Deity in each creature and atom, I felt the love within all are born of The Great Mother of All.  Which makes us equal with everyone, everything.  I write this to bring hope."


You may also read another account of Olivia's experience in the eighth chapter of "The Call of Isis" here:  Channels of Power

Holiday Blessings to all,

December 18, 2018

Festival Report: Winter Solstice

"The return to the Light 
must happen in each heart."

The report on the Winter Solstice festival held at the FOI Foundation Center may be read here:



(report and photo of the River Derry by Sarah Nolan)

December 17, 2018

Foundation Center newsletter


The latest issue of the FOI Foundation Center newsletter is now online.  You may read it at the following page:



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)