May 2, 2016

Beltane Festival Foundation Center Temple

 
"Under the watchful gaze of Persephone at the Garden Gate we filed into the Temple. . .and gathered round the Well for a reading of the Goddess Ariadne’s wise words from the Liturgy, on facing the labyrinth of the mind with courage. . ."

Click below to read the report from Minette Quick about the Beltane Festival held at the FOI Foundation Center this past weekend:
 
 
 
 
 
(photo of Persephone in the Temple Portico, copyright reserved Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)

May 1, 2016

Oracle for May

 
"If you could experience one second of enlightenment,
it would be yours for ever!"
 
This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Mahadevi. Click below to read it in full and also listen to audio of the late Olivia and Lawrence Durdin-Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle:
 
 
 
 
(photo of Lawrence and Olivia, copyright reserved)

April 30, 2016

From Cressida Pryor: Beltane Letter


"So one of the FOI’s core purposes is
to remind us that the Goddess is not ‘out there’.
We are her hands, her eyes, her legs
and her voice in the world."

Click below to read Cressida Pryor's Beltane Letter to the  FOI:
 


April 26, 2016

Highlighted Artwork



"The Magic Portrait" by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved.

April 20, 2016

Meditation on the Awakening of Taurus and Isis

 
"Companions, let us contemplate the Awakening of Taurus and Isis: Gaze with me upon the glory of the black sky of winter. With the eyes of wondering childhood we see the starry cluster of the Pleiades as dancing nymphs moving across the sky. They come with the white bull, Serapis, who rises from the milky sky river, Eridanus. His baleful left eye gleams like a red torch, and within it are all lost memories. In his eye is held forever the beauty of the Goddess; and her forked cows' horns may be seen behind his. Following him strides the hawk-headed giant Sahu-Orion-Horus of the Southern sky. “And rising from the milky sea of heaven comes great Isis, and on Her brow is the full moon and in her right hand She holds Her star, Anuki, Sirius that holds the immortal twin spirits of Osiris and Herself. This is the story of eternal love and life, of the losing and the gaining of the death in the West and the rising in the East. Contemplate and wonder."   (Olivia Robertson, from "Sophia")


("Rising Star", paintings on glass by Olivia Robertson of Isis Crowned and Osiris and Horus, Foundation Center Temple, photos copyright M. Quick.)

April 12, 2016

Remembering Olivia's Birthday

 
Please join us in remembering and sending blessings to the late Olivia Robertson, whose birthday was April 13th, 1917.  Here is an audio clip of Olivia speaking on the importance of finding purpose in life:

(mp3 / 52 secs / 410 kb)
 
Audio transcript: “A life without a purpose is a life without meaning.  How we long to wake up and be greeted by the rising Sun of something to be accomplished – something we truly in our own hearts want to do.  Not what other people tell us we ought to do, what we want to do: a work of art, happiness, sport, movement, travel, stillness, peace, love . . . so that when we reach the end of our earthly life, it is a new beginning to see the fulfillment of our dream in higher realms than this, drawing our shadow world into the true world of Reality."
 
 
Archival Link:
Life and Work of Olivia Robertson

(photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy from the DVD "Olivia, Priestess of Isis", copyright reserved by Logic Reality; audio copyright FOI Homepage)

April 6, 2016

Shrine of Aries

 
A past version of the Shrine of Aries at the Foundation Center Temple, which Olivia Robertson created and dedicated to "Isis and Gaea as Nature Spirits."  Minette wrote this description:
 
"Palu Irish Cat Goddess. Carved by David Durdin-Robertson. He had begun to paint her blue – OR completed it. She is between an African wood-carving of a Giraffe, and a picture on slate of Etaine and Midir, Irish Nature Sidhe by OR. Behind him is an African animal hanging on cloth."
 
 
Archival link:  Shrines of the Zodiac
 
(photo by M. Quick, copyright reserved)

April 1, 2016

Oracle for April


"Not one flower is like another. For in me is perfect Origin.
Show forth my grace in your ideas and work, in individual particularity."

April's Oracle is from the Goddess Rhea and includes a historic audio clip of Olivia Robertson.  You may read and listen to it by clicking on the link below:

 


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

March 24, 2016

From Minette Quick



Minette Quick shares the above photo and writes:

"We had a lovely gathering for the 40th Anniversary which truly celebrated the spirit of the Co-Founders of the Fellowship and many members joined us in a varied programme which included many memorable moments of beautiful ceremony, some special talks, and the opening of a Memorial Grove of sessile oaks. It was a time for sharing many fascinating and happy memories and hearing from a number of members from the wider family of their early experiences in the years leading up to the Foundation of the Fellowship which were quite delightful. Many thanks are due to all for their participation and contribution to the whole weekend."



(Isis Banner by Pamela Currey, copyright M. Quick.)

40th Anniversary Report


Dorn Simon-Sinnott has kindly shared her report about the FOI's 40th's Anniversary celebration, which took place at the Foundation Center on March 19th and 20th.  You may read it here:

 
 
 
 
(photo of FOI Foundation Center, copyright reserved)

FOI Retreat 2016

The Nativity of the Goddess Isis
26-28 August 2016

From Caitlín Matthews:
"Fellowship of Isis 40th Anniversary Retreat. Hosted by Caitlín Matthews of the Lyceum of Domus Sophiae Terrae, with Cáit Branigan, Cressida Pryor, and with special guests members of FOI."

See the link below for full details:
 

March 20, 2016

Olivia speaks about the Fellowship of Isis

 
In further celebration of the FOI's 40th anniversary, please listen to Olivia Robertson as she speaks about the FOI, as she saw it in 1991:
 
(mp3/2:00 mins/938 kb)
 
Audio transcription:
“You may now want to know something about the Fellowship of Isis.  It was founded in 1976 by my brother, his wife Pamela, and myself, and this is, this date in a way when you'll be listening, is 1991 and now we have over 10,500 members in 69 countries.  And people want to know - how do we manage this?  The answer is simple.  We are all in rapport in the inner planes.  There is a rainbow circulation of light and friendliness between all our countries.  So it doesn't matter what religion you belong to.  We have people who are Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindu, every type of tradition, united.  Now people, some people may say - isn't this eclectic?   The answer is yes, but we only have this blending when there is something we all share in common.  For instance, we all share the Sun in common.  We all share the sign Sagittarius, if you who belong to that.  In other words, people all over the earth, look up at the sky and they see the Great Bear and some people say "oh it's a bear" and other people think it's a cooking pot, or a chariot - but - they are all influenced by looking at it.  They share it.  If you drew it on the sand in any country in the world, in any time - Ancient Egypt, China, nowadays, they'd all recognize the seven stars of the Great Bear, even if they had different traditions about it.  So our aim in our Magi Degree course is to take Mars for instance, and find what everybody thinks about the red planet.  There is a similarity, we noticed that, and there are differences, but getting together all these in a kaleidoscope, has been very rewarding.”


(photo of Olivia Robertson by Minette Quick, copyright reserved.)

March 19, 2016

Happy Anniversary Fellowship of Isis!


A very happy 40th anniversary to the Fellowship of Isis!  Please join us by gathering around your own altars and saying the FOI credo:

“We grow from the Earth
And we share Her fruits.
We fly with bright wings
And we reach the stars.
We are Immortal with All That Is.
Evoe Isis!”


(Credo by Olivia Robertson, photo of Fellowship of Isis Foundation Center, copyright reserved.)