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

(© 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:

October 23, 2019

Shrine of Scorpio

Happy Sun in Scorpio!  This passage is from the Mystical Awakening of Scorpio and Kundalini ritual by Olivia Robertson:

1st Priestess: "Know that this is the Stellar House of Initiation. Our instructors on the Path, the Alchemists, taught that only when the Sun is in Scorpio may Iron be transmuted into Gold. For as the sun declines after the Autumnal Equinox, so does the individual soul face the apparent extinction of her dream of separate existence, when faced by death. So does a candle fancy itself extinguished when the sun rises! Scorpio rises in the cold hours of the dawn. So be watchful and fall not into inertia, for who can tell when the Scorpion stings."

2nd Priest: "Ponder on the fate of the giant Orion, stung by the Scorpion and so sinks into apparent death in the red Western sky. Was not even the Child God of Initiation, Son to Isis, Harpocrates, killed by a scorpion? He was revived by Isis, and shows himself to the wise as a naked child with his finger to his lips, enjoining silence. Was not the mighty Sun God Ra-Temu bitten by a snake, which Isis sent to him in the autumn? He suffered from the poisonous serpent power circling in every limb, until he fell through the flaming twilight into the watery abyss. Only when he had surrendered His Secret Name with all His magical Powers to Isis, did She restore Him as Ra-Horus, in the bright dawn when spring returned to earth. For though the Mysteries are preserved through silence, we must offer ourselves and all we have to the Goddess, that we may be reborn with knowledge of our immortality."

2nd Priestess: "Know that the Path of Scorpio provides a sudden shock! The cunning scorpion strikes at the foot, yet its poison courses throughout the body. Like the serpent it is called the One who Lurks. It is most potent through water and through the blood. Know that this very cruel sting, which seems to torture and to slay, is in verity the Awakener! Only through the sting may the stigmata of Initiation be gained. Yet this awakening may not be bargained for, nor induced, for only when the soul is ready may the Coming Forth by Day be achieved! Scorpio is also the sign of the Eagle and of the Winged Serpent. May we, with the Wings of the Goddess Selket, the Scorpion Goddess, rise above the Path and so learn to know its serpentine deviations, its pitfalls, its goal. Thus may we, with the aid of the presiding Deities, receive the onrush of the Fire Goddess, Kundalini, without loss of integrity or peace."

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

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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."


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.)

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)