August 22, 2016

Shrine of Virgo


Blessings of the Sun in Virgo! 'Isis raising Osiris' is the central statue of the Shrine of Virgo. This was carved by David Durdin-Robertson and later painted gold by Olivia Robertson.

Olivia wrote in the book "Fortuna":
         "Virgo was known variously to the Ancients as Fortuna, Isis and Demeter. As Astraea, Goddess of Justice, Daughter of Themis, She holds the scales of Libra."
 
 

 (Temple photo, copyright M. Quick.)

August 17, 2016

Audio highlight: Winged Isis painting

 
Click to Listen:

Audio transcript:
"Presiding over all, is the mighty figure, again life-sized, of the Winged Isis, black: black as space and yet with a golden cobra of healing on Her head.  Her face is in the traditional - She's looking to the right and Her arms are outspread and there are mighty Wings of Isis spread for healing. And, rising from the earth is a more than life-sized golden image of the God Horus in the form of the young God-King Tutankhamun, all in gold.  He is Horus-risen, emblem of how Isis brings the soul to life - knowledge of innate Divinity."



(Original painting by Olivia Robertson and Marian Marshe.  Olivia later updated it to add Osiris in winged-form behind Isis.  Photo copyright M. Quick.)

August 8, 2016

Communion with the Goddess: China and Japan

 
Book 9 from the "Communion with the Goddess Series", by the late Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, has been uploaded to our website in pdf format. The link to "Idols, Images and Symbols of the Goddesses: China and Japan" may be found here:
 
 
 
(Our continuing thanks to the Durdin-Robertson family for permission to publish these works, and a special thanks to T. Lynn of the Iseum of the Mystic Isis, for her proofreading skills.)

August 3, 2016

Lughnasad Festival, Foundation Center Temple

 
"Her message was of fortitude in times of difficulty,
always seeking the beauty of the present moment
to inspire and strengthen our intent."

Here is a report from Minette Quick about the Lughnasad Festival held at the FOI Foundation Center:
 
 
 
 
(photo of the Shrine of Tara, Foundation Center Temple, copyright M. Quick)

August 1, 2016

August Oracle: Goddess Uzume


"The harmony of music travels through mighty constellations,
and yet delights also the cricket on the hearth!"
 
This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Uzume.  It includes a historic audio clip of Olivia Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle and you may read and listen to it by clicking on the link below:

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

July 27, 2016

Art Highlight: We reap to share

 
"Behold the Virgin holding her wheat ear, the star Spica. . .
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" artwork, quote from "Sophia", both by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved.)

July 22, 2016

Shrine of Leo

 
Blessings of the Sun in Leo!  Enjoy this new audio file of Olivia Robertson during a past ritual:
 
 
Audio transcript:
(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 the Shrine of Leo at the Foundation Center Temple, copyright M. Quick, audio file copyright FOI Homepage Archive.)

July 14, 2016

Nativity of the Goddess Isis - Updated


Updated announcement for the upcoming FOI Retreat being held in the UK on August 26-28th:

"This retreat celebrates the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Fellowship of Isis in 1976. This retreat celebrates the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Fellowship of Isis in 1976. As a worldwide association that honours the Goddess in all her forms, with thousands of worldwide members, FOI now comes of age. In Egyptian lore, Isis was born on the fourth intercalary day, equivalent to our 27th August, so we are offering day entry places on the Saturday, so that we may celebrate Isis Day together with our non residential members."  See the link above for dates, costs and full details.

July 11, 2016

Hear the words of the Goddess

 
"I am She who was and is and is to be.
Whenever evil prevails over good,
I manifest, in changing form appearing."  
 
 
 
 
(quote from "Melusina" by Olivia Robertson, photo of High Altar in the Foundation Center Temple, copyright Minette Quick.)


Related link:
Foundation Center Photo Gallery

July 7, 2016

Sphinx: Goddess Myths and Mysteries


"Sphinx: Goddess Myths and Mysteries" is now available in paperback. It may be ordered online through Amazon or any other bookstore, and is also available through local libraries. You may always read it at no charge on our website as well.

This book features 8 rituals and illustrations, by Olivia Robertson. She writes in the introduction: "My aim with these Mystery Plays, related to the eight sacred planets, is to bring into harmony physical facts with inner spiritual reality. The facts are to be respected - but we need to face the elaborate dreams we have built around our material life. The sphinx has an animal body, but also the head of a human-being and spiritual wings."


Associated Link: Online Bookstore

July 1, 2016

July: Marama and Haumea

"To enjoy the creativity of the Deities
you need to bathe in the fire of Spirit,
and surrender your barricade of self."

Marama and Haumea are featured this month, along with audio of Olivia Robertson. Click on the link below to read and listen:



(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy from the DVD "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis." All rights reserved.)

June 27, 2016

Summer Solstice Festival Foundation Center Temple

 
"For She is to be found not only within the great light
of summer, but also within the depths of darkness
and Her creativity may be found there also…"
 
Click below to read the entire report from Minette Quick about the Summer Festival held at the FOI Foundation Center this past weekend:
 

 
 
(photo of Caste Rose, copyright reserved Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)

June 21, 2016

From Cressida Pryor: Summer Solstice Letter


"Fullness of being opens wide our hearts;
a soft gaze that can bear the paradox
of the divine mother at our core but there too with
all that is beyond gender; love, truth and beauty. "


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