February 13, 2019

The Tapestry of Life

"To find the Other is to find Oneself:
All Nature is expressed in one loved face."


"So says the Bard of the Druids in our Isis Wedding Rite. To unite with another soul is the goal of the Lover: through this devotion selfishness and loneliness fade away. When twin souls unite in Divine Union, it is through discovery of The Immortal Beloved that they find their own real selves. Such is the truth underlying the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris, perfect wife and husband. In classical Greece, Plato brought forth the ideal of twin souls divided and discovering reunion through love. Centuries later medieval troubadours travelled throughout Europe singing of fulfilment through the romantic devotion of lovers. Within our secret dreams, we have this knowledge in ourselves. But one is not for ever able to concentrate on one other person, excluding all others! To find the other is indeed to find oneself. But this very love is creative, and kindles a like flame in receptive hearts. Families become friendly. Children are drawn into incarnation. Friendship expands to include animals, birds, trees and flowers, in an ever widening circle. Through this increasing community, an elaborate interrelationship is woven; a tapestry of glowing colours and intricate design. Each new friendly connexion makes an additional knot in this tapestry of life."

(Introduction to the 'Isis Wedding Rite' by Olivia Robertson, artwork by Olivia Robertson, attributed to both Arachne and Tara; copyrights reserved.)

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February 9, 2019

Festival Report: Imbolc

"We were asked to consider the quality of light we 
pour forth into the world and reminded how the love 
we instil always finds a way to return to us abundantly."

The report on the Imbolc festival held at the FOI Foundation Center, along with a reminder of the submissions deadline for the next INIV, may be read here:




(report by Olwen Pendred and photo by Minette Quick, © reserved)

February 1, 2019

Feb. Oracle: Goddess Selene


"Know that each creature is a
sacred expression of unique creativity."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Selene and includes audio of Olivia Robertson.  Read and listen by clicking on the following link:



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

January 30, 2019

Imbolc Letter from Cressida Pryor


"Our founders' wisdom to not tie a member of the FOI 
to any one faith path is a profound underlying truth."

You can read Cressida's letter in full by clicking here:


January 20, 2019

Sun in Aquarius


Happy Sun in Aquarius and Full Moon (in Leo)!  The photo shows the Shrine of Aquarius, dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu No Kami, located in the Sanctuary of the Foundation Center Temple.  Listen to Olivia Robertson during a past FOI ritual, as she describes the stellar mystery of Aquarius:

(mp3 / 1:50 min / 430 kb)

Audio transcript:
"Contemplate the 2 wavy "W's" of Aquarius and we see that they resonate against each other, in a sort of polarity - two forces.  Now, listen to the Priestess and we'll go dreamy: "we see a winged Goddess holding a mighty urn, from which pours a stream of life forms of which we can discern fishes, animals, plants, rocks, elementals, humans.  A laughing God behind the Goddess draws power upon them with his trident. Look at this - imagine the most beautiful Goddess you can imagine with mighty wings and she has this urn, and imagine all life forms, even the oddest, you know - lizards, insects, fear viruses, crystals, giraffes, weird creatures from other planets.  We could go on looking at this stream of life forever.  All sorts of fabled creatures are here, which exist somewhere, or we wouldn't have thought of them.  Look.  And as we are, we see a God behind her drawing power, sharing it with her, with his trident.  And that trident also seems to have a meaning. The positive and negative forces are held together by the central spike, as it were.  And we gaze upon the stars of Aquarius, set in the Sea of Heaven.  Know that the ancients wanted us to see these visions, so they attached these visions to the constellations, that we may attain Stellar Consciousness."


Archival links:
Fellowship of Isis Audio Gallery
Foundation Center Temple Photo Gallery

(Photo © Minette Quick.)

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.)

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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)