August 14, 2017

Lime Tree Avenue: Foundation Center

 
 
Quote from the booklet "Clonegal Castle", by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:
 
"The trees forming the Front Avenue are mainly Lime trees with a few Sycamore; they were planted in 1680 from France. In 1933 Mr. Fitzpatrick, of the Forestry Department, included some of these for measurement. Two of them, on the right side, looking down from the castle were found to be 110 feet, the tallest recorded lime and sycamore in Ireland at that time."
 
 
Archival Link:
 
 
(Photo copyright Durdin-Robertson, Huntington/Clonegal Castle)

August 7, 2017

Foundation Center Lughnasadh Festival

 
"And framed perfectly between the trees, a distant view of Mt. Leinster
looks down in blessing upon the Rose Garden, this special place
where we celebrate the love and unity at the Heart of the Fellowship,
represented by the many faiths of our members worldwide."
 
Click on the link below to read Minette Quick's report on the Lughnasadh festival at the Foundation Center:




(2011 photo of Goddess Hebe statue with Mt. Leinster in the distance. The Durdin-Robertson family have since transformed this area into a traditional Rose Garden laid out within low box hedges and gravelled walkways.)

August 6, 2017

Lughnasadh Letter from Cressida Pryor


"Divine Mother of us all, may we all find stillness of mind
in these often busy and confusing times."

Letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor:
 
 
 

August 1, 2017

August Oracle: Kundalini

 
"If you truly seek My creative energy with good intention,
find Me in the Heart of Love."
 
The Oracle for the month of August is from the Goddess Kundalini.  You may read it in full by clicking on the link below: 
 
 
 
 
(Photo copyright Dennis Murphy, from "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis" DVD.)

July 21, 2017

Zodiac: Sun in Leo

 
Blessings of the Sun entering the sign of Leo! Click below to listen to an historic audio clip of Olivia Robertson:
 
Olivia Robertson - Audio
(mp3 / 50sec. / 198kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"We remember that this is the eve of the Opet Festival of Ancient Egypt, as the Sun leaves the Crab, Cancer and enters the sign of Leo of the Lion Goddess Sekhmet. . . Sekhmet is the Goddess of the mysterious Lion power, which is within us all. . .We know now that the true constellation of Leo is one with Virgo, who is the serene face of the Goddess with the body of the Lion, the Androsphinx."


 (art & audio Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved)

July 13, 2017

Visiting Clonegal Castle


The Castle conducts tours throughout the summer months - visit their website for fees and directions:


If you are visiting during any of the FOI's 8 seasonal festivals, please contact the Circle of Brigid for an invitation:

 
 
 
(photo copyright Durdin-Robertson)

July 7, 2017

Brigid of the Rainbow Planets

 
"Brigid of the Rainbow Planets: Adventures of the Alchemical Twins" is now available in paperback.  This book features eight liturgy rites of the Fellowship of Isis and six illustrations by the FOI co-founder Olivia Robertson.
 
Olivia wrote in the introduction:   "How could I allow the questing twins to rest on their laurels – having achieved the twelve alchemical degrees of the zodiac, and not pursue the other twenty degrees of the FOI Spiral of Alchemy?  I kept wondering what happened to them.  Learning the Mysteries through identification with attractive individuals helps us to respond not only with the mind but with the heart.. . To explore one’s own psychic centres not only may bring us spiritual awareness, but a relationship with our planets.  Each is a Power-House reflecting a harmonic of the Central Sun. The Alchemy of the Goddess Brigid extends one’s consciousness through the colour spectrum and musical octaves beyond this material world – yet embraces it.  'As Above, so Below.'  Earth is a reflection of Heaven."
 
This book may be ordered through Amazon (or any other bookstore), and by public libraries as well.  You may also read it in full at any time in the Online Liturgy section of our website:
 
 

July 1, 2017

July Oracle: Cesara-Magna Mater



"My children, when you approach great change,
you need to transform, not to deny yourselves."
 
This month's Oracle is from Cesara-Magna Mater. Click below to read it and also listen to audio of Olivia Robertson giving the Invocation and Oracle:
 
 
 
 
(photo of Olivia Robertson by the Foundation Center Temple High Altar, copyright Cathryn Anne Rogers.)

June 22, 2017

Foundation Center Summer Festival

 
Report on the Summer Solstice Festival at the Foundation Center:
 
 
 
 
(photo by M. Quick, copyright reserved)


Archival link:
Foundation Center Temple Events

June 21, 2017

Sun in Cancer

 
Olivia Robertson wrote:
"Cancer was held by the Sages to be the House of the Moon, as the Moon was believed to have been in Cancer at the Creation. It was respected as Horoscope of the World, as the sign nearest the Zenith. The learned Berossus declared that our earth shall be submerged when all planets are grouped in Cancer. The Chaldean Magi and the Platonists taught their disciples that souls descend from Heaven into human bodies through Cancer, the Gate of Humanity." 
 
Quote from "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess"
 
Archival Link:


(photo of the Shrine of Cancer, Foundation Center Temple, copyright reserved.)

June 20, 2017

Solstice Blessings

 
(mp3 / :41 sec / 323 kb)

Audio transcript:
"This is the time of the Summer marriage of the Goddess and the God.  Whichever age you are, the mystical marriage of Deity is within yourself.  There are those who seek the Higher Marriage - the marriage of Spirit with Earth - and the time has come for us to regain Immortality with the harvest of our own individual Soul."
 
 
 
 
("The Above and the Below are One" by Olivia Robertson, art and audio copyright reserved. )

June 12, 2017

Audio highlight: Divine Alchemy

 
Listen to the late Olivia Robertson in this audio clip:
 
(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."


("A Visionary of the New Aeon", by Olivia Robertson, artwork and audio copyright reserved.)

Archival Link:
Fellowship of Isis Audio Gallery

June 4, 2017

We invoke thy grace

 
"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

(Quote from "Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" by Olivia Robertson.  Photo copyright M. Quick.)