March 31, 2010

Shrine of the Daughter of Gaia

Photo and details emailed from Minnette Quick, from Olivia Robertson: "It is 'The Shrine of the Daughter of Gaia of the New Aeon'. The Shrine is below the ancient loophole, the window of the old Castle dungeon, now Cave of the Mothers."

Archival link:  Chapel of the Mothers

March 19, 2010

Additional Manifesto Update

To All Global Centres:

Further to the announcement on Feb 10th, 2010 of Manifesto changes, it has come to my attention that this had already been updated on the occasion of the creation of the FOI Foundation Union Triad and was published in Isian News Samhain 2009. This, of course, laid out the full names of the three Unions, now working together in equal partnership to promote the spirit of fellowship as Guardians of the FOI.

Many Blessings,
Olivia (Robertson)
(received via Minette Quick on March 19, 2010)

The last paragraph of Manifesto:
The Archpriesthood Union of the FOI Priesthood, together with the ArchDruid Union of the Druid Clan of Dana and the Grand Commander Union of the Noble Order of Tara (FOI Foundation Union Triad) are Guardians to inspire the ideals of The Fellowship of Isis. All members are equal, and are not subject to anyone. All work with the Goddess - or Goddess and God - of their own Faith. Every Being - human, animal, bird, tree - element - is an eternal offspring of the Divine Family of the Mother Goddess.

Complete Manifesto:

Olivia's archived Manifesto announcements:

March 10, 2010

Clonegal Castle - Seasonal Festivals

Members who wish to visit the Castle are invited to do so during one of their eight seasonal festivals. The Foundation Center, with the assistance of the Circle of Brigid, hosts gatherings on: Brigantia, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnasad, Autumn Equinox, Samhain, and the Winter Solstice.

These festivals are by invitation only. To receive information about the exact dates and to receive an invitation to the next gathering, please use the following email, and place the words “FOI Invitation” in the subject line:

March 4, 2010

Imbolc Festival at Foundation Centre

"The Beginning of the New Aeon”
Imbolc Festival at Foundation Centre
Febrary 6th, 2010
By: Minette Quick

The evening before the Festival I was invited to visit the Temple to see what Lady Olivia had specially prepared to herald the Beginning of the New Aeon. Every altar now had a Goddess sculpture as well as a painting. She had pointed out that whereas paintings are portals to other dimensions, sculptures, such as her nephew David Durdin-Robertson’s figure of Isis at the heart of the Temple, have power to intrude into the 3 dimensional world, hence the fear of ‘idols’. Sensing her excitement, I walked carefully down the stone steps, wondering what awaited me! The depth, purity and clarity of the energy which greeted me was palpable and I was stunned by the Beauty and Presence of the three Veiled Goddesses within the Temple, Brigid, Kwan Yin and the Mighty Isis at the High Altar.

Within the Gateway, there was the Goddess Brigid, the soft silk of her veil draped down exquisitely over Her Well.

To the left of the High Altar, The Great and Compassionate Goddess Kwan Yin was also Veiled but her face was unhidden, her benevolent gaze resting upon the earth and all its creatures at her feet.

But at the High Altar, Her Presence enhanced beneath Her Veil in a halo of luminous violet, stood the magnificent figure of the Goddess Isis, as I had never seen her before.

We had a beautiful gathering of people from all over Ireland attending the Festival, many visiting for the first time. Following the traditional short impromptu play in the Barn Theatre directed by Lady Olivia, the company processed to the Temple in the Castle.

As all gathered around the Well for the Invocations by twelve Priestesses and Priests, the atmosphere was exquisite. Everyone received an individual Blessing from the Goddess for the New Aeon and first Brigid and then later Isis was unveiled. We had a beautiful Oracle of Ishtar, followed by other lovely Ceremonies including an inspired mystical meditation – however, any description of these outer manifestations could never evoke the magical flow of loving energy which pervaded the whole company, and which everyone spoke of later with great happiness and contentment. Afterwards many people queued for healing and counselling from the Priesthood in the various Chapels. The Goddess came to Her Temple to meet the needs of each one, to help them on their way.

Then it was straight down to the warmth of Osborne’s, the 18th Century Coaching Inn in the village, for a delicious home made tea, and good companionship. As we relaxed and chatted, the glorious rays of the Inner Sun arose, and were passed from one to another. Some had experienced its warmth and wonder before, but for some it was a new and amazing experience. It was a fitting end to a lovely day.

Minette Quick is the Hon. Secretary of the Circle of Brigid - our thanks to her for this beautiful account and photos.

Link to Homepage Archive:  Imbolc 2010 Festival