December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!

 © The Fiery Mother by Olivia Robertson

From Juno Covella, for Dec. 31st,
by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:

"Hestia, Vesta. Everliving flame of the hearth.
Life is eternal, and manifests - by rebirth through, the Mothers.
Fires and candles re-lighted from past flame.
Life renewal."

From our Hearth of the Goddess to yours,
a very happy and blessed 2011!

December 28, 2010

DVD of Olivia Robertson

Steven from Logic Reality just sent an email informing us that the DVD of Olivia Robertson that they have been working on for the past year is due for release on January 20th.  It is:

"A feature length documentary exploring the life and philosophy
of one of the founder members of The Fellowship of Isis,
Lady Olivia Robertson: Priestess of Isis."

The video is £15.00 + P&P, via PayPal and the price includes a donation to the Fellowship of Isis.

A trailer of the video, along with ordering information may be found here:

Promotional poster, available for purchase as well!

Short clips of the video, sent by the producers:

Solidified Light Energy

The Missing Mother (t5)

Crop Circles (t4)

The Temple Labyrinth (t2)

The Star Chapel
(Photos by Logic Reality, included with permission.)

December 23, 2010

Snowy Clonegal

As many of you know (and are experiencing yourselves), much of Ireland has been undergoing a cold and snowy winter this year. A friend has shared these photos after a recent snowfall, as well as several others which have been added to the "Winter Snowfall" section of this page of the Photo Gallery:

We will be adding more photos to this section later, as Olivia will be sending some as well.
Wherever you are, may you be surrounded by the beauty of the season, and have a safe and most blessed new year!
(Photos courtesy and copyrighted M. Moore.  All rights reserved.)

December 21, 2010

Sun in Capricorn

Blessings of this Solstice Full Moon!

We now continue our zodiac tour with the Shrine of Capricorn, located in the Well Chapel of Brigid at Clonegal Castle.

Also, here is an excerpt from a Castle ritual drama, in which Olivia Robertson speaks of Capricorn and the stories behind the constellations:  Olivia discusses the myths

(Link will open and play with the audio software you have designated for MP3 files - it is 90 sec./354kb.)

For those who have difficulty with audio files, here is the text:

"At Clonegal Castle in Ireland, it is Winter in the constellation of Capricorn. Let us contemplate this mystery of the humble Earth at the far distant stars of Capricorn, which some saw as a sea goat. Teachings given to us by the Magi. For they would ask a simple person: "my friend what is that in the sky?" They would say: 'it's goat's horns.' And the Magus would say, 'I will tell you concerning that goat.' And so the starry book revealed myths not known to astronomers, yet written in the Book of Fate. Despise not the myths of the stars, for they were linked to the simple imagination of humble fellow friends who gazed at the sky and called them names, and the teachings were given. And so their souls were brought nourishment. Let us contemplate the Earth and the constellation of Capricorn. . ."

(Photo by Olivia Robertson.  The Golden Winged-Brighid figure was carved by David Durdin-Robertson. Photos & audio files are copyrighted.)

Homepage archival link:  Shrines of the Zodiac

December 19, 2010

Happy Holidays!

In a recent letter, Olivia Robertson wishes everyone "A very happy Winter Solstice & Christmas!"

She also includes this delightful sketch of her walking in the snow and ice, surrounded by the animals of Clonegal Castle. These include Otto the Bernese mountain dog, Mouse the Dachshund, Spook, Nutmeg & Ginger, the cats, and Boris & Hamlet, the pot-bellied pigs!

It has been added to this page:  Animal Family of Isis

Many blessings for a safe and joyful holiday season to all!

p.s.  New photo of Boris added as well! ;)

December 8, 2010

Featured Book & Quote from "The Religion of the Goddess"

"I should like to start by quoting a passage from a book written by a certain Dr. Alexander. It is from a long treatise entitled "The History of Women". Although living 200 years ago, the author might well be an advanced advocate of the Women's Liberation Movement. He writes as follows:

"'The mythology of all antiquity is full of female as well as male deities. The Hebrews and many of their neighbouring nations, worshipped the Queen of Heaven; the Phoenicians adored Astarte; the Scythians, Apia; and the Scandinavians, Frigga, the consort of Odin. Wherever female deities have obtained a place in the religion of a people, it is a sign that women are of some consequence; for we find in those modern nations where the women are held in the most despicable light, that even their deities are all of the masculine gender.'

"In other words, to achieve a healthy society - something more is needed than 'Votes for women', 'Equal pay' and so on. For achieving a healthy society there is only one adequate answer; and that answer is: - a return to the Cult of the Goddess.

"This lecture is divided into two sections. First, we shall survey the history of Matriarchal religion. Second, we shall consider the rituals, both the public or outer, and the esoteric or inner Mysteries; the second section will end with a few examples of the effect of the cult of the Goddess on ethics."

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This booklet is a transcript of a lecture given by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, in the Assembly Room in Wexford on October 26, 1974, at the opening of the The Wexford Arts Centre.

You may read more here:  The Religion of the Goddess

The cover art is by Olivia Robertson.  It represents the Goddess sitting on the Holy Table and is is based on the High Altar of the Temple of Isis at Clonegal Castle.

To order this booklet, please visit our Publications Page and click on the order forms link.