Welcome to the Fellowship of Isis: Rediscovering the Love and Compassion of the Goddess! The FOI is an international society founded in 1976 by Olivia, Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson. Societies include: the College of Isis, Spirals of the Adepti & Alchemy, Druid Clan of Dana, Noble Order of Tara & the Muses Symposium. The purpose of this blog is for sharing general FOI information, website updates and announcements sent directly from the central FOI Foundation Center in Ireland.
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 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.)
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!
"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.