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.
Anglo-Saxon: THE MOTHERS; Modraniht, Night of the Mothers. (Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 93) "as the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, 'Yuleday', or the 'Child's day', and the night that preceded it, 'MotherNight' " (Hilda Davidson, Gods, Myths, N. Europe, p. 112). . . "Bede mentions them in De Temporum Ratione (13), where he tells us that the night before Christmas was known in heathen times as Modraniht, 'the night of the mothers'. There seems little doubt that they were closely connected with the birth of children".
Babylonian: THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN. (Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 93) on the festivals held on December 25th. "Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honour of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven. . The same festival was adopted by the Roman Church . . This tendency on the part of Christians to meet Paganism half-way was very early developed."
Semitic (General): THE HEAVENLY VIRGIN, THE HEAVENLY GODDESS; ASTARTE. (Frazer, Golden Bough abgd. p. 358) "No doubt the Virgin who thus conceived and bore a son on the twenty-fifth of December was the great Oriental goddess whom the Semites called the Heavenly Virgin or simply the Heavenly Goddess; in Semitic lands she was a form of Astarte".
Egyptian: ISIS, NUT. (Eisler, Royal Art of Astrol. p. 270) "the goddess Isis, the Virgo Caelestis, the Egyptian sky-goddess Nut [was] believed to give birth to the Sun on the 25th of December". (Fell. of Isis Dir.) "December 25th: ISIS AND HER SON HORUS. Festival of children and young animals and birds and other creatures".
Persian: SPENTA ARMAITI. (Frazer, Golden Bough abgd. p. 358) "Mithra . . his nativity also fell on the twenty-fifth of December". For Spenta Armaiti as the mother of Mithra see Days of the Month: 25th.
Cyprian: MYRRHA. (Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 97) "The mother of Adonis . . was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son (Ovid, Metam. lib. x. v. 500-513) . - And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas-Eve . . As Zero-Ashta, 'the seed of the woman', which name also signifies Ignigena, or 'born of the fire', he has to enter the fire on 'Mothernight', that he may be born the next day out of it".
Blessings of the Winter Solstice! Olivia Robertson writes in the liturgy booklet Dea:
"In a Seasonal Rite, the invocation is connected with a special time of year, with the cyclic movements of the celestial bodies and with the climatic changes of the earth. For those living in a town, cut off from nature in her wild form, even the visualising of Stonehenge and the Polar stars at the Winter Solstice brings food for the soul, a reminder of past incarnations, a harmony with nature spirits."
To celebrate the season, here is a special audio clip of Olivia as Oracle of the Goddess Rhea, from the FOI ritual, "Winter, Star Rite." Click on the link below:
"If you would find me, look within yourself. Within you is space and time and all the stars that are. There is no star within my being that echoes not some hope, some dream, within each creature held within my Self. There is no distance in me, no separation: am I not the Void of Space? All moves with perfect accord within my blackness: and in my manifestation is there Light. Feel no fear. My life is eternal and so therefore all that have been, that are, that shall be, are my children. When you think - you reflect my thoughts; and when you feel - you know the beating of my heart. The breath of Life is mine and through this you live. Yet each of you is unique: if you were not so, you would not exist! Not one flower is like another. For in me is perfect Origin. Show forth my grace in your ideas and work, in individual particularity. For why should I hold in my embrace so many stars, if only one would do? Laugh! I am too great for solemnity: too mighty for analysis - yet none of my children may be belittled. In my laughter is heard the happy music of the constellations!"
Above is a past photo of High Altar: "Facing the two pillars is the high altar upon which stands a carved elm figure of Isis, carved by David aged 15. It is flanked by 4 candle sticks with a little lamp in front and an African figure on each side. It is within a baldequin, the former brass tabernacle cover from Bunclody Church. The altar-table came originally from the old chapel. Flowers,... either artificial, or natural, often given as gifts, are placed on either side of the altar."
See recent photos and hear Olivia Robertson speak of changes made to the High Altar this past January:
Happy Sun in Sagittarius! Above is a photo of the Shrine of Sagittarius, found in the Well Chapel of Brigid at Clonegal Castle Temple. Listen to this audio clip of Olivia Robertson giving a guided meditation of the Window of Sagittarius in a past ritual:
"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, 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."
You may also review last year's blog post, which contains an audio clip of Olivia speaking about the painting in this photo of the "Bride Ad Infinitum":
"We thank you our Holy Mother Isis for your Love, Beauty
and Truth which surround us now and evermore."
Members and others may attune at any time to the Fellowship of Isis, knowing that somewhere the Goddess is being invoked and her Blessings sent forth. At the Foundation Center, Clonegal Castle Temple, attunement is offered daily, mornings and evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 GMT.
Read more prayers and hear Olivia Robertson speak them at this link:
Forty illustrations that Olivia has created for the Fellowship over the years. Each page highlights a different drawing, almost half of them in full color. Also includes a preface and introduction. Olivia writes: "My writing expresses my mind and spirit: art for me shows forth my intuition and heart." Available from this page:
This photo is of the Shrine of Scorpio, located in the Well Chapel of Brigid at the Temple of Isis, Clonegal Castle. The wooden panels are carved by William Morris, and the altar cloth has the FOI Cosmic Web of the Universe embroidered upon it.
Please also enjoy this audio clip of a past ritual meditation, recorded by Olivia Robertson:
Visualize the Temple of all your dreams, surrounded by a rainbow of light .. . we enter through the southwest portal flanked by two mighty female sphinxes, wings reaching the glimmering roof. Now we notice four statues of a bull, a lion, an eagle and an angel! Let us approach the window of Scorpio in the West, overlooked by the golden eagle. We approach this window and seat ourselves before this stained glass surmounted by the sign of Scorpio. The picture shows a man in green robes holding aloft a wand entwined with a green and red cobra with raised hood. By him is a woman in purple robes, who is riding up on her tiger with her arms around his neck. Suddenly a wind rushes through the Temple, throwing open the window. Through it we see the brilliant ten stars of Scorpio shining above a mountain by the sea.
You find yourself floating towards a red and emerald star, Antares. As you approach, you see a colour-filled land where fulfilled desires may be enjoyed. Think of this, enter this place - but beware! Do not lose yourself, caught by obsessive passions. Enter the paradise of fulfilled desire. Enjoy what you have longed for in your heart, and dared not feel. This divine within us - desire . . . love . . . but with it may come the desire of power over those we love. We face this in ourselves, to keep them safe within our own arms. With this comes jealousy, fear, hatred against a rival. . . there is the danger of total subservience, surrender to one person, one cause, one overriding desire. The cause for which we kill, for which we are manipulated. . .we are followers shouting slogans, filled with the obsessive passion for tribe . . . for ideal . . . for leader. And is the leader enslaved by passions?
Here is the place of alchemy, these passions must be realized to be transmuted into Love, Beauty, Truth. The Truth of the idea, the Love within the passion. All evil slips away, transmuted into good. The power of the passions is enjoyed. And so we are enabled to receive love as well as give it, to give it as well as to receive. We regret being called back. We leave Antares, slowly withdraw, back away from this wonderful star, and come back before the stars by the doorway, of the Temple of the Zodiac.
"Who protecteth the soul with thy feathery wings of the Kite; whose blood, enchantments and power strengthen the soul; inspire us with thy breath of the West Wind. Winged Goddess who concealeth thy brow with thy long hair, spread thy hair of enchantment and shake it over the brow of thy Devotees. Breathe into us thy Breath of life and health and strength."
Blessings of the Sun in Libra and Happy Equinox! The Shrine of Libra at the Foundation Center of Clonegal Castle is pictured above. It shows a statue of the Goddess Etain, which was carved by the late David Durdin-Robertson. She is bestowing a blessing upon the animals that surround Her. The back wooden panel is by William Morris and features an inlaid fleur-de-lis. This altar is located in the Well Chapel of Brigid within the Temple of Isis.
This month we offer a meditation on the Window of Libra in the Temple of the Zodiac, recorded by Olivia Robertson in a past rite. Click on the link below to listen:
"How honored we are to be climbing the hill towards the Temple of the Zodiac. As we gaze at the stars wheeling around us, we realize that each star is the home of Divine intelligences and even mightier Beings and Deities who preside over whole galaxies. Is beyond our believing, yet each of us has a spark of star within us and we belong to the body of the Cosmic Mother. On we climb, up the hill, and we reflect that as each star is haven of Deities, bright beings we may become, yet there are also planets encircling, which are planetary schools for us, as is our Earth. We face the south-west portal of the Temple. It is flanked by mighty winged Sphinxes. Pass the Sphinxes and we enter. Look upon the twelve walls, these beautiful stained-glass windows are each crowned with a sign of the Zodiac.
"Come to the west window surrounded by the seventh sign, Libra: the scales of equal day and night, autumn and spring. The picture shows a Goddess beneath an Aspen tree, cradling the Yin-Yang egg. Think of a Goddess cradling it. The Consort of the Goddess encircles Her with His arms. Below we read the ancient words: 'The aspen will detain, The egg will all explain; Seek not; yourself be sought. All other search in vain.'
"A mighty wind rushes through the Temple, throwing open the window - feel this wind pouring through. We see through it the glittering constellation of Libra with its 28 stars. The star Se Han forms the south-western pan of the scales. Approach the window! Look at the constellation of Libra and enter into entirely other landscape of soft beauty, into this happy land of the Goddess Kwan Yin, full of all we have ever longed for, land of our heart's longing. Here we have the company of those we love, forever - or - as long as we choose. We make our own space and time in Infinity. Here grow the Peaches of Immortality. Taste them if you can find them. Those who have tasted these peaches may ever return, if they have the will to do so.
"Here, all are reconciled: love and truth, philosophy and religion, peace and activity. Above all we find harmony within ourselves and with others. Here is harmony with all Nature. Judgment is not judging others: it is having the judgment to bring harmony so there's no loss to any. Peace can only come with justice. Let us do justice to ourselves, and so we will be just to all, and so the Law of Love and Harmony prevails.
"Thus, in harmony with ourselves, we are part of the Cosmos and the Music of the Spheres."
In honor of Olivia Robertson's new booklet, "The Many Voices of Isis" (see post directly above), we are sharing this month's FOI Oracle of the Month, which you may also listen to from this historic audio clip of Olivia and Lawrence during ritual.
(MP3 file - 4:51min/1.11mb - audio varies slightly from text)
FOI Oracle of the Month
September 2011 Oracle: The Goddess Hathor Booklet: "Urania, Ceremonial Magic of the Goddess" By: Olivia Robertson
Adorable Hathor, Kindly Mother of all creatures, Goddess of love and laughter, we are orphaned of Thee! We have turned away from Thy joy which calls us through all Nature to return again to Thy beautiful bounty. Bestow on us happiness and love; health and abundance.
Because you ask Me for these gifts, you shall receive them! For long hard centuries you, my dear human children, have sought knowledge and authority, strength and sanctity, believing that these hardly won gains will make you as the Deities! But though it is well to be powerful, without love and happiness you are as nothing. And this love is not some strange and terrible passion that could tear you asunder, as it does when suppressed or misused: rather it is the kindly benevolence that not only seeks the good for others but also for oneself! For who would be the victim of another's immolation? True friendship and marriage is to share good things such as abundance, laughter and peace. For in the past you clever and hard-working ones have travelled the earth making converts to your puritanical civilization, but have made millions wretched and uprooted them from their own way of living.
It is not for nothing that I am depicted with the solar disc between the horns of a cow! Do not despise me in this form, for as a cow I have four legs and can stand in my sleep, whereas the walking two-legged human suffers from unbalance! I give my milk generously and have the wisdom to stay where I am, either eating grass or meditating, which is what you call ‘chewing the cud'. You run around too much in your minds and with your bodies. Be peaceful. Be happy. And in this way you will, through gentleness, find power; through stillness, achieve progress, and by living fully each moment, gain abundance for all time. Know that Jupiter Himself appears as a bull, as does Serapis. Yet neither of these Gods nor I Myself manifesting in these animal forms derive Our strength and health from killing and eating our fellows. You petition Me for health. Do likewise. Be happy! For if you are happy now - you are happy forever. To rejoice in the Eternal Now is my secret. My Love abideth, for it is the Love of the All-Mother.
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Blessings of the Sun in Virgo! Above is a photo of the Shrine of Virgo at Clonegal Castle, and below is a more detailed view. This altar is contained within a blocked-up window in the Egyptian passage of the basement Temple. The center figure of Isis raising Osiris, was carved by David Durdin-Robertson when he was 16, and Olivia painted Her gold a few years ago.
We also have an audio file to share with you of Olivia Robertson leading a meditation during a past ritual. This is a large file, so you may need to allow extra time for it to download:
"We shut our eyes and still our minds. We see before us in the distance a hill crowned with a beautiful Temple surrounded by myriads of stars. We mount the hill by a winding path. We are climbing up to the Temple of the Zodiac. It is twelve-sided and pearl colored with long windows that glow with many colored lights. We are approaching a Gateway in the south-east, guarded by two bronze statues of Sphinxes - women to the waist, lions below, their wings reaching the roof. On the left of the Gateway is a spring from which a stream flows into the Temple through a conduit.
"We particularly examine the windows on either side of the doorway. On the left, is a window marked "Leo". The stained-glass depicts a naked woman surrounded by a Hawk, a Lioness, a Cow and a Winged God. On the window on the right, is a picture of a woman veiled from head to foot, holding an Ankh in her right hand, a scroll in her left. Over the window is the sign of Virgo, formed by two folded wings and the knot of Isis. The sign of Virgo looks like an "M" and you can form a loop in the center, the Knot of Isis. Over the doorway is a bas-relief of a Sphinx, her lion's body facing the Leo window, her woman's face turning towards the window of Virgo. Her wings sweep downwards on either side of the entrance, forming two feathered curtains.
"Suddenly a powerful wind rushes through the Temple pushing open the Window of Virgo! Through it we see eight blazing stars shining through nebulae. Within this astral sphere of Virgo are the Isles of the Blest where we learn how to weave the future from the past, by using the present.
"Now I want you to visualize yourself passing through the Window of Virgo, the eight blazing stars, and we see islands of great beauty. All may enter this place, the Isles of the Blest, but those who have done wrong, learn here how to expiate and make all well. How lovely are the islands. There is music here, great beauty, nature spirits, wonderful animals. Peaceful lions, deer, small animals playing around their feet, lionesses. . . The animals and birds here are intelligent. You can communicate with them telepathically, as we can with angels, nature spirits, Deity. Do this. . learn. . learn how to be blest so we may attain this place even in sleep on earth. You learn here the weaving, because we are the Fates, we create our own Fate. They're not sinister ladies sitting on thrones being disagreeable to us. We have to learn even how to turn evil into good, which is wonderful because nothing's wasted you see - we can use the past now to create the present. But you need help to do this and that is why we need to be in the Isles of the Blest.
"At first we feel overcome when we think of the harm we've done.. . maybe we've harmed animals or people.. .but now we see how we can 3-fold make up for it. We can forgive others. There's all of infinity to do good in. There's much laughter here because nothing is more delightful than to recognize the Truth, and often it makes one laugh, at oneself, preferably. All pretense vanishes here. Now if you feel you have experienced this bliss of creation, of creating a better future for ourselves and our earth, you may now, I should think, feel like looking at the eight stars.. . you feel spiritual light pouring through you. We learn here to center ourselves. Now is the center of the circle around which time flows - past and present, like a stream flows around us - that is the secret. We are not moving through time, we are ever the same in spirit - no, time is moving around us. We are not moving through space, space is moving around us. Feel this consciousness, this awareness. You are in the center. Time and space are flowing around you and you may therefore alter what happens. This is the art of Creation."
"It is now time for us to return through the Window of Virgo. Leave by this Window of Virgo, come back through the window. We all return to the holy Temple, changed - even a little."
Please know that the majority of the content remains the same as before - Olivia Robertson's background commentary, the Liturgy initiation structures, etc. These versions simply include policy changes and any other updates and/or additions that have been issued by Olivia since the last versions were printed. Current information may always be accessed on the various Society sections of the Homepage as well:
From Olivia Robertson
via Caroline Wise
Received: July 28, 2011
"A Priestess of Isis here in Avalon, Celia, asked me how my brother and I prepared candidates for Ordination and other Initiations.
"Our essential aim for any Candidate was to receive direct revelation of the real existence of the Goddess. This we achieved through the Candidate developing psychic and spiritual awakening through trance experience and dream interpretation. Development of the Kundalini was all important for receiving the direct flow of energy through the body.
"The Candidate was required to have a practical way to care for others through nature, social work, care for animals or the environment.
"Practice of the Arts and Crafts was necessary for each Candidate to develop his or her unique gifts. Lawrence and myself gave our sessions for eight day periods. We would assemble in the library in the morning and each person was required to read a paper on some relevant subject to FOI. In the afternoons, we made pilgrimage to a sacred place to cooperate with the local energies.
"At 6.00 p.m. we would assemble to experience magical journeys of the soul, where each person would report on what they received spiritually. Here, some found the gift of Oracle, others of Healing and Counselling. We accepted the equality of Teacher and Candidate, demanded no violation of their private lives or asked for any binding vows. When we felt that the Candidate was accepted by the Goddess and her Consort the God, we would then give the Rite of Rebirth, followed by Ordination in our Temple of Isis in full ceremony. The new Priestess or Priest, in our experience, received a full flow of divine energy. They then, as was the custom of the ancient Priesthood, gave their Blessing to the world, with a declaration of their future spiritual intent."
From Olivia Robertson:
I am so happy that my niece Cressida Pryor is my successor in the spiritual and ethical work of the Fellowship of Isis. We need one single centre for registration of membership and centres (Lyceums, Iseums, Priories and Groves) which should be Clonegal Castle. Cressida has offered to be the custodian of the register. New members may register with her and must sign that they agree to the Manifesto. No member has the right to control another. There are no subscription fees, membership will always continue to be free. I feel my brother is with me as the Fellowship of Isis goes back to basics.
Cressida is the niece of my brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and Pamela Durdin-Robertson.
From Cressida Pryor:
Registration to the Fellowship of Isis, and registration of centres may be made via my email. (email@example.com) All must agree to the Manifesto. Please put ‘FOI’ in the title bar of any emails.
Additional from Olivia: "Cressida is responsible only for registration and not new membership."
To All Global Centres, FOI Centres and The College of Isis From Olivia Robertson July 22, 2011
Received from Olivia Robertson in London via Caroline Wise.
Admittance to Iseums, Lyceums, Degrees, Druid Clan of Dana and Noble Order of Tara may be accomplished through any existing centre.
Owing to the great increase in Lyceums and FOI centres in many countries and languages, no single national of ANY country has authority over the Fellowship of Isis or The College of Isis, or any of our centres.
There is no special permit of authority from the USA, UK or any other country that recommends or gives permission for any FOI Centre. The FOI has always had a democratic voice.
Co-Founder of The Fellowship of Isis
Festival of Opet
Happy Sun in Leo! Above is the Shrine of Leo in the Temple of Isis at Clonegal Castle. This shrine is found to the right of the Shrine of Cancer and both are located in the passageway outside of the Cave of the Mothers.
Click on the mp3 link below and listen as Olivia calls upon the Goddess Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess, during ritual:
"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.. . Holy Sekhmet, bring to us thy flame within the golden sun which is beneath the earth. We feel the flames rising up from the heart of the earth, Cor Leonis, Heart of the Lioness: star royal, flame, red fire. Bring us Thy flame. Sisters, brothers, feel the power rise up from the earth. Let it rise and shine and warm our hearts with love." (sistrum)
Shrine of The Anthrosphinx of Sekhmet, Bast, and Ra.
Musings on Priesthood Training Courses From Olivia Robertson 22/7/2011
As we have said in our Manifesto, My brother and I have printed our ordination ceremony but left it to individual priestesses and Priests to offer their own form of training. Purely from a personal point of view I like what Caroline has told me this morning so I have prevailed on her to offer her own method which is modern, democratic and original. It allows the candidate to bring the Goddess into everyday life.
My brother and I were very clear that anyone could leave the Fellowship, including the priesthood and any FOI group or course at anytime and that they will be sent forth with goodwill and kindness however annoyed they are at the time! I don’t mind if they find spiritual support elsewhere. The Priestess allows the candidate privacy and therefore freedom in their personal life. There should be no vows or secrecy. Let us be happy! Love is the Heartbeat of the Universe.
My brother is present as Caroline and I are talking here on the sofa after breakfast:
From Caroline: Olivia has asked me to share the basics of my Priestess training.
My course is open to all who come with a genuine good heart. It is a very practical and the aims are for the candidate to integrate the Goddess into the ‘mundane’ sphere, what we call everyday life, which includes ones’ work, hobbies, and other activities. This extends to some form of conservation work; practical or raising awareness; Some similar work will be taken with animals and the environment. This is not as daunting as it sounds, trust me! This complements academic research – hearing of your genuine psychic and spiritual contact with the goddess is as important, if not more so, than you telling me what you have learned from books!
The practical work also complements this more esoteric work such as the daily meditations and psychic attunements, FOI Liturgy rites, joining us in solo distant attunement, dream understanding, and bi-monthly group meetings. To me the most important aspect of the role of Priestess is to give the oracle of the Goddess, and it is a particular feature of the FOI priesthood. My course offers training with this.
The candidate finds that by the date of their ordination, they are already acting as a Priestess or Priest with grace in all spheres of their life, including how they treat others, how they share, and how they treat themselves. Equally, I see the role of the Pr/Prs offering an ordination course as one of bringing out the Pr/Prs already within the candidate. No form of bossing or discipline should be present in the relationship. There can be no form of domineering from teacher to student, the relationship is not healthy if the teacher acts like a boss, and the student should not accept it. The newly ordained Prs or Pr is free to continue working with the same people, or to start their own group and to go forth with blessings of the Fellowship. Aset Shemu.
Druidess. Festival of Opet, Isis the Awakener From Olivia Robertson July 19, 2011
To all Global Centres of The Fellowship of Isis and The Druid Clan of Dana and The Noble Order of Tara:
I have been overwhelmed by the needs of my friends the Hopi, Mayans, and Polynesians and other Native American peoples both North and South to save their whole life-style from well meaning but disastrous intervention.
Now at last the Divine Command of the Earth Goddess has been heard as Druidess Caroline Wise was summoned to see Her Excellency the Bolivian Ambassador to London to help the Earth Goddess and the indigenous people. The Ambassadress has said we are five minutes to midnight to saving the earth, and that the earth goddess Patchamama is now officially recognised by the Bolivian government.
If we want to help, each of us can light a candle to the Earth Goddess that we may perform her Divine Will to save the Earth. Not our will, her will by forming a network of lights around the earth.
I was very honoured to be asked to a meeting at the Bolivian Embassy by the Ambassador to Britain Maria Beatriz Souviron to discuss the summer solstice significance at Stonehenge, and the goddess. I was also asked to describe our own beliefs in the Fellowship of Isis. I told her about our work in the Druid Clan of Dana and the Noble Order of Tara. Vivianne Crowley represented Wicca. Please see my report in the latest Isian News. (http://www.isiannewsfoi.org/) The ambassador said we are five minutes to midnight regarding the diminution of earth’s resources. She was aware that the pagan practice of the Bolivian indigenous people have similarities with modern ‘Western’ pagan practice. While I am aware that there are also differences that may not be in accord with my own practice, the important thing is that the Goddess has been officially recognised by a democratically elected government and this will lead to more recognition of the Goddess world wide.
To help with this restoration of the Goddess, I sanction Olivia’s suggestion that we light candles and send the light forth to the indigenous people of the world. Five minutes to midnight on any day convenient to you would be a good time to do this; if this is not possible, then any time could be symbolic of ‘five minutes to midnight’.
The first booklet in the Communion with the Goddess series - The Vital Elements - by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, has been uploaded to the Homepage Archive. You may access the PDF booklet directly from this link:
Blessings of the Sun in Cancer and Happy Solstice! Above is a recent photo of the Shrine of Cancer at the Temple of Isis, Clonegal Castle, while the photo below is an earlier version from a few years ago for comparison. The Shrine of Cancer is located in the passageway outside of the Cave of the Mothers, going towards the Chapel of Lakshmi.
This zodiac season we also offer an audio clip of FOI co-founder, the late Lawrence Durdin-Robertson explaining the sign of Cancer during ritual:
"Companions on the quest for occult wisdom hidden within the Great Deep, know that the Sign of Cancer was reverenced in remote antiquity. In the fourth month of the Chaldea Duzu, it is the Northern Gate of the Sun whence, at the Summer Solstice, it commences its retrograde movement. With Scorpio and Pisces, Cancer forms the Watery Trigon. To the Coptic Egyptians, this sign was the Power of Darkness of the Jackal Anubis, Guide of the Dead, a Deity of Sirius. It was known as the Dark Sign with no eyes. The Ancient Egyptians knew it as Scarabeus, the beetle Kephera that holds the mud ball of earth. Cancer is depicted as Sacer, the Water Beetle of Immortality, in the most ancient Zodiac known, found in the Temple of Isis in the Denderah Temple of Hathor."
Five new photos of Olivia painting, as well as a video clip from Olivia's DVD have been added to the Art Gallery. Our thanks to Dennis & Steven from Logic Reality for providing these. Please go to the link below and then scroll down to the "Video" selection:
The booklet, "God the Mother, The Creatress and Giver of Life" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, has just been uploaded in full to the Homepage Archive. It is available to be downloaded from this PDF link :
Four more new photos of the Temple were received from Olivia this morning, via Minette. Enjoy!
Working directly on the wall, Olivia has now extended her beautiful full-length portrait of Hathor around the curves of the wall, which shows off Her lovely flowing hair, shoulder and arms to perfection. This painting now provides a wonderful welcome to visitors, as they come down the last few steps into the Temple.
In the Shrine of the Anthrosphinx Bast now faces a harvest wreath as She is Protectress of the Harvest at the time of the Inundation of the Nile, between Leo &Virgo.
Directly facing the Anthrosphinx is the Granite Dolmen doorway of the Cave of The Mothers and the Shrine of Opet. Celebrated on 23rd July, also between Leo & Virgo.
This Shrine of Osiris, Nephythys & Isis leads us to the main scene of Opet within the Cave. The Winged Isis restores Osiris to life. We also are reborn through the Divine Wife, the Divine Mother! So are we all. (OR)
Eight beautiful new photos of the Temple at Clonegal Castle were forwarded by Minette this morning for Olivia Robertson! They were taken by Minette on June 9, 2011. Commentary by Minette and Olivia may be found below each photo.
From Minette: "Olivia has surpassed herself – it appears that the work of the Goddess in the Temple was not yet complete for this season! MQ."
Window Between Aquarius & Pisces
Here we have The Butterfly of Psyche in copper-work with a huge image of The Bee Queen, two carved images of The Nature Spirits of Day & Night preside.
Aries: Isis & Gaea as Nature Spirits
Palu Irish Cat Goddess. Carved by David Durdin Robertson. He had begun to paint her blue – OR completed it. She is between an African wood-carving of a Giraffe, and a picture on slate of Etaine & Midir, Irish Nature Sidhe by OR. Behind him is an African animal hanging on cloth.
Palu Irish Cat Goddess. Carved by David Durdin Robertson. He had begun to paint her blue – OR completed it. She is between an African wood-carving of a Giraffe, and a picture on slate of Etaine & Midir, Irish Nature Sidhe by OR. Behind him is an African animal hanging on cloth.
Shrine of Cancer
White statue of Juno with pictures of a Peacock Angel, Moon Deities & a lot of real Peacock feathers. Below is a richly coloured piece of appliqué work representing the Spider Goddess Arachne.
Shrine of Leo
Lady & the Lion painted by OR. Carving of a Woman in Yew Wood by David D-R. Images of Sekhmet & Amon Ra. A Pekinese dog, head & image of elephant, appliqued Egyptian geese. To the left is a painting on cloth by OR of the Princess Scota, above a full length Egyptian dress.
Isis in the Shrine of the Mirror of Osiris.
First full-face portrait of Isis by OR!
Painted on glass, with a coloured background in a painted wooded shrine, Her Shrine is below that of the painted veil of Osiris over a circular mirror. Above is Nepthys painted on stone. She is always portrayed above the head of Osiris, Isis at his feet.
"When I returned the next day (10.06.2011) Olivia had just completed a full length portrait of Hathor that very morning, and made some other additions as she explains below….. MQ."
Message from Olivia
"After painting Isis, it came to me that there was no clear expression to help others understand the very meaning of the Goddess. So I found myself painting Hathor and adding the flowers and fruits of the Earth to each figure, providing food, beauty and abundance to all.
I realise now that Isis is revealing Herself, through the changing faces of Her Temple, withdrawing Her Veil, not all at once, but Shrine by Shrine according to the Zodiac periods.”
Shrine of The Anthrosphinx of Sekhmet, Bast, Ra.
This was comprised of the Zodiac Houses of Leo to Virgo. The climax was the Egyptian Harvest with the inundation of the Nile. So Hathor Goddess of Love & Abundance is shown giving a cornucopia of food to the hungry, Humans, a Lion and a Tiger. Fruit is shown given by the Deities, Sekhmet, Bast & Ra.