June 27, 2011

Highlighted artwork: Achieving the Inner Sun

"Achieving the Inner Sun", by Olivia Robertson

Associated link:  Olivia's Online Art Gallery

June 24, 2011

The Vital Elements by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

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:

(220 kb)

A list of Lawrence's booklets, uploaded to date, may be found here:

June 21, 2011

Shrine of Cancer

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:

(1:45 min./412kb)

Audio transcript:
"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."

Homepage Archive links:

(First photo by Minette Quick, second photo by Olivia Robertson, with additional cropping & enhancement by this website.)

June 17, 2011

Olivia Robertson Painting

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:

June 14, 2011

God the Mother by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

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 :

(395 kb)

You may also revisit all of Lawrence's booklets uploaded so far here:

More Changing Faces!

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)
Homepage Archive Link:  All Temple Updates
(Photos copyright Minette Quick with additional cropping/enhancement by this website.)

June 13, 2011

Changing Faces of the Temple

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.


Homepage Archive link:  All Temple Updates

(Photos copyright Minette Quick with additional cropping/enhancement by this website.)

June 6, 2011

Life in the Next World

The next booklet by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson that we have uploaded is "Life in the Next World," and you may download it here (pdf file/759kb):

We have also created a page for everything to be found in one place:

We are concentrating on completing the PDF files first, and will eventually provide the booklets in HTML format, as well as printed form.  Please let us know if the PDF files become too large to easily download, and we will make two files available.  Thank you!

Regarding Visits to the Castle

Received this morning from Minette Quick, Hon. Sec. of the Circle of Brigid:

"Now that the season for Guided Tours of the Castle and Grounds is open for the summer months of June, July and August, I would be grateful if you would make it clear under FAQ's that general questions regarding visits to Huntington Castle for Guided Tours of the Castle and Grounds, and non-FOI events such as concerts etc., should be addressed to http://www.huntingtoncastle.com/.

Members wishing to come to one of our Fellowship Festivals at Huntington should continue to contact hon.sec.circleofbrigid@gmail.com for an invitation. It should be noted that these Festivals are private events and are not advertised on-line anywhere. The Castle is a private home and is not open to the public except for advertised events.

Thank you so much.
Minette Quick (hon.sec.circleofbrigid)"

June 3, 2011

The Religion of the Goddess

The entire "Religion of the Goddess" booklet by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson has been uploaded to the Homepage Archive in PDF format.

You may read the former excerpt and find the link to read the full PDF file here:

With permission from the Durdin-Robertson family, we will soon upload more of the works of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, as well as make them available in printed booklet form.  We will let you know when these will be available.