September 26, 2011

La Familia Animal de Isis

Our Spanish translators, Maa Kheru Nen and Ka-Nakht Ridi Aut-ib, just submitted this translation of the "Animal Family of Isis" page.  Our thanks to both of them!

September 22, 2011

Shrine of Libra

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:

(MP3 file: 5:30 minutes / 1.25mb)

Transcript of Recording:

"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."

Related links:   Audio Gallery
                      Shrines of the Zodiac

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(Photo by Olivia Robertson with additional cropping & enhancement by this website. All rights reserved.)

September 7, 2011

New photo - Castle Guestroom

A photo postcard from Olivia Robertson of one of Clonegal Castle's guestrooms.  She writes "Nice and haunted by a congenial Bishop! Love, Olivia" 

This photo has also been added to the Homepage Archive photo gallery.

September 4, 2011

From Olivia: FOI Registration Privacy

Message for All Global Sites
3rd September 2011
From Olivia Robertson – Co-Founder

Because of the need for privacy, all FOI registrations and Centres will be kept at Foundation Centre's Archive Office.

Those Centres and Members who wish to publish their activities and ceremonies are welcome to do so, on Fellowship of Isis Websites. Cressida Pryor will not publish any material sent to her.

When my brother and I published Isian News originally, it was for Members only and we were careful not to print any private names or addresses.

Now with the World Wide Web, the FOI still respects and maintains the privacy of each member and their Centres.

Each individual answers to their own conscience and no-one else.

(Our thanks to Minette Quick for forwarding this message.  Message updated via Olivia's instructions on 9/8/11)

September 1, 2011

New book: "The Many Voices of Isis"

"The Oracles have returned to aid us."
Olivia Robertson

We are happy to announce a new booklet is now available: "The Many Voices of Isis, Oracles of Alchemy", by Olivia Robertson.

This is a sequel to the booklet "Sybil, Oracles of the Goddess", and contains all of the Oracles that Olivia has since received and incorporated into the FOI Liturgy.

"The Many Voices of Isis" includes an introduction, 8 sections of 98 Oracles, illustrations and photos.

Color cover art:  "The Three Oracles"

You may order this booklet here:  FOI Liturgy Order Forms    ("Liturgy" section - $10 plus s/h)

Or, read it in full here:  The Many Voices of Isis

Oracle: Goddess Hathor

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.

(c) Olivia Robertson, FOI co-founder
All Rights Reserved
Note: Distribution of the Oracle of the Month is encouraged,
but please keep this notice, as well as the above copyright
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Photo of Olivia Robertson courtesy of Dennis Murphy/ Logic Reality, from the "Olivia, Priestess of Isis" DVD.

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