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.
"The Twin Mothers", illustration by Olivia Robertson. Here are some quotes from the book, "Juno Covella" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:
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
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".
Foundation Centre Winter Solstice Festival 20th December
We were blessed with a crisp dry day as we met for
our last ceremony of the year. As ever in addition to our regular membership we
welcomed one or two members and their guests who had travelled to be with us for
the first time, and there was an air of spiritual warmth amongst us as we set
off singing to the Druid’s Grove. Here members of the priesthood invoked Deity
in both Irish and English as we stood within its sacred circle, drawn to look up
in amazement at the sheer height and majesty of these mighty trees - towering
above us and reminding us again that Nature is our Mother, who meets our every
On this occasion it wasn’t possible to visit the ancient Abbey in
the grounds, so we paused at Persephone’s Shrine, to invoke her permission to
enter the Temple with pure hearts, before filing quietly into the beautiful
atmosphere which awaited us within. As we gathered for invocations and
individual blessings beside Brigid’s Well of Truth, the powerful energy of the
sacred water rose up to inspire and welcome everyone to the hearth of the
Goddess where all hearts are known.
During the blessings a beautiful
Solstice version of Silent Night was sung and all was wrapped in magical peace
as we proceeded to our seats around the High Altar, where a silver-veiled figure
awaited our arrival to give us an Oracle from the Cailleach, the ancient Irish
Goddess of Winter. Quiet yet clear as a distant bell on a frosty morning, she
spoke from the perennial wisdom of the ages.
2014 has been a hard time
for many of our members, a time of death and yet renewal, of coping with
personal loss, yet continuing to seek to draw upon deep wells of connection to
the divine for comfort and understanding. So we were invited to enter a space of
rest and reflection for a while to the beautiful strains of the harp played live
beside the Altar.
This was followed by a sharing of the deep inner
release which may be evoked by connecting with the Dark Goddess such as the
Welsh Goddess Ceridwen and Nepthys the sister of Isis. To provide balance we
were reminded of working with the Divine Masculine in the form of Aengus Og, the
Celtic God of Love. All revelation comes through devotion and entails inner work
on ourselves, and each of us comes to it and expresses the fruits of it in
different and uniquely valuable ways – so many thanks to the members of the
priesthood who took part in this, and to everyone who joined in with the
spirited chant which was offered to lift up our hearts in preparation for the
truly inspiring Seasonal Story-telling treat which came next!
Spell-bound we listened to the telling of the wonders surrounding the
conception and birth of a son - ‘achieved within the span of one full day only
while the Sun stood still’ - of Aengus Og himself, the magical love child of the
Ancient Irish God the Dagda Mor and the Goddess Boann. Told in tones of wonder,
using her ‘bohran’ (the traditional Irish hand drum) to perfection, our powerful
story-teller held us in the palm of her hand.
The main proceedings were
completed with a quiet inner journey, offered by yet another member of the
priesthood, and the golden and silvered energies of her gentle steadying voice
brought inner peace and returned us safely back to ourselves in the Temple.
(photo of belvedere on Castle grounds, copyright reserved)
"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. . ."
(Cropped photo by Minette Quick of the Well Chapel of Brigid, Foundation Center
Temple, Ireland. This north-east corner is also the Shrine of Capricorn. The well cover
was painted by Olivia Robertson and represents the Sidhe of Water and
Earth. Audio and photo copyright protected.)
"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. When a group gathers for a seasonal festival, even in a small room,
affinity is realised with the cosmos. Above is not a mere plaster ceiling with
an electric light bulb suspended from it - but the starry glory of the heavens.
Behind the television set is the mystery of the setting sun: beyond the radiator
is the radiance of the circumpolar stars: by the door may be felt the influence
of the centre of our galaxy, near Vega, the Weaver Maid. And mighty Orion is
rising below the sitting-room carpet, as he chases Taurus, and in turn is
followed by the Star of Isis now below the earth." (Olivia Robertson from
the book, "Dea.")
(The Inner Sun painting by Olivia Robertson, Foundation Center Temple, Ireland.)
Blessings to all Aset Shemsu. The FOI's funeral rite, the Dulce Domum, will be held
for Dr. Jocelyn Almond on Friday, the 19th of December at 12:20pm GMT. (7:20am
EST). Those who wish to attune are invited, and you may download a copy of the
ritual from her memorial page here:
"A spiral procession slowly and surely winding its way through a garden inwards
towards a temple blends two spheres, the earthly and the psychic. After such a
ceremony, the garden or field has a different, more psychically alive
atmosphere, which may be felt even by those unacquainted with the occult. The
wearing of robes and regalia, the playing of musical instruments, enhance the
effect. However, if neighbours may wonder when they hear chanting, the clash of
symbols, the eerie notes of the flute and the rattle of the sistrum, all that is
needed is a quiet walk around the garden in everyday clothes. During this silent
walk, thoughts are sent forth to bless plants and the earth. The procession then
winds inwards to the hall door and so within to the shrine. So is the outer
acknowledged and blended with the inner. After the Rite within the shrine, which
brings through the Power needed for the good purpose of the ceremony, it is
needful that the procession should return out-of-doors, preferably in a contrary
spiral movement. This return is not to inhibit the Power, nor to dispense with
the aid of those elemental and other Beings who have chosen to join in the
ceremony. It is to disperse the power outwards so that it may radiate blessing
to the whole neighbourhood and the surrounding plants, earth and streams." (Olivia Robertson, "Dea: Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess")
(photo of the doors to the Foundation Center Temple, painted by Olivia Robertson.)
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Jocelyn Almond in the early morning of Thursday, November 27th. She was an FOI Archpriestess and member of the Star of Isis. In 1995 she founded the Lyceum of Isis Myrionymous near London and had correspondence students world-wide.
Jocelyn was the author of many books, including Egyptian Paganism for Beginners, An Egyptian Book of Shadows, The Book of Egyptian Ritual, The Fall of Xeirozogenes, The Barricaded Tower and also several on the Tarot, co-written with her husband, Dr. Keith Seddon.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. More information will be posted on this page of our website as it is received:
"Holy Isis, Holy Osiris;
We give you thanks
that your Love, Beauty and Truth
are manifest with Power and Peace
throughout all spheres,
within all beings,
and we accept your Blessing now,
in Mind and Heart."
The Shrine of Sagittarius, Foundation Center Temple.
"Presided over by The Morrigan, Queen of All Rivers at Full Flow,
Springs and Wells, She is the Virgin Source – the Baive.
Her husband is The
Dagda Mor, Chief of the Danaans
She is also An Cailleach, the Widow, She Who
Where Her Daughter, a tributary, joins her,
A Goddess Centre is
The Castle is on the Banks of the River Derry,
which is a tributary of the ‘River of Healing’- the Slaney.
The FOI as a Daughter of the Goddess
has established the ‘New
And dedicated it as the Druid Clan of Dana,
Based in the Druid
in the Wilderness in the grounds of the Castle."
(Commentary by Olivia Robertson and Minette Quick, photo by M.Q.)
"Harken to my words with your inner ear: and see with the Eye of Vision. The
seed falls from the plant into the depths, there to draw within itself the
elements of growth. When spring comes the plant grows through the earth into the
bright air. The great trees and the small wild flowers alike give their gifts of
colour and scent and good food. The birds make their nests in branches and the
bees and butterflies are enchanted by the many coloured flowers. But when the
autumn comes what then of the plants and flowers? Their seeds fall into the dark
earth, as I did: and they are reborn on earth, as I was. But their true Selves
enjoy eternal beauty with Demeter and all Deities: as I do, now and for ever
more." Oracle of Persephone, by Olivia Robertson.
(photo of the Shrine of Persephone, Foundation Center, copyright Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle.)
Olivia's Passing Anniversary Message from Cressida Pryor
On today's anniversary of Olivia's earthly death I am sure we will all connect
with our memories of her in our own way.
She was truly exceptional and
her Tara poem seems so pertinent on the day we connect with a comet, which she
would have loved, and we honour her life and death:
"The canopy of stars are mine, Bright eyes of the black Mothers. I
draw the starlight through the spirals of space To the dark earth's mountains
and little hills, So stars and earth are one. See Me in the mirror of the
moon reflecting the Inner Sun. I am with every being that is For I am
within you all."
To further honor Olivia Robertson on the anniversary of her passing (see post directly below), we have uploaded fifteen new
audio files. This adds two more hours of Olivia presenting her Reflections
articles, often with additional commentary. To listen and read the text as well, go to the
link below, click on "Reflections" and scroll down to the new additions:
Blessings to all Aset Shemsu. Please join us in lighting a candle to remember and honor Olivia Robertson,
on the first anniversary of her passing.
"My own dedication came from sudden awareness of identity with the
White Light of Isis, a shining silver-white feminine figure with wide shining
lightning flashes extending from either side of her head – that encompassed the
stars. So I learnt that without Truth, Love becomes dissipated. I have always
received inspiration from Those outside myself. I received the teaching:
'Approach Truth with courage: Love with humility.' Divine reality pervades every
being. I learnt to honour the truth in all faiths and philosophies. To accept
Deity in each creature and atom. I felt the love within all born of The Great
Mother of All." (Olivia Robertson, "The Call of Isis")
Greetings to all Members from Foundation Centre As we approach the first anniversary Of the passing of our Co-Founder Rt. Rev. Olivia Robertson On November 14th, 2013
The weather had been overcast and blustery with intermittent rain all week but it didn’t prevent us from processing the grounds of the Castle, to invoke Deity at the sacred places where the Druid Clan of Dana and the Noble Order of Tara were created by the Co-Founders of the Fellowship of Isis, before entering the Temple under the watchful eye of Persephone. It was wet underfoot but the sun shone upon the still green beech leaves high up amongst the magnificent tall trunks of the trees in the Druid’s Grove.
Many thanks to Pamela Currey, who as a member of the Durdin-Robertson family takes responsibility for the regular care of the Temple with the assistance of members of the priesthood. Their work continues to ensure that the life within the Temple itself which so inspired the Co-Founders is still palpable and provides a wonderful welcome to all who enter. The energy at Brigid’s Well of Truth, in particular, was incredibly powerful as water was drawn for the customary blessings of all present, a libation having been made to the Goddess of all Waters.
The programme on this occasion was very much cognisant of the legacy left to us all by Olivia, whom so many of us feel honoured to have known personally and spent so much time with. Marian who cared for her so exquisitely during the long months in hospital in Waterford presided on this occasion. At the High Altar we received an Oracle in deep peace from the Goddess Danu, and were enchanted in turn by some beautiful ‘a cappella’ solo singing, a poem inspired by the passing of a close relative, and an African chant which we all learnt and sang in parts led by Marian, but the centre-piece was a short Mystery Play the kernel of which was created by Olivia during her final months, and entrusted to both Marian and Cait who kept careful notes, as she wished it to be performed annually in the Temple at this time.
Many Blessings to you all from Foundation Centre! I haven’t gone into too much detail on this occasion, but you can be assured that the spirit of the Fellowship of Isis is still very much alive here at this time, and we believe that Olivia in closer Fellowship with the Goddess Herself is directing all our paths towards the growth of freedom to express our own inner divinity in love, beauty and truth together and pass it on in this troubled world.
The Cave of the Mothers, Foundation Center Temple: "Wooden African Carving of Mother and Child. The Mother Goddess, Eke-Eyen. Behind left, the 3 Artistic Creators, Pele, Brighid and Maya. Stone figure of Child of Gaia. Painted cloth of Persephone, Queen of Hades."
(Commentary by Olivie Robertson, photo by M. Quick.)
"Know that the Divine Language of Symbols is comprehended throughout all
spheres. Symbols not only have power within themselves, but also are the keys
that unlock each successive door that guards the inner spheres. Each object on a
lesser plane is a symbol on a greater level. Reality increases with
consciousness. Every bird and tree here is a symbol of its greater being in the
world of eternity. So with ourselves. Our bodies are a symbol for our souls in
heaven, and our souls symbolize our spirits in realms of everlasting beauty."
(photo from the Occult Experience, created with permission, please do not reproduce.)
Minette Quick (Hon. Sec, Circle of Brigid), asked that this
letter be shared. She writes:
original version of this reflection was written shortly before Olivia’s passing
on 14th November 2013. On coming across it again this Summer 2014, I decided to
edit it with the first few lines in the form of a poem, which I lovingly
dedicate to her memory. M.Q."
Eimear Burke, member of the Circle of Brigid, wanted to share this letter with everyone today. It addresses the guided tours that regularly occur at Clonegal Castle. To read, please click on this link:
"The energy in the Temple is wonderfully alive. Olivia would most certainly
approve. Her presence there can be felt most strongly and lovingly. Her heritage
is solid and is a good base for the unfolding of her vision for the FOI."
Today we are honoring and remembering the ancestral line of the Durdin-Robertson family. This photo is of Olivia Robertson with a picture of her mother, Nora (Parsons) Durdin-Robertson. You may also see other portraits of Olivia and Lawrence's ancestors on this page:
"The sun is our Heaven, yours and Mine. Every dawn you
see it rise and it culminates, and then it appears to leave you, sinking in the
West. But in reality it is always there, awaiting you. For all of you are
children of the sun. Your solar bodies are hidden in earthly flesh, as the sun
is hidden during an eclipse. It is through your solar bodies of light and warmth
that you hear not only the voices of those attuned to you on earth, but you also
begin to receive words from the whole Company of Heaven. Your vision extends to
seeing the divine form of myriad-colored Deities, and your minds are enabled to
understand their spiritual teachings. Listen then for the voices of the
Goddesses and Gods, and allow your vision to accept their presence. When the sun
shines at day you do the works of earth: but when the outer sun is hidden in
night, then is it time for your souls to awaken. The solar Spirit that shines in
each of you and in all beings shines forth in glory!"
(Drawing by Olivia Robertson: "Achieving the Inner Sun")
Many blessings as the Sun moves into Scorpio tomorrow. This is the Shrine of Scorpio, located within the Well
Chapel of Brigid at the Foundation Center Temple. You may also hear an audio
file of Olivia Robertson, giving a past meditation:
"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."
Cressida Pryor, Steward of the Fellowship of Isis, asked that this letter be distributed today. It concerns the central role of Circle of Brigid at the Foundation Center, as well as the dissolution of the FOI Union Triad. Please note the Manifesto has also been updated to reflect this change. Our warm appreciation goes out to Cressida and the members of the Circle of Brigid for their outstanding work for the Fellowship of Isis.
"Psyche, Magical Journeys of the Goddess", by Olivia Robertson, is now available in
paperback. It may be ordered through Amazon or any other bookstore, and it is also available through local libraries. You may read it in its entirety
at no cost through our website as well.
From the introduction:
"Journeys of the psyche are the life giving joy
of those who dream of perfection. The harder everyday existence becomes, the
more we draw away from it and, denied peaceful sleep crowned with beautiful
dreams, may create images of loveliness through creative imagination. We learn
to escape from the unreal world of transient time and place into immortal
reality: from boredom, pain and fear of death into realisation of our divinity.
To imagine is to co-create with the Deities. It is to give birth to manifold
forms. The inner planes are more pliable to the interaction of thought-feeling
than is the physical world. What are planets but dream playgrounds of Goddesses
and Gods? We are beginners in the art of creation. The spider weaves a perfect
logarithmic curve and the bee, exquisite hexagrams for their honey stores: and
when mothers give birth they also create. But this is unconscious activity.
Through divine inspiration we are learning to choose the patterns needed for our
lives. We shall know the future, for we shall have formed it."
"The Moon is our sister planet and her influence moves
both the tides of the sea and our own souls. As she waxes and wanes she affects
all plant life and our own emotions. In her fullness she is a mighty mirror that
reflects to us the polarized rays of the sun. In her darkness she shows us our
own black image, the earth's shadow. So she is an enigma that conceals the
truth. For everything in this physical world is but a reflection of greater
spheres. We need to know ourselves through the moon's magic mirror, so that we
may transform the world."
(photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy, Logic Reality)
We have been blessed in Ireland with a
wonderful continuation of warm daytime temperatures this year.At night however the temperature drops heralding
all too soon the end of tender beans in the garden and the last of an abundance
of blackberries and other fruits.But
Saturday dawned bright and clear and we had quite a large gathering of members
and their friends to our Festival at Clonegal.Many events take place at the Castle these days and a wedding was taking
place the same afternoon, and with the fine weather, the Bridal Party had requested
that they might take their vows actually in the old Abbey, which was a lovely
idea and we all wished them every joy.
So we adjusted our usual plans to leave
them in peace and processed down to the Druid’s Grove in the Wilderness to
spend a beautiful peaceful time together in this sacred place which the
Co-Founders dedicated to the Druid Clan of Dana.There we invoked Her Presence and that of Tara
and Persephone, that we might enter the Temple of Isis in purity of heart and
thankfulness that provision had been made for us all in the Fellowship to connect
in spirit with these special places and perhaps even visit one day.
At Brigid’s Well of Truth we remembered
Olivia’s vision of ‘light energy’ coming directly into it from the heavens,
providing healing of the spirit through its waters.* She maintained that it was
this energy which enabled her and her brother Lawrence to bring forth and
encourage a love for the Goddess again in our age. They researched and reconnected
with Her manifestations throughout the ages, and established that the essential
universal truths have always been remarkably similar.They sought to re-establish and acknowledge
the innate equality and unity of Goddess and God, as did Isis and Osiris, each
fulfilling their divine destiny.As a
visionary, Olivia tuned into so many of the famous manifestations of the
Goddess and received their wisdom for our time.She preserved these Oracles at the heart of the Liturgy, which she
created to illuminate our many and diverse spiritual paths through life.
After all had been Blessed with sacred water
from the Well, we were introduced to three of the priestesses newly in training
with our Lyceum of the Three Mothers, and were delighted to meet them and wish
them every success and deep fulfilment as they dedicate their lives to the
service of the Goddess.
Following this we received a powerful
Oracle from the Goddess Danu who reminded us that we can all do something to
further a more general awakening to the need to treat our Great Mother, the
ground beneath our feet, with greater respect.To protect her from the ravages of short-sighted, severely damaging
attacks, offering limited benefits for the few, by acting together in the
interests of everyone - She requires our hands and hearts and voices.
We had all been saddened to hear of the
recent death after a long illness of a long-term member of the priesthood here,
and were glad to welcome members of her close family and friends to join us in
remembrance of her gentle, quiet, wise spirit.This was quite a homecoming in a sense for one or two younger members as
they had actually been blessed by Olivia as babies and had travelled quite a
way to be with us from West Cork.
A feature of the Festivals that have
taken place at Foundation Centre since Olivia’s passing has been the
participation of everyone in the priesthood in the planning process, in order
to provide a changing and interesting seasonal content to the ceremonies. This
time we were taken on a ‘magical journey’ by one of our Circle members who is a
wonderful story teller.We also had a
quite spectacular ‘mystery play’ central to which was the telling of the high drama
around the birth of Athena (“She who comes”) as told by the Goddess Metis (“She
who was of all beings the most knowing”)But the centre piece of our play was
Athena Herself, resplendent with helmet, sword, shield and golden staff or ray,
having sprung fully grown from the head of Zeus, who to protect himself had
somehow swallowed pregnant mother and baby so that she might not be born!
After all this excitement our time was
nearly up, so having given thanks and prayed for the Blessings of the Mother on
all in need, we repaired to enjoy the welcome tea which had been prepared for
us in the village, and many of us stayed on there, quite a while, to enjoy each
other’s company and get to know those who had joined us for the first time.
Minette Quick 29th September, 2014
* You may read Olivia’s full account which she
sent whilst in hospital in June 2013 to the websites, referring to the
importance of these sacred places for us all to connect with in spirit if we so
wish.The Manifesto of the Fellowship
expresses the essential universal truths expressed over the ages for spiritual
seekers of their time by many Goddesses and Gods. Olivia's Letter: Sacred Places
Blessings of the Equinox, time of Libra! The photo is the Shrine of Libra at the Foundation Center Temple. It shows a statue of the Goddess Etain, carved by David Durdin-Robertson. She is bestowing blessings upon the a...nimals around Her. The wooden panel is by William Morris with inlaid fleur-de-lis. You may also hear Olivia Robertson speak on the "Window of Libra" in this
"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."
From the back cover: "This Calendar is called after Juno, who was invoked as Juno Covella, of the New Moon, when the Nones of each month were announced (calantur), by the Roman Pontiff. (Varro). The Calendar gives details of the Goddesses presiding over, or connected with, the various divisions of time. . . Material for the Calendar is drawn from a variety of sources. These include the traditional scriptures such as the Babylonian and Egyptian Ritual Texts, the Vedas, the Bible, the Zend-Avesta, the Kojiki, and the Nihongi, the Koran, the works of Classical writers including Hesiod, Aratus, Varro, Ovid, Ptolemy, and also the late Roman Calendars of Philocalus and Silvius. Among rarer or lesser known books are the Institutes of the Emperor Akbar, Dufresnoy's Chronological Tables and the Abbe de Montfaucon's Supplement to Antiquities Explained."
Olivia Robertson wrote in the rite of "The Triple Moon":
'Let us make our voyage to the sphere of the full moon in our fair ship Luna. We sail through bright moonlight into Selene's spiritual realm. The moon in her beauty inspires the romantic dreams of poets and lovers, so that the humblest woman becomes a Goddess of eternal loveliness: a hump-backed man is transformed through love's eyes into a God. And this is no illusion, but the banishing of a false transient image. For ugliness, stupidity and cruelty are but distortions in our shadow world of the perfection that is our true being. Those who despise others are deluded by the passing play: wise are those who adore the ideal in their lovers.'
(photo of the Moon Goddess Shrine by Minette Quick at the Temple of Isis, Ireland, further cropped by this site.)
It is now 9 months since Olivia's
passing, time which seems to have flown by as we deal with her loss. A time,
also, when we come to truly understand the vast legacy she left behind, a legacy
which continues to inspire and enliven us all on our vocational paths! In 2016
the Fellowship of Isis will celebrate its 40th anniversary, a profound vision of
love, community and spiritual devotion to the Divine Feminine which Olivia and
Lawrence created at the Vernal Equinox in 1976. As the Fellowship grows, with
possibly as many as 30,000 members, we come to realise the expansiveness of that
vision! The huge quantity of work that Olivia and Lawrence put into the FOI, is
only now being realised as we take up the mantle and we thank the Gods for the
gift that they both gave to us!
As part of the upcoming celebrations,
we, at the Foundation Centre on the borders of counties Carlow and Wexford, felt
that it would be wonderful to have a very clear sense of the extent of the
membership and the Iseums, Lyceums, Priories and Groves and other groups in
existence. We have discussed the possiblity of creating a world map with
markings showing the location of all groups being run throughout the world.
There is so much marvelous work being done throughout the Fellowship that it
would be a lovely thing to honour it!
To that end, we are asking all
Iseums, Lyceums, Priories and Groves, and other groups within the Fellowship, to
renew contact with the Foundation Centre so that we do not, in error, leave
anyone out! Perhaps you could also explain a little about the groups you run so
that the members of the Fellowship come to know more about you.
ask that groups contact us by Samhain 2015 (October 31st) so that we can begin
to create the map and have it ready in time for the anniversary itself.
Happy Sun in Virgo! Above is a photo of the Shrine of Virgo, with flanking Egyptian hangings. "Isis raising Osiris" is the central statue. It was carved by David Durdin-Robertson when he was 16 and many years later, Olivia painted Her gold.
Three more recordings of Olivia Robertson reading (and commenting) on her Reflections articles have been added to the Audio Gallery. These are in mp3 format and are large files (between 7-11 minutes long), so high speed internet is recommended. Transcripts of each article are also included. To listen/read go to this link and click on the "Olivia Robertson - Reflections" section:
Many blessings on this full moon in Aquarius, the lunar Lammas. This artwork by Olivia Robertson is entitled "We Reap to Share".
Olivia also wrote in her book "Psyche": "I invoke Thee, Ala, Goddess of the earth, Source of mortality! Thou who art adored by the lbo People of Nigeria as Protector of the harvest, guide us to feed the starving millions upon our earth, by filling our souls with good intention and energy to act! Thou Who art Queen of the World of Spirits, feed our souls that we may acknowledge the souls of all beings."
I have been asked if this message could be sent out to members on the
Fellowship websites from Olivia's Great Niece Pamela who, as many may know,
lives in Clonegal with her family and looked after her for several years, and
was very dear to her. Minette (Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)
Sincere apologies to all friends who contacted Olivia by post, but
may have received no reply during the last few months of her life last year. We
thank you all for your kindness.
It was a period of convalescence and contemplation for her and in
many ways she withdrew and focused her intentions on the inner world.
"Urania: Ceremonial Magic of the Goddess" is the latest of the Fellowship of Isis liturgy now available in paperback. You may find it through Amazon's online bookstore, or ordered through any other bookstore or library. It is also always available to be read in its entirety for free through our website.
Olivia Robertson writes in the Introduction: "The glory of Magic is that the Practitioner may attain co-creation with the Deities. The Magic Wand is the paint-brush, the Magic Circle is the canvas and the pigments are living rays. The forms conjured may through Invocation become animated: and causes imagined within the mind may produce effects on many levels through the law of Octaves. . . The wise Practitioner honours the Divinity of Goddesses and Gods, before every Rite by some act, such as the offering of incense. The Deity or Deities are not impersonal archetypes or personified ideals formulated by human beings, but are transcendental Beings who through Their own use of the Archetypes and Virtues, control the Universe through the Angelic Hierarchy. It is wise for the Magician to describe the Deity and the Virtues associated with such a Being, and the work expected of the Devotees. A God and Goddess by very definition must be good, and so have divine attributes. Hence the Practitioner has complete faith both in the Deities and in Guardian Angels and Helpers. The intention of the ceremony must also be good. . . The Rites in this Liturgy are not subjective, though they have subjective elements. The Powers described have been experienced, the visions seen, the effects gained through causes put into operation. And here we have the great division between those who have experienced magic through clairvoyance, clairaudience, levitation, telekinesis, mystical awakening - one or any of these - and those who have not. 'Those who know' cannot prove, cannot explain, cannot convince. All they can do is to provide a rainbow bridge whereby those who long for magical experience may attain some of this alchemical gold, obtained through transmutation of elements from one sphere to another."