January 31, 2014

Olivia's Art: Wild White Faery Horse

Happy Chinese New Year - the Year of the Horse!
"The Wild White Faery Horse"
by Olivia Robertson in 2004

January 30, 2014

Audio: Hydrophoria Ritual

Blessings of the New Moon in Aquarius and the Lunar Imbolc! Please click on the link below to listen to a historic audio file of Olivia Robertson and Lawrence Durdin-Robertson at the beginning of the Hydrophoria rite from the book, "Panthea" (also added to our Audio Gallery):

(mp3 / 411 kb /1:44 min)
Audio Transcript:
Lawrence: "We are assembled to enact the Hydrophoria, the Pouring of the Waters, in the constellation of Aquarius. This Rite was performed by the Babylonians, Assyrians, and other ancient people to celebrate the preservation of life on earth during the Great Flood, and for protection from a like catastrophe."

Olivia: "Friends, wherever you are, you are on earth, which was once consumed by fire and a flood. Some call it the fall of Atlantis, some the Deluge, the Great Flood. We are once again in danger of destroying our earth. But there is always a rainbow of hope, for the true earth is eternally beautiful. It is our task to transmute the shadow of earth, which we call the physical realm. It is the time of the Gaelic festival of Imbolc, known to the Babylonians as the Hydrophoria, where they give thanks for their salvation from the Great Flood, when the waters began to abate."

Homepage Archive Link:  Audio Gallery

(Cropped photo of Olivia and Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, sent to the Homepage by Olivia in 1999,  copyright reserved.)

January 23, 2014

Misty Owl Tower

East Wing of Castle - Owl Tower
Homepage Archive link: Photo Gallery

January 19, 2014

Blessings of the Sun in Aquarius

"Let us visualise the constellation called by the Ancients, Aquarius. For to our forebears the dome of the sky was a picture of living hieroglyphs set there by the Deities. From their starry homes they deemed that their Teachers came to teach them through the language of symbols. So they offered the Deities their beautiful images, which they saw as they lay on desert sands or groves, gazing upon the sky at night. And they offered the Deities pictures that they painted through their visionary eyes. They imagined a great white winged horse, Pegasus, flying through the sky above a starry sea. Below him in the sea of heaven swam two intertwining fish, Pisces. And from a stream entering the sea they discerned a maiden whom they called Hebe or Ganymeda, or a youth, Ganymede drawing the stream's water into a pitcher and then pouring forth the water in bounty, in two starry streams. . .
"And the Star Deities delighted in the rich imaginings of youthful humanity, springing as dreams do from their original genius. When Deities visited aspiring humans, they used these ever changing pictures crossing the starry skies as an unfolding scroll of symbols. They instructed humanity through these symbols, so unveiling Divine Truths. They taught that every star is linked to each and every creature by means of interweaving radiations from the auras of Star Deities. The greater contains the lesser, which is of its substance, and nothing is alien in the universe. The lesser is a microcosm of the greater. In this earth is buried our past, and our future extends to the stars!"

Olivia Robertson, "Sophia"

(Photo of the Shrine of Aquarius, Foundation Center Temple Sanctuary, copyright Minette Quick.  This Shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu No Kami of Japan.)

Fellowship of Isis Online Liturgy

January 13, 2014

A past reflection: The Fates

A past Reflections article by Olivia Robertson, Samhain 2002 - "The Fates":

"How pathetically we submit to fate! Whether we see fate as the inevitable suffering terminated by death of our brief earthly lives, or as the inexorable judge who punishes us for sundry sins, we never seek guidance from the fates themselves! We avoid them like the Athenians, who banished them from Athens to a provincial temple, hopefully designating them as the "Benevolent Ones." Men might defy the Fates and be designated heroes: women, never. The ideal women not only submitted to father, husband and son, but also Fate. From China, where the three obediences were laid down for the "lesser ones", to Ben Bolt's "Alice", who rejoiced in his smile and trembled at his frown, women were most honoured for obeying the rules laid down by men, to whom they were possessions: laws vaingloriously attributed to God. Now is the time for women to realise that within themselves are the Fates. Generously, we concede a like realisation for men! We are Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. We are Urd, Vivandi and Skuld. We create our own Nemesis. But this hurts. It is so much easier for women to blame others: our parents, childhood abuse, lack of opportunity: and of course, men! Then there are the patriarchal establishments who have stunted our development. Yet we women are half the human race and we need to protect our children and bring them to their own potential. How may this be done? Not by creating new regulations, new laws, new mind-born customs. Not by conformity, duplication. Truly we weave our part of the tapestry of life we need to be creative, to invent our own designs, not copy other patterns from times long gone. The myths we create in this dream called life will bring us the fulfilment our souls, our only contribution to that Greater Reality from which we all emanate. But there is a warning. Let us contemplate that perfection of woman's art, the Spider's web. Its star within, its logarithmic spiral, forms a perfect pathway for the spider to glide on silken feet: but do not let us suffer the fate of her mates, and get entangled in a web of delusions. Let us weave legends, but not make them spin our shrouds. But if we are entrapped in self-created nightmares, only the fates show their compassion, and with their mysterious fingers, unravel the imprisoning threads."

(Painting of the Fates by Olivia Robertson, Foundation Center Temple)

Archival Link: Letters from Olivia Robertson

January 6, 2014

Blessing Prayer of the Fellowship of Isis

"In the Names of Isis and Osiris,
may all beings be Blessed:
Spirits and humans,
animals, birds, reptiles,
fishes, insects, plants,
rainforests, the Earth
and all Her sacred elements."

("Dana, the Fox's refuge" illustration  and prayer by Olivia Robertson.  Text, artwork and audio copyright reserved.)

Fellowship of Isis Prayers

January 1, 2014

January Oracle: Divine Sophia

The Fellowship of Isis Oracle of the Month is now available at this link: 
(Photo of Olivia Robertson, copyright Alice Smeets, please do not reproduce.)