Welcome to the Fellowship of Isis: Rediscovering the Love and Compassion of the Goddess! The FOI is an international organization 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.
"We find ourselves at the foot of the holy mountain upon which shines the Temple of the Zodiac, surrounded by constellations. Let us climb this mountain . . . it seems silvery and white and beautiful as we reach the top. We reach the mighty portico of the temple, guarded by two female sphinxes, whose wings soar to the heavens. We enter. . . we make our way to the North-East window, surmounted by the emblem of Pisces, a silver and gold fish joined by two knotted cords. Let us gaze upon the stained-glass window of Pisces. It depicts the fish-tailed Goddess Derceto, holding two winged children, a boy and a girl. A wind suddenly rushes through the temple, throwing open the window. We are faced with the constellation of Pisces, known to the ancient Persians as Mahik the Fish.
"Let us gaze upon the constellation of Pisces and see a vision of Anahita: 'Ardvi Sura Anahita stands forth in the form of a pure maid, strong, all-formed, wearing a mantle fully embroidered with gold. Ever holding the baresma, she wears square golden earrings and a golden necklace. Upon Her head She wears a golden crown with a hundred stars and eight rays.' Visualise Anahita of the flowing waters of Space that encompasses all stars and constellations. We are a microcosm of the whole, the jewels of Anahita within our bodies as the sacred centres, the Melusina serpent. The flowing waters of Space are in our bodies through in our blood. We are mostly made of Her waters, our body.
"Then we realize that the Goddess rules from within, the God without. The Goddess holds creation within Her womb and through inspiration, magic, She prevails. But now we see the form of Ahura Mazda, who rules the outer form, and both are united in Love and Truth and Harmony. Feel this within yourself. Within the Goddess is perfect balance, force and gentleness - within the God is perfect balance, force and gentleness. So it is with you. Feel this. You feel a tingling within you. What's the use of looking at a Goddess if you're not one - what's the use of contemplating a God if you're not one? You feel a flow now right through you. There's a tingling around your head, like a thousand stars. Your body is made of constellations of atoms. You feel a glow in your heart, right down your spine, sex centre, base of spine, right around you. This is Divine Light, blended perfectly through Anahita and Ahura Mazda, the silver and the gold. You are in perfect harmony. You can blend the active and the passive, love and the emotions; your heart is weighed by the Feather of Truth as it was in Ancient Egypt. You're finding your own keynote, your own individuality. You are an eye in the peacock feather of Creation.
"But even as you feel this heavenly serenity you realize that you have to come back and continue your work. We have felt the light and warmth of divine Anahita, the light of Mazda flow through us to invigorate us for our essential work transmuting the elements of earth to their True Being. For the Earth also is holy. And we return through the window of Pisces to the Temple of the Zodiac. A wind blows the window shut. We pay our respects to the central altar, the altar of perpetual flame in the centre of the Temple of the Zodiac. We gaze in awe at that central flame and find a little of it entering our hearts. Receive the blessings of the Goddess Anahita. Selah!"
(Photo of the Shrine of Pisces, Castle Temple, copyright Minette Quick.)