July 27, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Lughnasad Festival, Foundation Center Temple


Presented by Members of the Priesthood & Circle of Brigid
A lovely programme had been planned
and we were delighted to welcome Cressida Pryor,
the Fellowship’s Steward to be with us again.

We also had some special visitors from Sweden who brought great joy to the occasion as they had asked a member of the priesthood to celebrate a hand-fasting ceremony for them in the Temple before the main ceremony, which I was privileged to witness and found very moving.

The weather which had been extremely hot and humid during the week was cool and inviting and though showers had been forecast, we were able to sing and process the familiar route beneath the famous Yew Walk, on down through the grounds invoking first Dana in the Druid’s Grove, then Tara in Her Abbey, followed by an invocation by her priestess of Persephone - who guards the Garden Gate to the Temple, but now looks out over the gardens from her tall and secure plinth from inside her shrine. Perhaps she is determined to stay in our hearts with us throughout the whole year from now on!

Entering the Temple the atmosphere was most beautiful due to the dedicated work of members of the priesthood who have loved giving it care over these past months. We are committed to continue with this work which will offer welcome and blessing to all who come to Huntington to visit it during the year and enjoy the tours of the Castle and grounds, which are offered in both summer and winter months now. For information see the website www.huntingtoncastle.com

Invocations to Deity and the Blessings of the Goddess were given to all who were gathered at Brigid’s Well; and there was a natural focus upon the riches of the ripening time of Lughnasad in this hemisphere. It was good to see some of our Irish members back home for a brief visit from abroad or from important ventures elsewhere in Ireland.

A heart-rending Oracle from the Goddess Isis was given in Her Temple by her priestess. “You are all Gods” she cried and begged us to be aware of where thinking ill of others in our daily lives can lead. It is a source of great sorrow to her that so many of her children’s lives, both young and old, are being destroyed in the world at this time. She asked that we step back and realise that all conflict is essentially illusion and has no meaning from where she stands, and that peace is really possible when it starts in our own hearts.

This was quite a wake-up call, and it was clearly true, and during a most beautiful Journey offered by David de Roeck to the sounds of an enchanting oriental piece of music, we all entered a most peaceful and rich inner world and realised how blessed we were to be able to experience it in such a protective and supportive atmosphere together.

Amongst other gentle and delightful offerings was an Eastern Chant in which those who knew it could join, and Monica and Anna read us some of their beautiful and evocative poetry. This led us to the Mystery Play as it was also the time of Opet, celebrated in the Ancient Egyptian calendar by the Pharaoh and his Queen accompanying the statue of the Sun God in a barge on the Nile to Karnak and back to ensure a good harvest. This was played out under the direction of Anna by Luke and Alison, and was very much enjoyed by all.

I had been in touch with Linda Iles to send our condolences to the Circle of Isis on the loss of their much loved Arch-Priestess Loreon Vigne of Isis Oasis in California on July 17th; and she sent me a delightful little poem by Loreon, which plays on the name of Isis with a great sense of fun. So I took the liberty of sharing it. We are glad to hear that our sister centre, Isis Oasis, will continue to serve their community and indeed the whole region as both Loreon had hoped for the future, with the blessing and involvement of her family in the inspiring programme of events which are held there on a regular basis.

After the usual announcements, thanks were given to Deity, and healing/counselling sessions offered by the priesthood to those who wished to receive them, and the company repaired as usual to the newly-refurbished Osborne’s in the Village for our customary spread to enjoy each other’s company and rest awhile before setting off home.

Minette Quick
(Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)

Our loving thanks to Minette for sending her report of the festival and to all members of the Circle of Brigid and the FOI Priesthood of Clonegal Castle.
(photo of the Foundation Center Temple High Altar, copyright M.Quick)

July 22, 2014

The Sun enters Leo

Blessings of the Sun entering Leo! Hear Olivia Robertson call upon the Goddess Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess:

 Olivia invokes Sekhmet
(mp3 file: 1:15 min./299kb)

Audio Transcript:
"The sun leaves the crab, Cancer and enters the sign of Leo of the lion Goddess Sekhmet. Sekhmet is the Goddess of the mysterious lion power, which is within us all.. . Holy Sekhmet, bring to us thy flame within the golden sun which is beneath the earth. We feel the flames rising up from the heart of the earth, Cor Leonis, Heart of the Lioness: star royal, flame, red fire. Bring us Thy flame. Sisters, brothers, feel the power rise up from the earth. Let it rise and shine and warm our hearts with love." (sistrum)
(photo of Olivia's artwork, "The Sphinx, the Lady and the Lion" copyright Minette Quick)

Archival Link: Online Audio Gallery

July 16, 2014

The Passing of Rt. Rev. Loreon Vigne

We are sad to inform that the Rt. Rev. Loreon Vigne passed to Spirit Sphere on July 15, 2014. Loreon was the founder of Isis Oasis and the Temple of Isis in Geyserville, California and was one of the charter members of the Fellowship of Isis Archpriesthood Union. Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to Loreon's family and friends.

Archival Link:  Loreon Vigne

(Photo of Loreon at Isis Oasis Temple, submitted by her many years ago.)

July 12, 2014

Artwork: The Goddess Mago

The Goddess Mago by Olivia Robertson.  She writes:  "Mago has red-gold hair like the sun and her body is made of white light and orange stars.. . When the time comes you will be guided to reach Magoland, if you overcome various tribulations.  Remember: Do good.  Speak the Truth. Share with others.”   (Quote from the book "Athena, Arcadian Awakening")

Fellowship of Isis Online Liturgy

July 4, 2014

Stars in the Star Chapel

Olivia Robertson writes in the book "Sophia":
"The scientific validity of astrology has no consequence in this form of intuitive awareness. It is spiritual discovery of our kinship with the stars. So perfect can this relationship be, that one realises that the Sages were true magicians of the psyche, and taught wisely concerning the influences of heavenly bodies. The music of the spheres brings radiations that affect the spirit within us. The tropical or sidereal forms of horoscope readings can refer to different but relevant types of relationship: the sidereal, with stellar influence: the tropical, with seasonal effects of the year. A horoscope may thus be seen as a psychic mandala given to us by our spiritual Guides as a useful map of our lives, understood through the symbolic language of the ancients. The actual appearance in the sky of constellations seen as ram and fishes, virgin and scales, are picture hieroglyphs used by Adepti on that mighty blackboard which is the moonless night sky! Thus the precession of the equinoxes is relevant, teaching us about the coming of a new era, described as a move from Pisces to Aquarius. Mathematics are essential for astronomy. Inspiration is all-important for reading star symbols. Each symbol can be a key that will open the door to an unknown realm! The Ankh is the opener of all doors: it is the Key of Life held by Isis, Daughter of Nuit." 

(Photo of the painted Window between the Star Chapel and the Well Chapel by Minette Quick.  She writes:  "In 1980 the Star Chapel was created by Co-Founders, Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and his sister Olivia. They worked together painstakingly to clear an ancient wine cellar in the basement of the Castle. The ceiling was designed by Lawrence to show many of the wonderful non-zodiac constellations such as the Polar Constellations, including Caer Arianrhod, her Pole Star home, and the Great Bear. There are Cygnus the Swan, the Ariadne Crown, Andromeda’s Sea Monster, Sirius, Orion & Cassiopeia. Having first painted the whole ceiling deep blue, Lawrence created cardboard stencils. These Olivia then used to paint the stars in gold.")

Archival Links: 
Castle Photo Gallery
Fellowship of Isis Online Liturgy

July 1, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Oracle for July

"Those who would bring harmony to a new age
need to combine empathy with all that is,
yet must maintain the Inner Flame of the Self."

The Oracle of the Month for July is from the Goddess Athena.  You may read it in full here and also listen to Olivia Robertson give the Invocation and Oracle:

(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy from the DVD "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis." All rights reserved.)