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.
Cressida has asked me to get in touch in order to update the information on your websites with regard the Circle of Brigid which as you know is responsible for planning and running the 8 Annual Festivals which Olivia held for so long at Foundation Centre.
Cressida Pryor will act as Sole Advisor to the Circle:
The current members are: (I'm sure you have all their correct titles already)
Rt. Rev. Pat Griffin
Ardr. Eileen Lawrence
Rev. Cait Branigan
Rev. Marian Smiles
Rev. David de Roeck
Ardr. Minette Quick
And we welcome Ardr. Eimear Burke who has been invited to bring up our membership to 8.
Minette Quick (Hon.Sec. Circle of Brigid)
(photo of Olivia Robertson's (in red) 95th birthday celebration, courtesy Minette Quick)
"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.)
"To find the Other is to find Oneself: All Nature is expressed in
one loved face."
"So says the Bard of the Druids in our Isis Wedding Rite. To unite with
another soul is the goal of the Lover: through this devotion selfishness and
loneliness fade away. When twin souls unite in Divine Union, it is through
discovery of The Immortal Beloved that they find their own real selves. Such is
the truth underlying the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris, perfect wife and
husband. In classical Greece Plato brought forth the ideal of twin souls divided
and discovering reunion through love. Centuries later medieval troubadours
travelled throughout Europe singing of fulfilment through the romantic devotion
of lovers. Within our secret dreams, we have this knowledge in ourselves. But one is not for ever able to concentrate on one other person, excluding
all others! To find the other is indeed to find oneself. But this very love is
creative, and kindles a like flame in receptive hearts. Families become
friendly. Children are drawn into incarnation. Friendship expands to include
animals, birds, trees and flowers, in an ever widening circle.
"Through this increasing community, an elaborate interrelationship is woven; a
tapestry of glowing colours and intricate design. Each new friendly connexion
makes an additional knot in this tapestry of life. The good in any true
relationship cannot be undone or broken, because by its very nature it belongs
to the eternal Sphere of Archetypes. No annulment, no divorce exists in the Web
of the Universe. That which is ugly, unnecessary or diseased has no part in this
manifestation of the Divine Plan. We lose nothing that is a living part of
ourselves or of others. What is lost could never have had real value. Through the understanding gained of how to live pleasantly with those around
us, cosmic awareness begins to dawn. This is a natural awakening of the soul, as
a plant grows, flowers and bears fruit. This community of souls interconnected
through love and wisdom has been symbolized by medieval philosophers as 'Rosa
Mundi', a rambling rose bush that grows throughout all spheres, and flowers in
the hearts of all beings and existences."
Introduction to the "Isis Wedding Rite"
(Painting of Osiris born again by the Winged Isis by Olivia Robertson, Castle Temple)
From the back cover: "This book presents a theology. It is based on the fact that the Goddesses alone possess the power to create from and to transmit life; the Gods, while having neither of these powers, are allotted the function of helping the Goddesses organise these forms and of assisting them in administering their vital gifts. The first part of the book, The Maternal Source, shows the Female as the Original First Cause of the cosmos. Examples of the recognition of this are drawn from many religious traditions, including the prehistoric, the Western, the Eastern and the modern. The second part, The Generation of the Great Mother, describes the various ways by which the Female reproduces herself to form the Cosmos, by fission, by parturition or giving birth and by sexual emission. Examples of these methods are shown in the different religious traditions."
In the early dawn on the first day of the Thesmophoria in 2000, Olivia Robertson had a vision of the Goddess Brigid. She writes: "I saw an unearthly woman by my bed. She had hair like liquid gold cut in 'petals' and wore a white robe slightly flushed with gold on a part of it. It was what she was doing that was so strange. She was striking a suspended very long crystal with a rod. As she did so, I observed a mighty transparent column on her left side and within it, at the beautiful clear fairly high note she struck, spirals of golden 'atoms' gyrated."
Listen to Olivia speak further about her experience by clicking here:
"When I was given a visitation of the Goddess Brigid, She was showing me a way that would bring us access to other spiritual and better realms without taking to extreme asceticism and self-punishment. What she demonstrated to me was simple. She was showing the production of sound from striking certain crystals, and that these affected particles in a vacuum column. All this was performed not in the material state but in what many call “the etheric” sphere, more refined than our earth, but still the higher part. All of our apparently solid material world emanates from this more luminous sphere. Hence miracles may take place in soul consciousness. This realm was a part of a twisting spiral of life involving the Infinite Love and Truth of Deity through the Universe.
"Since my experience with Brigid, and of attaining the Inner Sun of the Isian and Eleusinian Mysteries, I have tried to comprehend what I was being taught. I know that what I receive I need to share with others. Of course so many people know about attaining the spiritual life, but what had I to offer? What I feel is essential is the acceptance of Deity – by whatever Divine Name you use – as transcendental, but also immanent throughout all creation. Duality is a delusion. Obviously we need to be aware of dangers, of evil, of cruelty and injustice, and to conquer these. But we do not conquer what is real. We are eliminating distorted shadows. So in coping with the most malign person, we can only help by concentrating on the divine spark within, which is projected from the Heart of the Mother."