June 24, 2015

Aerial Castle View

Great aerial view of the Foundation Center Castle.  Shared from the Castle Facebook page, copyright the Durdin-Robertson family.

Related Facebook pages:
Huntington Castle (known as Clonegal Castle within the FOI)
Fellowship of Isis  (you'll need to first sign in to FB to view this page)

June 22, 2015

Foundation Center Summer Festival

"On such occasions everything seems to conspire to remind us
that Nature is indeed our Mother who provides for our every need
within the drama of life if we but let her." 
Click below to read the article in full about the Summer Solstice gathering at Clonegal Castle this past weekend:
(photo of Castle rose garden, copyright Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)

June 21, 2015

Solstice Sun in Cancer

Blessings of the Sun in Cancer and Happy Solstice!  Below is a link to an audio clip of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson during an FOI ritual:

Audio transcript:
"Companions on the quest for occult wisdom hidden within the Great Deep, know that the Sign of Cancer was reverenced in remote antiquity. In the fourth month of the Chaldea Duzu, it is the Northern Gate of the Sun whence, at the Summer Solstice, it commences its retrograde movement. With Scorpio and Pisces, Cancer forms the Watery Trigon. To the Coptic Egyptians, this sign was the Power of Darkness of the Jackal Anubis, Guide of the Dead, a Deity of Sirius. It was known as the Dark Sign with no eyes. The Ancient Egyptians knew it as Scarabeus, the beetle Kephera that holds the mud ball of earth. Cancer is depicted as Sacer, the Water Beetle of Immortality, in the most ancient Zodiac known, found in the Temple of Isis in the Denderah Temple of Hathor."


(Photo of the Shrine of Cancer, honoring Juno: Foundation Center Castle, copyright Durdin-Robertson.)

June 16, 2015

Shrine of Dana

The painting directly over the altar is of the Goddess Dana, as seen in a vision by Olivia Robertson in 1952. On left, ‘Mari of the Mists’ of the Atlantic Ocean,  Daughter of Manannan Mac Lir. Statuette of Dana, Mother of All the Gods and Goddesses of Ireland and Her Beloved Daughter Bride of the Well; Aengus Og, God of Love and Joy with his Birds. Altar Front: New Moon over Mt. Leinster.  Left of Shrine, Painting of Fionnuala and the Swan of Lir. Right of Shrine, Etaine and Midir, Sidhe.  Windows – Left Osiris and His Son the Younger Horus, Right – Isis with Her Daughter the Younger Hathor.  All painted by Olivia Robertson.

(photo taken at the FOI Foundation Center, copyright M. Quick)

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June 9, 2015

Clonegal Castle Garden

"The garden is counted to be the second oldest garden in Ireland. The terraces were laid out by Alexander (ii) Durdin in about 1860. Much of the wilderness was tilled, for root crops. The terraces were dug down about 4 feet and the bank removed by the Rev. Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, who also filled in the path on the southeast side of the Castle and the path running from the house to the centre walk."

Quote from "Clonegal Castle" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson.
Photo  of Castle grounds, copyright Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle.

June 1, 2015

June Oracle of the Month

"Love and Truth blended in perfect beauty."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Isis. You may read it in full by clicking on the link below:

(photo copyright Alice Smeets, please do not reproduce.)