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.
After many days of cold and rain we now have
sunshine and my heart sings!
I have been reminded recently of life’s
fragility; a viral infection in me and my close family, especially with the
youngest member, shows how near we are at any time to that frightening tipping
point. The worry was mirrored by the dark cloud and intermittent storms.
Through these times I found I turned to
quiet sitting, a candle’s steady flame gently holding my thoughts and frightened
‘what if’s’...I found it a great comfort to know there is now a ‘Prayer Tree’
for healing in the Temple at our beloved Foundation Centre. A beautiful whole
tree; from its roots, up through its slender trunk and reaching out through expansive
branches to all who need its connection and support. There through the efforts
of Pamela Currey and others in the Circle of Brigid. I offer huge gratitude to
her and to everyone who has contributed to making this happen and who will also
attend to facilitate the tree’s healing service in times to come.
What a beautiful and fitting ‘first
harvest’ for Lammas.
important balance in a time when a leader’s careless word can reduce desperate
people to being described as if they are insects needing to be swept away and
‘dealt with’. In contrast may we be reminded of our humanity, our capacity to
be whole despite challenges of illness, separation and migration. May random
acts of generosity and kindness be our service in the world.
I finish with a short prayer to Isis:
Beloved, Spinner and Weaver of our lives,
your loom is love.
May we all be empowered by that love to
weave new patterns of Truth and Justice into a web of life that is strong,
beautiful and everlasting.
From an article on Huntington/Clonegal Castle on TheJournal.ie, written by Neil Jackman:
"The most unusual feature of the Castle is undoubtedly the Temple of Isis in the basement. This eclectic spiritual centre, established in 1976, celebrates the role of the female aspect of divinity. It has become an established world religion, with thousands of devotees all around the world making Huntington its Jerusalem."
"We remember that this is the eve of the Opet Festival
of Ancient Egypt, as 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. . .We know now that the true constellation of Leo
is one with Virgo, who is the serene face of the Goddess with the body of the
Lion, the Androsphinx."
Further information from Olivia:
"I realise now that Isis is revealing Herself, through the changing faces of Her Temple, withdrawing Her Veil, not all at once, but Shrine by Shrine according to the Zodiac periods. This was comprised of the Zodiac Houses of Leo to Virgo. The climax was the Egyptian Harvest with the inundation of the Nile. So Hathor Goddess of Love and Abundance is shown giving a cornucopia of food to the hungry, Humans, a Lion and a Tiger. Fruit is shown given by the Deities, Sekhmet, Bast & Ra."
(Shrine of Leo at the Foundation Center Temple. Olivia's artwork,
"The Sphinx, the Lady and the Lion", both photos copyright Minette Quick)
A beautiful space for private contemplation and prayer has recently been created within the Healing Chapel of the Temple of Isis at Foundation Centre in Ireland, where members and Castle visitors may spend a few quiet moments and leave or send requests for prayer to be included in the seasonal festivals held each year. The concept of placing a ‘prayer tree’ within the Temple springs from the ancient Celtic tradition of visiting a sacred well or place in the wild to make petitions, leaving small ribbons of cloth as a token of devotion tied to a ‘sacred thorn’ or bush nearby. Therefore an invitation is extended to members from farther afield to send in their prayer requests together with a ribbon if they wish.
As it is intended to keep individual requests and identities private, personal information should not be written upon the ribbons which will be placed on the Tree. All requests will be represented within a quiet time in ceremony by members of the priesthood. At each Festival we join together in healing prayers for the world, for guidance and healing on issues close to our hearts and ask for the Blessings of the Goddess on all in need of Her Divine Love.
Requests should be sent to:
FOI Prayer Tree Huntington Castle, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
(photo of Castle Temple Prayer tree by Eimear Burke, copyright reserved.)
"We practise Druid rituals in the Old Abbey, a ruin filled with flowering shrubs and rambling roses. Parts of it date from the 14th Century, the same date as our yew walk that borders the Wilderness. We have there a dolmen altar and two marble vessels containing rain water. We began using this for rituals in 1963." (quote from the Druid Clan of Dana manual)