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.
"AE saw in vision the Palaces
of the Sidhe, nature Spirits, beneath the earth's crust. To them, as to himself,
solid rock was transparent. And deeper still, within the hidden sun of earth's
matrix, on thrones of light, reigned Gods and Goddesses. Nowadays we know
scientifically that the inner sun of earth is as hot as the exterior of the sun
itself. Hence only those Beings with perfected solar bodies may dwell within the
earth's matrix. Thus the chakras - psychic centres of the planet are within her,
and these indeed are earth's treasures, glorious in rainbow colours. We through
Initiation of the earth may attain use of our own bodies of Light. We too shall
enter earth's inner sun and gaze at the stars through transparent magma and rock
. . .
When we are inspired by the Deities of the land, that which appears
impossible may come to pass. We may yet save rain forests, oceans, the
atmosphere, from destruction and pollution. However, small projects also matter.
The efforts of Knights, Dames and Companions of a Chapter to save a pool, a
grove of trees, a field, contribute to the whole beautiful dream of Gaea for Her
Earth, which will therefore manifest in the future. We shall ourselves be part
of that future To commune with the Earth Goddess is to love one's Mother, and so
share in her Divine Creation."
(Tara of the Green Earth, illustration copyright Olivia Robertson)
"Companions, let us contemplate the Awakening of Taurus and Isis. . . Gaze with me upon the glory of the black sky of winter. With the eyes of
wondering childhood we see the starry cluster of the Pleiades as dancing nymphs
moving across the sky. They come with the white bull, Serapis, who rises from
the milky sky river, Eridanus. His baleful left eye gleams like a red torch, and
within it are all lost memories. In his eye is held forever the beauty of the
Goddess; and her forked cows' horns may be seen behind his. Following him
strides the hawk-headed giant Sahu-Orion-Horus of the Southern sky. And rising
from the milky sea of heaven comes great Isis, and on Her brow is the full moon
and in her right hand She holds Her star, Anuki, Sirius that holds the immortal
twin spirits of Osiris and Herself. This is the story of eternal love and life,
of the losing and the gaining of the death in the West and the rising in the
East. Contemplate and wonder."
Blessings to all Aset Shemsu! Please join in remembering and celebrating the late Olivia Robertson on the day that she would have turned 100 years old. Cressida Pryor and the Circle of Brigid at the Foundation Center in Ireland invite you to light a candle in her honor on April 13th at 6pm GMT (2pm ET).
A new audio file has been uploaded to our website of Olivia
Robertson speaking in 2005 about AE, Yeats, Daniel Fox, her visions of the Goddesses Brigid and Dana,
along with the mystery drama - 'A Vision' - that she was inspired to
write.A pdf of the ritual is also
included. Click on the following link to read and listen:
"Goddess Art of Olivia Robertson" is now available in paperback. First published in 2006 in booklet form, this expanded edition now contains over 200 pages, with two-thirds of the book in full color. There are three sections: "Black and White Illustrations", "Color Illustrations", and "Temple Art." Our many thanks to Minette Quick, who provided the photos for the third section, as well as scans of Olivia's work from her personal collection.
This book may be ordered internationally through Amazon's online sales outlets:
Due to "Goddess Art" being in color with so many pages, Amazon's charge to print it is considerably higher than for our other books. Please know it has only been marked-up $1.50, and those proceeds will be donated to a non-profit that benefits the Arts.
(Book cover art: "Goddess the Creator" by Olivia Robertson, copyright reserved)
From Cressida Pryor and the Circle of Brigid, FOI Foundation Center:
It is now a week until we mark and celebrate what would have been Olivia’s 100th Birthday...we are suggesting at 6 pm GMT on April 13th that we all light a candle in her memory where ever you are and give thanks for her life, her teachings and her vision that brought so much to so many people. She wrote a letter (see below) from Waterford hospital just after she broke her ankle in June 2013 entitled ‘Sacred Places’. This describes the vision she and Derry had for the Fellowship as far back as 1948; three decades before it was officially formed. May the message of this letter accompany our collective journey to honour her life; please enjoy its inspiring words and envisage the healing flowing from Clonegal that the land, Ireland and the world needs so much of now.
Cressida Pryor, FOI Steward
April 5, 2017 Fellowship of Isis Letter from Olivia Robertson June 20, 2013
All Ancient Faiths had deep roots in some earthly home, which meant the mother to them. We think of Jerusalem, Mecca, Glastonbury, The Great Pyramid, and above all the Sphinx.
I, Olivia, was told from Spirit, in 1948, that my brother and I were to work for a Centre of Light at Clonegal. Clonegal is a mile from the meeting of the waters, where the castle is built, and where the river of healing, the Slaney, is joined by the river of the Oak, the River Derry. Where they join, there is an island of swans. In a vision, I was shown by angelic beings, a view of the castle from the sky. Light poured from the castle, and, I gathered the source of the light was from the well of Truth, St. Brigid's Holy Well.
For some years, my brother worked on energy coming from the granite from which the castle is built. Some underground source of psychic power, and also the white and silver power, like water, descending from the sky into the well. My brother was told from Spirit, that the well was for the healing of Ireland, and that the rainbow colours emanating from the dark, black earth energy from underneath the dungeon, was for the world. We were told to welcome people from all over the world, for healing, blessing, and psychic vision.
At this time of the new aeon, 2013, I feel we are to activate this sacred place of Dana, Tara, and Brigid, Daneann goddesses of Ireland. All three have come to me in visions along with the Archangel Michael and the God Aengus Og.
On the grounds, at an angle to the Castle, is the old abbey ruin, with a magnificent stone alter. These act as priory of the Noble Order of Tara. We have performed there ceremonies regularly. The grove of trees in the wilderness near the lake and the island which is the cauldron of the god Dagda, and river Derry of the goddess Morrigan. This is the grove of the Druid Clan of Dana, where ceremonies have been held for many years.
The rainbow circle of Brigid have the honour of giving forth the well water to those in need. Each cup represents the holy grail of the new aeon. All members spread Brigid’s rainbow rays throughout the world for healing, sent forth with wisdom and love. Any solitary member can enjoy the healing and vision from the well and from the rainbow rays of Brigid: Love, Beauty and Truth.
Olivia Robertson, assisted by Marian Smiles and Minette Quick, of the Rainbow Circle of Brigid.
Entry for March 7th in "Juno Covella" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:
Roman: JUNO; The Junonalia. (Philocalus, Kai. anno 354) "March 7. Junonalia." (Enc. Brit. 1810 ed.) "Junonalia, a festival observed by the Romans in honour of Juno. It was instituted on account of certain prodigies that happened in Italy, and was celebrated by matrons. In the solemnity . . two images of Juno, made of cypress, were borne in procession. Then marched 27 girls, habited in long robes, singing a hymn to the goddess; then came the decemviri, crowned with laurel, in vestments edged with purple. This pompous company, going through the Vicus Fugarius, had a dance in the great field of Rome; from thence they proceeded through the Forum Boarium to the temple of Juno . . and the cypress images were left standing. This festival . . is fully described by Livy, lib. vii. dec. 3. The hymn used upon the occasion was composed by Livius the poet."
(photo of Shrine of Juno/Cancer, Foundation Center Temple, copyright M. Quick)
(mp3 file/ 1.8 mb / 4:00 mins)
"She who inspired me to do all my work, came to me, at night in 1946 at Imbolc; about Feb. the 1st I saw her. I associated her with snow, because she came at midnight in the snow with the aura of stars and moon. It was at the time of Capricorn still, getting on to Aquarius - that queer, cold, magical time of midwinter, moving to spring. She told me to get out of bed, which I did reluctantly because of the bitter cold, and put on my red cardigan. Now I guess she wished me to know that she WAS REAL. But she was made of different substance, of crystallized white light, her hair raven black, her dress was cut in v-shapes of different cloths - violet and blue-green. I knew that they were blended together, the material, in some way - not sown. She unwound a white scarf. Her face had delicate features. To me she was absolutely real, as physical reality to be absolutely real, but obviously in different dimensions. She told me to sit, and she sat facing me. The extraordinary thing is, that I could not remember one word of our half hour's conversation. Now I believe I was not meant to remember in the surface of my mind, that I had to have free will to work out what I wanted to do as well. This has influenced me all my life - whatever our conversation was - from the depths, like the depths of the ocean. My own feeble telepathic abilities were as nothing in comparison with the clarity and power of her thought-stream. This was the first Goddess who had come to me. By Goddess, I mean an advanced feminine Being. The visits were a very rare occurrence, with years inbetween. I knew she belonged to a more spiritual and wise race of being. At the close of our communion - it was communion - she rose and I thought: "she has a dignity of a queen, the grace of a ballet dancer and the power of a gymnast!" At that date I had not heard of UFO's, so could not make out at all what was this small plane which she had to wait for? Goddess or no Goddess, she had to wait for some, what I thought, was like a little Aer Lingus plane. And above all, what was the giant ship in the sky that the plane would take her to? I gathered it was as big or bigger than the Queen Mary liner, and that to me was immense. I think that size in the sky made of some wonderful substance like this Lady - well, I couldn't understand it at all - I was overcome."
Audio Transcript - The Silver Lady, Part II
(mp3 file, 504 kb, 2:09 mins)
"A year or so later, I had a vision of the Silver Lady, as I called her, appearing in a wretched slum dwelling with an African family of some immigrants, in utter poverty, which then existed in the Dublin slums, which I'd worked in for four years. I looked after children in the most terrible conditions. What struck me was her power. She stood, straight and slim, and raised her right arm in command. Her left arm she gestured downwards in utter dismissal of such conditions. It reminded me of the figure of Christ, in Michelangelo's Last Judgment: one arm up, the other down. It's as if you call down the powers of heaven with your left hand and execute them with your right. It was a call to action. My brother Lawrence, his wife Pamela and I did go on doing my social work when we created the Clonegal Welfare Association in 1960 to '63, when the government then took over local authority and the people actually had enough to eat. In our area of Clonegal, it was extraordinary that there were people living below subsistence level. There was one farm family living on 15 pounds a week, and yet they'd be too proud to accept. This wasn't charity - we suggested people join the scheme, contributed when they could and then - well, we did get a lot of money, we got 10,000 pounds from the English who helped us in this, but nonetheless - the people all contributed themselves when they could. It was extraordinary - we visited 400 families, we knew all about them intimately. We were fascinated by what they wanted. One woman who had absolutely nothing longed for a peacock firescreen. Another one wanted a cuckoo clock and my sister Pamela, very imaginative, she managed to get it for them as a Christmas present. So I think those small thing matter, just as much at subsistence level. I feel that we can't really proceed in our spiritual life without respecting not only our fellow human beings, whatever race or color, but all the other beings."
"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
"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.
(Shrine of Pisces, Foundation Center 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"
(Osiris born again by the Winged Isis", painting by Olivia Robertson, Castle Temple, copyright reserved.)
"Why dwell on evil, or anything unpleasant at all? Ignore it. Turn to the good, the Real. Life is but a fleeting shadow where we learn experience. Fix our souls from Heaven and nothing can touch us, and we bless all those whose lives touch ours. We heal, not through gazing upon the injury - the psychological sickness - but rather see the person as whole and well. And so they become, for we acknowledge the Divine in them, offspring of the Deities."
Blessings of the Sun in Aquarius! The Shrine of Aquarius at the Foundation
Center Temple is dedicated to the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu No Kami.
Olivia Robertson wrote in the book, "Sophia":
"Let us visualise the constellation called by the Ancients, Aquarius. For
to our forebears the dome of the sky was a picture of living hieroglyphs set
there by the Deities. From their starry homes they deemed that their Teachers
came to teach them through the language of symbols. So they offered the Deities
their beautiful images, which they saw as they lay on desert sands or groves,
gazing upon the sky at night. And they offered the Deities pictures that they
painted through their visionary eyes. They imagined a great white winged horse,
Pegasus, flying through the sky above a starry sea. Below him in the sea of
heaven swam two intertwining fish, Pisces. And from a stream entering the sea
they discerned a maiden whom they called Hebe or Ganymeda, or a youth, Ganymede
drawing the stream's water into a pitcher and then pouring forth the water in
bounty, in two starry streams. . .
"And the Star Deities delighted in
the rich imaginings of youthful humanity, springing as dreams do from their
original genius. When Deities visited aspiring humans, they used these ever
changing pictures crossing the starry skies as an unfolding scroll of symbols.
They instructed humanity through these symbols, so unveiling Divine Truths. They
taught that every star is linked to each and every creature by means of
interweaving radiations from the auras of Star Deities. The greater contains the
lesser, which is of its substance, and nothing is alien in the universe. The
lesser is a microcosm of the greater. In this earth is buried our past, and our
future extends to the stars!"