December 1, 2018

December Oracle: Goddess Eloha


"By experiencing the Divine Spirit within yourself 
you become attuned to the same Spirit 
within each person, animal, bird, tree, stream."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Eloha.  It includes an audio clip of Olivia Robertson and you may read and listen by clicking on the following link:



(Photo copyright Dennis Murphy from the "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis" DVD.)

November 22, 2018

Sun in Sagittarius


Blessings of the Sun in Sagittarius!  The Shrine of Sagittarius is found in the Well Chapel at the Foundation Center Temple.   Click on the link below to hear audio of Olivia Robertson giving a past guided meditation:

(MP3 file / 4:30 mins. / 1mb)

Audio transcript:
"We face a hill surmounted by the Temple of the Zodiac. Now, begin to climb up this hill. . .we reach the South-West portico flanked by two female sphinxes. We now enter this Temple. There are 12 stained-glass windows. In the center is the altar of the perpetual flame of everlasting life. Come to the window of Sagittarius. The window depicts a Goddess enthroned on a mighty rock of ages. She is crowned and bears in Her right hand a sceptre surmounted by a golden eagle. In Her left hand She holds a mighty crystal orb. Above Her on the left is a crescent moon shining down above a winged white horse. On the right is a rayed sun illuminating a peacock with raised tail of blue and green and gold.

"A sudden wind blows open the window and we see the nine mighty stars and the fifty-four lesser stars of constellation of Sagittarius. Protected by the starry bow of the Centaur lies Arcadia. Friend, enter Arcadia of the Starry Bow of the Goddess Diana, leader of the dance of the Muses and receive joy and love and enchantment from the Immortals. This is the realm where rest those who accept divine commands with faith and happiness. But linger too long here and you will be the lotus-eaters, who sit by the Arcadian stream, unendingly smiling, bereft of strength, purpose and wit.

"I want you now to pass through this window. How you've envied those with spiritual faith, the serene countenance of a nun, the absolute acceptance of a follower - of Diana or any Deity - obedience, and in that obedience: certainty, peace, joy, no questioning, no struggle, peace, no war, cared for, loved. Enter Arcadia. Just to let go - to let go the separated self, to obey the rule, to follow the guru, the teacher, to accept the Divinity totally, like slipping back into a warm pool surrounded by still water lilies, for what can grow in tumult?

"Nothing matters without happiness, so accept and drink of the pool of happiness in your cupped hands . . the happiness the Goddess Diana gives. . .the sounds of birds. There is someone you love reflected in the pool and you look up and see this one, smiling at you. Here you are together, forever when you return here, it's always here.

"But even as we lapse into complete peace and happiness at a distance, we hear a voice say: "come back, come back, come back from Arcadia." Reluctantly we drag ourselves back. We return to the Temple of the Zodiac, and from thence down the hill and you find filled with the elation and joy of the Goddess that you return to your own time and place."

Archival Link:  FOI Audio Gallery

(photo by Minette Quick, audio by the Fellowship of Isis Homepage, all copyrights reserved)

November 16, 2018

Festival Report: Samhain


"Once again it was wonderful to experience 
the weaving of all the different threads 
in the celebration joining together to create 
such synergy and healing for all concerned."

The report on the Samhain Festival at the FOI Foundation Center may be read at the following page:




(Well Chapel photo, copyright Katheriona Doyle)

November 15, 2018

Samhain Letter from Cressida Pryor

"the Fellowship holds a knowing that this life
is not all there is and leads to an inner assurance
that our life comes from the sacred,
is sustained by Her
and our ultimate destiny is in Her."

The entire Samhain letter from Cressida Pryor, FOI Foundation Center Steward, may be read at the following link:

November 13, 2018

Honoring Olivia Robertson


On the anniversary of her passing to the Spirit realm five years ago, please join us in remembering Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis.  Here is an audio clip of Olivia giving a meditation:

(mp3 / 1:30 mins / 707 kb)

Audio transcript: 
"Let us gaze upon Magna Mater, Cesara, set forth in stars. From her matrix comes forth all that is.  Visualize the Mother of All, from whom comes all stars, from which issues life on all planets, spirits and all stars.  We are all her children. Let us show forth our Mother's glory: her creativity, her joy, her love, her wisdom.  As we do this, we may become aware of this whole company of heaven: Goddesses and Gods, Seraphim, Kerubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Archangels, Angels, blessed Spirits of Humans, Animals, Trees, Birds, Plants, Atoms.  All that is, in perfect symphony. You have your own individual unique place in this Cosmic Reality.  And this is Cesara's Ark!"



(Photo of Olivia Robertson by Dennis Murphy/Logic Reality.  Audio by the Fellowship of Isis  Homepage.  All copyrights reserved.)

November 12, 2018

Hallow our shrines


"Holiest of the Holy, great Goddess Isis, perpetual comfort of mankind, thou whose beautiful grace nourishes the whole world. Whose heart turns towards all those in sorrow and tribulation, as a mother's to her children, we invoke thy grace. Hallow our shrines with thy protecting wings that bringeth shade to the weary of heart, jubilation to the distressed and rest to sufferers. Bring vision and healing, thou who with thy breath bringeth the dead to life: thou friend of Thoth, bring us wisdom. As thou dist restore thy husband the God Osiris, bring us also thy everlasting love and life."



Archival Link:
Fellowship of Isis Liturgy

(From "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" by Olivia Robertson.  Foundation Center High Altar photo, copyright Katheriona Doyle.)

November 5, 2018

Hail Athena!


"We offer incense to thee, the Goddess Pallas Athena. Thou doth bear the Owl of Wisdom upon thy shoulder and wieldeth the Spear of Light. From thy Shield come the life-giving Medusa Rays, veiled from human sight. Bestow upon us power and the wisdom to use it well. Inspire our works of learning and of the arts!"



(Quote by Olivia Robertson from "Panthea", Athena art by Olivia, photo copyright Minette Quick)



November 1, 2018

November Oracle: Goddess Ariadne

"I am always with you, 
though you see me not."

The Oracle for November is from the Goddess Ariadne.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the following link:




(Ariadne on Castle door by Olivia Robertson, photo copyright Minette Quick.) 

October 23, 2018

Sun in Scorpio


Blessings of the Sun in Scorpio!  Click on the link below to hear Olivia Robertson take the role of Elaine of the Alchemical Twins in the meditation of the Portal of Scorpio: 


(mp3 / 5:00mins / 1.2mb)

Audio transcript:
"I approach the Western Portals of Scorpio. It looms high above me, supported by two pylons. The lintel is emblazoned by the figure of a golden hawk with outspread wings. On the left is a statue of Selket, the Scorpion Goddess. On the right is Sekhmet Herself. On Her lion’s head She bears the cobra Uachat-Buto and She holds the reed of sovereignty. I realise that when I pass through this gateway I can follow either the occult path of Selket with secret powers, or walk the straight-forward ways of Sekhmet. Lionesses are the huntresses. I follow Her right-hand path. 

"I find myself just where I dream of in Ancient Egypt! This is an oasis with soaring palm trees and every sort of luxuriant vegetation. No, I'm not in Ancient Egypt, but a copy of Ancient Egypt in the New World. Abundance brings good to everybody. I seat myself under a palm tree along with many well-dressed people of various nationalities, but obviously well-off. I am praising the richness of nature here, but people are laughing at me. They say it's not like Egypt, a desert, as it is.  This oasis is entirely artificial, the water being piped here at great expense. This is by nature temperate desert with no rainfall.

"Then a quiet young man sees my concern and tells me that he is making for a dedicated group near who are digging for a spring to discover - he said they are being helped by a wonderful water-diviner. Will I join them? So I rise and follow him and find a group of workers digging on what looks like dry sand and rock under the directions of a man with a pair of large spectacles. 

"At first I do what they tell me - at first. But suddenly I find myself taking the lead – they are going nowhere! I consult the water-diviner and find a new spot. I dig and on my own I find a crevasse in the rock-face beneath the sand, pull away, and water gushes forth! 

"I feel in ecstasy, I've never been so proud and happy. Soon groups of people are joining us and they congratulate me on what I've done and I'm just a newcomer.  And they all begin digging. This spring I found is mighty and pure, good water. I've done the right action at the right time, for the land was threatened by drought. But oh, what elation - now I know my life's work, so they tell me.  I've come here - I've been chosen.

"But what is this agonizing pain that shoots through my left foot? I am poisoned. I scream. Someone says I've been bitten by a scorpion. I feel angry to be so helpless.  Somebody is trying to help me and I console myself by the thought that now the work will carry on to create an oasis that will bring water to hundreds of people and animals and stop us using up Nature's water, in the wrong way. Yet I feel a stab of fear. I've started all this, but do these people have the right ideas? What are their motives? This digging is getting out of hand. I can no longer control it, as I lie in pain. I call to Sekhmet for help. And then I hear these words as deep as flowing waters:   

'My daughter, rivalry poisons the waters of life, which is for all. More cruel than the scorpion’s sting is concealed jealousy disguised as high-mindedness! Share not only the water you have found, but also the glory of the finding of it.'

"I see it all. I lie back on the sand under a palm-tree and I leave the work now to others and I enjoy the sun speckling my body through the palm-leaves. And my hands are stroking the sun-warmed mane of a mighty, contented Lioness. As I try to see Her I come back to all. . . so content."


("Golden Eyes, Black Night" painting by Olivia Robertson, mp3 by the FOI Homepage, artwork and audio copyright reserved.)

October 1, 2018

October Oracle: Goddess Prithivi

 
"As you lift veil upon veil of
my enshrouded mystery,
your wonder and joy will increase."

The Oracle for October is from the Goddess Prithivi.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the following link:




(photo copyright Alice Smeets.)

September 25, 2018

Festival Report: Autumn Equinox


"As the trees shed their leaves at this time,
so too should we release that which serves us no more."

A report on the Autumn Equinox Festival at the FOI Foundation Center may be read by clicking on the following link:



(Well Chapel photo copyright Cáit Branigan)

September 22, 2018

Equinox Sun in Libra

 
Blessings of the Sun in Libra and the Equinox!  Below is an audio clip of Olivia Robertson:
 
Audio - The Constellation of Libra
(mp3 / 2:34 mins / 605kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"You say, I may not be born under the Constellation of Libra, what are the stars to do with me? The stars are the mystical body of the Goddess. We have stars, atoms within ourselves, and we are atoms within the body of our galaxy, and the Ancients taught us of the wonder of the stars, taking our own humble names. A Lady, a bright Being from the stars would come to a simple person and point to an area of the sky where certain radiations came and would say: 'what do you call that?'  'We call it the scales' - man - 'it looks like scales'. And the Lady would pause and go into a contemplation and then say:  'my friend, get your family and the elders of the village together. And I will tell them about the meaning of the scales and of balance between violence and gentleness, love and truth.' And so were the mysteries brought forth to our ancestors who could not read, but to whom the picture-book of the sky was a revelation.
 
"Each man and each woman - each creature - has two forces, complimentary: positive and receptive. You are receptive now, to my voice, but when you give a person directions, of any sort, even the way, you are being positive in relationship. So no human being is either all positive or all receptive - there's a beautiful flow and harmony between both. Now magical ritual helps attune us to the stars. . . and this is the time of the Atumnal Equinox, when day and night are equally long. It is the time of harmony, of Libra of the Scales."
 
Archival Links:
 

(Photo by Minette Quick who also wrote the following with Olivia:  "Shrine to Sun sign of Libra: presided over by Niamh who brought spiritual knowledge of Atlantis, the Sidhe and Dana. To Oisin a human Irish hero. Dedicated to the College of Isis, wooden plaque of Coat of Arms of Magdalen College, Oxford, where family scholars studied under the auspices of Magdalen as spiritual teacher. The continuation of this takes place in the Old Mill House, which houses lectures, exhibitions and events of various kinds.")

September 20, 2018

Attunement Report

 
From Cáit Branigan, Rainbow Circle of Brigid, FOI Foundation Center:   
 
Fittingly, on a day when the rain fell forming lush pools in Wexford, our attunement began with a blessing of, and gratitude for, the sacred well of Brigid in the Temple. Ancient and central to the energy of the Temple, we are reminded of the importance of blessing the waters after a Summer which has been so dry. As the lifeblood of the land, the birthing waters of our Earth Mother, they nourish us, body and Soul.

As our attunement proceeded, we became aware of the need to ensure the spiritual nourishment of ourselves and the Fellowship, extending beyond ourselves to strengthen our community. Uniting Heaven and Earth within and without thereby restoring balance to all.

In the Love of Isis,
Cáit

Archival Link:  September 2018 Attunement




 
(All photos copyright Cáit Branigan)

September 19, 2018

Cressida's Autumn Equinox Letter

"Perhaps at this equinox we can be aware
of our differences but balance this with
knowing how much we also share."

The Autumn Equinox letter from Cressida Pryor, FOI Foundation Center Steward, may be read at the following link:

 

 

September 18, 2018

FOI Attunement Reminder

 
This month's attunement with the Foundation Center Temple will be on:
Thursday, September 20th at 9am GMT
 
From Cáit Branigan, Rainbow Circle of Brigid: 
"The next Temple attunement is on Thursday 20th September at 9am Irish time. If you would like any prayers to be included and would like to have a ribbon placed on the prayer tree, please see the instructions on this page: FOI Prayer Tree

We would love to have you tune in and join us. Here are some photos from the last attunement!
 




(All photos copyright Cáit Branigan:  Temple Prayer Tree, Shrine of Dana, High Altar, Well Chapel of Brigid)

September 12, 2018

Fellowship of Isis Prayer

 
"Holy Isis, Holy Osiris;
We give you thanks
that your Love, Beauty and Truth
are manifest with Power and Peace
throughout all spheres,
within all beings,
and we accept your Blessing now,
in Mind and Heart."


Archival link:
Fellowship of Isis Prayers & Blessings

(Prayer and drawing of Winged Isis and Osiris by Olivia Robertson, photo from Foundation Center Temple by Minette Quick: all copyrights reserved)

September 1, 2018

September Oracle: Goddess Hertha

 
"Whenever the longing heart turns to the Mother,
there I take up my abode."
 
This month's Oracle features the Goddess Hertha, with audio of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson.  You may read and listen to it at this link:
 
 
 
(photo of Olivia in the Cave of the Mothers, Foundation Center Temple, copyright Minette Quick.)

August 22, 2018

Sun enters Virgo

 
Blessings of the Sun in Virgo!  The Shrine of Virgo is located outside of the Cave of the Mothers in the Foundation Center Temple.  Click on the link below for audio of Olivia Robertson giving a meditation:

Meditation on the Window of Virgo
(mp3  / 7 min / 1.62 mb) 

Audio transcript: "We shut our eyes and still our minds. We see before us in the distance a hill crowned with a beautiful Temple surrounded by myriads of stars. We mount the hill by a winding path. We are climbing up to the Temple of the Zodiac. It is twelve-sided and pearl colored with long windows that glow with many colored lights. We are approaching a Gateway in the south-east, guarded by two bronze statues of Sphinxes - women to the waist, lions below, their wings reaching the roof. On the left of the Gateway is a spring from which a stream flows into the Temple through a conduit.
 
"We particularly examine the windows on either side of the doorway. On the left, is a window marked "Leo". The stained-glass depicts a naked woman surrounded by a Hawk, a Lioness, a Cow and a Winged God. On the window on the right, is a picture of a woman veiled from head to foot, holding an Ankh in her right hand, a scroll in her left. Over the window is the sign of Virgo, formed by two folded wings and the knot of Isis. The sign of Virgo looks like an "M" and you can form a loop in the center, the Knot of Isis.  Over the doorway is a bas-relief of a Sphinx, her lion's body facing the Leo window, her woman's face turning towards the window of Virgo. Her wings sweep downwards on either side of the entrance, forming two feathered curtains.
 
"Suddenly a powerful wind rushes through the Temple pushing open the Window of Virgo! Through it we see eight blazing stars shining through nebulae. Within this astral sphere of Virgo are the Isles of the Blest where we learn how to weave the future from the past, by using the present.
 
"Now I want you to visualize yourself passing through the Window of Virgo, the eight blazing stars, and we see islands of great beauty.  All may enter this place, the Isles of the Blest, but those who have done wrong, learn here how to expiate and make all well. How lovely are the islands.  There is music here, great beauty, nature spirits, wonderful animals.  Peaceful lions, deer, small animals playing around their feet, lionesses. . . The animals and birds here are intelligent.  You can communicate with them telepathically, as we can with Angels, Nature Spirits, Deity.  Do this. . learn. . learn how to be blest so we may attain this place even in sleep on earth.  You learn here the weaving, because we are the Fates, we create our own Fate.  They're not sinister ladies sitting on thrones being disagreeable to us.  We have to learn even how to turn evil into good, which is wonderful because nothing's wasted you see - we can use the past now to create the present.  But you need help to do this and that is why we need to be in the Isles of the Blest.
 
"At first we feel overcome when we think of the harm we've done.. . maybe we've harmed animals or people.. .but now we see how we can 3-fold make up for it.  We can forgive others.  There's all of infinity to do good in.  There's much laughter here because nothing is more delightful than to recognize the Truth, and often it makes one laugh, at oneself, preferably.   All pretense vanishes here.  Now if you feel you have experienced this bliss of creation, of creating a better future for ourselves and our earth, you may now, I should think, feel like looking at the eight stars.. . you feel spiritual light pouring through you.  We learn here to center ourselves.  Now is the center of the circle around which time flows - past and present, like a stream flows around us - that is the secret.   We are not moving through time, we are ever the same in spirit - no, time is moving around us.  We are not moving through space, space is moving around us.  Feel this consciousness, this awareness.  You are in the center.  Time and space are flowing around you and you may therefore alter what happens.  This is the art of Creation."
 
"It is now time for us to return through the Window of Virgo.  Leave by this Window of Virgo, come back through the window.  We all return to the holy Temple, changed - even a little."



(Shrine of Virgo by M.E.K., photo and audio copyright reserved.)

Fellowship of Isis Homepage & Archive

August 14, 2018

Fellowship of Isis Attunement Reminder

 
This month's attunement with the Foundation Center Temple will be on Thursday, August 16th, at 9-10am GMT
 
As written in the Lughnasadh issue of Isian News, Isian Voices"As most members of the Fellowship of Isis will know, Olivia [Robertson] decided upon an attunement time for the global Fellowship community of 6:30-8:30 GMT, every morning and evening.  Attunement times are a wonderful way of reconnecting to our hearth shrines, our Iseums, to one another and, most importantly, to the Goddess. They allow us a moment of pause in a busy and chaotic world, to realign our hearts, minds and soul to our true vocation, whatever its outer expression. It allows us to pause in the embrace of the wings of Isis, in the deep serenity and peace of the Divine in all of its manifestations. To complement the morning attunement, we will be adding a monthly attunement time from 9am to 10am Irish time, when a Priestess will open the temple and remain in reflection for the period of the attunement. This will hopefully facilitate a deeper connection between the global membership and the temple at the Foundation Centre, allowing the energy to flow to you from the temple and from the temple to you. Although this happens at all times anyway, we are hoping to provide the space for a conscious communion."
 

If this time is not convenient for you, please attune when you can. "Members and others may attune at any time to our Rainbow Network, knowing that somewhere the Goddess is being invoked and her Blessings sent forth."  (Olivia Robertson, "Maya") 
 
This monthly attunement is being provided in addition to the usual FOI attunement times of 6:30-8:30 GMT, morning and evenings.  A time zone converter may be found at this site:

 
(High Altar, Foundation Center Temple,  ©  Minette Quick)

Fellowship of Isis Homepage & Archive

August 8, 2018

Festival Report: Lughnasadh

"We were reminded that within the
harvested wheat sheaf contains the seeds
of the new and of what is yet to come."
 
The full report on the Lughnasadh Festival at the FOI Foundation Center may be read by clicking on the following link:



(Photo of the Shrine of Dana, Foundation Center Temple, © Minette Quick.)

August 1, 2018

Oracle for August


"Seek for the buried treasure of the earth,
the jewels of Wisdom and Love."

The Oracle for August is from the Goddess Dana and is the Oracle included in the first FOI newsletter, the Summer of 1976.  You may read it in full by clicking here:

 
 
(Goddess Dana by Olivia Robertson, Foundation Center Temple. Photo © Minette Quick.)
 

July 31, 2018

Lammas Letter from Cressida Pryor

"It is proposed that the Rainbow Circle will hold
regular gatherings to update information,
to have discussions and to
foster a sense of engagement and inclusion."

The Lammas letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor is now available by clicking on the following link:




Fellowship of Isis Homepage/Archive

July 23, 2018

Sun enters the sign of Leo


Happy Sun in Leo! Above is the Shrine of Leo in the Temple of Isis at the FOI Foundation Center. Click on the link below to listen to Olivia Robertson call upon the Goddess Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess, during ritual:

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 by Minette Quick. Audio by the FOI Homepage.  All copyrights reserved.)


July 22, 2018

Lughnasadh Newsletter

 
The Lughnasadh issue of the FOI Foundation Center newsletter is now online.  You may access it from the following page:
 
 
 
 
(Banner by Pamela Currey, © photo by Minette Quick)

July 10, 2018

Homage to Juno

 
"We offer incense, Juno, in honour of Thy Divinity. In the Hermean Zodiac Thou are the Wateress and from Thy streaming breasts pour the waters of Aquarius, source of life for generations of souls. The Gnostics proclaimed the silver streams from Thy breasts to be Sophia Above and Sophia Below, the manifest and the arcane Wisdom.  Thy daughter Hebe, beautiful Ganymeda, bestows nectar from her cup to the Olympian Deities. . . Thus from the Source of life flowing from Juno's breasts do Her children, Hebe, Aquarius and Ganymede receive living water. And they bestow this nectar to others from an overflowing cup. May we ourselves learn likewise to accept and to give Living water."
 
Olivia Robertson, "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess"


Archival link:
Fellowship of Isis Online Liturgy

(photo copyright Minette Quick)

July 3, 2018

Letter from Minette

 
Best wishes always to Minette Quick as she retires from the Circle of Brigid, and much gratitude for her past service to Olivia Robertson and the Fellowship of Isis!  See her letter at the link below:
 
 

July 1, 2018

July Oracle: Goddess Nu Kua


"To be immortal is to be ever-changing
like clouds floating across the sky!'

The Oracle for July is from the Goddess Nu Kua.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the link below:


 

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

June 22, 2018

Sun in Cancer

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

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, Foundation Center Temple, by Minette Quick.  Audio and photo copyright reserved.)
 
 
 

June 20, 2018

Festival Report: Summer Solstice

"As Nature unfolds its ever-changing drama each year,
it surely provides the ultimate demonstration
of ever-present creativity and true Divinity."

You may read the full report on the Summer Solstice Festival at the Fellowship of Isis Foundation Center by clicking on this link:




(photo Foundation Center © Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)

Summer Letter from Cressida Pryor

"May we too remain open to harvest
all the loveliest flowers of the soul;
be it a smile to the stranger
or an out reaching hand of welcome."
 
The Summer Solstice letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, has been uploaded and you may read it in full by clicking on the following link:
 
 

June 13, 2018

German & Spanish sections


Please note that the entry pages for the German and Spanish sections of our website have moved.  The new URLs are below:

 

Here also is the page for the FOI Manifesto translated in various languages:

Many thanks to our team of translators for giving their time and support in this manner.  If you would like to help with translations in any language, please feel free to contact us.



(artwork of Isis & Osiris, © Olivia Robertson, photo © Minette Quick)

June 7, 2018

Castle Tours

 
The Castle is holding summer tours once again. The Gardens and Tearoom are open 11am-5pm and tours of the House are 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, May through September.




(photo © Durdin-Robertson)

June 1, 2018

June Oracle: Goddess Athena


"Understand the meaning of what I am,
and you will gain comprehension
of your own lives and destiny."
 
The Oracle for June is from the Goddess Athena.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Lawrence and Olivia by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
(Pallas Athena, Medusa Altar/Members' Shrine. Foundation Center Temple. Photo © Minette Quick.)
 

May 20, 2018

Sun enters Gemini


From the book "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess", by Olivia Robertson: "Companions on the quest for Intuition and Clear Minds, know that the constellation of the Dioscuri, the Twins, is depicted in the Denderah Zodiac of Ancient Egypt as the Lion God Shu, Bringer of flowing waters, and His twin the Lion Goddess Tefnut, Lady of Heaven. They are shown facing each other, holding hands. These Divine Twins were born of the Goddess Nebhet-hotep, Great in Magic, Wife to the God Atum of primaeval waters. The Lion Pair in their turn brought forth the Goddess Nuit of the starry sky, and the God Geb, of the earth. Isis and Osiris, sister and brother, were born of these, and the rest of the Great Ennead of Heliopolis, which includes Shu and Tefnut, Isis and Osiris, Ra, Geb, Nephthys, Horus and Hathor. The virtuous are revived through Tefnut: 'I have brought to him the Goddess Tefnut and he liveth! The soul which dwelleth in Tefnut abideth in bliss in Her realm Beyond death'. Thus to the Egyptians, Gemini was the House of Life here and in the next world. It was also the sphere of twin souls...

"Let us meditate upon the constellations of Gemini. Castor and Pollux are in verity far from each other; yet the constellation holds many twins. Gemini, guide of mariners, rises high above the sea of heaven. Far above Auriga, the Charioteer, drives the Great Wain about the Pole Star. The twins shine among many animals, the lynx, the unicorn, the lesser dog. Gemini rises beyond the reach of the creatures of the abyss, Hydra and Cetus. It is the constellation of the Mind and Spirit which through Hermetic alchemy unites the realms of this life and the next, and draws together twin souls." 

 
(Photo copyright Minette Quick.  OR wrote: "Shrine of Gemini by the South Portal of the Castle Temple. The Goddess Vesta of the Eternal Flame is represented by a giant face, painted on a mirror. Behind is a 3-tiered candelabra. Vesta is also shown within Her Greater Self, as a brass mask, thus showing the twin aspect of Gemini.")

Archival Link:
Fellowship of Isis Liturgy

May 6, 2018

Beltane Festival

 
"It seemed to me that the whole message
on this occasion was to be strong in ourselves
amidst the troubles of the world."

You may read the Foundation Center Festival Report by Minette Quick at the following link:

 
 
(photo of the Old Abbey, copyright Minette Quick)

May 1, 2018

May Oracle: Goddess Hathor

 
"You will never know my laughter and light
unless you draw the veil from your own personality
and allow the sun to shine forth!"
 
The Oracle for May is from the Goddess Hathor.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
(Painting of Hathor by Olivia Robertson, Temple of Isis, FOI Foundation Center. Photo copyright Minette Quick)

April 28, 2018

Beltane Letter from Cressida

 
"Seek rest within the sacred shelter of Isis’s wings
And draw nourishment from the energy of our fellowship"
 
The Beltane letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, has been uploaded - read it in full by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 

April 24, 2018

Call for submissions


Announcement from the Circle of Brigid calling for submissions to the Foundation Center newsletter, Isian News, Isian Voices.  You may read more by clicking the link below:

 
 
 
(Dedication to Brigid at the entrance to the Well Chapel at the Foundation Center Temple, photo copyright Minette Quick.)

April 20, 2018

Sun enters Taurus


Happy Sun in Taurus!  Listen to an audio journey from the late Olivia Robertson, leading a meditation to the Constellation of Taurus:

The Window of Taurus
(mp3 - 3 mins - 709kb)

Audio transcript:
"To realize the harmony of Justice and Compassion, we need to make a magical journey to the Constellation of Taurus. Know that these signs are given to us by the Adepti, the Magi of old, so that we may relate to the reality of the stars - not through the sciences, but through our spirits: this is spiritual rising. Come. Approach the window of Taurus. This window depicts a red-haired Goddess seated on a white bull, which is emerging from the sea. Descending from the stars of Taurus, are 14 maidens who bathe in the ocean. Now suddenly a sharp wind blows, and it throws the window open, and we are faced with the constellation of Taurus. Gaze upon the 7 stars of the Hyades, in V-formation - 7 of the 14 Atlantides maidens. Within their aetheric sphere is the mountain of Hursag, Paradise of Creation. For what appears as earthly, flaming stars, planets and space, is but a symbol of a reality beyond. Hear of this mountain of Hursag, this paradise. Ninurta, the God, created the mountain to save his people from the flooding of the Tigris. Hear the ancient words written on tablets, about this God-king: "Behold now, everything on earth rejoiced afar at Ninurta. The Lord made mourning disappear from the land, he made happy the spirits of the Gods. Because of his Mother's great joy at his great and heroic deeds, Ninurta addressed her: ‘O Lady, O Ninmah, because for my sake you would enter the matchless land, the hill which I have set up, let its name be Hursag, and you be its queen’.” In this magical world ruled by Ninmah and Ninurta, only those who do great deeds are admitted. Pass through the window, if you dare. Imagine yourself now, entering this land if you would - if you would do great deeds. Enter and visualize what you would like to do in the future, and see it as if it happens!"
 
 
(Shrine of Taurus photo by Minette Quick, audio from the FOI Homepage, both copyright reserved.)

April 12, 2018

Remembering Olivia Robertson

 
Please join us in lighting a candle in honor of the late Olivia Robertson.  Olivia was born on Friday, April 13, 1917 and was always quick to point out that Friday the 13th was a day associated with the Goddess!
 
Here is a short recording of her speaking on the company of heaven and enjoying life:
 
(mp3 / .15 sec / 121 kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"Angels are!  The whole company of heaven are around us.  It doesn't matter what religion we believe, the main thing is to enjoy life - this life, and the next.   And that is really, what it is all about."
 

Archival Link:
The Life and Work of Olivia Robertson


(photo of Olivia Robertson, copyright Zoé d'Ay)

April 1, 2018

April Oracle: Goddess Dana

"The Golden Age shines for those who have,
through awareness and the practice of the virtues,
regained the use of psychic eyes and ears and feelings."

The Oracle for April is from the Goddess Dana.  You may read it in full and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by clicking on the link below:



(photo of Olivia Robertson, copyright P. Sudheer, with additional cropping by this site)