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)

March 27, 2018

Spring Festival Report

"With the power of Love and the
development of our own spiritual wings,
our deepest dreams will surely blossom
and come to fruition,
as we bravely overcome the darkness
and grow in the light."
 
Here is the report on the Spring Equinox festival at the Foundation Center Temple:
 
 
 
 
 
(photo of Persephone, copyright Durdin-Robertson, Huntington Castle)
 

March 21, 2018

Sun in Aries

 
Blessings of the Sun in Aries!  Olivia Robertson wrote about this Foundation Center shrine:  "Above the Shrine of Aries, carved in bas-relief by David Durdin-Robertson, the Goddess Nepthys of Nature, blesses Africa."
 
Please also enjoy this audio clip of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson during the ritual of "The Athenaea" (see transcript below):
 
(mp3 / 200 kb / 51 secs)
 

Audio transcript:
"We are here assembled to celebrate the ancient Athenian Festival of the Panathenaea. The singer Orpheus instituted the Athenaea in honour of Pallas Athena, Goddess of Power, Wisdom and the Arts. At this time of the Vernal Equinox of equal days and nights, when the sun leaves the sign of the tied fishes for the ram, Athenians and foreign visitors formed a joyful procession. They climbed the hill of the Acropolis and brought to the Parthenon the Peplum of Athena."



(photo of Shrine by M. Quick, photo of LDR created with permission from "The Occult Experience";  both photos and audio copyright reserved.)


Fellowship of Isis Homepage Archive

March 20, 2018

42nd Anniversary of the Fellowship of Isis

 
Happy anniversary to the Fellowship of Isis!  The FOI was founded on the Vernal Equinox of 1976 by Olivia, Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson.

To celebrate, here is a brief audio clip of Olivia Robertson describing Spring in Ireland (see transcript below):

(mp3 / 24 sec. / 192 kb)


Audio transcript:
"In the time of Spring, when daffodils are out and all nature in Ireland opening her myriad eyes of flowers: bird's-eye, bluebells are beginning to come.  It is new and so are you, in your soul. . ."

You may also learn more about the history of the Fellowship of Isis by going to this section of our website:




(photo of Castle courtesy Durdin-Robertson family, both photos and audio copyright reserved)

March 19, 2018

Cressida Pryor: Spring Letter


"The individual reflects the cosmos
and the cosmos reflects the individual."

Click below to read Cressida Pryor's letter to the  Fellowship of Isis in full:



March 7, 2018

Booklet Highlight: The Religion of the Goddess

 
This is a transcript of a lecture given by FOI co-founder Lawrence Durdin-Robertson at the opening of the Wexford Arts Centre on October 26, 1974.  The cover illustration is by his sister, FOI co-founder Olivia Robertson and is based on the High Altar of the Temple of Isis at Clonegal Castle.  It may be read in full at the following link:
 
 
 

March 1, 2018

March Oracle: Goddess Atlanta


"Your heritage is love and happiness."

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





(Statue of Atlanta at the FOI Foundation Center Castle, copyright reserved.)


February 18, 2018

Sun in the constellation of Pisces

 
Blessings of the Sun in Pisces!  Click below to listen to an audio clip of Olivia Robertson during a past ritual: 
 
(mp3 / 1:36 min / 755 kb)
 
Audio transcript:
"My friend, you in your time and place and me in mine, are having a mystical meditation, contemplation, of the constellation of Pisces and all it means.  It's a water sign you know, dual, connected with fishes.  We may smile at our ancestors thinking there are fish in the sky, but I would have you know that the Magi of the past came to our simple ancestors and gave them profound spiritual truths by using not only the names of their wildflowers and trees and their own names, but what they called the constellations.  Thus, they would ask: 'what is that in the sky?' And the people would say: 'ah, so they/them are two fish tied together'.  And the Magus would say: 'ah my friends, I have something to tell you about those fish', and they would use that part of the sky with its radiations tuned-in to what the people called it.  Hence, profound mystical truths were given to the human race through the vast picture book that we call the sky.  And the people said the Gods from the sky taught them, and beings - possibly denizens from the stars themselves, Sirius, wherever - came and taught them great mysteries beyond any of our sciences."
 
Olivia also wrote this meditation of the constellation of Pisces:
 
"Companions, let us contemplate the constellation of Pisces! We see the pale form of the fishes, the North-Western fish's tail near Aries holding the place of the Spring Equinox. Above shines Andromeda and her Mother Cassiopeia. Flying near the Eastern fish is the glorious winged horse Pegasus! Below Pegasus, replenishing the sea of Heaven is Aquarius and below the fishes is Cetus the whale. When Dione with Her Son Cupid fled from Cetus, the Goddess was rescued by the Piscean fishes, who carried Her and Cupid to safety on their backs. For Venus is exalted in Pisces and none may harm Her who rules the starry sea! Behold the river Fluvius Eridanus flowing below Cetus, and to the East of the fishes rises the White Bull of the Sea, Taurus. Know that the constellation of Pisces brings dreams and fantasies and the sound of distant bells of forgotten lands below the sea. Let us surrender to the tideless sea and allow our souls to float at ease in contemplation of the Mystery of Pisces. . ."
 
 
(Quote from "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess" by Olivia Robertson, Shrine of Pisces  photo by Minette Quick, audio from the FOI Homepage, all copyrights reserved.)
 
 
 

February 12, 2018

Imbolc Festival Report

 
"At the open Well of Brigid, Her words arose
fresh and vibrant as the day they first came to Olivia,
and our Steward joined with us in Invocation
and all were blessed with water from the Well."
 
Click to read the full report on the Imbolc Festival at the Foundation Center Temple:
 
 
 
(photo of the Well of Brigid, copyright Minette Quick)

February 1, 2018

February Oracle: Goddess Brigid


"So though in a mortal body,
you shall shine forth as an immortal Spirit."

The Oracle for February is from the Goddess Brigid.  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.)



January 31, 2018

Letter from the FOI Steward

 
The Imbolc letter from FOI Steward, Cressida Pryor, has been uploaded.  You may read it in full by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
 

January 26, 2018

Book Highlight: Isis of Fellowship


"Isis of Fellowship, How the Fellowship of Isis was Founded" was written by Olivia Robertson in 2002. From the Foreword:

"In my 85th year, I feel the time has come for me honestly to describe how my brother, his wife and myself founded the Fellowship of Isis. This is a question I am so often asked and as often brush the query aside with a recommendation to read our Manifesto, study the Liturgy or join a centre! What I have avoided as a matter of principle is to be personal. I had encapsuled my personal experiences within a framework of ideas in my book 'The Call of Isis'. I refused to write an autobiography. I wished to give the rest of my life to promoting the Fellowship: not on encouraging a cult of personality, bugbear of our media-crazed society."
 
This book relates how each aspect of the Fellowship of Isis came into being as Olivia Robertson personally experienced it. An original Oracle and illustration begins each of the nine chapters, which include: 1) Foundation: The Throne of Isis, 2) Return of the Priestess, 3) The College of Isis Revived, 4) Spirals of Light, 5) Dana's Land of Immortality, 6) Ladies and Knights of the Green Earth, 7) The Goddess Has New Helpers, 8) Isis Prophetis, and 9) The Muses Symposium.
 
This book is available for purchase worldwide:  FOI Online Bookstore
 
You may also read the entire Foreword here:  Isis of Fellowship Foreword
 
 

January 19, 2018

Sun in Aquarius


Happy Sun in Aquarius!  The Shrine of Aquarius is located in the Temple Sanctuary of the FOI Foundation Center and is dedicated to the Goddess Amaterasu No Kami.  Click below to listen to Olivia Robertson in a past ritual: 

(mp3 file/3 mins/692kb)

Audio transcript:
"The air and water of Aquarius symbolize spirit in union with emotions.  You rise above the situation in Aquarius - you have some terrible row or some problem at your work, or you've been having rows with people - the Aquarian method is to rise above it and look down and it becomes in proportion.  You don't ignore it.  Have you any problem, don't hide it away and then it pops out at you later when you sleep in a nightmare.  Face it now and rise above it - look down on it from this starry standpoint.  All problems vanish when you are your true Self, for we are only players in this shadow world.  Now, at the birth of a new aeon, we look ahead, now we've solved our problems, to what we plan for our own future, not only now but in future lives, whether on earth or in the stars. . . There is no jealousy, envy or hatred in the new aeon, for we share others' triumphs and glories.  There's no competition.  As we feel this, we feel the waters of Aquarius and the stars pour through us. . . Happiness is not yesterday or tomorrow, it is NOW and that now extends like ripples right through the whole of one's being.  Sorrow passes, joy lasts forever.  You are receiving inspiration from the stars. . . and you can see the star Cassiopeia, the great "W" in the sky, the northern constellation and you know that beneath, below the south pole, is Aquarius.  And the stars are always there.  There is no loss.  We are shrouded with a starry mantle.  When the sun goes down the stars are seen: so in Winter, when our earthly vitality perhaps decreases, our inner spirit shines forth. . ."


(Photo by Minette Quick, audio from the FOI Homepage, copyrights reserved.)


Fellowship of Isis Homepage and Archive

January 11, 2018

Fellowship of Isis Daily Prayer


"Holy Goddess Isis, Mother of all beings, come to our hearts.
Grant us, Thy children, Love and Joy, Wisdom and Abundance.
We offer Thee our loving care for all who are born of Thee."
 
 
 
(FOI Daily Prayer and drawing of Isis on glass copyright Olivia Robertson, Foundation Center Temple, Ireland.)

Archival Link:
FOI Prayers and Blessings

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year - January Oracle

 
"For all that is real in the Greater is
spelled forth through symbols in the lesser."
 
Happy 2018!  The Oracle for January is from the Goddess Sarasvati.  You may read it in full by clicking on the link below:
 
 
 
(Photo copyright Dennis Murphy, from "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis" DVD.)