March 22, 2019

Spring letter from Cressida Pryor

"May this balance and joining together be in our hearts 
as within the love of the Goddess all are one."

You may read Cressida's letter at the following link:




(© "Namaste" art, copyright Cressida Pryor)

March 19, 2019

Anniversary of the Fellowship of Isis


Happy 43rd anniversary to the Fellowship of Isis! The FOI was founded on the Vernal Equinox, March 20th, 1976 by Olivia Robertson and Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson. Please join us in honoring their legacy as members worldwide remember and celebrate this day.



Audio transcript:  
"It was direct spiritual experience, as with my brother, that I had a direct spiritual Vocation to do this from God - the feminine aspect of God - God who is also feminine to emphasize this, because the world is threatened by destruction, through pollution, through misuse of nature - often through stupidity and greed.  We're destroying the planet.  And the Divine Plan appears to be to emphasize the feminine: charity, kindness, care for nature, nurturing, motherhood - all that side.  Not to get rid of the male aspect, but to balance male aggression and materialism and this linear-logical, mental thought:  always analysis, analysis - we're more for healing and synthesis."


Audio transcript: 
“I started as the Church of Ireland, or as we call Anglican, as an Anglican. I suppose one approaches . . . everyone is basically interested in religion, and their first approach is through their religion to which they were born, and as I say I was born into the Church of Ireland, the Anglican Church. And then my horizon broadened and I became interested in many other religions, and so many of them the last 150 years have been prevented, Indian, Chaldean, Egyptian, Japanese, the old Norse and Celtic, and so on - that my horizon broadened, so I became – actually I call it – a Universalist, believing in all the religions, but particularly of course, the fair feminine aspect, which is now very much coming into the fore again. Of course you get that in Christianity, particularly in the cult of the Divine Wisdom, Sophia, that you get of course in the Hebrew Bible, Chokmâh, but also in the Virgin Mary. So there isn’t really such a gap because the Virgin Mary has many of the titles as the Goddess Isis. Isis represents all women and corresponds to all the Great Goddesses or in fact, every Goddess, or every woman to that extent."

For more information on the Fellowship of Isis, including its Founders, please see our website: http://www.fellowshipofisis.com


(© photos/audio Durdin-Robertson, copyrights reserved.)

March 8, 2019

The Peacock Angel


Click to listen to Olivia Robertson - mp3 file:  The Peacock Angel - Audio

"I long for the Peacock Angel, whose eyes are the stars. I would be a star and be with Her for Eternity. Even as I wish this, it is so! Before me, in indescribable grandeur is the Mighty Goddess Herself. Her Divine Body is formed from dark space, irradiated by Her Eyes, the many coloured stars. But what is most wonderful are Her Wings, which are The Veils woven by Bride. Two encompass her head with their gleaming feathers, and two are extended throughout all space, and about Her feet are two azure wings that reach into the abyss. She is the Goddess of the Heights and of the Depths. The stars are Her Visions and the flow of the Web of Bride are Her garments. Her face is forever veiled. Behind Her shines Her Divine Consort, The White Peacock Angel. Between his feathery wings are the dark tunnels that lead through the spheres. He is the Angel of Transmutation." 


(Peacock Angel artwork and quote from "Ishtar of the Starry Heavens by Olivia Robertson, mp3 audio file by the FOI Homepage, all copyrights reserved.)

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March 1, 2019

March Oracle: Goddess Juno


"Divine Law pervades not only the High Heavens 
but is within each creature and object 
through Nature Herself."

March's Oracle is from the Goddess Juno.  You may read and listen to audio of Olivia Robertson by going to the following link:




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

February 18, 2019

Sun in Pisces

Olivia Robertson wrote in the book "Sophia": 
"Comrades on the quest for Truth and Virtue, know that the constellation of Pisces now contains the place of the Vernal Equinox, and the Fishes are called Leaders of the Celestial Host. The Magi saw them as two mighty forces held together by the Cord, the Yoga or Yoke of religion, which means 'to bind'. Thus those who dwell under this influence learn self-control, and through such discipline have authority over those under their aegis. Fishes were seen as emblems of chastity, and the monastery and convent represented a fishpond rather than the open sea. . . In ancient times the constellation of Pisces was seen as a mighty Goddess with the tail of a fish, worshipped as Atargatis in Syria, Parthia, Rome, the Danube lands and in England."



(Shrine of Pisces, FOI Foundation Center Temple, photo by Minette Quick, copyright reserved.)

Fellowship of Isis Homepage

February 13, 2019

The Tapestry of Life

"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."

(Introduction to the 'Isis Wedding Rite' by Olivia Robertson, artwork by Olivia Robertson, attributed to both Arachne and Tara; copyrights reserved.)

Fellowship of Isis Homepage & Archive

February 9, 2019

Festival Report: Imbolc

"We were asked to consider the quality of light we 
pour forth into the world and reminded how the love 
we instil always finds a way to return to us abundantly."

The report on the Imbolc festival held at the FOI Foundation Center, along with a reminder of the submissions deadline for the next INIV, may be read here:




(report by Olwen Pendred and photo by Minette Quick, © reserved)

February 1, 2019

Feb. Oracle: Goddess Selene


"Know that each creature is a
sacred expression of unique creativity."

This month's Oracle is from the Goddess Selene and includes audio of Olivia Robertson.  Read and listen by clicking on the following link:



(Photo © Dennis Murphy, from "Olivia Robertson, Priestess of Isis".)

January 30, 2019

Imbolc Letter from Cressida Pryor


"Our founders' wisdom to not tie a member of the FOI 
to any one faith path is a profound underlying truth."

You can read Cressida's letter in full by clicking here:


January 20, 2019

Sun in Aquarius


Happy Sun in Aquarius and Full Moon (in Leo)!  The photo shows the Shrine of Aquarius, dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu No Kami, located in the Sanctuary of the Foundation Center Temple.  Listen to Olivia Robertson during a past FOI ritual, as she describes the stellar mystery of Aquarius:

(mp3 / 1:50 min / 430 kb)

Audio transcript:
"Contemplate the 2 wavy "W's" of Aquarius and we see that they resonate against each other, in a sort of polarity - two forces.  Now, listen to the Priestess and we'll go dreamy: "we see a winged Goddess holding a mighty urn, from which pours a stream of life forms of which we can discern fishes, animals, plants, rocks, elementals, humans.  A laughing God behind the Goddess draws power upon them with his trident. Look at this - imagine the most beautiful Goddess you can imagine with mighty wings and she has this urn, and imagine all life forms, even the oddest, you know - lizards, insects, fear viruses, crystals, giraffes, weird creatures from other planets.  We could go on looking at this stream of life forever.  All sorts of fabled creatures are here, which exist somewhere, or we wouldn't have thought of them.  Look.  And as we are, we see a God behind her drawing power, sharing it with her, with his trident.  And that trident also seems to have a meaning. The positive and negative forces are held together by the central spike, as it were.  And we gaze upon the stars of Aquarius, set in the Sea of Heaven.  Know that the ancients wanted us to see these visions, so they attached these visions to the constellations, that we may attain Stellar Consciousness."


Archival links:
Fellowship of Isis Audio Gallery
Foundation Center Temple Photo Gallery

(Photo © Minette Quick.)

January 15, 2019

Book Highlight: Goddesses of Chaldaea, Syria and Egypt


Written by FOI co-founder Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, and printed in 1975 by Cesara Press, this book was described in the following manner:

"The Goddesses of Chaldaea, Syria and Egypt is the first of a series of books describing the Goddesses of many countries and civilisations.  A separate entry is devoted to each Goddess.  Among the particulars included are the variant forms and the etymology of the Goddesses' names, genealogical details, epithets, biography and characteristics.  There are also descriptions of their temples, public and esoteric rituals, the regions associated with their worship, the forms in which they are represented and their correspondences to Goddesses of other Pantheons."

You may read the book here:



(Copyright reserved by the Durdin-Robertson family, with ongoing thanks for their permission to share these works.)

January 8, 2019

Shrine of Lakshmi


From "Urania", by Olivia Robertson:  "We invoke the Goddess Lakshmi! Thou who art known as Mother of the World, aid us with Thy love! . . . Lakshmi, Goddess of Good Fortune and Love, is sister of Venus. She was born from an ocean of milk, bearing a lotus."  

From the "Guide to Clonegal Castle" by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson:  "The South angle of the temple leads into the Hindu chapel, on the N.W. wall just inside the door is a picture of Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth or prosperity (Shree), with the Elephant God Gayanana on one side of her. At the far side of her is an Indian picture of Shiva and Parvati, the Third Persons of the Hindu Trinity."  

(Photo © Minette Quick.)

Archival links:
Fellowship of isis Liturgy
FOI Photo Gallery
Temple of Isis Tour

January 1, 2019

January Oracle: Goddess Alma Mater

"More and more spiritually and psychically 
gifted children are coming into incarnation."

Happy New Year!  The Oracle for January is from the Goddess Alma Mater and includes an audio clip of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson together in a past rite.  You may read and listen by clicking on the following link:



("Star Children" art © Olivia Robertson)