Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FOI Foundation Union Triad

Notice to Members

Blessings of Isis, Dana and Tara! On the eve of the Vernal Equinox, March 19, 2015, the process of updating membership of the three FOI Foundation Unions was completed. Full details will be provided in the upcoming issue of Isian News for Beltane 2015.

"My brother Lawrence, his wife Pamela and I looked to the future at arrangements for the continuity of the work of the Fellowship of Isis globally. ... The general work of the FOI is carried out by the FOI Foundation Union Triad: The Archpriesthood Union, The Archdruid Union of the Druid Clan of Dana, and the Grand Commander Union of the Noble Order of Tara." 

(Excerpt from a message received from Olivia Robertson by the late Deena Butta, FOI Chicago, published in Isis-Seshat Magazine, Issue No. 30, Summer 2011) 

(Photo provided by Deena Butta. © FOI Central Website, all rights reserved.)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Registration in the Fellowship of Isis

Here is a scan of our original charter. We were authorized by FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson in October, 2004 to accept registrations for the Fellowship of Isis. Our charter was written and signed by Olivia Robertson. Fellowship of Isis Central is authorized to facilitate the following:

1. Joining the Fellowship of Isis

2. To register new FOI members, new FOI appointments and new FOI centers

You may register through any of the following central websites. They have all received authorization from FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson:

Fellowship of Isis Central: isiscircleonline@yahoo.com

Isis of Utah: kaseyisian@gmail.com

Circulo de Isis: caro_amor@ymail.com

FOI Germany: http://www.fellowship-of-isis.de/


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FOI London Annual Event - June 7, 2015

She Speaks: the Oracle and the Priestess
 Sunday 7 June 11:00-5:00 

Talks, practical work, techniques and ceremony


At Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street, London WC1 7BS
Fellowship of Isis Annual London event, hosted in 2015 by the Iseum of 10,000 Names
£15.00 (booking & payment details to be announced; please do not call Treadwell’s directly)

               To be a vessel for the Oracle of the Goddess was an important function of the priestess in the ancient world. In the modern goddess revival, the oracle is a unique facet of the Fellowship of Isis and appears in all its ritual and ceremonial structure. Olivia Robertson provided her own oracles in the Liturgy. For those working in Lyceums or Iseums, the oracle is given spontaneously from a prepared priestess – an oracle can’t be written and practiced in advance, by its very nature! This event is open to all with an interest in the Goddess.

The purpose of this day is to look at the oracle in history and to give instruction on giving oracles in ceremony, having the confidence and trust to let the goddess speak and preparing the priestess who will bring the oracle through.  With talks, practical work and ceremony, we will look deep into the oracle and see its relevance for the modern age.

Speakers and presenters

Sheila Broun – priestess, artist and teacher at the Goddess Study Centre, Bath – discusses Agnes Whistling Elk's statement: “Dreams and Visions are the Essence of Sacredness.” Jocelyn Chaplin – priestess, author and artist at the Serpent Institute, London – “Oracles, Serpents and String Theory: Exploring the Secrets of the Delphic and Other Oracles.” Special guest Caroline Wise – priestess and author - will demonstrate practical techniques, preparation, invocation of the oracle, experiencing the oracle and closing down, including the oracles of Sekhmet of Fire, Elen of the Dream Ways, Ceridwen of the Land, and Thethys of the Sea.

Ceremony led by members of the Iseum of 10,000 Names, London

Booking & payment details to be announced; please do not call Treadwell’s directly.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

39th Anniversary of the Founding of the Fellowship of Isis

The Fellowship of Isis was founded on the Vernal Equinox in 1976, which was a very good year. The upcoming Vernal Equinox on Friday, March 20, marks the FOI’s thirty-ninth anniversary. This is a time to celebrate the Hearth of the Goddess, as originally conceived by the three FOI Co-Founders, whose sacred flame has spread to hearths and shrines throughout the world. So many gifted Members daily tend their private hearths, shrines and altars with due reverence to this Divine purpose. Let us join together on this day, by attunement in meditation, ritual and prayer – as this sacred Flame burns within our hearts, let it lead us to the Divine Inspiration of the Goddess – as we tend the flames of Her hearth in our homes, in loving memory of our past, enjoyment of our present being, and with rich anticipation of a sacred path we carve for our future.

Photo: FOI Co-Founders Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and his sister, Olivia Robertson, in the Conservatory. © Fellowship of Isis Central

The Flame Within

“A candle flame is not lessened when light is taken from it to light many other candles. There is more, not less light. Yet all the candle-flames come from the same source. … Light this candle from the hearth of Vesta. Share your power and your gifts with others and you will suffer no diminution, but rather add to your store of knowledge, power and happiness.” ~ Olivia Robertson “Flamma Vestae” from “Panthea, Initiations and Festivals of the Goddess.” 

Photo: Olivia Robertson before the altar in the Main Temple, Isis Oasis, FOI Convocation, 2010 © Fellowship of Isis Central

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Isian News - Brigantia 2015

Greetings Aset Shemsu! The 2015 Brigantia Issue of Isian News is now available online. This issue features reports from members, news from centers, an announcement from the Star of Tara advisory board and a beautiful painting by Olivia Robertson titled "Brigid of the Five-Fold Fractal" on the cover. http://isiannews.blogspot.com/2015_01_01_archive.html

About the Cover

Olivia wrote the following explanation for this piece: “I have painted a five-fold Palladium myself, superimposing it over a silver Piscean Madonna… She has vermilion hair, very long, and she holds her baby girl, also with long red hair. The baby holds a doll with spiky red hair. The doll holds a mini-doll ********
She is Brigid holding Bride: Magdalene holding Sophia. Something was lacking. Were we only to diminish in consciousness? No! So I painted giant hands coming out of a tumultuous sky, enfolding the figure in a maternal embrace.”  
(Excerpt from “The FractalGoddess of Solar Alchemy”, introduction to rituals 1 and 2, “Ishtar of the Starry Heavens”.) 

Statement - Star of Tara

The Star of Tara

The Star of Tara, an advisory board of the Fellowship of Isis, consists of the following members: Hamsa Devi, David de Roeck, Arthur Freeheart, Maury White-Hereford, Daniel Campbell, Christine Rhone, Johannes Nugroho Onggo Sanusi, Kasey Conder, Carolina A. Amor, Maire Doyle and Linda Iles. The Star of Tara has issued the following:

Statement- Star of Tara

The Star of Tara, an Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Isis, is committed to upholding the vision of Olivia Robertson and Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson. We honor and safeguard the legacy of the work of the three Fellowship of Isis co-founders;continuing their legacy unchanged. We uphold the Fellowship of Isis as initiated by the three co-founders; to resurrect a tenant of vocation to the Divine, be it God or Goddess, furthering awareness of the Goddess, and initiation into Her mysteries. This is as true now as it has always been.

The Star of Tara is for that New Aeon. We still recognize in full the Druid Clan of Dana, Noble Order of Tara, College of Isis, Muses Symposium and types of centers, whether iseums, solar iseums, lyceums, groves and priories under the Sacred FOI Foundation Union Triad. The triad consists of the ArchPriesthood Union, the ArchDruidUnion and the Grand Commander Union. We are here to guide assist and walk with all those who have been called to vocation to the Divine.

The three FOI Co-Founders,Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson created the following methods and practices of the Fellowship of Isis. They were written down by Olivia Robertson and published by Cesara Publications, the private publishing house of the FOI Co-Founders. Each numbered section is an exact quote extracted from the source cited in parentheses.

1. “The Fellowship is dedicated to spreading the religion of all the Goddesses throughout this planet. The Gods are also venerated. The Goddess is seen as Deity, the Divine Mother of all beings, as well as the embodiment of Truth and Beauty.” (Original Version of the FOI Manifesto, 1976)

2. “Creativity comes from the harmony of the psychic and earthly spheres. The Goddess needs our help,that She may bring Her era of happiness, wisdom and creativity to this earth.Each member who chooses to join the Fellowship dedicated to the Goddess may give a unique contribution. Every talent is needed.” (Original Version of the FOI Manifesto, 1976)

3. “The Priesthood of the Fellowship of Isis is hereditary in source through the Robertsons of Strathloch, and is passed to priestesses and priests of the Fellowship through the Rite of Ordination, also through touch and oil. Vocation is essential. The Priestesses and Priests may in turn ordain others, either through ceremony or through oil and touch, as was the custom in Ancient Egypt. The ceremony may be conducted at a distance through mutual arrangement.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992)

4. a. “Vocation from the Goddess is essential for candidates for the Priesthood. When this Vocation is experienced, the would-be candidate should apply to a member of the Priesthood.Preparation varies according to the ways of each Iseum [or lyceum], but an initiatory period of a year would be the minimum time needed. The candidate chooses the Goddess or Goddess and God she/he wishes to serve in order to helpthe Deity in the Divine Plan. Ordination by Attunement is only used when the applicant is in an isolated position. Preparation may be made through a Correspondence Course.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992)

b. Ordination is bestowed by the F.O.I.Priesthood through the ceremony “Ordination of Priestesses and Priests”, the Rite inspired by Isis for the F.O.I. Liturgy. The same Ordination ceremony conveyed through Telepathic Attunement is as effective as the physical Rite.Telepathy is the language of the New Aeon. (Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis,second edition, 1995)

5. “The College of Isis has been revived after its suppression 1,500 years ago. Like Aset Shemsu, the F.O.I. itself, it has always been alive in the Inner Planes. It is from these Inner Planes that its return has been inspired. As the College of Isis is part of the Fellowship, the ideal of the Manifesto also apply. The qualities of Goodness, Harmony and Wisdom are manifested through a multi-religious, multi-racial and multi-cultural Fellowship which honours the good in all faiths. Magi degrees may be conferred through Lyceums of the College.Correspondence courses are offered. There are no vows nor secrecy.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992, Second Version of the FOI Manifesto,1992)

6. “The Goddess Isis alone is Head of Her Fellowship. Within Her Family - Shemsu - all members will still have equal privileges. Membership will continue to be free. F.O.I. is not a Patriarchal Hierarchy, so no member can have spiritual authority over another. Iseums, Lyceums, Groves and Priories will remain on equal footing. Titles describe work undertaken, and are not a badge of authority over people or beliefs.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992)

7. “Each Lyceum, through its Dedication, is twinned with an initial Iseum, thus bringing the College into close communion with the wider network of Iseums. The Dedicatory Divine Names of Power of Goddess, or Goddess and God manifest particular attributes of the Deities concerned in the Iseum - Lyceum. Therefore there can be no set curriculum for the College. Deity in its eternal Being contains all aspects mirrored forth through the whole Company of Heaven, from Deities to birds. Thus Hierophants, through inspiration from their particular Deity or Deities,produce their own training Course. This reflects the democratic character of the Fellowship …” (Original College of Isis Manual, 1992)

8. (a.) “The Liturgy of the Fellowship of Isis has been inspired by She whose name it bears; She who is crowned with the stars, is robed by the sun and standeth upon the moon. It deals with earthly, psychic and spiritual spheres.” (Original College of Isis Manual, 1992)    

(b.) “All the Arts strengthen Ritual and bring about purposeful changes. When ancient liturgies are recited and words of Power uttered, sound reverberates through the centuries, note calling to note. Words are uttered, even in translation, they reiterate those used in temples for thousands of years. In these Rites for the Fellowship of Isis, ancient invocations, hymns and dialogues are used from ancient liturgies from many religions. For the time has come when Iris, the rainbow messenger, is forming a pattern of beauty from many faiths. … So in these Rites prayers and hymns are used from Karnak, Babylon, Africa, the Norselands, India, China, Japan, the Celtic countries. For all are relevant, and without one faith the planetary symphony is deficient.” (Introduction,"Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" FOI liturgy book, written by Olivia Robertson, 1988)

9. "As the Goddess Isis inspired the ArchPriesthood Union, so the GoddessDana and the Goddess Tara have inspired the foundation of the ArchDruid Union of the Druid Clan of Dana and the Grand Commander Union of the Noble Order of Tara. This triad brings into harmony the Priesthood, the Mysteries and Philosophy, and Environmental Activity. The inspired guidance came through Rt.Rev. Olivia Robertson at Isis Oasis, USA. The three Unions form a triad of equal importance, they are on the same level, share the same format and same scope of work. All three Foundation Unions are protected by the Wings of Isis,inspired by the Holy Grael of Dana and strengthened by the Sacred Mounds of Tara." (Announcement by Olivia Robertson, published in Isian News, Issue no. 134, Samhain, 2009; Isis-Seshat Journal, Issue no. 24, December, 2009)

The above statement is supported by the following, who are pledged to honor and safeguard the legacy of the work of the three Fellowship of Isis co-founders; continuing their legacy unchanged, which also includes all the FOI centres and communities they represent in perpetuity:

Star of Tara Advisory Board
Circle of Isis Advisory Board
Circle of the Sacred Cauldron Advisory Board
FOI Germany
Fellowship of Isis Central
Fellowship of Isis Utah
Circulo de Isis
FOI Chicago
FOI London
Irmandadede Isis
Compagniade Iside