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.

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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOI Calendar for 2015

A beautiful calendar for the Fellowship of Isis is offered by FOI Germany as a free pdf download. The calendar was created in joint cooperation between FOI Germany and FOI Central. You may view the file and download it here:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Druid Clan of Dana Initiations in Italy

Announcement received from Ossian D'Ambrosio, an Archdruid who lives in Italy: 

I want to inform you that November 30 I did the initiation Raffaella Matarrese and Alice Mometti. I am attaching photos. Next weekend there will be another 4 persons.

/|\ Ossian

 Photos © Ossian D'Ambrosio, please do not reproduce.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Midwinter Yule Ritual - FOI Chicago

Received from Demetria Nanos of FOI Chicago:

The Chicago Fellowship of Isis is hosting a public Midwinter Yule rite on
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at:
Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL, 60657.
Free Parking available – see below.

We will gather from 4:30 - 5 PM, & the service will begin promptly at 5 PM.
Suggested donation - $10.
None are turned away for lack of funds.

The liturgy will be “The Tree of Life”, Oracle of the Goddess Frigga.
We celebrate Modranacht, The Night of the Mothers, from ancient times.
Music, drumming, and discussion will follow, along with refreshments.

After the liturgy, there will be a brief discussion of an Ursa Major stellar rite from the Greek Magical Papyri (handouts to take home), reflect on the Celtic Midwinter spirits Cailleach, Holly King, Arthur, Bear, Raven; why reindeer are connected with the Winter Solstice, and conclude with a Norse prayer candlelight ceremony (handouts & candles). Then there will be music, feasting, celebration, and fellowship -
Bring your musical instruments: flute, sistrum, guitar, and drum!

Please bring something to share for the Love Feast following the liturgy.
Donations are welcome to help pay the rent!

For more information, call or e-mail us at FOI Chicago.
FOI Chicago – Rev. Demetria Nanos – 773-684-9219

Directions & Parking for Life Force Arts Center

FREE PARKING in Central Savings parking lot
FREE PARKING is available in Central Savings bank parking lot when the bank is closed (during the hours listed below):

after 4 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
after 1 PM on Saturdays
all day Wednesdays
all day Sundays
all day on bank holidays (when the bank is closed)

The Central Savings parking lot is located on Ashland Avenue just south of Belmont, in the rear of Central Savings. You do not need a permit or card for your car in order to park in this lot while you are at LFAC events. LFAC is at 1609 W. Belmont, just around the corner from the parking lot.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dulce Domum, Jocelyn Almond

Jocelyn Almond
1956 - 2014

Dulce Domum. It is with deep sadness we learned of the passing of Jocelyn Almond.

Jocelyn Almond was born in 1956 in Great Britain. She met her husband Keith Seddon in 1975. They married in 1977. She attained a BA degree with first class honors in Studies in the Humanities from the University of Hertfordshire in 1982, and a PhD in Philosophy from University College, London in 1986. 

In the early 1990s both Jocelyn and her husband became members of the the Fellowship of Isis. In 1995 she became a Priestess-Hierophant and offered Magi Degree courses by correspondence through her Lyceum of Isis Myrionymous. In 2001 she was appointed to the Archpriesthood Union, one of the three unions that form the FOI Foundation Union Triad.  Jocelyn’s own teacher for priestess training, Beryl Stockhill, had requested that Jocelyn take her position as an archpriesthood union member, shortly before Beryl’s passing in 2001.

Jocelyn was also a published author, "Egyptian Paganism", "An Egyptian Book of Shadows" and "Tarot for Lovers" are among the many titles she had co-written with her husband, Keith Seddon. Her popular solo work "The Fall of Xeirozogenes" was first published in the British science fiction and fantasy magazine "Vortex" in 1977 under the pseudonym Carol Bewley, and later re-published in December, 2008. Besides her work as an author, Jocelyn also served as a correspondence tutor for Fairfax University, USA.

The staff of the Mirror of Isis, an e-zine of the Fellowship of Isis was very proud to feature a lovely article written by Jocelyn just for this publication titled “Dark Gifts from Black Isis". It was included in the Beltane, 2009 issue.

"When the veil rises and we are finally consumed in the fire of Divine glory, the source from which we all came, nothing will be left of us but love." - from "Dark Gifts from Black Isis" by Jocelyn Almond

Books by Jocelyn Almond:

“The Fall of Xeirozogenes”, published by Keith Seddon, 2008
“The Barricaded Tower”, published by Jocelyn Almond, 2010
“The Book of Job”, Lulu, 2011
“The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, with an introduction by Jocelyn Almond, Lulu, 2011

Books by Jocelyn Almond and Keith Seddon:

“Faceless Tarot”, Dunscaith Publishing, 1989
“Tarot For Relationships: A Practical Guide to Understanding Love and Sex From
Tarot Reading”, Thorsons, 1990
“Tarot For Lovers”, Thorsons, 1996
“Understanding Tarot: A Practical Guide to Tarot Card Reading”, Thorsons. 1995
“An Egyptian Book Of Shadows: Eight Seasonal Rites for Egyptian Paganism”, Thorsons, 2000
“A Book of Egyptian Ritual: The Seasonal Rites of Egyptian Paganism”, Thorsons, 2002
“Egyptian Paganism For Beginners: Bring the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Into Daily Life”, Llewellyn 2004
“Precepts and Teachings of Ancient Egypt”, (Keith Seddon, Jocelyn Almond and Philippe Virey) Lulu, 2011

Fellowship of Isis Rites:

Dulce Domum. The Soul Returns Home

The Fair Haven. Communion with Friends and Family in Spirit World
(Shared by and written by Olivia Robertson at Isis Oasis, 2009)

Art "Reborn in Isis" by Olivia Robertson © Fellowship of Isis Central Website

Friday, November 14, 2014

Awakening the Heart - A Guided Journey

Guided Journey to Awaken The Heart Center by Olivia Robertson. Transcribed from notes taken at Isis Oasis, 2009. This guided journey has been published in honor of the first anniversary of the passing of FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson.

Every year, Olivia would offer a guided journey in the main temple at Isis Oasis on Friday evening to launch the opening activities for the FOI Convocation. I (Linda Iles) took notes, and Olivia and I would go over them afterward at the Nesu House. This journey was transcribed from notes taken in October, 2009.

Photo courtesy of P. McCarthy © Fellowship of Isis Central