Friday, April 12, 2019

Remembering Olivia Robertson

 
The Sacred Flame: Remembering Olivia Robertson

April 13, 1917 – November 14, 2013

The religion of the Goddess centres around the Hearth. Whether this be the inner sun flaming within the matrix of our earth, or the sun itself, this is the source of manifested life. Within the body of all mothers, whether Goddesses, women, female creatures that give birth to egg or seed, the inner fire is the Divine Centre. In this nucleus is our own heart's life, that heart whose rhythmic beating keeps us alive and sets moving the rhythmic Dance of Creation. This Heart-beat of the Cosmos sets moving all heart-beats, even the tiny pulse within a blade of grass. On the earthly level the heart brings life. On other levels it is Love. For the Heart exists on all levels.

Woman is natural Priestess to the Great Goddess, and so presides over the hearth. Wherever any living flame burns, there is the Vestal Fire guarded by Hestia. The tradition in Ireland, and in many countries, is that the hearth fire must never die. At the time of the winter solstice the fire is renewed with embers from the dying fire of Yule. It is woman's task to keep this fire alight. It is man's task to bring her fuel for her task.

To create a shrine to the Goddess there needs to be this matriarchal flame. In any impersonal hotel room, in a town flat, in a small garden, the vestal flame is the same, and gives the same power as that bestowed by the Goddess in the mighty temples of antiquity. This sacred flame may be represented by a lighted candle, an incense stick, a resinous torch or small fire. The smoke represents Air, the holy breath which keeps the fire alive, as does our breath combine with our heart-beats. By the divine law of correspondences, everything material in this world is a symbol for some reality in another sphere. When a fire, candles or incense are burnt with the intention of honouring Deity, a communication centre is created, which forms a link in a golden chain that brings through the fiery power of the Deity invoked.

Having made the centre of our shrine, we need a shell, a Matrix to protect it. In the past this was the duty of the man who built the home or the temple. This Matrix in greater form may be understood to be the darkness of Outer Space which holds galaxies in its embracing blackness. It is the blue atmosphere with fleecy clouds which protects our earthly vegetation as a robe: it is the crust of the earth, a chrysalis that conceals the mystery within. Beneath this rocky shell of earth are two lava flows of magma which, like fiery dragons rotating in contrary directions, protect the golden apples that shine in the glowing heart of our planet. And so also is the Matrix the protecting womb that enfolds the unborn child and small animal: the snake that conceals her eggs within her the nut shell and husk that guard the living kernel and seed within.

Though we respect great temples, a simple room or grove of trees form a Matrix that protects our altar fire. A shrine may be a psychic temple not made with hands. The Devotee, sitting in silent contemplation, even in a crowded room, may yet build in creative imagination a shrine that guards the privacy of the soul. For the Matrix is not only a womb or shell: it is also the individual aura. We carry our temples about us.
Excerpt from introduction to “Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess”

Text and photo © Fellowship of Isis Central Website

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

New Italian FOI Liturgy Translation: Realm of Taurus

A new translation into Italian has been uploaded: Ritual 2. Realm of Taurus from Nuit of the Milky Way." Thank you so much Ivana Modesto!  Rite 2. Reame del Taurus

Saturday, April 6, 2019

New Translations of the FOI Liturgy

New FOI Liturgy translations in French, ritual 7 from “Urania, Ceremonial Magic of the Goddess” and ritual 8 from “Melusina, Life Centres of the Goddess”. Translations courtesy of Rarius and Lavindelf in France. Sarah Rooke of the UK has been the guiding force behind the development of the FOI in France.
 
Rituel 7. Magie de Venus et Vishnu    and  Rituel 8. Des Ailes qui se deploient

New FOI Liturgy translations in Italian, ritual 7 from “Sphinx, Myths and Mysteries of the Goddess” and ritual 7 from “Alchemy of Isis, Transformation through the Goddess” Translations courtesy of Ivana Modesto and her mentor Aglaia Francesca, both in Italy.

VII. Nettuno: Melusina del Potere del Drago  and Rituale no. 7 Il Pilone di ametista di Nettuno

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy 43rd Anniversary, Fellowship of Isis!

FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson, 1976

Never before published – “On the Vernal Equinox” by Olivia Robertson. A discourse offered by Olivia explaining why the Vernal Equinox was chosen as the date to found the FOI. Happy 43rd Anniversary of the Fellowship of Isis! We hope you enjoy this brand new offering, exclusive to Fellowship of Isis Central Website!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FOI 43rd Anniversary and Full Moon


March 20th is the Vernal Equinox, which marks the 43rd anniversary of the founding of the Fellowship of Isis. It is also the day of the Full Moon, which on the west coast of the United States takes place at 6:43 PM. So today we honor the Moon Goddess with this oracle of the Goddess Ngame from Olivia Robertson:

Priestess: (Invocation) I invoke your inspiration, O Ngame, Triple Moon Goddess of Whom None in the Universe is greater. Caught in the dull web of our daily lives we look to Thee for the promise that lies concealed beneath Thy mysterious veils of magic. 

Oracle: You cannot see your own body save for the tip of your nose and the front of your body down to your toes! You need to gaze into still water or a looking-glass in order to see yourself: and even then the image is reversed. All you have learnt from science is but a limited area of knowledge deduced from insufficient information, garnered through extended five senses and logical inference. You can, however, only understand the hidden spheres of the occult if you learn the language of symbols. Each symbol embodies a reality on another plane. The moon which I hold in my dark hands is the mirror both of the polarized rays of the sun, and of your own earth, when its shadow blackens the moon. So those who fear the eclipsed Full Moon reject their own shadow! The moon symbolizes duality, a duality that is even manifested by the Solar Deities, Who yet cast a shadow upon the lower earth plane. The God when reversed is a devil. Yet the moon in triple form shows forth that harmony which resolves duality. 

The aetheric matrix of your earth appears to you as a dream reflection of physical life, to vanish at day-break. But in fact it is the causal essence of the physical plane. You can only alter physical matter through making changes in its aetheric counterpart. A table cannot be moved an inch without psychic volition. To do this knowingly is the art of magic. Spiritual transformation, rather than mere aetheric manipulation, is also the gift of the moon. As it is impossible for you to see your own face save in a mirror, so in order to know and transform your soul, you need to gaze into the aetheric lunar mirror. What you see therein may delight or terrify you! The ugly may see an angel: the handsome a monster. Union is achieved when the persona and soul are one: so the spirit is in harmony with itself. For what seems alien, even macabre, is your hidden self which, if banished, creates a vacuum in your soul. So deprived, you became psychically maimed. 

During the past two thousand years, mankind has attempted to vault over the psychic spheres of the moon, and achieve the higher planes without it. Femininity, magic, the occult, were all despised, feared and exorcised in temples and churches; convents and colleges; in monasteries and laboratories. But now the time has come when mankind the student grows to adulthood. Each of you must face the reverse image instead of attacking it, labelling it heretic, devil, black witch, lunatic, hallucination! For the Three lunar spheres, psychic, spiritual and cosmic are an essential curve in the evolutionary spiral. In the Piscean age it was necessary for devotees to struggle with their own souls to achieve one-pointed purity. But in this coming Aeon of the Winged Ones the shadow image must be absorbed. So may the Greater Self include both higher and lower selves. Duality is resolved not through conquest but through harmony. 

Every planet has its reverse twin and I preside over them all. And I also rule over the mightier duality of the shining stars burning in black space. Darkness and light are united in My cosmic embrace. I hold them in My arms as I do each one of you. 

Oracle of the Goddess Ngame from Psyche: The Triple Moon. 2nd Sphere


Photo courtesy of Dennis Murphy of Logic Reality

Friday, March 8, 2019

New Liturgy Translations



Just uploaded to Fellowship of Isis Central:

A new Italian Translation: A ritual from "Isis of Alchemy, Transformation Through the Goddess" has been translated by Ivana Circe Modesto of Pharmakou Potnia Iseum, Palermo Italy and Aglaia Francesca of Lyceum of the Divine Meow: Rituale no. 4. Il Pilone di smeraldo di Giove Il tempio ottagonale dell’ Alchimia

Two new French Translations: Two rites from "Melusina, Life Centers of the Goddess" by Rarius Chandalen and Lavindelf of L'Lyceum (Sanctuaire d'Isis) des Sentiers d'Avalon in France. The rites are Rituel 6. L'aube du Soleil Interieur (Dawn of the Inner Sun) and Rituel 7. Ouverture de la Rose du Coeur (Opening the Heart's Rose)
(Photo of FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson, courtesy of Dennis Murphy of Logic Reality)
 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Italian Translations

New translations of the FOI Liturgy and other materials have been uploaded to Fellowship of Isis Central (www.fellowshipofisiscentral.com) They are:

A ritual found in Urania, magia cerimoniale della Dea (Urania, Ceremonial Magic of the Goddess)
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Magia Solare della Forza Vitale, (Sun Magic of the Life Force) translated by Marialuisa Sales
 of Lyceum Campense in Rome, as a result of her work with Sarah Rooke’s Lyceum of Isis and Sekhmet of the Stars.

A ritual found in Sfinge, Dea miti e misteri (Sphinx, Goddess Myths and Mysteries): VI.Urano: L'Uscita alla Luce Del Giorno (VI. Uranus: The Coming Forth by Day) by Ivana Modesto of Pharmakou Potnia Iseum, Palermo, Italy, who works with Aglaia Francesca’s Lyceum of the Divine Meow.

Ivana has also sent a translation of L'alchimia di Iside (The Alchemy of Isis) written by Caroline Wise, which is featured in the 1993 Neptune Press edition of “The Call of Isis”, the spiritual autobiography of Olivia Robertson.

We thank all those members who have worked so tirelessly to translate FOI materials into other languages in order to better support our international membership.