Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Silvery Grotto of Diana

"Enter into the silvery grotto, it’s marvelous, everything seems silvery. There are deer here and there are animals, everything is beautiful. And there is the Queen there, Queen Diana, queen of magic, queen of night. Beautiful. While we lie in bed losing our consciousness in sleep, she is always there, and she is here with us now. We ask her to make our dreams come true. We ask her to bring her dreams to us, and she will show them to us in her mirror during the coming year on earth. She summons our dreams in the magic of beauty and love. Out in dreams we wander, venture, we venture throughout space. Having the traveler’s heart we turn about. She holds the magic mirror. And she shows that what we dream at night happens next day. Believe it. Yes, this is true. We leave our dreams for now, to have another dream." ~ Excerpt from a guided journey given by Olivia Robertson in Phoenix, Arizona, November 12, 2001. Photo: courtesy of Dennis Murphy of Logic Reality

The entire guided journey is offered at Fellowship of Isis Central: Dawn of the New Aeon

Sunday, August 11, 2019

New Italian Translations

Translations from English into Italian have been uploaded. These translations include rites 1 - 12 of "Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess" (translated by Maria Agape) and the original "Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis" (translated by Ivana Modesto). With deep gratitude to Ivana Modesto and her sponsor Aglaia Francesca both in Palermo, and to Sarah Rooke of the UK who has sponsored Maria Agape in Rome. The new translations are offered in the form of pdf files. A link to this page is available on the index of the liturgy section at Fellowship of Isis Central Website.

You may view them all here: File pdf disponibili in italiano

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Lughnasadh 2019 Isian News, Issue No. 173

Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News for Lughnasadh 2019, Issue no. 173 has just been published and uploaded! Cover: “The Goddess Tiamat, Starry Dragon of Space” by Olivia Robertson. Oracle: “Oracle of the Goddess Tiamat” by Olivia Robertson. Editorial: “Rainbow Rays of Deity” by Olivia Robertson. With heartfelt thanks to the following members for their contributions: Ivana Modesto, Diveena Marcus, Celia Thomas, Maria Agape, Rarius Chandalen, Lavendelf, Chelsea Luellon Bolton, Gretchen Cornwall, Patricia Griffin, Hamsadevi Claudia, Judith Page, Shakila Ioanna Brati, Caroline Wise, David de Roeck, Christine Rhone, Marie Clewley, Aglaia Francesca, Sarah Rooke, Kenneth Matthew Bearden and Mana Youngbear. 

You may view the issue at this link: Lughnasadh 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

New French Translations

Two translations of the FOI liturgy into French have been uploaded to FOI Central. They are both from the liturgy book "Melusina: Life Centres of the Goddess". With gratitude to Rarius Chandalen and Lavindelf for their work. Their sponsor is Sarah Rooke. The rituals are: Rituel 9. Musique des Spheres  and Rituel 10. Ouverture de l'oeil de vision

New Italian Translation

A new Italian translation of an FOI liturgy rite has been uploaded. It is ritual no. 3 from Sophia, Cosmic Consciousness of the Goddess. With many thanks to Ivana Modesto for her work on these translations and her sponsor Aglaia Francesca who began this work some years ago, who has encouraged and supported Ivana: 3. Risveglio mistico del Toro e Iside

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Summer Solstice!

"Invocation: I invoke the Sun Goddess Grainne. (Devotee drops incense on the fire or in the pot.) Divine Grainne, accept this incense, in gratitude for Thy life-giving rays.

Let there be music throughout the ceremony.

Devotee: The teaming summer has come, bringing life in its arms, and strews rosy flowers on the face of hill and dale. In lovely harmony the wood has put on its green mantle, and summer is on her throne, playing her string music. The willow whose harp hung silently when it was withered in winter, now gives forth melody - Hush! Listen! The world is alive.

Dancers glide towards the fire, and one, representing Grainne, sinks by the altar, as if asleep. The others, representing planets, form a maze dance around the fire.

Devotee: The God Lugh stretches His long white arm above the hills. Across the sky fly the Immortal Children of the Light, the White Swans of Lir. They call upon their sister, who gilds their wings with gold." 

~ Olivia Robertson from 'Summer. Ritual of the Sun' from "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" 

(Photo: Olivia conducting a Midsummer Alchemical Ritual at her temple)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

FOI Chicago Annual Autumn Goddess Festival

Hello Everybody!

FOI Chicago in cooperation with the Prop Thtr will host the
FOI Chicago's 26th Annual Autumn Goddess Convention & Festival 
Thursday, Oct. 3, Fri. Oct. 4, and Sat. Oct. 5 at:

Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618.

Our featured liturgy is from the FOI liturgical book, Urania:  The Magic of Saturn and Astarte.

The Call for Presentations includes not only topics relating to the liturgy, but those of your own
special interests: Nature, the performing and visual arts, music, spiritual practices, the ancient world,
astronomy, astrology, poetry, divination, animal and human rights, cultural studies, etc.

It is a three day event this year, something we haven't had an opportunity to do for a very long time.
Some merchants will be on hand with their wares only on Saturday, others might be there for Thurs. and Fri.
Space is limited, we have to provide our own tables but the theater has chairs.  Vendors are encouraged
to have standing displays if possible to maximize the spaces.  We'll work with all for the best results possible.

The tentative program is in development.  There will be some merchants each day.
The program, speakers, entertainers, vendors, volunteers, etc. are beginning to be booked now.

Thurs., Oct. 3 - Festival Day - Rehearsal and fine tuning the set up.  Thursday is dedicated to Dionysus as patron god of Performance, Transcendence, and Transformation, and the Muses for Inspiration and Creativity.
There will be a couple of Powerpoint slideshows and an Open Mike. (Sign up soon!)

Fri., Oct. 4 - Reception and Pagan Cabaret - over 21 only.  Presentations, music, dancers, and divination.
Light refreshments will be served at the reception.  Astarte, Adonis, Aphrodite, Eros, and Hermes are the featured
deities of the afternoon and evening's activities.  We are blessed to have performers from the Harem of Oddities who will dance for us and the gods this night. 

Sat. Oct. 5 - Convention Day - registration at 9:30 AM, program begins at 10 AM.  Astarte & Adonis altar,
Ancestor Shrine, Saturn & Rhea/Cybele shrine, Astarte workshop, Powerpoint presentations, meditation, liturgy, ritual, and fellowship. 

Free Parking is available on the streets around the theater.  A small public park and playground
are across the street at Troy Ave., and Elston, a welcome bit of Nature in the midst of the city.

Restaurants, bars, a shopping center, bank, and stores are close by as well as the Kennedy
Expressway (I-90-94) at Addison or Belmont.  The nearest CTA Blue Line station is at Addison and
the Kennedy, about 5 or 6 blocks away; the Kimball bus is only 3 blocks west of the theater, while the
California bus turns around a few blocks from there.

CTA Blue, Brown and Red Lines also connect with Addison and Belmont buses bringing one
within a block or three of the theater.  Hotels are in a radius of about 15-40 minutes driving time,
depending on traffic and location.  There's quite a few bed & breakfast places around the area,
which is close to Wrigley Field, Boys' Town, Lakeview, Logan Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park,
Old Irving Park, Thai Town, and more. 

I'm excited to share this good news with you as we work on our convention and festival.
The Facebook event page will be updated as things develop.

Questions, ideas, comments?  Please write to me and let me know what you think.

Wishing You All the Best Summer Ever,

Lyceum of Alexandria Mishigami,
Iseum of Neith, Hathor, and MahaLakshmi,
Fellowship Of Isis, Chicago

(Photo: Deena Butta (left) and Olivia Robertson (right) in ritual)