Tuesday, September 30, 2014
AUTUMN EQUINOX FESTIVAL AT FOUNDATION CENTRE
27th September, 2014
We have been blessed in Ireland with a wonderful continuation of warm daytime temperatures this year. At night however the temperature drops heralding all too soon the end of tender beans in the garden and the last of an abundance of blackberries and other fruits. But Saturday dawned bright and clear and we had quite a large gathering of members and their friends to our Festival at Clonegal. Many events take place at the Castle these days and a wedding was taking place the same afternoon, and with the fine weather, the Bridal Party had requested that they might take their vows actually in the old Abbey, which was a lovely idea and we all wished them every joy.
So we adjusted our usual plans to leave them in peace and processed down to the Druid’s Grove in the Wilderness to spend a beautiful peaceful time together in this sacred place which the Co-Founders dedicated to the Druid Clan of Dana. There we invoked Her Presence and that of Tara and Persephone, that we might enter the Temple of Isis in purity of heart and thankfulness that provision had been made for us all in the Fellowship to connect in spirit with these special places and perhaps even visit one day.
At Brigid’s Well of Truth we remembered Olivia’s vision of ‘light energy’ coming directly into it from the heavens, providing healing of the spirit through its waters.* She maintained that it was this energy which enabled her and her brother Lawrence to bring forth and encourage a love for the Goddess again in our age. They researched and reconnected with Her manifestations throughout the ages, and established that the essential universal truths have always been remarkably similar. They sought to re-establish and acknowledge the innate equality and unity of Goddess and God, as did Isis and Osiris, each fulfilling their divine destiny. As a visionary, Olivia tuned into so many of the famous manifestations of the Goddess and received their wisdom for our time. She preserved these Oracles at the heart of the Liturgy, which she created to illuminate our many and diverse spiritual paths through life.
After all had been Blessed with sacred water from the Well, we were introduced to three of the priestesses newly in training with our Lyceum of the Three Mothers, and were delighted to meet them and wish them every success and deep fulfilment as they dedicate their lives to the service of the Goddess.
Following this we received a powerful Oracle from the Goddess Danu who reminded us that we can all do something to further a more general awakening to the need to treat our Great Mother, the ground beneath our feet, with greater respect. To protect her from the ravages of short-sighted, severely damaging attacks, offering limited benefits for the few, by acting together in the interests of everyone - She requires our hands and hearts and voices.
We had all been saddened to hear of the recent death after a long illness of a long-term member of the priesthood here, and were glad to welcome members of her close family and friends to join us in remembrance of her gentle, quiet, wise spirit. This was quite a homecoming in a sense for one or two younger members as they had actually been blessed by Olivia as babies and had travelled quite a way to be with us from West Cork.
A feature of the Festivals that have taken place at Foundation Centre since Olivia’s passing has been the participation of everyone in the priesthood in the planning process, in order to provide a changing and interesting seasonal content to the ceremonies. This time we were taken on a ‘magical journey’ by one of our Circle members who is a wonderful story teller. We also had a quite spectacular ‘mystery play’ central to which was the telling of the high drama around the birth of Athena (“She who comes”) as told by the Goddess Metis (“She who was of all beings the most knowing”) But the centre piece of our play was Athena Herself, resplendent with helmet, sword, shield and golden staff or ray, having sprung fully grown from the head of Zeus, who to protect himself had somehow swallowed pregnant mother and baby so that she might not be born!
After all this excitement our time was nearly up, so having given thanks and prayed for the Blessings of the Mother on all in need, we repaired to enjoy the welcome tea which had been prepared for us in the village, and many of us stayed on there, quite a while, to enjoy each other’s company and get to know those who had joined us for the first time.
Minette Quick, 29th September, 2014
* You may read Olivia’s full account which she sent whilst in hospital in June 2013 to the websites, referring to the importance of these sacred places for us all to connect with in spirit if we so wish. The Manifesto of the Fellowship expresses the essential universal truths expressed over the ages for spiritual seekers of their time by many Goddesses and Gods.
Link to Olivia's account on the Fellowship of Isis Central Blog:
Art: "Brigid of Joy" by Olivia Robertson
Posted by Fellowship of Isis Central at 9:09 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Message for All Websites
Received September 16, 2014
Huntington Castle is only open to the public for tours during the summer months, though there is a year round programme of special events. See www.huntingtoncastle.com for details.
However members are welcome, by prior invitation, to one of our Fellowship Festivals at the Castle which are private gatherings and therefore not publicised.
Might I suggest that to avoid disappointment members planning to travel to Ireland wishing to visit, make contact before final travel arrangements have been made.
Minette Quick (Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)
Posted by Fellowship of Isis Central at 6:13 AM
Friday, September 12, 2014
Kasey Conder with Olivia Robertson and deTraci Regula
The Parliament of World's Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Council for the Parliament of World's Religions has announced Salt Lake City, Utah as the location of their conference in 2015.
Kasey Conder of the Fellowship of Isis in Utah, of Salt Lake City will be coordinating the participation of the Fellowship of Isis with the Parliament of World's Religions.
Kasey has lived in Salt Lake City for several years. He heads a very active Fellowship of Isis group through his Lyceum of Isis Utah. He received a charter from FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson to create a central website for the Fellowship of Isis. In 2011 he hosted Olivia for several days in Salt Lake City for an FOI Event he titled IsisFest.
The dates have been announced: October 15 - October 19
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
For more information please contact Kasey Conder at:
Google Mobile Number & Voicemail: 801.382.7054
Note from Kasey Conder: "It is an honor to have the event in my home town. I want to make this accommodating for Isians world-wide to commence to Salt Lake City to attend. The last time the Parliament of World Religions was in the United States was in Chicago with Lady Olivia presiding. Olivia and others can attest what a truly remarkable event it is to attend. This will be truly memorable and it is my hope to make it as accommodating as imaginable. It will truly be an honor, to witness many great spiritual leaders, with a great selection of Fellowship of Isis members present to honor the Goddess. We truly will have a vast and great selection of FOI Members representing our organization and it would be great if we could have FOI Members from every inhabitable continent on the globe attend. Blessings of Isis of Fellowship! Olivia considered Salt Lake City a sacred city and had the apparition of the Goddess Uta-Ha of the Wasatch Mountains while she was here."
Members of the Fellowship of Isis wishing to attend the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions held October 15th to 19th 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA may purchase tickets and register directly with the Parliament of World Religions website. Tickets will not sold by the Lyceum of Isis of Utah and everyone will need to purchase their tickets directly with the Parliament to attend this epic event.
All participants at the Parliament will be able to actively participate with the Fellowship of Isis collective group effort in the Parliament. The Lyceum of Isis of Utah will be coordinating a booth and public presentation with the Parliament. Please email kaseyconder (at) hotmail.com once registered for group coordinating information, etc.
Also a community FOI gathering will commence an evening before the Parliament at Crone’s Hollow in Salt Lake City. This event will cost $15.00 USD and no will be turned away for lack of funds. No pre-registration is required. This will allow us align together before the events with the FOI Current.
Parliament fees applicable members registering:
Registration Fees (Per Person) Individual
Super Saver (Nov 30, 2014) $225
Early Bird (Dec 1–Mar 31, 2015) $325
Advance (April 1–June 30, 2015) $475
Regular (July 1–Oct 14, 2015) $500
Onsite (Oct 15–Oct 19, 2015) $550
Register at https://www.instantreg.com/registration/register.jspx…
Parliament of World’s Religions website: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm
Contact FOI Utah:
Kasey Conder www.isisofutah.org kaseyconder (at) hotmail.com or (801) 755-4419
The 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions theme is:
“Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity”
The sub-theme is:
“Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice, and Sustainability.”
The 2015 Parliament programing will be around three critical issues and three constituencies.
Three Critical Issues for 2015 are the following:
• Climate Change and Care for Creation
• War, Violence, and Hate Speech
• The Widening Wealth Gap and Wasteful Consumption
Three Focused Constituencies of 2015 Parliament are these:
• Indigenous Communities
Posted by Fellowship of Isis Central at 11:43 AM