Thursday, September 19, 2019

FOI Chicago: 26th Annual Goddess Festival





Received from Demetria Nanos of FOI Chicago: “The 26th Annual Goddess Festival & Conference is two weeks away!”
Dates: Thursday, Thursday, Oct. 3 – Saturday, October 5. 
Times:
October 3, 7pm – 10pm
October 4, 7pm – 11pm
October 5, 10am – 7pm

Location:The Prop Theater, (Prop Thtr), 3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618. 
Pre-registration discount expires at the end of Sept. 21, 2019. 
Paypal and cash only at the door, please.

For more information please visit the events page on Facebook:



Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Temple of Isis Convocation 2019 - Anuket and Hapi




Temple of Isis and Fellowship of Isis Convocation
Honoring Anuket and Hapi
Thursday, October 10 – Monday, October 14, 2019

Hosted by Temple of Isis

Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville, CA, 95441

Our Annual Temple of Isis and Fellowship of Isis Convocation will take place Thursday, October 10 – Monday, October 14. The event will take place on the beautiful and sacred grounds of Isis Oasis Sanctuary in Geyserville, California. Along with a beautiful series of presentations, we offer ordinations every year, after a course of study with an ordained member of the clergy of the Temple of Isis and/or Fellowship of Isis. We also offer blessings of the path, for those embarking on a course of study or a new facet to their spiritual growth.

This is one of the main events offered at Isis Oasis each year. It serves to further awareness of the Goddess based spirituality and also honors the Gods. This event is a fundraiser, and as Temple of Isis is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations are welcome, even if you cannot attend. Please direct donation questions to deTraci Regula at Isisoasistoi@gmail.com or call our office: 707-857-4747

Many talented and magical people attend, offering informative and inspirational presentations. Our schedule is robust, while providing a lot of friendly downtime to reconnect with friends, Mother Nature, and the TOI/FOI community. No matter what your spiritual practice is, we are inclusive, not exclusive. First-timers are especially welcome. We hope you will enjoy all that our Retreat Center has to offer.

If you are planning to attend and have not booked your reservations yet, please do so by calling 707-857-4747, or emailing Isis Oasis with "Reservations for Convocation" in the subject line at: Isisoasistoi@gmail.com or visit our website: www.isisoasis.us or telephone our office at 707-857-4747 

Room rates are per person, shared occupancy. Lodge rooms are $125/person per night and include all events and meals. Dorm rates are $75/night, or free for volunteers (contact Isis Oasis if you wish to volunteer). Day passes are $60 and only cover events from 11am-11pm and two meals.

SPONSORS: If you are sponsoring someone (or several) to be ordained, or if they are requesting a Blessing of The Path, please contact deTraci Regula or Justin Howard with a list as soon as possible. E-mail: Isisoasistoi@gmail.com

PRESENTERS and those wishing to do so: The deadline for presentations and proposals (title and blurb description of what you wish to present) is now due. If you have not already done so, please contact deTraci Regula or Justin Howard. Presenters receive compensation of one free night of room and board. E-mail: Isisoasistoi@gmail.com

The line-up for this year's event has come together beautifully. We truly thank each and every person who attends and all those who volunteer their time and effort to make this event happen. Blessings of Anuket and Hapi to you all, and to the free flowing of loving friendship, we have all enjoyed over the years, as we gather together once again for convocation in 2019.

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,
Demetria

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

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



Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Beltane Isian News 2019



Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News 2019 Beltane Issue No. 172 has just been uploaded. You may view it at this link: Beltane 2019 Isian News. Heartfelt thanks to all those support members who continue to support and contribute to Isian News.
A new Oracle of the Season - the oracle of the Goddess Vesta from ritual no. 5, "Bohemia: Where is Bohemia?" Part I in "Athena - Arcadian Awakening" by Olivia Robertson

Painting of the goddess Dana by Olivia Robertson

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)
: 
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.