Thursday, February 20, 2014

Update to Membership of the Circle of Brigid

Message received from Minette Quick, Honorary Secretary of the Circle of Brigid, Ireland: 

Dear Friends,

Cressida has asked me to get in touch in order to update the information on your websites with regard the Circle of Brigid which as you know is responsible for planning and running the 8 Annual Festivals which Olivia held for so long at Foundation Centre.

Cressida Pryor will act as Sole Advisor to the Circle.

The current members are: (I'm sure you have all their correct titles already)
Rt. Rev. Pat Griffin

Ardr. Eileen Lawrence
Rev. Cait Branigan 
Rev.Deirdre Wadding
Rev. Marian Smiles
Rev. David de Roeck
Ardr. Minette Quick

And we welcome Ardr. Eimear Burke who has been invited to bring up our membership to 8.

Many Blessings,

Minette Quick (Hon.Sec. Circle of Brigid)

Photo © Fellowship of Isis Central Website.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Photo of Olivia Robertson

A photo of Olivia Robertson from 1992, taken during a Druid Solstice Ceremony on Primrose Hill, forwarded on behalf of Philip Shallcrass, Chief of the British Druid Order. Photo used by permission for use on Fellowship of Isis Central. The photo is on the Druid Clan of Dana page. Thanks to Caroline Wise for her assistance!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Visit to Clonegal Castle


A special treat - the Pagan Channel Italy staff posted this clip made during a visit to Clonegal Castle. Cronos and Ossian are members of the Fellowship of Isis and the Druid Clan of Dana. Thanks to Caroline Wise for forwarding this link. 

Photo © Fellowship of Isis Central Website.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Gathering in London

Fellowship of Isis London Gathering
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Central London Venue 10:30 - 5:30

Special Guest Delores Ashcroft Nowicki

Presentations from Cressida Pryor,

Plus - Sheila Broun speaking on Sulis, Silina and the Suleviae

Caroline Wise - Dreams of Horses, Wolves, Deer and Swans – finding the goddess and her allies in the British Landscape. Wells, Shrines, Rivers and Woods. With some practical work and tips for goddess dream work. 

Other Guest Speakers to be Announced - £20 for booking details

 If you would like to join us on Sunday 18th May for an optional 3 hour 
Goddess Walk of London, 1.30pm -4.30pm, add £12. 
If it is raining we will have a fascinating Goddess Tour of the British Museum. 

Gain courage. Cherish humility. Be original: respect the originality of others. 
Use your imagination: yet know that all you visualise manifests in some sphere; 
so let your visions be true and noble. When you achieve My Grael you will find Hy Brasil all around you: in the room where you dream: in the bird-filled tree outside 
your open window: in the eyes of all who love you. 

From Oracle of the Goddess Cerridwen through Olivia Robertson. 
Sybil: Part V. Radiations of the Zodiac

Photo above: Olivia’s desk in her study where all her letters, Isian News and 
Liturgy Books were written. Her work goes on through the Fellowship of Isis. 
Photo courtesy of M. Quick ©Fellowship of Isis Central Website

"The goddess doesn’t subtract, she adds." - Olivia Robertson

Monday, February 10, 2014

Imbolc Seasonal Festival at Clonegal Castle

Report of the Festival for Imbolc
by Máire Doyle

I got myself out of bed yesterday morning, cleansed and fed myself before setting off for Clonegal at about noon. On my way I called to collect Maureen Quinn Porter who was coming to the Festival for the first time. The weather was fresh, very fresh, but it was dry, at least for a little while. But there were dark clouds gathering in the distance so it was only a matter of time before Someone turned on a tap and the rain poured down. Our journey itself was otherwise uneventful.

When we arrived at the Castle car park Priestess Sarah was the only other person to arrive before us. As the tea room was not open for a cuppa we all sat in my car to await the arrival of the others, which didn’t take long. David went down to check if the Yew walk was passable. While I did Chancellor of the Exchequer the others greeted each other with hugs and ‘how are you’. Some singing ensued and was warmly applauded. The rain seemed to have eased off and it was decided to do a brisk walk to the Grove and then to the Abbey of the Noble Order of Tara. It became an even brisker trot to Persephone, as the rain was really coming down and Priestess Maureen invoked the Goddess. Priest David asked for permission to enter the Temple and our Gatekeeper Andrew tolled the bell.

The Priesthood invoked Deity at the Well of Brigid and then blessings were given with the Well waters. I received a blessing from Priestess Maureen and when Archdruidess Minette was returning to the Well she asked if we’d had a blessing. I told her I had but I wouldn’t say no to another. We then processed to the High Altar where Priestess Monica was in trance. Before the message from the Goddess was given Priestess Deirdre recited a poem for Brigid. The message of the Goddess was to each of us to recognise our own value. Following on from the Goddess’s message I was called on to recite the poem I’d written for Imbolc.

The mystery play was based on David’s suggestion of Heru and Hethert and their children, Ihy and Penebtawy. Priestess Sarah played The Earth Mother and was brilliant in her part of the longsuffering wife of a husband who made no bones about the fact that while he wanted his children to live their own lives they must build temples in his honour and sang songs in praise of him and only him!! This sent tickles of laughter around the Temple.

Priestess Marian let us in our journeying. During my own journey I experienced the presence of Lady Olivia. No doubt she is watching over us as we, in the Fellowship in Clonegal, endeavour to honour her legacy to us. We have much to live up to and are privileged to have had her as our tutor and guide for so long. We are committed to following in her footsteps and we are working together to do so. Notices of upcoming events were given and several of the Priesthood offered to give healings in different parts of the Temple. We ended another Festival in the Temple with thanks to the Deities for their blessings and gifts and as usual went to Osborne’s, the hostelry at the bottom of the Castle driveway, for much needed tea, sambos and cake, not to mention the warmth of chatter among friends.

It was a wonderful day.

Note from Fellowship of Isis Central Website: Warm Thanks to Máire for sharing her experience with us all. Best Wishes to members of the Circle of Brigid for carrying on the festivals at the castle according to the wishes of the late and beloved FOI Co-Founder, Olivia Robertson.
Photo © Fellowship of Isis Central Website. Text © Fellowship of Isis Central Website and Máire Doyle.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fellowship of Isis Central Website Updates

February 9, 2014 - A Food Blessing by FOI Co-Founder Lawrence Durdin-Robertson has been added to the FOI Prayers and Attunement Times page

January 31, 2014 -
Isian News issue no. 151, Brigantia 2014 has just been uploaded.

January 31, 2014 -
A new Oracle of the Seasons has been uploaded. This oracle was sent in a letter to Linda Iles from Olivia Robertson in January, 2010. It has never before been published on this website or in the Fellowship of Isis liturgy.

Photos and text © Fellowship of Isis Central Website.