Friday, January 29, 2016

Isian News, Brigantia 2016 and New Oracle of the Season


Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News, Issue No. 159, Brigantia, 2016 has just been published. 

Cover Art: “Osiris, Isis and Horus” by Olivia Robertson. Oracle: Oracle: The Goddess Isis of Egypt by Olivia Robertson. Editorial: What is the Fellowship of Isis? By Maury White-Hereford. Daily Attunement Times & FOI Daily Prayer. Announcement: A Call to Peace: FOI Union Triad. Biography: Hamsa Devi (Claudia Wehmeyer). FOI Events: FOI 40th Anniversary Celebrations (for all members). Book Salons and Workshops: TOI Long Beach. Summer Solstice Faire, Long Beach. Isis Symposium. Annual FOI Convocation at Isis Oasis. FOI Chicago Annual Goddess Festival. Isis Oasis: Noon Rites, Sunday Services. Circle of the Sacred Cauldron. FOI Liturgy Circle. Reports: Weighing of the Heart for Olivia Robertson. FOI Priest on TV in Brazil. Dulce Domum for Paris. Mystery of the Labyrinth. Muses Symposium: Book review: Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology to Sekhmet. Dancing by Hennie van Geel. The Flood by David de Roeck. Prayer to Nuit at Winter Solstice by Linda Iles. The Trio by Máire Doyle. A Fragrant Bouquet of Blessing by Claudia Wehmeyer (Hamsa Devi). A Message of Peace by Apu Adman Aghama. Lady of the Mist by Lady Isis Cerridwen. Celebrating Summer at Midwinter by Michael A. Starsheen. Some Memories to Share Today by Marie Clewley. For the Love of the Great Mother by Hennie van Geel. News from Members and Centers. Dulce Domum: Mary deWitt: Remembrance by Denise Murray Allen. Jean Williams: Remembrance by Caroline Wise.

A New Oracle of the Seasons has been uploaded. For the season of Imbolc we are contemplating the beautiful Oracle of the Goddess Isis of Egypt, from the FOI liturgy book "Sybil, Oracles of the Goddess" by FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson.

Painting of Isis, Osiris and Horus by Olivia Robertson, from the private collection of deTraci Regula. Used by Permission.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Isian News Issue No. 158, Samhain 2015

Samhain Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News, Issue No. 158, Samhain, 2015 issue has just been published. 

Cover: “Pallas Athena, Goddess of Light and Darkness” by Olivia Robertson. Oracle of the Goddess Isis by Olivia Robertson; Editorial: The Goddess Athena by Olivia Robertson; Daily Attunement Times & FOI Daily Prayer; FOI History: Excerpt from a Letter written by Olivia Robertson. 

Announcements: Inauguration: Order of the Shining Helmet of Athena; Vision of Pallas Athena by Olivia Robertson; Musings on the Order of the Shining Helmet of Athena by Caroline Wise; FOI Aegis Circle of Hierophants by Maury White-Hereford. 

FOI Events: Our Lady’s Prayer Circle; Sunday Services and Noon Rites, Isis Oasis; Circle of the Sacred Cauldron; FOI Liturgy Circle. Reports: Ocean Mothers and Gods of the Deep, Temple of Isis/Long Beach; FOI Convocation, Temple of Isis, Geyserville; Parliament of World’s Religions, Salt Lake City. 

Books: Musings I & Musings II: by Michael A. Starsheen; The Queen of the Sky: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Bast. 

Muses Symposium: Goddess Art Wall Calender 2016; The Emerald Tablet by Maire Doyle; Ares and Athena by Michael A. Starsheen; Ritual: Rainbow Lineage of the Goddess by Claudia Wehmeyer; Goddess of the Sacred Landscape by Claudia Wehmeyer. 

News from Members and Centers: Appointments, Centers, Experiences; Dulce Domum.

You may view the current issue as a pdf at this link:

Isian News Samhain 2015

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Isian News Issue No. 157, Lughnasadh 2015






Summer Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News, Issue No. 157, Lughnasadh, 2015 issue has just been published. A previously unpublished editorial by Olivia Robertson and an article about an early FOI member, Brownie Pate, including a photo of her membership certificate from July, 1976.

Cover: Photo of Olivia Robertson conducting an Isis Wedding Rite at Summer Solstice by Dennis Murphy of Logic Realty; Oracle of the Goddess Isis by Olivia Robertson; Editorial: “I Imagine – Therefore I Create” by Olivia Robertson; FOI History: Brownie Pate: An Early FOI Member; First Iseums and Lyceums; Goddess Cesara by Lawrence Durdin-Robertson; Fellowship of Isis Daily Attunement Times; Witches Brew Magazine and Cauldron Radio; FOI Events; Special Report: Inner Sanctum Symposium on Infinite Possibilities, with photos; Apparition of the Goddess Dana by Carolina A. Amor, Apparition of the Goddess Dana by Tracy Kronzak; Books and Publications By Members: “The Magic of the Summer Solstice” by Danu Forest; Muses Symposium: Articles & Poems; News from Members and Centers: Appointments, Centers, Experiences; Dulce Domum.

From this time onward, issues of Isian News will not be uploaded in blog format. Instead they will be issued as pdf files.

You may view the current issue as a pdf:


Past Issues are available here: 

Current and Past Issues of Isian News (beginning with Issue No. 131 Brigantia 2009 onward)

Photo and text  © Fellowship of Isis Central



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Isian News Issue No. 156, Beltane 2015


 Cover art for this issue: "Amaterasu and Uzumi" by Olivia Robertson

Beltane Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News, Issue No. 156, Beltane 2015 issue has just been published.

Cover art “Amaterasu and Uzumi” and Oracle of the Goddess Ama-Terasu-o-mi-kami by Olivia Robertson; Editorial: Hearth of the Goddess by Olivia Robertson and Lawrence Durdin-Robertson; Editorial: Olivia’s Rainbow Network by Michael A. Starsheen FOI History: Quote & Photo from a Newspaper Article; Fellowship of Isis Daily Attunement Times; FOI History: Photo and Announcement from Isis-Seshat; Announcement: FOI Foundation Union Triad; Registration in the Fellowship of Isis; Website Authorization and Copyright Information; Announcement: New Director of Isis Oasis Retreat Center; FOI Events; Books and Publications By Members; Muses Symposium: Articles & Poems; News from Members and Centers: Appointments, Centers, Experiences.

From this time onward, issues of Isian News will not be uploaded in blog format. Instead they will be issued as pdf files.

You may view the current issue as a pdf:


Past Issues are available here: 

Current and Past Issues of Isian News (beginning with Issue No. 131 Brigantia 2009 onward)


Art and text  © Fellowship of Isis Central

  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cover - Isian News 155, Brigantia 2015

Issue No. 155, Brigantia, 2015
Published Quarterly Since 1976

  “Brigid of the Five-Fold Fractal”
by Olivia Robertson

 
Aset Shemsu – Retinue of Isis


Invocation and Oracle, and About the Cover


Invocation and Oracle

Isis of Alchemy, Transformation Through the Goddess
Fellowship of Isis Liturgy by Olivia Robertson

The Jade Pylon of Earth
The Octagonal Temple of Alchemy

Ritual no. 8

ORACLE OF THE GODDESS TARA

Invocation: Rainbow Goddess Tara, Who brings Heaven and Earth into harmony through Your manifold beautiful forms, help us to live in Peace with each other and all that is.

Oracle: Because you wish this, it is so! There is a fundamental longing within every creature, every element, to blend with all that crosses its path. In the evolving creatures of earth, this leads to the devouring of food, violence, rape and cruelty. But buried in the heart of even the most savage predator, animal or human, is the will to return to the Universal Mother, Who gives birth to all that is.

Yin and Yang the cosmic feminine and masculine modes are out of balance on earth. The Yang power of controlling Nature by force is threatening the continuance of earthly organic life. To save this, we need to bring balance by invoking Yin Power, Feminine Divinity.

Instead of making harsh laws that defy your own natures, grow your own souls as you cultivate plants! You do this by enjoying the company of others, living in harmony with nature and in practicing the creative arts. For you create your own hells and heavens. When you do wrong, openly face this and make reparation. Then forgive yourself and others. It is cruel to invent hells for people you imagine to be "dark" or "evil" even if this is so. With your gift of creation, make heavens for evil doers, and they may choose to dwell there in new found Peace.

Where is this buried treasure? Within the earth! Yes, there is a sun within, but there are many suns! But unique among the encircling Planets of the solar system, earth produces abundant living beings. The Goddess and God is within each one of you. You are united with a rainbow network with all that is. 

Note: The Invocation, Oracle, and Ritual are available here: The Jade Pylon of Earth


About the Cover

Olivia wrote the following explanation for this piece: “I have painted a five-fold Palladium myself, superimposing it over a silver Piscean Madonna… She has vermilion hair, very long, and she holds her baby girl, also with long red hair. The baby holds a doll with spiky red hair. The doll holds a mini-doll ********

She is Brigid holding Bride: Magdalene holding Sophia. Something was lacking. Were we only to diminish in consciousness? No! So I painted giant hands coming out of a tumultuous sky, enfolding the figure in a maternal embrace.”  

(Excerpt from “The FractalGoddess of Solar Alchemy”, introduction to rituals 1 and 2, “Ishtar of the Starry Heavens”.)  

Announcement - Statement of The Star of Tara


The Star of Tara

The Star of Tara, an advisory board of the Fellowship of Isis, consists of the following members: Hamsa Devi, David de Roeck, Arthur Freeheart, Maury White-Hereford, Daniel Campbell, Christine Rhone, Johannes Nugroho Onggo Sanusi, Kasey Conder, Carolina A. Amor, Maire Doyle and Linda Iles. The Star of Tara has issued the following:

Statement - Star of Tara

The Star of Tara, an Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Isis, is committed to upholding the vision of Olivia Robertson and Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson. We honor and safeguard the legacy of the work of the three Fellowship of Isis co-founders; continuing their legacy unchanged. We uphold the Fellowship of Isis as initiated by the three co-founders; to resurrect a tenant of vocation to the Divine, be it God or Goddess, furthering awareness of the Goddess, and initiation into Her mysteries. This is as true now as it has always been.

The Star of Tara is for that New Aeon. We still recognize in full the Druid Clan of Dana, Noble Order of Tara, College of Isis, Muses Symposium and types of centers, whether iseums, solar iseums, lyceums, groves and priories under the Sacred FOI Foundation Union Triad. The triad consists of the ArchPriesthood Union, the ArchDruid Union and the Grand Commander Union. We are here to guide assist and walk with all those who have been called to vocation to the Divine.

The three FOI Co-Founders, Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson and Olivia Robertson created the following methods and practices of the Fellowship of Isis. They were written down by Olivia Robertson and published by Cesara Publications, the private publishing house of the FOI Co-Founders. Each numbered section is an exact quote extracted from the source cited in parentheses.

1. “The Fellowship is dedicated to spreading the religion of all the Goddesses throughout this planet. The Gods are also venerated. The Goddess is seen as Deity, the Divine Mother of all beings, as well as the embodiment of Truth and Beauty.” (Original Version of the FOI Manifesto, 1976)

2. “Creativity comes from the harmony of the psychic and earthly spheres. The Goddess needs our help, that She may bring Her era of happiness, wisdom and creativity to this earth. Each member who chooses to join the Fellowship dedicated to the Goddess may give a unique contribution. Every talent is needed.” (Original Version of the FOI Manifesto, 1976)

3. “The Priesthood of the Fellowship of Isis is hereditary in source through the Robertsons of Strathloch, and is passed to priestesses and priests of the Fellowship through the Rite of Ordination, also through touch and oil. Vocation is essential. The Priestesses and Priests may in turn ordain others, either through ceremony or through oil and touch, as was the custom in Ancient Egypt. The ceremony may be conducted at a distance through mutual arrangement.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992)

4. a. “Vocation from the Goddess is essential for candidates for the Priesthood. When this Vocation is experienced, the would-be candidate should apply to a member of the Priesthood. Preparation varies according to the ways of each Iseum [or lyceum], but an initiatory period of a year would be the minimum time needed. The candidate chooses the Goddess or Goddess and God she/he wishes to serve in order to help the Deity in the Divine Plan. Ordination by Attunement is only used when the applicant is in an isolated position. Preparation may be made through a Correspondence Course.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992)

b. Ordination is bestowed by the F.O.I. Priesthood through the ceremony “Ordination of Priestesses and Priests”, the Rite inspired by Isis for the F.O.I. Liturgy. The same Ordination ceremony conveyed through Telepathic Attunement is as effective as the physical Rite. Telepathy is the language of the New Aeon. (Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, second edition, 1995)

5. “The College of Isis has been revived after its suppression 1,500 years ago. Like Aset Shemsu, the F.O.I. itself, it has always been alive in the Inner Planes. It is from these Inner Planes that its return has been inspired. As the College of Isis is part of the Fellowship, the ideal of the Manifesto also apply. The qualities of Goodness, Harmony and Wisdom are manifested through a multi-religious, multi-racial and multi-cultural Fellowship which honours the good in all faiths. Magi degrees may be conferred through Lyceums of the College. Correspondence courses are offered. There are no vows nor secrecy.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992, Second Version of the FOI Manifesto, 1992)

6. “The Goddess Isis alone is Head of Her Fellowship. Within Her Family - Shemsu - all members will still have equal privileges. Membership will continue to be free. F.O.I. is not a Patriarchal Hierarchy, so no member can have spiritual authority over another. Iseums, Lyceums, Groves and Priories will remain on equal footing. Titles describe work undertaken, and are not a badge of authority over people or beliefs.” (Original Handbook of the Fellowship of Isis, 1992)

7. “Each Lyceum, through its Dedication, is twinned with an initial Iseum, thus bringing the College into close communion with the wider network of Iseums. The Dedicatory Divine Names of Power of Goddess, or Goddess and God manifest particular attributes of the Deities concerned in the Iseum - Lyceum. Therefore there can be no set curriculum for the College. Deity in its eternal Being contains all aspects mirrored forth through the whole Company of Heaven, from Deities to birds. Thus Hierophants, through inspiration from their particular Deity or Deities, produce their own training Course. This reflects the democratic character of the Fellowship …” (Original College of Isis Manual, 1992)

8. (a.) “The Liturgy of the Fellowship of Isis has been inspired by She whose name it bears; She who is crowned with the stars, is robed by the sun and standeth upon the moon. It deals with earthly, psychic and spiritual spheres.” (Original College of Isis Manual, 1992)    

(b.) “All the Arts strengthen Ritual and bring about purposeful changes. When ancient liturgies are recited and words of Power uttered, sound reverberates through the centuries, note calling to note. Words are uttered, even in translation, they reiterate those used in temples for thousands of years. In these Rites for the Fellowship of Isis, ancient invocations, hymns and dialogues are used from ancient liturgies from many religions. For the time has come when Iris, the rainbow messenger, is forming a pattern of beauty from many faiths. … So in these Rites prayers and hymns are used from Karnak, Babylon, Africa, the Norse lands, India, China, Japan, the Celtic countries. For all are relevant, and without one faith the planetary symphony is deficient.” (Introduction, "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" FOI liturgy book, written by Olivia Robertson, 1988)

9. "As the Goddess Isis inspired the ArchPriesthood Union, so the Goddess Dana and the Goddess Tara have inspired the foundation of the ArchDruid Union of the Druid Clan of Dana and the Grand Commander Union of the Noble Order of Tara. This triad brings into harmony the Priesthood, the Mysteries and Philosophy, and Environmental Activity. The inspired guidance came through Rt. Rev. Olivia Robertson at Isis Oasis, USA. The three Unions form a triad of equal importance, they are on the same level, share the same format and same scope of work. All three Foundation Unions are protected by the Wings of Isis, inspired by the Holy Grael of Dana and strengthened by the Sacred Mounds of Tara." (Announcement by Olivia Robertson, published in Isian News, Issue no. 134, Samhain, 2009; Isis-Seshat Journal, Issue no. 24, December, 2009)


The above statement is supported by the following, who are pledged to honor and safeguard the legacy of the work of the three Fellowship of Isis co-founders; continuing their legacy unchanged, which also includes all the FOI centres and communities they represent in perpetuity:

Star of Tara Advisory Board
Circle of Isis Advisory Board
Circle of the Sacred Cauldron Advisory Board
FOI Germany
Fellowship of Isis Central
Fellowship of Isis Utah
Circulo de Isis
FOI Chicago
FOI London
Irmandade de Isis
Compagnia de Iside