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 A previously unpublished editorial by Olivia Robertson and an article about an early FOI member, Brownie Pate, including a photo of her membership certificate from July, 1976.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.

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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

Upcoming Events

 The Perfect Way to Keep Track of FOI Events!

A beautiful calendar for the Fellowship of Isis is offered by FOI Germany as a free pdf download. The calendar was created in joint cooperation between FOI Germany and FOI Central. You may view the file and download it here: http://www.fellowship-of-isis.de/

 Many Thanks to Claudia Wehmeyer of FOI Germany for this beautiful calendar!

Isis Symposium, April 9 - 12, 2015, Isis Oasis Retreat Center, Geyserville, CA. The event theme is ancient Egypt and the ancient Egyptian pantheon. Deadline for presentation proposals is February 28. Please sent proposals or questions to rain.graves@gmail.com  Blog: http://isissymposium.blogspot.com/

FOI International Priesthood Retreat, August 28 - 30, 2015 - Vision of the New Aeon led by Cressida Pryor, Cáit Branigan & Caitlín Matthews. Fees: Single £215, Shared £185, Non-res. £140. Please send your non-returnable deposit of £90 payable to Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Rd., Stroud, Glos GL6 7QW (01453 759034) quoting course 15-341 Enclose an SAE for map & confirmation.

Parliament of World's Religions, October, 2015
held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kasey Conder, head of Fellowship of Isis Utah will be coordinating FOI participation in this event. For more information please visit the post on the
Fellowship of Isis Central blog. 

FOI Convocation, Temple of Isis, October 8 - 12, 2015, Isis Oasis Retreat Center, Geyserville, CA. Deities honored will be Hathor of Denderah and Horus of Edfu.



 
Circle of the Sacred Cauldron – “Dark and Full moon mothers of the night, Surround us with your love of dark and light.” Temple of Isis Long Beach/Circle of the Sacred Cauldron. Honor the Dark and Full moon monthly, via rituals by attunement. The times are 4 through 6:30 Pm PST. Different gods and goddesses are invited as guests. Names are placed into the sacred cauldron for health peace love and prosperity. If you want your name or your loved ones name in the sacred cauldron, please e-mail Anniitra Ravenmoon sacredraven@msn.com
 

Reports


 Winter Solstice Faire

From Anniitra Ravenmoon: Long Beach WomanSpirit, and the Temple of Isis, Los Angeles, founded by Laura Janesdaughter, celebrated our (20th plus) Winter Solstice Fair with beautiful weather, joined by friends old and new. Our opening circle was dedicated to our ancestors and loved  ones who have crossed over, culminating with a love balloon ceremony led by Lucy Tate, a veteran vendor of our fair, in honor of her beloved son, Julian. It ushered us into a wonderful day of shopping, entertainment and celebration. Blessings and thanks to all for your continued support.

Thank you Tony Mierzwicki for the wonderful photo!

 
The photo above was taken at Isis Oasis on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm. Several of us noticed the small point of light in the sky above the Isis Chapel, which is the star Sirius. The picture was taken while standing near the Great Tree. (Photo by Jeff Iles)

Some Thoughts ... What If?
Ptahmassu Nofra Uaa 

 Olivia Robertson ordaining Ptahmassu at Isis Oasis, FOI Convocation, 2002

On October 13, 2002 I was ordained by Lady Olivia Robertson as a Priest of the Goddess Isis in the International Fellowship of Isis, the largest community of Goddess adorers in the world. The Fellowship of Isis is a multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic family spanning the globe, consecrated to living the ideals of the Goddess in today's world. We follow no dogma or authoritative text.

Dogma constrains the conscience of the individual, and authoritative texts strangle the human longing for freedom. It is by developing our psychic gifts, intuition, devotion and wisdom of the Sacred that we come closest to our pure selves, and it is within this purity that the Goddess Isis speaks clearly as the Universal Mother. She includes, never excludes. She embraces, never shuns. She reaches out Her hand to take our sorrows and bring us together into wholeness.

What if one day each member of the human family awoke to find that there were no longer boundaries separating us as dwellers on the same planet? What if gender dissolved? What if sexual orientation no longer acted as a barrier to the joy of love and sexual passion? What if race no longer inflamed hatred, but instead became an embodiment of the diversity of the human condition? What if being human no longer separated us from animals, trees, birds...the waters? What if we could gather up our joy, pleasure and existence and share it freely with others?

These are the treasures I have found in the Goddess, and though I cannot claim to be spiritually enlightened or self-realized, I have found within my heart a place where being human is a cause for the greatest gratitude and love. The Sacred and the "mundane" are two sides of the same mirror. When we look into the mirror and we see a good person, then we are seeing God, Goddess, Enlightenment, Salvation.

(Photo, above) Here I am being Consecrated by Lady Olivia Robertson beneath a 500 year old tree, a tree embodying the generations of the human race who have come together to celebrate the Sacredness of this Mystery we call life.


 Isian Society for Integrated Studies
Vigil for Olivia Robertson and Loreon Vigne


 Mana, left, and Loreon, right

Report from Mana Youngbear: Last night on Sunday [November 2, 2014] we four priestesses of the Isian Society for Integrated Studies in Willits, Californian came together and performed our annual Dumb Supper, which we have changed the name to "The Ancestor's Silent Mass."

Although I do not have photos of this spectacular altar , I was taken back by the presence of the ancestors in the room.

An altar was made with framed photos of Lady Loreon Vigne' and Lady Olivia Robertson with their obituaries below illuminated by candlelight.

Peter Norris a local light worker confirmed for me as well as many others that evening that the presence of the beloved dead was alive and loving.

We opened our ritual all in black with ankh and altar In memory of Lady Olivia Robertson.

We called the directions in with our late beloved Lady Loreon Vigne's "Song For the Directions" and then went directly into the reciting of names of the dead and then the Silent Mass to be followed by the song Angle of Bells.

After the mass and song that the entire group sang , priestess Annie Waters dismissed the directions and we all brought chairs around the long banquet style altar with photos candles and favorite foods of the deceased and shared stores of our distinguished spirit guests.

The food and conversation was wonderful and all left feeling quite complete. Proceeds of this ritual will go to the local Phoenix Hospice of Willits and we will return next year to do the same.

Thank you to all who supported our work both by attending in flesh and spirit and for those who also attuned.. Isis is for All!

Rev. Mana Youngbear H.P. Temple of the Muse of Isis Willits California,
as well as the Isian Society for Integrated Studies Lyceum. Hail Isis!
Isian Society For Integrated Studies

Goddess of the Moon
A Meditation Report by Máire Doyle

I walked along a narrow lane with silvery mist swirling all around. My breath formed shapes in front of my face. High above, a full silvery moon lit up everything around me and I sensed of other-worldly forms drifting around me. My senses were heightened and I heard the Lady Luna call my name. I seemed to levitate. Slowly I rose, up and up towards the Moon. My Heart felt full to overflowing and I was embraced by the energy emitted from her loving embrace.

From the corner of my eye I noticed something shining and turning, I beheld a small altar. Everything was enveloped in a silvery white shroud and the altar was adorned with a glittering cloth of silver. I stood in front of the altar and raised my arms, giving praise to the Goddess. On the cloth stood a golden chalice and inside was a fiery red liquid. I lifted the chalice and drank deeply from it. It coursed through my Being, uplifting and energising me.

As if by magic the Goddess stood in front of me, arms outstretched. Her long silver hair flowed around her shoulders and was covered by a veil of gossamer. What beauty, such gentleness and yet such power. As she looked at me, her lips moving in an almost silent whisper, I experienced her words. She spoke of the Light of the World, in the Cosmos, in each and every one of her children. Her great desire is that all will recognise the Divine within. Suddenly she stared to fade, yet she faded into me and I knew I had been given a task, to help others to become aware of their own Divinity.

Suddenly I began to shiver and realised I was back in the lane, staring up at the Moon. My body felt cold, but inside I still felt the effects of the red fiery liquid and the words of the Goddess filled me with strength.

Taking to my heel I began to run, filled with a sense of great expectation.

Máire Doyle

 "Flash of Isis" by Olivia Robertson


Vision of the Goddess

by Linda Iles
Archdruidess, Archpriestess, Hierophant

“An account of a full apparition of the Goddess, seen by a Priestess in Isis Oasis.” - Rt. Rev. Olivia Robertson, FOI Co-Founder

FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson had originally asked that a full account of this vision be posted in Isian News. Now at last, although several years later, her wish will be fulfilled.

When I first told Olivia about the vision on the morning of October 12, 2005, she became very excited. She said it was a full apparition of the Goddess, the only one reported to her that year during her visit to the USA. "What is meant by full apparition?" I asked at that time. She replied, "Your experience incorporated heart, mind and spirit with bodily senses - sight, hearing, scent."

The Vision

“On Tuesday evening, October 11, 2005, I settled into my bed at the Nesu House at Isis Oasis.

The annual Convocation had come to an end the day before. Very early the next morning, deTraci and I were to drive Olivia from Geyserville to the San Francisco International Airport. From there we would begin our journey home to Southern California.

I thought I was tired, but after lying down, suddenly, instead of being sleepy, I felt vibrantly alive. A sun disc glowing orange-gold appeared, and settled upon the top of my head. 

Energy shot from my crown chakra downwards into my heart. A white lotus opened in my crown, and a red rose opened in my heart. Then a Goddess appeared, all dressed in white, with a white veil. Her heart chakra was open and looked like a flower of many, many petals. Colored light radiated from the flower of her heart, turquoise, magenta and gold. It spread out, color by color and enveloped me in what can only be described as profound and fragrant sweetness. And I heard a long, high, beautiful note, as though a crystal had been struck like a chime.”

After she returned home from her USA tour that year, Olivia sent the original art, which is featured above, colored with the turquoise, magenta and gold of my vision. She wrote: "I want you to have this. I drew it for you."