Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beltane 2014 - Isian News Issue No. 152, Cover

Issue No. 152 Beltane, 2014

Published Quarterly Since 1976

Aset Shemsu - "The Retinue of Isis"

Beltane 2014 - Oracle

Oracle of the Goddess Dana as Given to Olivia Robertson

Invocation: Divine Dana, we cannot live happily without hope. Be present with us, during our arduous pilgrimage through life’s labyrinth, smoothing our way with joy, laughter and love.

Oracle: You need to return to your roots in order to grow! It is through love of those living with you that you attain a wider love, and not through spurning your family! It is from your children that you may again learn the language of birds and trees, and through your grandparents that you may hear the music of the spheres!

As you develop the magical language of the Angels, you will find your own spiritual family. It comprises humans, Deities, the Sidhe, Nature Spirits, animals, trees and stones - not only on this planet - but from the stars! Such families are as constellations in the great galaxy. My
Tuatha Dé Danann came from the sky, yet also dwell within the Hidden Sun at Earth’s matrix. The Golden Age shines about you, resplendent in the matriarchal darkness. Naught is alien when all is known and loved. You are kin to all beings in the cosmos and all are kin to Me.

Beltane 2014 - Reflections

St. Catherine

Reflections for Beltane 2014

Since writing the last Isian News I have had the wonderful news that I will, Goddess willing, be a grandma around the time of this next Autumn Equinox. This is my first grandchild so I am still adjusting with excitement to the new role and life’s wheel turning forward to the next generation. Through my own study and experience of pregnancy I know the importance of the supporting matrix to the well being of the new baby. I want a bumper sticker that says: ‘special person on board; grandmother-to-be in car’; or another: ‘interconnected web weaver present’. I am, of course by no means unique, but am enjoying how the experience of this primal and essential process connects me with women across the world and across time. My small local 12th century church has two principal medieval wall paintings close to the altar; one is St Catherine (see attached picture) and the other St Margaret of Antioch. The latter, so the story tells, was swallowed by a dragon but was able to cut herself out of it’s belly to emerge safely and earn herself the honour of becoming the patron saint of childbirth.

When I stand close to her image I can imagine the many women who too have stood at her feet, praying for the safe delivery into the outside world of the precious new life nurtured within their own womb. I make my devotions and I then thank the Goddess for modern health care.

Women in their third trimester find they are pulled to a more inward focus as they disengage from the outside world to enter the necessary maternal preoccupation of motherhood. Many consider a similar period of contemplation, reflection and metaphoric ‘wandering in the wilderness’ to be necessary to fuel the rebirth and growth we witness at springtime and other new starts in our lives.

This is how I see this period now, running up to the FOI’s 40th anniversary at the vernal equinox in 2016. Not by any means fallow in terms of total ‘set aside’ with no fresh seeds to be planted and tended; but a time to reconnect to what it is you are called to now in terms of divine service.  My focus when I was originally ordained by Olivia a few years ago, feels very different to how I feel drawn to serve now. Recent circumstances have of course shaped the new directions. I am guessing that I am not alone in this; a period of realignment and rededication perhaps around the quiet more fallow times could be a useful spiritual deepening and honing. There will be two such periods, in a sense two winter sabbaticals between now and the 40th anniversary; the first, the winter months of this year could also be a chance to revisit our own regular spiritual practice, the backbone of our divine connection that nourishes and shapes everything else. Perhaps the second winter can build upon this in terms of how we may serve the divine for a better world. Please communicate with me what your thoughts are on this.

Broader structures within the FOI are also going to be ‘spring cleaned’ so we meet the anniversary with fresh energy and purpose. One of these areas is the basic priesthood training and another will be the rites of passage liturgies - more of this in the next Isian News.

I was reminded on my recent trip to Ireland when talking and enjoying time with members of the Circle of Brigid that the name ‘Fellowship of Isis’ was not a random choice for the three founders. The dictionary definition of a fellowship emphasises it’s a ‘friendly association, people who share interests, meeting to pursue a shared aim’...I have experienced such warmth and support in my new role despite some of the challenges that are inevitably part of it. We connect through the supporting matrix of the fellowship so egoic needs of the self can be laid aside in the knowing that within the warm heart of the Divine One we are all safe.

I leave you with this prayer inspired by Teresa of Avila:

The Beloved has no body on earth but mine.
The Beloved has no hands on earth but mine.
Mine are the eyes through which the Beloved
Streams compassion to the world.
Mine are the hands with which the Beloved
Is to bless all beings.
May I have the grace to know this mystery,
The courage to give myself to it entirely,
And the strength to enact its truth in the world.

With love and blessings, Cressida.

April 10th 2014, Winchcombe UK

Beltane 2014 - Announcements and Events

Announcements & Events

Change in Membership of the Circle of Brigid:

There have been a couple of further changes to the membership of the Circle of Brigid since those I sent only recently. Perhaps you would kindly update your website notices for us:

The Rt. Rev. Pat Griffin wishes to retire at this stage of her life, having worked with Olivia for many years and run regular Fellowship meetings in her home in Dublin until just a couple of years ago. As she is not able to be with us on a regular basis any more, she is stepping down from the Circle of Brigid. However, we very much hope that she will come whenever she can, and, of course, for many years she was our most senior priestess together with one or two others whose association with the Fellowship went way back. We all love her gentle ways and genuine devotion to the Goddess who is so apparent when you are with her.

Her retirement meant that there was a vacancy in our membership to be filled, and we are all delighted that Maire Doyle, one of our loyal and much liked priestesses, has accepted our invitation to assist in continuing to run the 8 Annual Festivals held in The Temple of Isis, which was created by the Co-Founders of the Fellowship, Olivia, Lawrence and Pamela Durdin-Robertson in the basement of their home in Clonegal Castle,

Many Blessings!
Minette Quick
(Hon. Sec. Circle of Brigid)


Posted above is a copy of the flyer for Summer Solstice Faire - hosted by Long Beach WomanSpirit and the Temple of Isis Los Angeles. June 7, 2014, 10am - 4pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5450 Atherton Street, Long Beach, California, USA. The Summer Solstice Faire has been an annual event for many years. Hope to see you there!

Come and join us at the Fellowship of Isis London Gathering, Saturday May 17th, 2014. London FOI gatherings started in 1979 in London, and took off in a big way in 1990, when they were called 'A Celebration of the Goddess', and 450 members and friends joined us at Conway Hall, the place of free speech. Now they are more modest in scale, but always with original presentations. The Goddess in the British Landscape, a Fellowship of Isis Celebration of the Goddess 2014 with Delores Ashcroft Nowicki speaking on The Goddess of the Blessed Isles. A presentation from Cressida Pryor and friends. Plus - Sheila Broun speaking on Sulis, Silina and the Suleviae. Caroline Wise – Dreams of Horses, Wolves and Swans – finding the goddess and her allies in the British Landscape.

Other speakers to be announced

£20 for booking details contact or £30 to include a 3 hour goddess walk on Sunday 18th May. If it is raining, we will have an informative tour of the Goddesses in the British Museum instead.

FOI Convocation at Isis Oasis, Geyserville, California. Friday, October 10 - Monday, October 13, 2014. The featured deities this year are Mafdet and Anubis. Schedule to be announced. For more information please contact Loreon Vigne. 

Isis Oasis Sanctuary
20889 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville CA 95441

Also at Isis Oasis Every Sunday 
Services at 3pm
Discuss ancient aspects of Egyptian mysticism, led by Lady Loreon
6 pm: Community Potluck in Dining Pavilion
Open to the public, Please RSVP and bring a dish/drink to share
8pm: Spiritual Cinema in Theater
Selected inspirational and thought-provoking films on a variety of topics

Beltane 2014 - Reports


Spring Equinox 22/3/2014.

Saturday dawned overcast and wet and more than a little cold. It was only because I was going to Clonegal that I eventually persuaded myself to exit my warm bed.
I set off with windscreen wipers in motion and the radio and heating turned on. Just outside of Brittas the rain turned to sleet and then snow. I didn’t envy some cyclists I passed on the road. By the time I had driven through the town of Blessington there was snow on the footpaths and side of the road.

Arriving in Clonegal I turned into the daffodil-lined driveway to the castle. Soon other members of the priesthood arrived and we greeted each other with hugs and ‘how are you’. We gathered in the warmth of the Theatre where Cressida Pryor soon joined us. Because it was so cold and I’m recovering from a bad cold I decided not to join the procession to the Grove. Our esteemed Gatekeeper Andrew accompanied Priestess Eimear as our brother Priest David was unable to attend the Festival. Minette and I waited a while and then went and joined the procession as it arrived at Persephone’s shrine where Priestess Maureen, looking regal in her purple attire, invoked the Goddess.

Cressida opened the door to the Temple and led us in as Andrew went to ring the bell. At Brigid’s Well the Priesthood invoked deity and then Cressida asked the recently ordained priestesses to give blessings to all present. Priestess Cáit began singing in her gentle voice and we joined.

When we took our seats at the High Altar Priestess Sara, who was in trance, gave an inspired and beautiful oracle. Following this I read my poem (which I will post later). Priestess Barbara sang for us and then we had our mystery play. Priestesses Eimear and Alison took on the roles of the Mother and the Maiden. The Mother explained that it was time for her to hand over the Sacred Eggs and Seeds to her daughter, the Maiden, and it was now her responsibility to carry on the role of instructing the next generation, as the new life of the eggs and seeds come to fruition. The Maiden accepted her new role with the promise to carry on the ancient tradition. Grapes and chocolate covered raisins were then passed around.

We were then led on a magickal journey to the centre of the Earth, by Cait, where we encountered the hare and became one with him. Priestess Monica thrilled us with her own poem. Cressida called on Pamela to come forward with the Sun Wheel which was crafted by Lady Olivia’s nephew, David. Pamela held up the Wheel and we saw that it was covered with Olivia’s scarves, each one entwined around the wheel. This brought lots of ‘ohs’ and ‘ahhs’ as Pamela explained that Olivia always wore scarves, either around her head or neck, or around her shoulders. But when Pamela invited each of us to select a scarf, well, there are no words to describe the absolute delight of everyone in the Temple.

Even as I write I experience again the bittersweet emotion. The whole atmosphere was one of excitement. We were like children opening presents on Christmas morning. And we turned to each other to see what the other person got. With our newly acquired and prized present draped around our shoulders we thanked deity. The date of our next Festival, which will be Bealtaine, was announced for Saturday, 3rd May. Several priestesses gave healing; in the Star chapel, the Cave of the Mothers and in front of the High Altar. I went to Minette, our Archdruidess, and within a couple of minutes she said “She says you’re not to worry, everything will be fine”. Minette explained that ‘She’ is Lady Olivia!! This then was Olivia’s message for me. Minette asked if it meant anything to me. It certainly did, because I’ll be retiring in 6 weeks time and embarking on a new venture.

I arrived in Osbornes and was greeted by a welcoming heat. I joined Pamela and was soon tucking into sandwiches and the usual great cup of tea, of which I had several. Soon I began to feel more human, for my stomach had begun to think that my throat had been cut! Then Andrew and Maureen joined us. Some time later Cressida, Minette, Cait and Eimear arrived and the conversations became animated and intertwined.

Some people began to leave around 6.30 and by about 7pm most people were heading for the hills. I arrived home about 8.45 have enjoyed a most uplifting and pleasant day.

Memorial for Olivia Robertson in London
By Caroline Wise

Photo of Programme for Olivia's Memorial in London

January 26, 2014, Memorial for Olivia Robertson, London: Here is the running order for our celebration yesterday. The audio message at the end of was recorded by Cressida and was Olivia's voice, telling the story of White Buffalo Calf woman. the visual journey was a brief pre-history as well as history of the FOI with slides. In the Mystery of the Spheres, the quarters were acknowledged by Elle Awen Hull, Michael Staley, Vivianne Crowley and Maria-Teresa Harmer. The goddesses invoked at the beginning were Isis (Muriel Reynard) for the FOI name, Brigid Celia Thomas) for the link with Ireland and Glastonbury and the coming festival of Brigantia, Hecate (Carol) for linking the 3 levels, and N'Game of Africa (Phyllis) who has a special place in the FOI. Then Nuit was invoked (Caitlín Matthews) for the Oracle of Nuit Debbie Gallagher). Priests were John Matthews, David Spofforth, Rufus Maychild, and the Priestesses included Cressida, Jocelyn Chaplin and Baya Beatrice Salmon-Hawk.

 “Olivia: Priestess of Isis” Screening
Friday February 28th, 2014, 7 pm MST
Crone’s Hollow 2470 S. Main Street Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

By Kasey Conder, ArchDruid, Druid Grove of Isis & Uta-ha
The screening had a fine turnout to view the outstanding documentary “Olivia: Priestess of Isis” by Logic Reality.  Many thanks to Dennis Murphy for granting such permission.  With many intrigued participants, the film was shown free of charge, projected on to a large screen.
The documentary is a stellar account of the life and work of Olivia Robertson, her involvement in the founding of the Fellowship of Isis and her ancestral home, Clonegal Castle. 
The film is truly something that can be repeatedly watched, each time gaining introspection on the living legend, Olivia Robertson, and her work via the Fellowship of Isis.
With many laughs and fond memories shared before and after the screening about Olivia, the documentary provided additional solace to the loss in the material realm of such a truly extraordinary ArchPriestess, Lady Olivia Robertson.
Crone’s Hollow warmly welcomed the community event and Olivia’s inspiration was felt.   The superlative documentary can be purchased online at:
We are blessed to have such a finely presented historical account of the great priestess, visionary, artist and author, Lady Olivia Robertson.

Altar for Olivia's Memorial, Lyceum of Heka

Memorial for Olivia Robertson in Australia
By Setjataset, Prs. H., Lyceum of Heka

The Lyceum of Heka within the Fellowship of Isis, ran and facilitated by myself (Priestess Hierophant, Setjataset aka T. Georgitsis) hosted the Dulce Domum Ritual in memory of Olivia Robertson on Sunday, December the 1st at 3.30pm in Sandringham (SE Melbourne, Australia).
It was a warm day filled with dazzling sunshine as we met on the liminal beach cliff beneath the bandstand rotunda. We gathered in seclusion underneath the shade of a giant pine tree and set up the shrine upon the pine needled covered earth to enact the Dulce Domum ritual. 

Upon the shrine I placed an image of Isis.  This was used to represent this wonderful Goddess who is the namesake of the Fellowship I have come to love due to Olivia Robertson being one of the founding members all those years ago. Around the image of Isis I had placed a heka infused ankh necklace I had made from carnelian and bronze.  The ankh is the symbol of ever lasting life and carnelian is identified as the setting sun and with the blood of Isis. Before the image of Isis, a candle was placed atop a holder in the shape of the Egyptian heart - Ib which houses thoughts, feelings and desires. Flanked on either side of the image of Isis, candles were placed in candle holders with engraved pictures of the dragonfly which is a totem symbolising transformation and adaptability.  Also upon the shrine was a handmade iron ankh which had been given to me as a gift previously by one of the attendees (Owen), which highlighted the symbology of the power of the ankh as the key of life. Other items used within the ritual such as my Bast handled sistra, glass chalice containing water, incense holder and several resin blends I had specially made for the ritual were also put upon the shrine.  The shrine was completed with an image of Olivia brought by one attendee who had taken the image during a trip to Olivia’s castle (Roxanne) as well as some lovely orchids left as an offering by another attendee (Cosette).

All gathered had a role to play during the ritual – as priestess hierophant I enacted the role of Isis and Hermies, Osiris by P’Wolverine, Anubis by Owen, Persephone by Cosette and Mayet by Roxanne.

The background noise around us reduced to a hum as the invocation and oracle was enacted and the ritual was worked through by shedding the shadow, the fair haven, the spirit awakens, spirit communion and the committal aspects of said rite whilst making various offerings of incense, candles being lit and sistrum shaking with accompanies prayers by all attendees gathered.

After the rite was completed and we wished Olivia’s spirit a safe journey to the Summerland, a few of us shared some personal stories we had before retiring to the pub for some more libations and agape in Olivia’s name.

December 2013, Setjataset (T. Georgitsis)

Lyceum of Heka site:

Beltane 2014 - News from Members and Centers

Members: Daughters and Sons of the Goddess

From Gary Wardell: “I didn’t know this: ‘In Old English and it's Anglo-Saxon roots:
"For example, sēo sunne (the Sun) was feminine, se mōna (the Moon) was masculine’..."

Isis & Serapis 2014
Charcoal & Coffee grinds
by James Jacob Pierri

James Jacob Pierri, Iseum of the Sacred Lotus, New Jersey, USA: Modern Isiaicism: This is a subject I hint at here on my personal page but never express fully. It's such an important part of my life & spiritual development that it's time to share details. I was baptized Catholic and received all of the holy sacraments required. Although since I can remember my heart and inspiration went out to a Goddess, I saw Her face in the Holy Virgin Mary as a child but it wasn't until early adulthood did She reveal Her true identity and image to me. Isis. The ancient Egyptian Goddess or the Saturday morning TV hero you ask? I asked my self that as well. Isis fulfilled all of my spiritual needs, through my devotion to this quite real Entity, a quite real experience had sent and continues to prompt me to discover so much regarding life, love, spiritualism, history, art, travels, Latin and beyond. Taking my lifetime of experience and devotion of Isis I was lead to The Fellowship of Isis an international fellowship. The beautiful message or manifesto of a The Fellowship is of love and inspiration, there are many diverse traditions or paths, but they are of selflessness and self discovery, it's not a cult or something macabre, it holds mystery and urges all life to thrive in equality and peace. I discovered I wasn't alone, there were countless others called as well. There I trained and received Priesthood. After that I made a pilgrimage to an actual modern Isian Temple in California, in that experience I fulfilled my service and became acquainted with some of the most inspiring and wonderful people, among them High Priestess Loreon Vigne, Priestess & soul sister Shannon Michaela Doree Smith, Authors & Priestess Linda Iles & DeTraci Regula. Other amazing Isians such Caroline Wise and recently departed Lady Olivia Roberts the head of the Fellowship. As initiated priest I became ordained in the temple in California , from there established The Isem of the Sacred Lotus, a living temple dedicated to the honor and study of ancient & modern Isiasiscm, lead public meditations/rituals, raise money for charities and provide lectures. Through my activism with Isiacism one experience after the next has been positive, profound and extraordinary. I'd like to talk more about this part of my life openly here and share more stories and on goings as they occur. Amma Iset!

Johannes Nugroho Onggo Sanusi of the Iseum of the Goddess Pertiwi Queen of the South Seas, Indonesia: “One of China's oldest goddesses is Xi Wangmu (Queen Mother of the West) whose earliest portraiture depicted her wearing a shamanic tiger headdress. As she became integrated into the canonic Taoist pantheon, she was more often depicted as an empress. Indeed she was the personification of YIN in the Taoist Yin Yang symbol. She resides on the sacred Mount Kunlun where she has peach orchards that mature every 3,000 years. When the peaches are ripe, Xi Wangmu is said to invite all the immortals to a peach feast.”
From Aglaia Francesca, En Erebos Phos Iseum, Rome, Italy: I am mentoring Angela M. Chamberlaine of Waynesville, Missouri, USA. She wishes to found her Iseum: Magna Mater Iseum - dedicated to the celebration and honoring of the Goddess in her many forms and names, with special emphasis placed on the Magna Mater, Kybele. The Iseum is a safe place for all who seek to grow in knowledge, love, and connection with the Divine. We intend to meet for study, practice, ritual work, sabbat/esbat celebration, and social events. We aim to build a community of like-minded individuals that honor “The Great Mother” by living in as eco-friendly, earth healing a way as possible and who do works to promote the healing & sustainability of the earth, love of all its creatures, and compassionate connection with the people who call it home. We believe in truth, beauty, healing, kindness, and love to all beings. And that by our works these things should be evident in our lives. E-mail:

Lyceums: College of Isis

Lyceum of the Three Mothers, Ireland: “Today, the 2nd February, five new priestesses were ordained within the Lyceum of the Three Mothers: Anna Coote, Barbara Charleton, Olwen Pendred, Maeliossa Kelly and Amy Brunton. It was a beautiful ceremony and we wish them all much love and the guidance of Isis and their Patron Deities on their vocational path. Love and blessings, Cait Branigan.”

David deRoeck, Ascension of Isis Lyceum, Dublin, Ireland: “With great pleasure I am able to announce the re-imagined Ascension of Isis Mystery School website The site will be re-launched on February 2nd myself and the team have worked diligently to make it more user friendly it does contain elements of the previous site plus plenty of new content. We are also available on other social media platforms namely Twitter and we have our own YouTube channel, which will be coming on stream very shortly so please join the conversation there also. Our journey is ongoing as we navigate through all these new media’s so please bear with us while we endeavour to get there. We welcome new members and old friends alike it is your journey as it is mine so any suggestions or improvements we will endeavour to take on board. So without further ado it is up to you and me to spread the word and we hope you enjoy the new site.”

From Sarah Rooke, Lyceum of Isis and Sekhmet of the Stars, Portsmouth, UK: I am pleased to be able to report that the Rev Govindacharya Ramanuja Dasan (Govinda Dasan) of the Iseum of the Ancient Mysteries and the Goddess in Los Angeles, California has gained his third magi degree of Venus and Vishnu in the College of Isis, Fellowship of Isis.

Sarah writes: “I am pleased to announce that Mgt  Rafael Severino from Panama has gained three magi degrees in the College of Isis, Fellowship of Isis.  Namely Mystery of the Spheres (1st), Rite of Rebirth (2nd) and Isis and Osiris (Awakening of Osiris) (3rd).”

Sarah has sponsored two new members via her lyceum: Robson Marins and Jaguar Dragonfire.

Greetings from Gaynor, Archdruidess with Universal Grove Of Light Keepers within The Druid Clan Of Dana and Lyceum Universal Learning. I have facilitated my first Magi Degree - it being Moon Magi for Tarnia Spaven. 

I have begun to fly Solo from my Hierophant facilitator who was Sarah Rooke. I understood from her that when I facilitate others, I would need to inform you.. If this is not protocol could you please point me in the right direction.. I have been bereaved a few times since I was initiated as a Lyceum and Druid Grove last year and feel that now I am returned to my path a lot stronger.

Exert of Tarnia Spavens  report:

"The circle was cast from the West, new moon, sidhe of water, to the South, full moon, sidhe of fire, then to the East, waning moon, sidhe of air and finally to the North, dark moon, sidhe of earth.  I followed the casting of the circle and visualised a silver light emitting from the wand's tip.

At this point I started to dance from right to left in a widdershins fashion and two other circles of dancers within the outer circle danced too.  A spiral of energy was created and when the inner circles were being danced, a huge cone of light arose from the centre of the circle where the fire was and spread to envelope us all. We all sank to the ground and I slipped into a deep state of relaxation where small, golden balls of light danced between and around us.

When the bowl of water was offered to me to drink from, the water started to ripple and when my attention was taken to the mist surrounding the crystals I was suddenly sat in the middle of the circle with the bowl of water that we drank from on my lap.  We were asked to gaze into the crystal balls but my eyes were drawn to the bowl of water in my lap instead.  I could feel energy coming off of the crystal balls and it was surrounding me as I gazed into the darkness of the water.
While Selene was being chanted, I gazed into the bowl of water and was shown a huge crystal formation that broke and a spear of crystal separated from the mass and changed into a mystical palace floating on a cloud.  I was sat cross legged, floating in front of this palace made of crystal, surrounded by a sphere of rainbow light. Then we were given the visualisation of a cloud ship, bright white light which rested on the rooftops. 

As we ascended in the sphere it became a bright light and as we got higher, energy ribbons were coming off it so that it looked like we were cocooned inside a majestic jellyfish with its tendrils made of pure light.  I felt calmness as though nothing could ever harm me"

I look forward to hearing from you

Kind Regards & The Brightest Of Blessings Gaynor Linnecor

Solar Iseums of Alchemy

Aglaia Francesca is studying within the Solar Iseum of Light of Brighid’s Rose. She has earned two degrees towards her certification as a Solar Alchemist in the Fellowship of Isis Priest/esshood. Her degrees were earned through study and enactment of the Emerald Pylon of Jupiter and the Amber Pylon of Venus. Both of these rites are in the FOI Liturgy Book "Isis of Alchemy" by Olivia Robertson.

Druid Clan of Dana
Sarah Rooke, Archdruidess, Grove of Cerridwen and the Grail, Portsmouth, UK: “I am pleased to report that Rafael Severino of Panama has  been initiated as a Druid by attunement in the Druid Clan of Dana.” From Rafael: “The Dolmen constructions are my favorites, I imagined being in front of the dolmen, standing before the three giant stones and feeling the energy of ley lines. … I had the vision of being by a large green plain and in the distance I saw a hill that looked like a figure of the Tor, and being in the land of many colors of Avalon, it was a very magical experience and shamanic.”
Also from Sarah: I am very pleased to announce that Jaguar Dragonfire from Massillon, Ohio, USA has been initiated as a Druid in the Druid Clan of Dana.
Noble Order of Tara
From Sarah Rooke, Grand Dame Commander, Priory of Cerridwen and the Grail, Portsmouth, UK: Rev. Hernan Cacciatore has been initiated and consecrated as a Knight Commander of the Noble Order of Tara by attunement and his new Priory is called Lux Naturalis and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Hernan sent a report of the work of his new priory: “Aims of the new Priory are:  To educate others by sharing information and providing awareness …”

Beltane 2014 - Muses Symposium

Muses Symposium

Brigid’s Blessings 
By Mana Youngbear

Raindrops falling on the ground
Little blessings all around

Scents of wet leaves and darkened stones
Flocks of birds flying Home

In this early morning delight
I feel love’s blessing
warm and bright.

Last night Brigid did Her dance
With her blessings we have a chance

Everywhere the Goddess stepped
Little raindrops, there she left.

Gracing our pathways,
Our roadways
and Valley so dear ,
A sign of hope and love is here

Watersheds are raising up for us
All her Grace we now must trust.

Powerful blessings have begun
It is time for gratitude to be sung

Something beautiful
Something Grand
Abundant Love
All through out our land.

Take this blessed treasure to your breast
Watch you consumption
Balance is the test

Every droplet is like gold
This morning;s reminder that her blessings will unfold

Treasure the water the earth and sky
Treasure this spirit we share .. you and I

With this dance of Brigid I declare
Its time to trust and love and share

Its time to remember why we are here
Its time to cast away all doubt and fear

As I felt this mornings rain
I spoke out loud .. I’m so glad you came !

I feel your footsteps
Mother Maid and Crone
Please make our hearts as your eternal home

Rain is coming
Rain is here
Rain will quench our Earth so dear

Rain will wash away all fear
Rain is coming
Rain is here.

Mana Youngbear Feb 2 2014
At The Muse ! 707 354-2475

Prayer For Invoking the Light of Isis
By Rev. Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa, Pr.H
Temple of Isis Nevada

O Isis, I call forth your radiant Ka,
Born of Ra, engendered by Geb,
Crowned with the celestial light
Of Nuit, the diadem of the starry

Awake, O light, ascend, O light,
Grow, O light, bestow, O light,
Become, O light, the becoming
O the beginning!

Dispel, O light, the shadow of the
Shadow, and descend, O light,
The ladder of heaven!

I am the heir of heaven,
The child of the first becoming,
And my light is your Ka,
O Isis of the glorious dawn,
Great Enchantress upon whose brow
The sun rises, the skies tremble,
The waters spring forth their abundance.

Grow, O light, ascend, O light,
Come into being as the name of Auset,
Auset, whose breath in the beginning
Ra commanded, whose body the sky bore,
Whose love Ausir brought out the falcon
From the gates of the sky!

I am your light, O Isis,
Your crown, O Isis,
Your glittering stars, O Isis,
And I am not afraid!

Grow, O Light, ascend, O light,
Come into being in me, O light,
That your Ka may become the essence of me,
In you, me, in me, you,
The great work coming into being in the
Beginning, transforming the void into
Your substance.

O Queen of Heaven, almighty Isis,
May your light be my light,
And my light be your light.
In eternity and everlastingness it shall be.

Beltane 2014 - Animal Family of Isis

From Mana Young, Temple of the Muse, Willits, California, USA: I would like to add Matilda Merryweather to the Animal Family of Isis. She loves the outdoors, eats mostly fruit and is very partial to pink and soft blankets. Her birthday is April 29th and she is 9 years old. We love her very much. She loves to sleep in front of my altar and I think that she actually believes she is a cat.

Dulce Domum - Sandra Ramdhanie

Dulce Domum

Received word from Rosetta Broy that on January 7, 2014, Sandra Venn Ramdhanie was rushed to the hospital with Pneumonia and complications. She had a serious infection and was admitted to the ICU.  Unfortunately Sandra passed away shortly afterward.  She was a long time FOI member. Caroline Wise writes: “Sandra regularly attended the Festival Gatherings at the Foundation Centre Temple in Clonegal in the 80s and 90s. she was one of the early ordained Priestesses. I met her there a few times with her daughter Tanith Isis. Sandra was so interesting to talk to, a vibrant personality.”

Beltane 2014 - Fukushima Meditations

  Meditations for Fukushima

Received from Kasey Conder of Fellowship of Isis Utah ( Beginning Sunday, December 22nd 2013, a weekly attunement has been facilitated by members of the Druid Clan of Dana, Fellowship of Isis, and Noble Order of Tara from many different groves, lyceums, and priories to focus for a remedy to the Japan nuclear disaster contaminating the Pacific and the globe at large. The attunement will begin at approximately dawn in Japan at 6:30 am, California 1:30 pm, New Orleans 3:30 pm, and Dublin and London at 9:30 pm. This idea came forth from members of the Druid Clan of Dana Facebook group. All are welcome to attune. The highest ideals are emphasized for a resolution and healing to Mother Earth. Each week a different member will send forth the weekly per say working and/or meditation. This is group effort of concerned members. More information to follow... Blessings.

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Prayer to the Ocean Mothers and Queen of the Seas
by Rev. Anniitra MaKafia Ravenmoon, Iseum of the Nubian Moon, Long Beach, California

Sending Blessings to our Ocean Mothers, sending blessings to our Queen of Seas! Sending Blessings and sending tears; for within our tears, we pray for thee!!

May Isis enfold the Ocean fishes from the waste from Fukishima! May she hear All of our voices. May the scientist find a neutralizer!! Blessed Be.

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Fukushima Daiichi Meditation
by Most Rev. Kasey Conder, ArchDruid, Druid Grove of Isis & Uta-Ha, Salt Lake City, Utah

 This is my offering for this Sunday. I am recruiting more members to deliver offerings for this weekly meditation.

To center, one may build energy of the divine, by focusing upon the connection with the cosmic or the inner source of divinity, whether it be expressed by the Veiled Isis, the inner planes, the cosmic consciousness. Then one may attune by doing the following Fellowship of Isis prayer by Lady Olivia Robertson:
Prayer for Healing No. 1

Olivia wrote: "The Healing Prayer is used by the Well in the Temple of Isis, but can be used with any water for anointing anywhere. The word "me" may be substituted for "you", depending on whether you are using the prayer for yourself or for someone else."
A moment of silent contemplation, open, and see the Winged Isis with Her Wings outspread, Her Star shining directly above, sending out healing rays. Anoint brow with water.

The Healing Wings of Isis protect, enfold and awaken you. “
Exerted from

The modification is “The Healing Wings of Isis protect, enfold and awaken [humanity to heal the Fukushima Daiichi disaster]”.

Isis, The Sun Goddesses, Gods, angels, nature spirits, etc. may also be invoked for wisdom to help aide the situation.

The following FOI Rite maybe read or enacted:
Earth Magic of Transformation, Oracle of the Goddess Hertha from Urania, Ceremonial Magic of the Goddess by Olivia Robertson

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Water blessings of Isis-Urania and Themis
by Rev. Mana Youngbear, Lyceum of the Muse of Isis/ The Temple of the Muse of Isis, Willets, California

Please refer to this right from the Fellowship of Isis Central site first to be followed by the instructions afterwards.
Bright and Divine Blessings to all.

Remember the 42 laws of Maat. Keep the waters pure.
Keep your waters pure as well as a mirrored expression of your body and the world as one.



Taking this meditation into you imagine yourself with the scales of Maat between you . You hold up the truth of creation on your shoulders and you see a golden and silver light of purity on both sides of you. As you breath in the Inner Sanctum and Infinite Peace throughout your entire body , you see the wave of Creation surrounding you .
With each breath invasion a pure blue light that is swirling around this planet. It is the true eternal waters of wisdom. You put the planet inside this swirl of blue pure light and wrap it around the planet 9 times .
As you see the wave of the eternal waters of truth coiling around the planet you envision this blue light filling every part of creation. This light of Isis is even stronger then the most powerful of Ra;s rays and it penetrated the power planets and all the molecules of pollution in our waters as well.

It moves through every part of creation as we are all part of water and light and sound.
With your eyes still closed and your vision fixed upon the waters of the world being cleansed by the Light of Isis, You see yourself filled with this light and everything around you is filled with it too.

Carefully you release this binding of energy around the planet and it distributes itself energetically through out all of creation. The stars and planets all have the essence of these waters of Truth and they radiate back to you know their sounds of love and healing.

Isis blesses those who share her beauty truth and wisdom. She unfolds her wings and blessings us all with the ability to uncoil the turmoil and pollution and distraction, fear and disease in Japan. This is the same energy that is effecting our entire planet.
Where there was once fear , there is now only the vision of radiant love .
Where there is anger now there is only the understanding of the solution to what needs to be done.
May all those who are sick or in fear of this poison find peace and understanding in this new blue light and wave of love filling their every core.

Chanting the great words of Power Hu.. You fill each molecule with hope , love strength and beauty.
Every night and every morning for this next week when you wake up and just before you take rest at the same time every day for 7 days, Rise up with this call of the Hu and fill the creation with the words of the Sun God Ra. Ask for the blessings of his divine illumination to miraculously transform this situation from shaken to strong and repaired and dismantled .
expect the miracle to occur and envision in in your minds eye.

Breathing deeply you send your divine blessings into creation and that too transforms the alchemy from the reactors in Fukashima.

May all men who feel imprisoned find eternal bliss
May all men in pain find comfort
May all men who are lost find their way home to their spiritual core
May all saddened find joy
And may all hungry find food and shelter.

These things I ask oh Isis Urania
May it be so.
Rev. Mana Youngbear.

Sunday 12th January 2014
Meditation for Fukushima
by Most Rev. Sheila Broun, GDC, Bath, United Kingdom
Meditation for Fukushima, Sunday 12th January 2014 - inspired by the work of Brooke Medicine Eagle's work, 'Buffalo Woman Comes Singing' (p.84) If you can work at a spring, then do so. If working in your house then firstly to cleanse yourself and the space you will be working with. Clean and order your space and sprinkle with salt water, saying, I bless and purify this space. Place a glass/bowl of spring water before you. (You can buy a bottle for this purpose if you do not ...have access to a fresh water spring of drinkable water.)

To purify yourself you can use spring water or salt water 'dipping your right hand in the water and bringing it all the way up the left side of your body in a cleansing gesture, then dipping again with your left hand, bringing water up along the right side, over and down'.

Next, pray for the cleansing of all the waters of Mother Earth. Call on all the ancestral spirits of the Pacific area to inspire communication and healing approaches on all levels in the face of the Fukushima disaster, and to bring us all back, each in our our own lives, 'to be in good relationship with all things and all beings in the Circle of Life', considering how we live, what we buy, how we relate to all life. In the words of that great Elder, 'we are each a drop of water, but together we make a torrent'.

Holding the glass/bowl of spring water, offer it to each of the four directions and to All Our Relations. when you have done this, drink this sweet water and feel how it enters your body and refreshes you, bringing you life.

Sit quietly for a while, and then place your hands on the floor/earth for a few minutes to ground yourself, before returning to everyday consciousness.

Sunday 19th January
Isis Meditation for Fukushima
by Rev. Cait Branigan, Prs. H. Lyceum of the Three Mothers, Wexford Ireland
Hi everyone! The following is the meditation for Fukushima for Sunday 19th January. You will see similarities between this and the last which may help with the flow of work being done.

Bless and prepare your sacred space using the four elements: Cleanse with blessed/ salt water. Carry incense or a feather fan clockwise around the circle asking for the breath of spirit to enter and sanctify the space and that the wings of Nuit protect all within. Carry a flame, asking for the ...transmutation of all energy within the space into healing divine energy. Carry a stone/bowl of earth and ask for a strong foundation and the manifestation of healing should it be for the highest good.

Invoke Isis with the following prayer, knowing as you do so that your own divinity answers the call also:

Isis, giver of life, residing in the Sacred Mound, Satis,
Lady of Biggeh,
She is the one who pours out the Inundation
That makes all people live and green plants grow;
Who provides divine offerings for the gods,
And Invocation Offerings for the Transfigured Ones.
Because She is the Lady of Heaven,
Her Man is the Lord of the Netherworld,
Her Son is the Lord of the Land;
Her Man is the pure water, rejuvenating Himself at Biggeh at His time.
She is the Lady of Earth, Heaven and the Nethervworld
Having brought them into existence
Through what Her heart conceived and Her hands created... (Hymn IV Temple of Philae)

Sit in the centre of the circle with a bowl of water and, with your hands upon it, take 9 deep breaths, pausing between the inhalation and the exhalation. Listen to the water; sense what it wishes to communicate. As you breathe, call on the presence of Osiris, He of the pure waters, to come to you. Call to Isis, asking for Her divine healing intentions to flow through you. Call to the ancestors to bring healing resolution to any unresolved issues relating to the poisoning of the Pacific. Call to the future generations to bring their insight. Breathe. Now you are the mediator. Now you are the vessel, the grail which pours out light and healing into the waters. Using your voice, in words or with sound, allow that energy to flow from your heart to the water. Sense, feel or see the cleansing and regeneration of the water. Spend as much time as feels appropriate.

When this is complete, bring the water to a large water source or onto the land where it can feed into the earth. This water shall extend its healing into the greater body of water - a fluid ankh bringing life and regeneration. Return to your circle, give thanks to those energies invoked and close your space.

Meditation for Fukushima for 26th January 2014
by Rt. Rev. Caroline Wise, Priory of Brighid of the Elements, London, United Kingdom 

It felt right that this should be a continuous thread of energy, so with respect I too have carried this on from Cait’s, as she continued from Sheila’s and so I have used and adapted some the same words as it feels best that we do not change the style but get into a flow and strengthen this practice. I have chosen the Goddess of the waters and fire, Bride, as it is her time this week and as these elements have been so distorted in the Fukushima disaster in both cause and effect. Like Isis, she also has aspects of air and earth, which have been affected too, So:

Breathe deeply, for a few moments, imagining pure sweet mountain air filling your lungs and your whole being. This is the ideal air, safe and life-giving as air should be, unpolluted. Relax.

Bless and prepare your sacred space using the four elements: Cleanse with blessed salt water. Carry incense or a feather fan clockwise around the circle asking for the breath of spirit to enter and sanctify the space, and see the cloak of Bride protects all within. Visualize her vast cloak of green, studded with the spring flowers, hyacinths, and snowdrops, protecting the blue/green orb of the Earth.
Carry a flame, asking for the transmutation of all energy within the space into healing divine energy. Carry a stone/bowl of earth and ask for a strong foundation and the manifestation of healing should it be for the highest good.

Prayer – Read aloud –

‘At the festival of Brigantia, we invoke Holy Midwife Bride of the Waters: of the salt sea and the fresh sacred springs; Brigid of the green earth from which we get our food; Bridie, exalted one of the sun, whose fiery arrow flies with the swan in the air, may the elements be cleansed of this dark poison of man’s folly. Holy Mother Bride, we ask for a your mediation with all the ancestral spirits of the Pacific area to inspire healing on all levels in the face of the Fukushima disaster. May minds across the globe be inspired to find an answer, as you animate the inner sun of innovation within our scientists. May the inner sun quicken in the cells of every creature so afflicted, those of the sea and the air and the land, that they may survive and adapt and be blessed. Holy Midwife Bride, bring it to birth’

Visualise a time when the waters are pure, when the air is clear, when the land is clean and see the fires of the sun and the stars and that of the forge of Brigid which makes the world anew. Step into that world. Feel how wonderful this is and explore it, contemplate. Bring it to birth.

When ready, drink water, visualising it as pure and free from pollution, breathe deeply once again. Lift up your arms and feel and see the gold and silver energies of the sun the moon and the stars pour down through them to your heart. Cross your hands on your heart. Now visualise the clear un-polluted earth energies beneath your feet, spiraling up your legs and trunk to meet with the cosmic ones at you heart. Now open you arms, palms outwards, and send forth with healing to Fukushima and all affected. See these energies hold back the toxic tide too. Clap hands once or ring bell or chimes. You may wish to leave the candle burning (safely!) for Bride as we are approaching her feast day. With love, Caroline

Sunday February 2nd, 2014
A Prayer for Fukushima and Its Effects
by Rt. Rev. deTraci Regula, GDC, Priory of the Breath of Isis-Noble Order of Tara

In my travels, I have been fortunate to visit
Japan several times. On one flight to China,
there was a brief stop at Hiroshima on a
cool grey day. Though I never left the plane, I
was keenly aware of the site and its many
layers of meaning. And though I knew it was
"safe", I was still glad when the plane took
off again. It was hard to visit Japan without
some awareness of its nuclear shadow.

My researches into the history of the spread
of the influence of Egyptian and
Graeco-Roman cultures into the East have
convinced me that Isis and Kuan Yin share
many traits, and the timing of the
emergence of Kuan Yin in the East follows
on the decline of the Divine Feminine in the
West. Isis and Kuan Yin share a number of
titles - Kuan Yin can be translated as the
One Who Hears the Cries of the World,
similar to Gorgoepekoos, She Who Hears
All, a title of Isis. Intriguingly, another early
version of her name is Guānzìzài; "ziza"
"sisa" "sisi" and similar words with zi, iz,
and is in Western European names often
indicate a connection with Isis.

While the Indian and Chinese see Kuan Yin
as an emanation or aspect of Avalokitsvara,
she is the sole female representation of a
god normally perceived as male.
I freely admit I may be prejudiced in favor of
a close alliance between Isis and Kuan Yin
as Kuan Yin was my first experience of
non-male concepts of divinity when I was
growing up. A Chinese goods store had a
large, beautiful carved wooden statue of Kuan Yin
which I found very compelling, and the same
shop published a little fuchsia-colored
booklet describing her, which I purchased
and cherished - the statue was well beyond
my power to purchase at twelve - something
I well made up for later. Ever since, I've kept an eye out for
unusual statues and images of Kuan Yin, but
once I bought an image that seemed to
have nothing to do with her and was not my
usual taste - a candy-pink plastic figure of a
Japanese woman holding a basket of fish.
She's jutting out her hip to hold her basket,
and has a jaunty and pert expression.
Friends would ask me what goddess she
was, and I'd just say she was a cultural
figure, a fisherwoman, which is what I believed her to be.
A few weeks ago, after I began to be
increasingly aware of the situation with the
increasing contamination around and
coming from Fukushima, I happened to be
flipping through an old book on the culture of
Japan, bound in silk and with the pages
folded in a fan-like pattern.

Here, I learned
my little fisherwoman was much more than
that - she was a goddess, and not just any
goddess, but Kuan Yin herself.
Kuan Yin has always been associated with
the seas, and one of her more usual
depictions shows her standing serenely on
the back of a dragon or a giant carp, holding
a vase and a sprig of greenery, but I had
never seen her with a basket of fish.
In fact, she is the Bodhisattva of Fish, formally called
Gyoran Kanzeon. It seems to
me that she is ideal to call upon for the
protection of the fish and the transmutation
and purification of the seas.
One Who Hears the Cries of The World,
Hear our cry
Whose Tears of Mercy Dissolve to Salt the
Hear our cry
Bless, renew, transform and purify
Oh One Who Hears the Cries of the World
Hear our cry.
Sit peacefully in front of a lit candle
positioned so that it may reflect on to or
through a bowl of water, clear if possible. If
you have any image of Kuan Yin or her form
of Gyoran Kanzeon, place it there.
Contemplate the Goddess of Mercy and her
unfailing Love and Compassion. Say the chant above, or, if you prefer, stay in quiet contemplation. Imagine
the Fisherwoman Kuan Yin scooping up
basket after basket of drowsy contaminated fish
and raising them up, returning them active and healed
to the sea. Picture miniature versions of other large sea creatures enjoying the same rejuvenation. See the radioactive particles
themselves healed and transformed into
sparkling gems, adornments for the divine in
other spheres. Take some salt, preferably
iodized - (iodine is protective against
radiation damage) - to symbolize Kuan
Yin's tears of compassion and swirl it into
the water. Enjoy the play of the candle light,
the salt, and the swirling of the water as you
imagine purity and healing. Do this for as
long as your own energy and attentiveness
is strong and pure. Let the water sit on the
altar with the candle lit overnight, if this is
safe in your environment, and then pour the
water down the drain, giving it a final
blessing to multiply its powers of
purification, as all waters eventually make
their way to the sea.

Sunday February 9th, 2014
Fukushima Meditation for Healing
By Rt. Rev. Kasey Conder, Lyceum of Isis of Utah

Nanu Baluku of the Orishas and Dahomey;
Isis Medica, the Roman (Latin) Healing Sorceress,
The ineffable Goddess Earth Mother of the Tao.

Oracles of Nanu Buluku appear to Olivia Robertson in the Fellowship of Isis Liturgy in “Athena” and “Melusina”. Nanu Buluku is the great grandmother goddess of the Orishas who birthed the moon goddess Mawu and sun god Li-sa. Of the people of Fon of Dahomey (modern day Benin) the great ancestral goddess is sacred to whirling pools of water, the pure waters which melts from the mountain tops, all sacred rivers, and the majestic ocean. She can be seen as one with Yemaja. Her veneration is found in Candomblé and many of the Yorùbá traditions.
Isis Medica is a Roman title illustrating Isis’ great healing capabilities and virtues as “The Great Sorceress of Healing”. “Medica” is Latin for physician or doctor. From ancient times, Isis has been known for great healing abilities as she restored Osiris to life and shows compassion on the misfortunate.
In Tao Te Ching it states the Toa is “Tao having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; the Tao having a name, it is the Mother of all things.”

Cleanse the space with a feather, holy water incense with a sistrum or rattle. Sweet spices and herbs may visualized through our many sensory capacities. Holding a hallowed earthly stone, call on the spirits of the land that wish to appear and help with the work for the earth mother and the oceans. Taking seven deeps relaxing and full breaths through the nose, feel the presence of the Orisha Mother of the pure waters from the mountain tops to the oceans, healing everything she touches and gives life to. She is the ancient lady of healing. Feel the universal Tao beating from the heart of the earth, peacefully through the psychic ocean of all, invoke with a sincere respect, Nana Baluku and Isis Medica, great of healing.
Add iodized salt to the waters asking for healing for all the wildlife of the oceans. The birds, fish, dolphins, whales, starfish and sea lions. Feel the healing coming through the earth, into the oceans and ground water, into the air, alchemical transmuting and healing. Feel the presence of the Goddesses, the spirits and angels aiding with this important work.
Speak the names of the holy goddesses seven times.
Gaze into purified waters. A lighted candle, mirror, oil and image of the divine may be in close proximity to the bowl of water. Receive the oracle through the water of healing.

After the oracle is received, send this energy to the world leaders and nuclear physicists to make wise decisions for the swift resolution to the Fukushima crisis.
Send healing to the people of the planet to influence wise decisions of their leaders and support them to have moral courage.
Send healing to all life and visualize the cleansing from of the nuclear pollution.
Offer the waters, as the tears of Isis, with respect, wisdom and blessings of Nanu Baluku and the spirit of Toa back to the seas as offerings of healing.

This meditation is brought in the red ray of Mars of the Star of Ishtar of the Northeast going into the orange ray of Venus in the east. The red ray strengthens our will, while the orange ray stimulates our creativity. May the Goddessess Nanu Baluku & Isis Medica, with the Taoist earth spirit, strengthen our wills to express our creativity for healing wisdom to Fukushima.

Artwork Nana Buruku by Cecilia Panipucci. Star of Ishtar ray information from FOI Central website

Sunday February 16th, 2014
Fukushima Meditation
by Rev. Maury Hereford-White, Prs. H. Lyceum of the Mystery of Isis & Osiris, New Orleans, Louisiana

Greetings, Daniel and I will be enacting the "Litany of the Earth." During the meditation we will drum and visualize the waters being clear and healthy for all it's creatures. We will call upon water deities such as Yemaya, Poseidon etc.  

FOI "Litany of the Earth Rite" by Olivia Robertson link:

Sunday February 23rd, 2014
Coming to Tara, Mother of the Buddhas
A Meditation & Prayer for Spiritual and Ecological Wholeness
By Rev. Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa, Pr.H
Temple of Isis Nevada/ Iseum of Isis Savioress of the Universe

Our Purpose
In times of doubt and need, in times of crisis we reach for that which will bring us immediate relief from our suffering. When we cut a finger we look for a bandage. When we fracture a bone we place it in a cast. When our heart is broken we look for a way to put it back together again...we seek wholeness again...we find a way to close the wound and find our resilient emotional faculties.

All living things desire, above all, happiness, life and freedom, to exist without suffering and be permitted to thrive of their own accord. Each one of us travels in our own boat, gliding along the waters of experience according to our own inner guidance or knowledge. We eventually seek to land on the shore, however briefly, of a fulfilled and nourished life, a true meaning...gnosis...of our journey clearly inscribed upon our heart. So much of our suffering is self induced, self inflicted by our refusal to acknowledge the deeper, innermost workings of our hearts and minds. Gnosis emerges when we take the time to stop our furious travels on the waters, dig through the layers of the untamed mind, and return to the pure state of a consciousness that does not cling, grasp or fixate on our emotional baggage.

"All that we call real in this transient world is a hologram", Olivia Robertson reminds us (in "Isis is For All", Isis-House Publishing, 2011), "deliberately created to teach us to become our true selves. Our souls are born of Deity, and we have within us an individual Divine Being". In other words, we have created an alternate reality in our daily lives, and we hold fast onto this as if it were substantial, and yet it is but a fleeting moment of time in the life cycle of the soul, and it is this Soul, part of the Great Soul, Deity, Divine Consciousness, that is the true reality of which all things are composed. Our suffering? Suffering arises because of our obsession with our alternative reality...our physical and earthly existence. But it is our ethereal existence, born from the realm of Spirit, that holds the ultimate meaning of reality.

If we can, but for little moments at a time, take ourselves back into the womb of our beginning, into the realm of Spirit...the realm of the Infinite Soul, Deity...then we can bring back with us some of that consciousness and experience into our physical, terrestrial lives. We can enliven the here and now with the nurturing, healing, compassion and wholeness not fixed in time or space, nor bound by our mortality. Truly, we are immortal beings. Death, suffering, limitations and ignorance are illusions that can be overcome, but only through our sincere effort to peel away our own self imposed fetters. In order to do this, we reach out to Mother, to our place of beginnings in the liquid warmth of the Mother's womb.

Târâ Drölma, Liberator
Tibetans have many names for Mother Tara, Who is ever and always the compassionate, all-embracing reality from which transcendence emerges, and ills subside. Within the milk of kindness Dölma, the Liberator, sublime Tara takes Her ethereal seat upon the lotus throne, and from Her hand springs the blue or white lotus, the hallmark of the mind of enlightenment.

Tibetans tell the story of the princess Sherab Drölma, whose determination to end the suffering of all beings transformed her into a Bodhisattva, a being whose compassion commits her or him to take rebirth until the liberation of all sentient beings from the cycle of suffering and perpetual birth. From Bodhisattva, Tara Dölma emerged, reaching out to answer the prayers of all who call upon Her. With the immediacy of a mother who hears the crying of her very own child, noble Tara responds swiftly to the call of all sentient beings, prepared to shower them with Her flowering mercy.

It is also said that Tara began as the emanation of Avalokiteshvara-Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, being born from his tears as he looked upon the innumerable suffering beings under his care, and despaired of ever liberating them all. It was Tara who sprang forth in such unwavering compassion and determination, infused with a limitless and undaunted reservoir of altruism.

Although there are twenty-one manifestations of Tara Dölma, each with unique characteristics and iconography, it is the White and Green Taras who are especially venerated by the people of the Land of Snows (Tibet) as the liberators and protectors of all suffering beings. These are the Taras Who grant boons freely, defend against ecological crises (such as earthquakes and fires), and manifest to practitioners as the removers of obstacles to the mind of enlightenment. The White and Green Taras can diminish hatred, greed and pride, and urge the practitioner towards the complete development of compassion and altruism.

The Meditation & Prayer, Coming to Tara
What follows is my own inspired composition- meditation and prayer- while meditating upon the root mantra of Tara, and contemplating the great ecological suffering being experienced by our planet at this time. Not only ecological, but social suffering and want continues to urge action and demand higher consciousness. While we continue to consume our natural resources on a vast scale, our population explodes without regard to the gross taxation this imposes on our Earth, and our hunger grows. Each group fights for its own interests- personal and ideological- while denying the human rights and needs of "the other". Governments impose measures that seem to restrict and hinder, instead of liberate or serve. Each heart seems possessed by personal desire and self preservation. How can we work with these tempestuous feelings as they arise within ourselves?

On Thursday June 29, 2000 I was first initiated into the practice of the White and Green Taras, with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet acting as Root Guru. The Dalai Lama guided us through an astonishing visualization to enter into the presence of the twenty-one emanations of Tara Drölma, ending in the White and Green Taras, with particular emphasis on generating the mind of enlightenment in order to bring liberation to all sentient beings.

Within a shower of rainbow colored light, noble Tara appeared as the radiant heart of compassion, which begins with the self but quickly expands to encompass all sentient beings. As the body of White Tara expands, emerging from the blast of a pure white conch shell, we see the Goddess erect on Her lotus throne, the embodiment of victory over obstacles, while Her hands gracefully raise the white and blue lotus. Her face shines with the luminescence of a lamp, golden and jewel-toned, which is the lamp of Dharma, the Truth, the Universal Law. Kindness, compassion and care for all beings is resident in the level of the third eye, making its application universal, not solely personal. For the suffering of one is the burden of all, Tara tells us. She causes us to awaken to the hunger of others, who starve for tenderness and mercy, not only material gain.

From the crown of Tara- ornamented with a bejeweled diadem and pristine black locks- a nimbus or halo of rainbow light pierces through the veil of blue-black darkness, and within the heart the sound OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA bursts again and again, as a seed taking root in consciousness and multiplying rapidly like a tree of great shade. In this moment we ourselves become a beautiful vessel of lustral water, pure and sweet nectar, pouring out for the thirst of all sentient beings. Selfishness dissolves, and concern for others becomes the focus of our condition.

We realize all at once that the garments of Tara shimmer with a rich panoply of green, red and gold threads, iridescent, and floating like clouds passing softly through an azure sky. Again the thunder of a pure white conch sounds from all around, and this time the syllables OM AH HUM proliferate within the heart, again and again. Body (OM) speech (AH) and mind (HUM) are purified of selfishness, greed and anger, and the altruistic mind is generated for the welfare of all sentient beings. The Earth and its ills are given over to the lap of Tara, who becomes the Liberator, the Savioress of invincible mercy...the Mother of the Buddhas.

Feeling the qualities of compassion, altruism and determination arise, the heart maintains the syllables OM AH HUM, while the mind generates the root mantra of noble Tara, saying OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA. With each recitation, the mind becomes saturated with the compassion that encompasses all sentient beings, beginning with the self and extending outwards. Having gathered courage, determination and wisdom from the emanation of Tara, one is firmly rooted in the desire to liberate all beings from the fetters of suffering. The boundless compassion of Mother Tara, Liberator of all creatures, becomes my compassion, our compassion...shared by one, shared by all.

In accomplishing this practice, we will begin with the lighting of two candles, one White, given over to the honor of White Tara (Dolma Karpo or Sitatara, Who embodies purification and protection), and the other green, committed to the care of Green Tara (Who removes obstacles to the path of spiritual awakening). We will also offer incense (sandalwood, if available) and a bowl of pure water to the deity. Our prayers should be spoken aloud and with conviction, for in conviction we are determined to receive and offer the great compassion of Mother Tara on behalf of all sentient beings. Our determination flowers from a heart yearning to relieve the suffering of each living creature...each plant, animal and human...but also the waters, which surround and nourish, and make all life possible.

Having gratitude for all my teachers and peers, I have placed a few verses at the beginning of this prayer to honor (and petition) His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, since it was he who initiated me into the White and Green Taras, and has so generously bestowed upon me his kindness and wisdom.

To Lady Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis, I also pay my love and gratitude for her endless gifts, and gentle tutelage. May she be blessed and cherished, ever with us, ever within our love for the Goddess.

In the sacred land surrounded by snow mountains,
You are the source of all benefit and happiness,
O Powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso,
Remain in this world until samsara ends!

(A green candle is lit in the presence of Green Tara. A white candle is lit in the presence of White Tara)
O garland of virtues, pristine body of all Dharma,
Your radiance shines as a lamp of undiminished,
Refined light, where no doubt can remain!
Enthused with compassion you light the way
For the weary, where the blessedness of hope
Dispels the demons- selfishness, anger and greed.
O blessed Tara of innumerable virtues,
Shine your light from within my heart,
And fashion from my mind a jewel of
Diamond-hard resilience!

(Incense is offered to the Goddess Tara)
I offer all virtues to the sky
Like the pure white smoke billowing forth
As the noble Wind-Horse,
Carrying the precious teachings of
The noble lineages,
Paying homage to the Buddhas and the
Indestructible Dharma that is perfect truth.

A conch shell, pure white,
Blasts from the Land of Snows,
Heralding virtue of mind, body and speech-
Known to the four directions as wisdom,
Compassion and skillful means.
The Gods appear in rainbow light,
Beaming from the pristine forehead of
Drölma, the Liberator, Mother of all
Buddhas, Whose perfections embrace
The earth and purify its ailments.
This is accomplished through the
Endless compassion of the Bodhisattvas!
O Drölma, Precious Mother,
Emanated from the tears of Chenrezig,
Your crown pierces the suffering of all
Realms with the Three Jewels, in which
We go for refuge.
To the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha we
Commit our prayers, purifying the ills of
The earth and its people.
(An offering of pure water is poured out for the Goddess Tara)

May the mercy of your heart prevail.
May the insurmountable wisdom of
The Dharma, the Supreme Truth,
Manifest awareness and generate
The Mind of Enlightenment.
O lamp of seven eyes, your vision
Pierces the heart like the thunder of
A conch shell, whose beauteous melody
Diminishes delusion and clarifies the
Mind for Enlightenment.

O Compassionate One,
We pray for the ills of the earth,
Seeking the compassion of the Buddhas
Of the four directions!
The ills I have cultivated I hand over
Into the care of merciful Drölma,
Beseeching wisdom and engendering
Loving kindness.

(water is flicked or sprinkled in the presence of the Goddess Tara)
To the waters I bestow the purity of my
To the creatures of the land I bear the
Will of preservation, harming none
And seeking only to do good.
To all sentient beings I proffer the
Three virtues of charity, mercy and love.
From the sweet and light-emitting lotus
Of compassion do all aspirations rise,
And the Mind of Enlightenment, which
Flourishes with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
Becomes the root of my life.

Recitation of the Mantra of White Tara
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jñana Pustim Kuru Svaha

Recitation of the Mantra of Green Tara
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha