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Booklet: Nuit of the Milky Way
by Olivia Robertson
Foreword to the Eastern Gateways
Rites 1, 2 & 3 of Aries, Taurus & Gemini
Isis Mother of the Stars
It is with delight that I join with other FOI Priestesses and Priests in offering my own contribution, illustrating the given Oracles in “Sybil.” These Oracles, drawn from our previous liturgy, are used for the final 12 “coming out” rituals, for our new course, the Spiral of Alchemy. It will be interesting to discover the rainbow rites which the Oracles inspire in our Priestly teachers of Isian Alchemy.
In these rites, the Apprentices working for these final degrees I call Elaine and Aiden, the Questing Twins. Their Guide, adopting various guises, is the Shaman Time Traveller – Hermes – Merlin – Ariadne – Odin – who guides those of us who long for spiritual adventure. The Questing Twins’ journey is to have a Vision Quest through the starry portals of the zodiac, inspired by the given Oracle from “Sybil.” Within their own chosen shrine they enter trance, under the guidance of their own Priestly Alchemical Teacher.
Foreword to the Southern Gateways
Rites 4, 5 & 6 of Cancer, Leo & Virgo
The Apprentices of Alchemy, Aiden and Elaine, in the second stage of their mystical journey, are expected to combine the water of Cancer with the fire of Leo, and so produce harmony through the earth of Virgo.
How strange! Only by receiving inspiration for these rites, have I realised the difference between Patriarchal law and the incoming “feel” of the Goddess. To put it dreadfully simple, in law we have the Prosecutor, the Defending Counsel and the verdict, either punishment or freedom. You have two countries, our own and our enemy. We fight. Someone wins by killing the most people. The victor proclaims that good has conquered evil. In ideals, we have socialists versus capitalists. If the socialists win, they have been known to “purge” their opponents. If the capitalists win – you starve, as the Irish once did. The worst offenders are religious people. I loved a dialogue in a funny “Robin Hood” USA film. One mediaeval fellow says to another: “Why doesn’t Prince John go on a crusade and kill and rape the Paynims like King Richard?” The other fellow ponders and then says: “I don’t suppose he’s a religious sort of a man.”
The most exciting adversarial battle is now taking place, I am assured, between men and women. Since women have got the vote and drastically limited family obligations – men – yes, “nice young men” are killing themselves. They had lost their role. Many who deplore fox-hunting are hunting down recalcitrant males arrested for every sort of depravity against women and children. We women are “victims”, rather an enfeebling position to be in.
The alchemical answer brought through the Mysteries of Isis, and other transforming Goddesses, comes from the Motherhood of the Goddess. We honour the divinity in all that is. We combine diverse elements through the harmony of Universal Divinity.
Foreword to the Western Gateways
Rites 7, 8 & 9 of Libra, Scorpio & Sagittarius
I am delighted that so many share my pleasure in joining the Questing Twins in their strange journey. I notice that people feel more involved with people in a story, rather than with those taking part in a ritual. I myself feel that Aiden is developing into a real character on his own, and that Elaine is surprisingly different in her ways. For instance, I keep thinking of Aiden as “Kevin” – a real Irishman with his partiality for vanishing veiled female phantoms, rather than the real thing – and of course a desire to walk in mysterious and hooded processions, adorned with occult insignia. Maybe an Irish American? I remember one Irish friend who was taking part in a BBC film about the Fellowship. He was a fine looking man, but told me he had always a dream of acting as a “cripple” – yes, that word, not “handicapped”, disguised and lurking in the castle avenue, hobbling in a twisted way from the lime trees. Well, I was filmed in the usual “woman at the window” scenario, holding a white cat – who got bored and tried to escape – when my friend turned up from the trees, in the habit of a hooded and cloaked monk, leaning on a gnarled stick and as twisted as he could get . . . as he made medallions for a Catholic school, he thought he would not be recognized on screen. What a hope – in Ireland. “There he is”, viewers cried: “it’s Brian!”
Elaine I discovered is a complete English lady. Her main wish is to be comfortable. Well, she got comfortable as a cow enjoying a grass salad. Until, that is, something horrible happened to her. I found it always did, whether she was reclining by a calm sea on a white beach, or imbibing champagne in a well furnished picnic with jolly people in the sun - you wait. . .
Of course these rites are only my own offering to add to the selected twelve Oracles from “Sybil.” Each member of the Alchemical Priesthood conducting a Degree course from a Solar Iseum, can make an individual Rite to explain the Oracles. These form the final 12 rituals.
Foreword to the Northern Gateways
Rites 10, 11 & 12 of Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces
The wonderful thing about working with Isis is that she always provides one with the necessary material and tools when – and not before – they are needed for Her work.
In the year 2000 at midnight during the Summer Solstice I saw in full consciousness a “Sun.” On 6th September this “sun” – large, cheerful, slightly flushed – woke me up and burst in a sort of explosion from my body. On the eve of my departure for the USA, in full consciousness at night or rather early dawn, I saw an unearthly woman by my bed. She had hair like liquid gold cut in “petals” and wore a white robe slightly flushed with gold on a part of it. It was what she was doing that was so strange. She was striking a suspended very long crystal with a rod. As she did so, I observed a mighty transparent column on her left side and within it, at the beautiful clear fairly high note she struck, spirals of golden “atoms” gyrated. This happening brought me in touch with the spiritual Alchemy taught by the Rt. Rev. Kadea, one of our eight members of the Star of Isis. Another Alchemist told me that this Goddess had been showing herself to others, in the USA, and they noticed her curious hair cut in hearts. She never spoke. She also appeared as a Nature Spirit with long red hair and a green gown, and also as a woman. Her given name was Brigid.
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