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Ordination of Priestesses and Priests
By: Olivia Robertson
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Since this Rite was first published, Archpriests and Priests have been ordained in the Fellowship of Isis Ministry. Thus this amplified ceremony is now necessary.
In the Directory of the Fellowship of Isis 1980, Volume 1, the Priesthood of the F.O.I. is described thus:
"All beings are children of the Mother Goddess. Hence all are in essence Divine. Priesthood involves a voluntary acceptance of work undertaken for the Divine Plan of the Deities . . . Human beings attain Priesthood in various ways. Vocation is received from the Deities. Reincarnation brings memories of previous ministry. Initiation is given through Rite or touch. Heredity gives family priesthood. Priestly authority may also be claimed through occupation, such as the Smiths with their God, Weyland Smith, the starry Blacksmith in the sky."
The Egyptian Priesthood was conveyed through heredity or by rites and appointment. The Priesthood of the Fellowship of Isis is hereditary in source, through the Robertsons of Strathloch. It is passed to Priestesses and Priests through the Rite of Ordination by consecration through oil. The ceremony may also be conducted through attunement at a distance through mutual arrangement.
The Priestly line comes to Lawrence and Olivia Robertson from the Egyptian Princess, Scota, the dark one, the daughter of the Pharaoh "Cincris". Scota was hereditary Daughter of Isis, through her descent from Isis and Osiris. Scota left Egypt with her Scythian husband Nel and gave her name to Scotland. The Gaelic race was named after her son, Goadhal or Gaelglas. Lawrence and Olivia Robertson derive the titles "Priest and Priestess Hierophant" from Scota in another connection.
Those Princesses who did not attain the rank of Queen by marriage, filled the office of Priestesses of the Goddess Nit or Hathor and bore in their households titles which they transmitted to their children, writes Maspero, in the "Dawn of Civilization". Hierophant means a Guide, one who both leads and aids:
"At the gates of the other world . . . one often sees the dead welcomed by a Goddess who offers bread and water. The Deity who thus welcomes the dead is often Ament, Nut, Hathor, Neith or Mayet." Veronica Ions "Egyptian Mythology", Genealogical Sources; Manetho "Lebor Gabala Erenn", Mediaeval; "Irish Pedigrees", O'Hart, 1979.
The Robertson of Strathloch line is traced through Matriculation, Lyon Office, Edinburgh, 1907, and through Matriculation, Genealogical Office, Dublin Castle, 1979.
Each new Priestess and Priest of the Fellowship is enrolled and presented with a certificate from Foundation Centre. The traditional Isian title of Archpriest is given with reference to the scope of the work undertaken. All other priesthoods are honoured as channels for Deity.
The Rite of Ordination as described in the introduction to the first edition was presented in "Newsround" of Telefis Eireann in 1977, interviewer and producer, Mr. Peter McNiff, and some of this was shown on Irish National Television in a book programme "Folio" in 1982, interviewer, Mr. Patrick Gallagher.
Forty-six members have been ordained in the Fellowship of Isis since 1977; twenty-eight Priestesses and eighteen Priests. These have their Ministry in ten countries, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, the United States of America, Japan and Australia.*
*The Preface and figures are from the 1998 edition.
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