The Fellowship of Isis (FOI) is a peaceful society with members worldwide from all cultures, races and religions. It honors the Divine Feminine in all of Her forms and the good in all faiths. The FOI Manifesto provides its basic principles. The FOI was founded on the Vernal Equinox of 1976 by Olivia Robertson, her brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and his wife Pamela. The FOI Chicago was founded in 1993. We are organized into local groups (Lyceums, Iseums, & Hearths) in the Chicago area. We host public festivals, classes & organize activities to honor the Divine Feminine and support the city’s Kemetic/Pagan/metaphysical communities

Attend this year’s Goddess Festival in person or via zoom!

When you register, please contact Joan at joan@lifeforcearts.org to let us know if you are planning to come in person or via zoom (zoom option available Saturday Oct. 9 only)

Friday, Oct. 8, 6:30 – 9:30 PM  Goddess Festival Opening Reception

All are welcome for fellowship, refreshments and an Opening Meditation for the 28th Annual Goddess Festival, communing with the Morrigan, the aspect of the Divine Feminine we are honoring this year. Share mead (sacred to the Morrigan) and/or sparkling beverages, appetizers, and desserts with us. We’ll discuss the Fellowship of Isis, the history of the Goddess Festival, The Morrigan and Her various aspects, the Dagda, their lore and presence in the Now. Our meditation on the Morrigan includes an Oracle written by FOI co-founder Lady Olivia Robertson, followed by an offering & toast to the Ancestors.

Schedule for Friday October 8 Opening Reception of Goddess Festival

  • 6:30 – 7:00 – Registration
  • 7:00 – 8:00 – Welcome & Intro to FOI; Discussion of Liturgy; Presentation by Demetria Nanos: “Morrigan, Macha, Medb, & More: Sovereignty, Prophecy, Desire, & The Goddess”
  • 8 – 8:30 -Meditation Communing with the Morrigan
  • 8:30 – 9:30 – Mead Cup Ceremony honoring the Morrigan; Fellowship & Refreshments

 

Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 AM – 12 PM.  Special Event: In conjunction with the Goddess Festival, we are offering an artmaking class on Saturday morning: Paint Your Inner Goddess with Sujata Tibrewala This painting and meditation class will guide you in visual imagery exercises to explore your inner goddess. Create symbols and a painting to best represent Her presence within you. May be attended in person or via zoom. Cost: $55/$45 early registration by 10/2. Click here to register

Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30 – 8 PM  Goddess Festival

A full day’s program is offered with presentations, slideshows, Silent Auction, sale of jewelry, books, and other Isian merchandise, and concluding with our featured liturgy for this year: Lady Olivia Robertson’s Urania, Ceremonial Magic of the Goddess: Magic of Mars and the Morrigan. Each person receives a small gift after the rite. Enjoy fellowship and refreshments throughout the day.

The featured goddess for our festival is The Morrigan, the Irish Great Goddess also called Anand or Nemain. She was known in one form or another across Europe from Ireland to Gaul to Pannonia. We’ll explore aspects of Her sisters, Macha and Badb, Fodhla, Banba, and Eriu; Her consort The Dagda, Queen Medb, ravens and other totem creatures, honey, mead, music, literature, the arts, and other topics. Mars and the Sun are conjunct in Libra, and also conjunct with some of the stars of Corvus the Crow (or Raven) this weekend, a totemic reminder of The Morrigan in the stars.

Schedule for Saturday October 9 Goddess Festival (See below for presentation descriptions)

12:30 – 1:00 Registration

1:00 – 1:30 – Welcome & Introductions
1:30 – 2:00 – Presentation: ‘The Morrigan and the Banshee (and other Death Messengers), by Elizabeth Kempton Patterson
2:00 – 2:15 – break – Silent Auction, Fellowship, Conversation
2:15 – 2:45 – Presentation: ‘Magic and Women in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”’ by Prongs Apollo Chapa
2:45 – 3:00 – break – Silent Auction, Fellowship, Conversation
3:00 – 3:30 – Presentation: ‘The Muses Move Me: presentation of Art & Literature by  Alice Liddell’, by Alice Liddell
3:30 – 4:30 – Meal Break (on our own), Shopping
4:30 – 5:00 – Presentation:  An astro-lore slideshow: ‘Corvus & Crater Give Us Wings’,  by Demetria Nanos
5:00 –  5:15 – Break – Silent Auction, Fellowship
5:15 – 5:30 – TBA – (poetry, music, dance, slideshow, or ?)

5:30 – 6:00 Healing Light Meditation
6:00 – 6:30 – Final Bids for Silent Auction, Liturgy Preparation
6:30 – 8:00 – Main Liturgy; Sharing, & Closure

Festival Admission

  • Friday Opening Reception: $20/$10 early registration by 9/30
  • Saturday Festival: $50/$40 early registration by 9/30
  • Both Days: $60/$45 early registration by 9/30

No one is turned away for lack of funds

Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago, has FREE PARKING in Central Savings parking lot. Click here for directions.

Register below for Friday night Opening Reception, and Friday & Saturday combo ticket
To register for Saturday October 9 Festival only, please click here

PRESENTATIONS

Friday, October 8

Demetria Nanos: “Morrigan, Macha, Medb, & More: Sovereignty, Prophecy, Desire, & The Goddess” – A slideshow exploring myth & images of the Morrigan and Her sisters, totem creatures, and related deities in cult and aspects.

Saturday, October 9

Dr. Elizabeth Kempton Patterson: The Morrigan and the Banshee (and other Death Messengers) – This talk will focus on connections between the Morrigan, Badb, and recent oral traditions. I will speak a bit about connections between the Badb and banshees, as well as the washerwoman at the ford. All of these traditions, of course, from a pagan perspective have their own identity, but they share some fascinating connections in terms of naming conventions and functionality. I hope to demonstrate how some traditions of the Morrigan survived into Christian times through these oral traditions.

Prongs Apollo Chapa: Magic and Women in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight –  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a seminal text in Middle English literature, written by the same poet who composed The Pearl. One of the great Arthurian hero-tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight provides hints and clues to earlier pagan worship in the British Isles. Among these is the enigmatic figure of Morgan le Fay- Merlin’s ex, Gawain’s aunt, and one of Camelot’s greatest enemies. Directly called a Goddess in the text, Morgan shows us how the Christianization of Britain changed the cultural view on women and provides a glimpse into the worship of Matrona and the Morrigan.

Alice Liddell – The Muses Move Me: Presentation of Art & Literature
In this presentation, Alice describes how the muses “move” her to create many different works; be it written stories, poetry, artwork, dance, and so much more!

Demetria Nanos: “Corvus & Crater Give Us Wings” – a slideshow about lore and images of constellations Corvus, Crater, and Hydra, their mythic stellar interplay with Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Argo, and their astrological influences. Corvus is the constellation of the Raven or Crow, the primary totem of the Morrigan.

 

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  • October 8, 2021
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Venue Phone: 773-327-7224

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Life Force Arts Ensemble (LFAE) is a company of visual, literary and performing artists who commune with soul and spirit to create transformation through the arts based in the Life Force Arts Method, a powerful psychological and spiritual tool for building positive relationships from one’s inner world to the outer world. LFAE’s art exhibits create the sacred space for our original performances, which combine dance, vocal and instrumental music, acting, storytelling and poetry, channeling powerful spiritual energy to transform, heal and enlighten our audiences.

Life Force Arts Ensemble was founded in 1988 as a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization to present the dance and performance work of company founder and director Joan Forest Mage. The organization opened its own venue in Chicago in 2008.