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Lughnasad 2004 Isian News - Issue 113
By: Olivia Robertson

Nuit of the Milky Way
The Alchemical Journeys of the Questing Twins

Introduction, 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, until 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.

How the Oracles came to be chosen is an interesting example of synchronicity. The Rt. Rev. Cathryn Rogers, who had asked for a special course for the FOI Priesthood, chose the twelve Oracles, ignoring the given zodiac signs, but choosing the Oracles for their intrinsic relevance for a course in spiritual Alchemy – self transformation. We found an astonishing relevance to the actual zodiac signs given!

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