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Tribute to Lady Olivia Robertson (April 13, 1917 - November 14, 2013)


by Linda Iles

Fellowship of Isis Website

Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis passed into spirit sphere on the evening of November 14, 2013. Due to health issues, she had been hospitalized for some months. During this time she continued to send messages, write rituals and create artwork for the Fellowship of Isis. These were featured in Isian News, the official FOI publication created by two of the FOI co-founders in the summer of 1976, Olivia and her brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson.

The best tribute to Olivia comes from her own words. She writes: “We all fear death. We dread the loss of ourselves, our own consciousness, of all that we know. It is only the body that perishes. If you see death as an unpredictable but inevitable disaster in the future, soon or far ahead, you naturally dread a sudden end to all you love, a stop to your own individual consciousness. But in verity you can experience your own immortality now! …

Enjoy those delights that belong to the eternal spheres, such as the love and care of each other, of animals and plants: philosophy and religion; the practice of arts and crafts. Thus you will strengthen your spiritual body with the nectar and ambrosia of the Deities. …

Death is for the ignorant! Immortality is for those who know the truth! Develop your psychic and spiritual gifts, so that not only will you recognize this “death” as the impostor it is, but you will help others to lose any fear …

Reunion with those you love is certain. In your originality is your immortality, for nothing that is original can perish. It is an essential part of the cosmic scheme. Manifest your Divine Origin which is born from the Mother of All, Nuit, Whose children are immortal like unto Herself. Nourish then all good gifts in each person and each being, and you strengthen the harmony between the Divine Sphere of Heaven with its transient reflection which is this world. There is no death. Love is eternal.”

Olivia Robertson’s life was one of living example. Olivia always encouraged the expression of originality in others. Describing herself as an "enchantress" she refused to follow convention. Her spirituality was guided by her unique inner vision. She lived her role of priestess as an artist would, her path forged by a trust in the guidance and inspiration she received directly from Deity.

How can we carry on without her? I can only say now, that we will. The Fellowship of Isis was her life’s work, and the Fellowship of Isis will continue. Isian News will continue. Olivia wanted this.

We will miss her. We will miss her terribly. Dearest Olivia, we met you in joy, your leaving brings sorrow, but also the surety of joy in the future, for we will meet again.

May you walk in beauty, may you walk in peace, Isis bless you, Olivia, now and always.

Memorial Services Update:

Say My Name That I May Live: A simple rite to add to your daily devotions on behalf of Olivia Robertson.

From Caroline Wise: "There will be a Memorial ceremony and gathering in London in December, date not fixed yet, it will be on a weekend day. This is at the suggestion of Olivia's great nephew Storm. Those who can't attend may wish to attune in their own groups or solo. More news on this next week." Posted on Fellowship of Isis Central Site and News page on Facebook:

Irish Times - death notice and funeral announcement from Alexander Durdin-Robertson: "[Olivia Robertson's] funeral on Wednesday will begin with 'a private ceremony in the temple, organised by the Fellowship of Isis, by invitation only' followed by a public Church of Ireland service at St Fiacc’s in Clonegal."

From Storm Poorun (Olivia's great-nephew): "I just wanted to let you know about the funeral arrangements in case you, or anyone in your circles, wished to and was able to attend: it's at Huntington Castle on Wednesday 20th Nov at 12:30. Also there's a smaller memorial event in London on 27th November, and one being arranged for December."

From Steve Wilson: "A memorial event called "Remembering Olivia" will be held at the next Moot with No Name on 27th November at The Devereux, Devereux Court, London (opposite the Royal Courts of Justice) at 7:30 for an 8 O'Clock start. Please bring your memories to share of a true giant in the Goddess movement. See Moot with no name website at

From Kasey Conder of Fellowship of Isis Utah: "A memorial for Olivia is being planned here in Salt Lake City at Crone's Hollow. Date to be announced."

List of FOI Communities Who have Sent Notices About Holding Special Activities to Remember Olivia:

Temple of Isis Los Angeles, California, USA

Lyceum of the Mystery of Isis and Osiris, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Grove Argentum, New York City, New York, USA

Domus Sophiae Terrae and Sancte Gradalis Lyceum, Oxford, UK

Isis of the Thames, London, UK

Isis, Lotus of Alexandria Lyceum, San Diego, California, USA

Lyceum of the Nubian Moon, Long Beach, California, USA

Temple of the Lotus Pyramid, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

FOI Chicago, Illinois, USA

Temple of Isis, Geyserville, California, USA

Tara Hedge College, Bielefeld, Germany

The Iseum Of The Sacred Lotus, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Temple of Ptah Nevada, Virginia City Highlands, Nevada, USA

Temple of Mau Bast, San Francisco, California, USA

Iseum of Isidis Navigium, Los Angeles, California, USA

Lyceum of Antinopolis, Milton, Florida, USA, November 30th at 7 pm

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