Photo by E. Dowd.
Tribute to Olivia Robertson
April 13, 1917 – November 14, 2013
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 Olivia Robertson and her brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson in the summer of 1976.
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.
Fellowship of Isis Central website
The London Times - Obituary for Olivia Robertson: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article3927108.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2013_11_20
The Telegraph - Obituary for Olivia Robertson: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10468198/Olivia-Robertson-Obituary.html
Philip Carr-Gomm's Weblog: In Memory of Olivia Robertson: http://philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/in-memory-of-olivia-robertson/
From Don Lewis, founder of WitchSchool: http://www.witchschool.com/profiles/blogs/blv-olivia-robertson-1917-2013?xg_source=activity
Memorial Services Update:
Say My Name That I May Live: A simple rite to add to your daily devotions on behalf of Olivia Robertson.
Winter Solstice Memorial for Olivia Robertson at Isis Oasis, hosted by Loreon Vigne. A special two day event, starting Friday night, December 20, 2013 through Saturday evening, December 21, 2013. Linda Iles is scheduled to give a talk on the Magical Novels of Olivia Robertson, focusing on the metaphysical elements in Olivia's novels, written in the 1940s - 1950s. Much more to come! Schedule to be announced.
From Caroline Wise:
Memorial gathering and Celebration of the lives of Olivia and Derry