Olivia Robertson, founder and High Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis, passed away yesterday. The news has now been formally announced on the FOI mailing list by the Rt. Rev. Caroline Wise, though I heard first from friends.
I feel kind of odd about it. I’ve been a member of the Fellowship of Isis for over 20 years, though not a particularly active one, and though my path has since led me in a different direction, still I have a lot of very good friends who knew Olivia well and who are all grieving for her, and her words of wisdom and spiritual insight in the writings of the FOI and the regular mailings have formed a significant part of and influenced my own spiritual outlook over the years. The world feels a little emptier this side of the veil tonight. My thoughts are with her friends, family and all within the FOI tonight.
Know that your very love of life, of your own selves, is a surety that you live forever! It is only the body that perishes. Therefore those who dread death the most are those who enjoy life the most! And in that very enjoyment is your salvation. 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! Eternity may be experienced through two passing seconds of earth time. You can awaken from this dream of worldly life into a greater reality. Only veils of ignorance and unconsciousness divide each one of you from your own Immortal Self. Hence death is sin: sin is ignorance. For when you wrongly think: “I am only the brain; I am the body with its senses!” you deny your true self through choosing that which is mortal. …
Remove then the deadening pall of gloom which stifles your earthly funeral obsequies! Death is for the ignorant. Immortality is for those who know the truth! Develop your … spiritual gifts, so that not only will you recognise this “death” as the impostor it is, but you will help others to lose any fear, but rather look forward to participating in heavenly joys. Reunion with those you love is certain.
… 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.
Dulce Domun. The Soul Returns Home.
Funeral Ceremony and Committal
Panthea, Initiations and Festivals of the Goddess
by Olivia Robertson