Olivia Robertson 1917 – 2013

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  November 16, 2013 — 9 Comments

“Be happy now. Don’t worry about if you were happy yesterday, or whether you will be happy tomorrow. . . eternity is between seconds. You find Deity, the Goddess, the God, now. And your home becomes your sanctuary. You have a sanctuary as your hearth – a candle, one candle, a stick of incense, wherever you are is Heaven. That’s what my message is – yes – wherever you are, should be Heaven.”Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis

On Friday, the Fellowship of Isis announced the passing of their co-founder, 96-year-old Olivia Robertson.

Olivia Robertson

Olivia Robertson

“Sad news for the Fellowship and the wider Goddess community in the world, Olivia passed away last night. It was peaceful and she had her family with her. Her family ask that the families privacy is respected at this time. Many blessings.” – Rt. Rev. Caroline Wise, Fellowship of Isis, London.

Robertson, along with brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, and his wife, Pamela, founded the Fellowship of Isis on the Vernal Equinox of 1976 with a goal of reintroducing Goddess worship into the world. This development came for the trio after working together since the early 1960s on metaphysical and spiritual projects, including the Huntington Castle Centre for Meditation and Study.

“With her brother, Derry Durdin-Robertson, she was one of the most influential Priestesses in the Pagan movement. Olivia was a beacon for those who felt drawn to the Goddess. Hers, and her late brother’s contribution to modern paganism cannot be underestimated. May she be surrounded by the wings of Isis on her journey.” – Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

“Olivia and I were friends for nearly 40 years.  I cherish the memories of our conversations and times together, including her delight in my introducing her to some Native American friends at her very first Pow Wow in America. I give thanks for Olivia’s bright spirit and her many contributions to Goddess Spirituality and the world. Blessings to Olivia as she journeys in the Other World and continues to work her Goddess magic from the ancestral realm.”Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary

“I’ve just heard that Olivia Durdin-Robertson, who founded the Fellowship of Isis and at 96 was one of the great lights of Goddess spirituality and Druidry, died peacefully in her sleep last night. She was so familiar with the Otherworld, seeming to be often half-immersed in it, that I’m sure her journey to the Summerlands will be a good and peaceful one. She was always so bright and joyful, with a wonderful sense of humour – many blessings to you on your way dear Olivia.” – Philip Carr-Gomm, OBOD

Olivia Robertson at the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1993.

Olivia Robertson at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1993.

Over the next 20 years the FOI grew a diverse international membership, and in 1993 Olivia Robertson was on-hand at the Parliament of the World’s Religions representing the Fellowship, and spoke at the opening plenary representing modern Goddess Religion. Part of a delegation of groups that introduced modern Pagan religions to the international interfaith community.

“Those who spoke from the platform ranged from Cardinal Joseph Bernadin […] to Lady Olivia Robertson of the neo-pagan Fellowship of Isis […] and when in her turn to offer a blessing, neo-pagan Robertson shook a rattle and shouted, `Holy Goddess Isis, mother of all beings, come to thy children’, nearly every one on the dais sat silently”.

In addition, Robertson was an accomplished artist, writer, and liturgist, who deeply shaped the organization she helped found with her creative vision. A legacy that will continue with the organization she helped found. You can find Robertson’s full official biography at the Fellowship of Isis website, here.

“Please join us in lighting a candle at your altars and wishing Olivia a good journey as the loving wings of the Goddess Isis guide her.”

Good journey to Olivia Robertson, may she rest in the arms of her goddess. What is remembered, lives.

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  • Hecate_Demetersdatter

    May the Goddess guard her. May she find the way to her Summerlands. May her friends and family know peace.

  • Edward Livingston

    All her Temples will continue , The Priesthood morns her loss but look forward to working with her further in this life and the next. Lyceum of Antinopolis Milton FL

  • Lady Gia Bathory

    The Temple of Great Mother USA mourns her passing. Tonight we perform the Right of Passing Over for our beloved Archpriestess. May Erishkegal take her into the Darkly Shining Abyss and bestow wisdom, rest, peace and reward to such a great and selfless woman. Blessings of Great Mother and the Horned God my Sister. Go forth in peace, knowing you were and are loved and never forgotten. )O(

  • John A Cobb

    So sad, but lovingly peaceful as well. I remember well the founding of the Fellowship as a young Witch living in the Mid-West. I was so excited that Goddess based Religion was really beginning to take off in this country! Blessed journey, great lady!

  • Charles Cosimano

    I met her at the 1993 Parliament and she struck me as a very nice person. 96 is not a bad age to make it to.

  • mamiel

    I don’t know her but what a beautiful message! I want to cut it out and post it in a central place in my home…

  • Wizard of the Elk

    She didn’t go to far, just ask for Olivia.

  • Kathleen Shipley

    Goddess enfold her in your wings, guide her footsteps so that she may find her way to the Summerlands and rest in joyful peace. May her friends and family be strengthened and know that their prayers will ease her journey and that they will meet again someday.

  • HG The Duke of Fermor

    The founder of the Noble Order of Tara shares in the sadness of the news of Olivia’s passing into the Summerland. She and Derry are truely missed.