Saturday, January 7, 2017

In Memory of Steve Wilson


Photo: FOI members enact the Mystery of Isis and Osiris. Photo © Johnny Merron.

Members of the Priesthood of the Fellowship of Isis, including Steve Wilson (in striped robe, arms upraised), Caroline Wise, Ingrid Fischer and Johnny Merron enact The Mystery of the Awakening of Osiris with Lawrence and Olivia near the balustraded portico entrance to the Temple of Isis at Clonegal Castle. Johnny is seen here lying prone as Osiris.  He had a time lapse on his camera, which enabled him to set it and have time to get in position before the photo was taken.


It is with great sadness FOI Central announces the passing of Steve Wilson, Archpriest, Hierophant, Grand Knight Commander and Archdruid of the Fellowship of Isis.

Steve Wilson was a priest in the FOI and dedicated to the Goddess Nuit. He joined in the mid 80s. He was originally a member of Isis Lyceum of the Stars, in London, the first Lyceum in the British Isles (The first FOI Lyceums were in the USA).

Steve was made a Druid in the Druid Clan of Dana by Olivia and Lawrence, at their request, and edited the Druid Clan of Dana’s official magazine “Aisling”, which was produced by FOI priest Karl Duncan with Caroline Wise at Atlantis Bookshop. It carried original articles and research into the origins of Modern Pagan Witchcraft and Druidry. Steve wrote “Robin Hood: The Spirit of The Forest” in 1993. It was published by Neptune Press in London. His book “Chaos Ritual” was published in 1994, and a second edition of this book was republished ten years later by Neptune Press. Steve wrote numerous articles on the theory and practice of contemporary magic for many publications throughout the years.

He contributed to Olivia’s spiritual autobiography "The Call of Isis" (Neptune Press edition only) and stayed at Clonegal Castle on several occasions with Olivia and Lawrence and in the early days, Pamela.

Steve was very active in speaking up for pagans and druids, and had a central role in the Council of British Druid Orders as representative of the Druid Clan of Dana. He was vocal in defending pagans from scurrilous attacks in the press at the time of the ‘Satanic Abuse’ libel.  He appeared on Television and in the press often. This article appeared in the Independent, a British national newspaper. He also liaised with the government via the Home Office on pagan rights and Stonehenge issues. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/my-week-steve-wilson-druid-1338121.html

Here is a letter that appeared in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers  in August 6th 2007:

“So the next Archbishop of Canterbury has become a "white druid" (Rite on, August 6) and denounced any attempt to link it with paganism, labelling such suggestions as "offensive". As a pagan druid I find his dismissal of pagan druidry offensive. Druids made up the first known national culture in these islands.”

Steve Wilson
Media officer, Council of British Druid Orders”

Steve was a very active member of the pagan scene generally. He was particularly active in the FOI in the mid-nineteen-eighties through late-nineteen- nineties. He was involved with the “Moot with No Name” in Deveraux Court in London for many years, and gave talks at other venues throughout that city. He was also an active member of the Pagan Federation and the Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACRES) through the British Humanist Association and a founder of PEBBLE (Public Body Liaison Committee for British Paganism Committee), which is helping to create government guidelines for recognising paganism. 

Steve was very supportive of FOI Central Website and kindly gave permission for his interview with Olivia to be posted there, along with an article about the Fellowship of Isis, an article about the College of Isis; quotes from him are featured several places on the site, including information about the first central FOI webpage which he programmed and hosted in London in the mid nineties, and his involvement as a representative for the FOI via the Council of British Druid Orders. He was present at a ceremony marking gaining access to Stonehenge after a long struggle of several years. He had grown quiet within the FOI for the past few years, but his heart remained with the Goddess and he loved Olivia greatly.

The First Lyceums with an excerpt from an introduction written by Steve Wilson for the “Call of Isis” published by Neptune Press on the nature of the College of Isis:

http://www.fellowshipofisiscentral.com/college-of-isis---college-of-isis-and-first-lyceums-1986 
The Druid Clan of Dana and the CoBDO at Stonehenge:
The Fellowship of Isis: An Article by Steve Wilson, 1989:

https://sites.google.com/site/fellowshipofisiscentral/fellowship-of-isis-history-archive---the-fellowship-of-isis-an-article--by-steve-wilson

Interview with Olivia Robertson by conducted by Steve Wilson in 1992:
The First FOI Convocations:
FOI “Firsts” on the World Wide Web – First FOI Homepage, London, 1995 - 1999



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Elemental Goddess - Mark Your Calendars!


"Mark Your Calendars!"

The Elemental Goddess

A Celebration of the Goddess, London May 6th 2017
10 – 5.30 - £28


For all who love the goddess and all who come in good heart!
Islington Ecology Centre and Gillespie Nature Reserve, easily accessible by public transport.

Air/Intellect. Celebrating the Life and Work of Lawrence Durdin-Robertson (Derry).
An illustrated talk. May 6th is his birthday. We’ll also be looking at the other men who have brought forth the Goddess. By Caroline Wise

Fire: She Walks Among Us - A short talk and then a multi-layered presentation of Sekhmet with invocations, visual, sound content and surprises. Led by Fellowship of Isis Priestesses of Sekhmet.

Earth: Working with terracotta and ochre to make figures of the goddess – to take home. Led by artist and priestess, Sheila Broun.

Water: A talk on The Sea Priestess and Dion Fortune followed by a visualisation exercise.

Spirit - A ceremony bringing the four elements together to honour the goddess Flora, Derry’s favourite goddess, with an Oracle of the Goddess Flora and the bees.
Other speakers and special guests to be announced shortly, with booking information.

(Photo: Lawrence Durdin-Robertson at High Altar, taken by John Merron)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Honoring Olivia Robertson: The Stars of Valdis


The Stars of Valdis - a new page in honor of Olivia Robertson, featuring new materials never before published. We hope you will tune in to the energies of the Supermoon this evening (November 14) and remember and honor FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson on this, the third anniversary of her passing. 

Photo of Olivia Robertson, FOI Convocation, Isis Oasis, Geyserville, California © by Timothy Laughrin. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Isian News 162, Samhain 2016


Greetings Aset Shemsu! Isian News Issue No. 162, Samhain 2016 has just been published. 
You may view this new issue of Isian News as a pdf file here: Samhain 2016.pdf 
The cover art for this issue, featured above is titled "Leda and the Swan" by Olivia Robertson. Photo taken by Caroline Wise during Olivia's 95th Birthday Celebration in 2012. Photo used by permission. 

An Oracle of the Seasons has been uploaded for Samhain. We are contemplating the Oracle of the Goddess Brighid, from the FOI liturgy book "Panthea, Initiations and Festivals of the Goddess" ritual no. 11, "Communion with the World of Spirits" written by FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fellowship of Isis Central on Facebook



Members of the Fellowship of Isis are warmly welcomed to peruse our public page on Facebook. Our page features many beautiful photos, quotes from the FOI founders, news and events: 

Fellowship of Isis Central Site and News

Photo: Olivia Robertson standing before the High Altar in the Temple of Isis at Clonegal Castle, holding her wand and sistrum. Courtesy of P. McCarthy.

Honoring the Great Mother Goddess Isis of Ten Thousand Names


"Divine Isis, Goddess of Ten Thousand Names, I invoke your Grace. The Gods above adore You, the Gods below do homage to You: You set the orb of heaven spinning above the poles, You give light to the sun, You govern the universe. At Your voice, the spirits of earth rejoice, the elements obey. At Your nod the winds blow, clouds drop wholesome rain upon the earth, seeds quicken, buds swell. Birds that fly through the air, beasts that prowl on the mountain, serpents that lurk in the dust, all these tremble in single awe of You. Come to our temple, oh Goddess: dwell in our shrine: make our hearth Your altar: our hearts Your home."

~ Invocation to the Goddess Isis by Olivia Robertson from "Dedication of a Shrine to Isis" in "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess"

Many FOI members are looking forward to attending these events within the next few weeks:

FOI Convocation hosted by the Temple of Isis, Geyserville, California. Beginning Friday, October 7, check-ins at 3:00 pm, ending Monday, October 10, at 5:00 pm. This event has been held annually since 1990. For more information: http://templeofisisusa.blogspot.com/p/convocation-schedule.html

Annual FOI Chicago Goddess Convention, Chicago, Illinois. Saturday, October 15, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm. This gathering has been held annually since 1994. Fore more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1066925373398752/permalink/1092116240879665/
 
 
Photo of FOI Co-Founders Olivia Robertson and Lawrence Durdin-Robertson on the altar of the Isis Chapel, at Isis Oasis, Geyserville, California, Temple of Isis, Fellowship of Isis. Courtesy of Yeshe Matthews.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Centenary Celebration for Olivia Robertson, 2017


Isis Navigium

In Celebration of the Centenary of Olivia Robertson

Isis of Avalon Invites you to

A Confluence of Streams on April 15 2017

The Assembly Rooms Glastonbury

More details to follow.


(Art by Olivia Robertson)