Fellowship of Isis co-founders, Lawrence Durdin-Robertson (center), his wife Pamela (right), and his sister, Olivia Durdin-Robertson (left), founded the Fellowship of Isis at their ancestral home, Clonegal (Huntington) Castle in Ireland, on the Vernal Equinox of 1976.
Ross Nichols and Olivia Robertson
Huntington Castle Centre for Meditation and Study
In previous years the three co-founders had worked together in the "Huntington Castle Centre for Meditation and Study" which they founded in 1963. They received psychics, mystics, occultists and theologists, including Robert Graves, a cousin of the Durdin-Robertson family, Ross Nichols (Nuinn) who later founded the OBOD, Gerald Gough, Josephine and Mohun Lall.
The Purpose of the Fellowship of Isis
As time passed the three FOI co-founders decided it was time to create a Goddess-based organization. Their aim was to spread the Religion of the Goddess throughout the world. Another founding premise was to create an organization which promotes the ideals of Love, Truth, Beauty and Abundance. The Fellowship of Isis has as it's Divine Patroness, Isis of Ten Thousand Names, Who is Mother of all beings. Through recognition of Her Divine Spark in all creatures, the Fellowship reveres all forms of life. The Manifesto of the Fellowship sets out the specific aims. Since its founding, the Fellowship of Isis has been a major force in the international awakening and renewal of the Goddess awareness.
Fellowship of Isis Foundation Centre
The Fellowship of Isis is now decentralized according to Lady Olivia Robertson's wishes. The FOI Foundation Headquarters are referred to as the FOI Foundation Centre since decentralization. It is still located at the Durdin-Robertson ancestral home of Clonegal Castle in Enniscorthy, Ireland.
FOI Co-Founder Olivia Robertson, born in 1917, received visits from FOI members and others throughout the year. In her ninth decade of life, and until her very last days of life, Olivia worked continously in her role as FOI co-founder, to further the principles of the Fellowship of Isis throughout the world.
The lower level of Clonegal Castle is the location of a series of shrines and chapels dedicated to Isis of Ten Thousand Names. The shrines and chapels collectively are referred to as the Temple of Isis.
Harmony for the Earth and All Beings
Although the Fellowship is dedicated to spreading the religion of all the Goddesses throughout this planet, the Gods are also venerated, which provides balance. The magical name I.S.I.S. represents all Goddesses just as O.S.I.R.I.S represents all Gods. The Fellowship of Isis is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious organization. The Goddess is seen as the Divine Mother of all beings, as well as the embodiment of Wisdom, Beauty, Truth and Compassion. Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Spiritualists have joined. From the many countries of Western Europe to Nigeria, from Japan, Bali, New Zealand and Australia, followers of the various esoteric traditions have become members, including practitioners of Wicca, Qabalah, Rosicrucianism, Celtic Mysteries and the Zen, Sufi and Tao paths.
The Fellowship of Isis provides a means of communion between the Goddess and each individual member, whether they work as solitaries or as part of a specific center, all are joined in the ever expanding process of spiritual awareness. The membership includes over twenty thousand members in ninety-eight countries, who blend their personal beliefs and rites with those offered by the Fellowship of Isis.
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