Introduction to the Fellowship of Isis:
Portico entrance to the FOI Temple of Isis
Rediscovering the Love and Compassion of the Goddess
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The Fellowship of Isis (FOI) is dedicated to honoring the Goddess in Her many forms. It was founded at Huntington (Clonegal) Castle in Ireland on the Vernal Equinox of 1976. The founders were Olivia Robertson, her brother Lawrence and his wife, Pamela Durdin-Robertson. (Read more about the FOI founders.)
The FOI is multi-religious, multi-racial, and multi-cultural. It is dedicated to honoring the religion of all the Goddesses and pantheons throughout the planet. As Olivia Robertson wrote in 2002: "I would like to correct an inaccuracy in the definition of the Fellowship of Isis as a Pagan organization. We are happy to have 1000's of Pagans among our 21,000 members in so many countries. But we also have Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Spiritualists and Hindus as members. All love and follow the religion of Isis of 10,000 Names."
The High Altar of the FOI
The Gods are also venerated within the FOI. All members retain their own faiths and beliefs and are encouraged to blend their own practices with those of the Fellowship's own Liturgy. There are no vows to take, nor secrecy to keep. The only requirement before joining the FOI is agreement with the principles in the Manifesto. Membership in the Fellowship of Isis is free, however preceptors may charge for the training curriculum within their own centers. ("Charges may be made for books and courses." Olivia Robertson, Nov. 2011).
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The Goddess is seen as Deity, the Divine Mother of all beings. To read further about the history of the Goddess, please see the lecture given by co-founder Lawrence Durdin Robertson, on The Religion of the Goddess . Thousands of members from various esoteric traditions have joined the Fellowship of Isis from countries throughout the world. Members often blend their own rites with those offered by the Fellowship.
However expressed, all members acknowledge
the divine attributes of the Goddess:
Love, Beauty and Truth.
In August 1993, the Fellowship of Isis was represented at the Parliament of the World's Religions Centennial Session. Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the FOI was invited to attend, along with other appointed FOI delegates. This was the first time that the religion of the Goddess was publicly acknowledged as a world faith at this parliament. Olivia was one of two women and sixteen men who addressed the opening plenary from the platform. She gave the blessings of Isis to the world. You can read more about the Parliament here.
Olivia at the 1993 Parliament of World's Religions
To learn more about the FOI, please also visit the following: Hear and read the various FOI Prayers, written and performed by Olivia Robertson. Olivia also wrote the vast Liturgy of the FOI, all of which is free to read online. Members will also be interested in the "Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis", written by Lawrence Durdin Robertson: Juno Covella, as well as the Call of Isis, written by Olivia Robertson. For Olivia's works in book form, please see our online bookstore.
There are many types of Fellowship centers throughout the world that a member may join in order to network or to further their spiritual training. There are also many who choose to work as solitary members within the Fellowship of Isis. Animal friends may also be enrolled under the Animal Family of Isis. Membership within the FOI provides a means of promoting closer communion between the Goddess and each member, both singly and as part of a larger group.
FOI Societies within the FOI
History of the FOI
Various Structures Within the FOI
Spiral of the Adepti / Iseums
College of Isis / Lyceums
FOI Priesthood & Spiral of Alchemy
Druid Clan of Dana / Groves
Noble Order of Tara
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