|Original art by Olivia Robertson, Nuit of the Milky Way.
The Mother of Us All
By Linda Iles
With Quote by Olivia Robertson
"I love the old word for Individuality
- Singularity! (Heresy usually!) The Body of Nuit is made of Singularities - from Atoms to Gods. The more Singular we are,
the more we relate to others because of the Star Essence that joins us all with Nuit. So the more eccentric, odd, different,
alien, heretical, peculiar each of us is - the more we can relate to the Mother of ALL oddities. She's given birth to
us that way. No snowflake is like another. The Mother of the Sun is in us all, Human and Animal. She is Nuit-Isis of the Stars
and Snowflakes!" - written by Olivia Robertson in a letter dated January 6, 2001
role of Honorary Secretary of the Circle of Isis and serving on the Circle of Isis website staff as website manager, puts
one in a special and privileged position to be in touch with FOI members throughout the world. The scope of personality, experience
and choice of spiritual path varies from one member to another, though I do see a commonality. Every member seeks or has gone
through a period seeking clarity of heart, clarity of mind and clarity of spirit. This is a natural progression because the
Path of the Goddess is nearly always 'alternative' to the spiritual path of our parents and our community. Breaking
away from the tradition one was brought up in requires a certain amount of courage. Daughters and sons of the Goddess encounter
a process of 'refinement' of the soul, discovering a path that honors what Olivia Robertson has referred to as the
'maternal' values of Deity, practicing Compassion, Peace and Loving Kindness to All Beings. Our bodies, our minds, our spirits, our homes become holy places; and we recognize
the unique expression engendered by a spark of Divinity within each person.
We learn to treat ourselves and every other living being with respect and love. The earth is the body of our Mother, every
living creature upon it is the child of our Mother.
I can share with you, is, of course based on my own experience which has colored my perspective. I recognize we are all different.
But for me, being a daughter of the Goddess means doing the right thing, which can be the hardest thing in some circumstances.
It means reaching out beyond one's own desires, beyond the usual scope of one's own perceptions and reactions to life
and the situations that can come up. It means really acting like the Goddess that one so loves and dedicates themselves to.
It means practicing forgiveness, it means letting go, it means reaching out in love, even when our very human common sense
says "What are you doing?" and it turns our guts inside out. It means being like the Fool in the tarot - walking
happily towards what seems to be certain disaster, when that quiet voice that one should always listen to tells one to trust
and forge on ahead.
And you know what? That
quiet voice of the Great Mother has never been wrong. She has never let me down. I know She won't let you down either.
Artwork and Quote by the Hon. Olivia Robertson.
She studied at Heathfield School, Ascot, and later at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London. During her years of study
she was awarded the Purser-Griffith Scholarship and received her Diploma as a graduate in the study of European Art History
from the National University of Dublin. The first exhibition of her art was held when she was only 21 years old. During the
1940s and 1950s she enjoyed a very successful career as a novelist. In 1976 Olivia co-founded the Fellowship of Isis along
with her brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson and his wife Pamela Durdin-Robertson. She still travels extensively, and provides
lectures, rituals, and oracles that enrich the Goddess Community. She is very active as FOI co-founder, Global Advisor and
Overseeing Consultant to the many branches of the Fellowship of Isis. Olivia celebrated her 93nd birthday on April 13, 2010.
the Author: Linda Iles is an ordained priestess in the Fellowship
of Isis and the Temple of Isis. She is certified and teaches as a head instructor in all branches of the
Fellowship of Isis, including the Adepti Spiral, the College of Isis, Solar Alchemy of the FOI Priesthood, Noble
Order of Tara and Druid Clan of Dana. Linda is a founding member of the Circle of Isis Advisory Board of the
Fellowship of Isis, a member of the Circle of Isis FOI Central Website staff, and a founding member of the Temple of
Isis, Geyserville Chapter of the Muses Symposium and Sister member of the Circle of Pelagia. She is a member of two of
the Foundation Triad Unions of the Fellowship of Isis, the ArchDruid Union of the Druid Clan of Dana and Grand Commander Union
of the Noble Order of Tara. Linda undertakes some of the editorial duties for the Mirror of Isis. She has been an active
teacher, given presentations at FOI events in Los Angeles and Geyserville and contributed articles, poetry
and illustrations for Fellowship of Isis publications since early 1998.
Mirror of Isis - "We are all Her reflection"
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"Circle of Isis" line drawing
by Lady Olivia Robertson. Used by permission of the artist. All rights reserved.