Letters from Olivia Robertson
The beginning of the creation of the Spiral of the Adepti.
Olivia Robertson writes on 21st, July 1999
"There is one extra grade contributed by the USA military! They [said] that we needed a step between membership and the Priesthood.* Fair point. I solved the problem by examining what we had already, because we couldn't really change at this stage after 20 years. So of course we had Initiates. We had them all along. Everyone was pleased.
"This would be good incentive . . . for those who do not wish to join the Priesthood, but still want a designation for what they have achieved. It would give something for students in courses to be an F.O.I. Initiate.. . . courses could offer Initiation."
(* Please note: this information is provided as historical background only to illustrate how Olivia expressed her inspiration behind creation of this system. Adepthood has always been provided for those who wish an alternative (or an addition) to a Vocation in the Priesthood, and not as a required step to it.)
Spiral drawing by Olivia Robertson
Difference between Iseum & Lyceum Initiations
Olivia Robertson writes on August 12, 1999, day after eclipse
"There are 2 sorts of Initiates. Those in Iseums who have passed an Initiation successfully according to the teacher and group and themselves. Doing a ceremony does not in itself qualify for the designation. One year should elapse between each stage. The group consensus and acceptance of the teacher is vital as a candidate may be very spiritual but have disruptive personal relationships or have some obvious failing. So it is a serious honour and not merely "passing an exam." Acceptance by the Goddess of the Iseum needs to be signified through Candidate and teacher and group. So there should on no account be "gong collecting." 10 years work could not qualify for more or even 10 degrees.
"The Company of the Magi is composed of Magi who have passed through grades of the College of Isis so is much more focussed on a Lyceum course. Again, the designation Magus or Maga should only, I feel, be accorded after 1 year and only be conferred if the neophyte, the Teacher and the Magi of the Lyceum feel the neophyte is a worthy and honourable member of the Company of the Magi.
"Hence you have 2 groupings. 1) Initiations of Iseums, 2) The Company of the Magi of the College of Isis.
"Such a structure not only prepares for Priesthood, but caters for those students who prefer a philosophical, esoteric or caring role as distinct from the Priesthood. . . I feel this is an important development prepared for us by Isis, because the underlying system was always there - like the Archpriesthood - from the beginning.
"This new activation of what was always present but not much used should be an immense encouragement to students of Iseums and Lyceums."
(These letters provide some background information to the Iseum Initiation framework, previous to Olivia Robertson's formal announcement of it in the Isian News. As always, this information is given for historical significance only, and each Iseum/Lyceum preceptor may create their own unique requirements. You may read further about the full Spiral of the Adepti that Olivia goes on to create on this page: Iseum Initiations)
From Isis of Fellowship:
"The Spiral of the Adepti of the Fellowship really created itself, responding to the needs of psychics, dreamers, and idealists. I love making audio-cassettes, joining with friends from many countries as we described magical journeys to the stars. As well as taped journeys, we also used the actual ground and wilderness, river and trees surrounding the castle. These rituals and processions were often filmed for television and videos, and photographed for magazines and newspapers. To me such viewers and readers were part of our ceremony from the future! If they enjoyed what we were doing, they were participants. We gave public Initiation ceremonies, which also formed part of our official Iseum courses."
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