An Overview of SOL
Servants of the Light is a modern-day Western
Mystery School which teaches the esoteric sciences through
correspondence. These sciences, which in their true form constitute
the Yoga of the West, have previously been 'occult' (which means
"hidden"), but nowadays they can be taught in a more
SOL was founded in 1965 by W
E Butler. He received his training in Dion
Fortune's Fraternity of Inner Light, which in turn stemmed
from The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. He was also trained
by the psychic Robert King. Mr Butler served as Director of Studies
until his death in 1978 when he was succeeded by Dolores
Ashcroft-Nowicki, third-generation psychic, mediator, author,
lecturer and workshop facilitator.
The purpose of the SOL is to
assist in spreading esoteric knowledge in an ethical manner to
all who want to receive it, regardless of religious denomination,
gender, nationality, race, age, social position or income. All
who desire to do so should be able to study
the Mysteries, the true inner spiritual heritage of the West.
SOL is not affiliated to any
political or religious organizations. Neither is the SOL affiliated
with any other organization on the earth-plane.
It is a registered non-profit
organization. This means that nobody is making any money out of
the school. There are no offices and no hired staff. All teaching
is done on a non-profit basis. Not even the Director of Studies
or the Supervisors get paid for the work they do.
We emphasize independence and
free thinking. The school is organised as a loose structure
to emphasize this and in order to avoid all forms of sectarianism.
Our students are expected to draw their own occult conclusions
and to depend first and foremost on their own judgment.
SOL now has 2600 members in twenty-three
countries. A wide range of traditions are represented within the
school: we count ourselves fortunate to have Wiccan witches, Pagans,
Christian nuns and priests, Shamans, Hermetists, Kabbalists, Buddhists,
Isis-worshippers and many others among our students. All paths
to the Light are worthy of respect.
The SOL is a school.
This means that our members work according to a specific curriculum.
Each student has a personal tutor who guides the student and helps
him or her to get the most out of their studies.
It teaches through correspondence.
In other words, there is no such thing as a school building. Each
student works in her or his own home, independently of other students.
The First Degree Course
consists of fifty lessons of one month each. Each lesson contains
written teachings as well as exercises and meditations. The student
keeps a journal of all work performed, and at the end of each
lesson this journal is sent to the supervisor who assesses and
comments on it.
SOL is centered around the Western
Mysteries. The First Degree
Course teaches and uses the Kabbalah, since it makes it possible
to build bridges between different types of esoteric philosophies.
It also enables the student to translate higher forms of mentation
into concrete terms. The First Degree course also uses Tarot symbolism
and the symbolism of the Arthurian myths.
The aim of the studies is to
balance the inner and outer selves and to give the student a comprehensive
theoretical and practical understanding of the ancient Mysteries.
If any psychic talents are there, the courses will stimulate them
into activity and polish them. In this way the student may make
his or her own inner contacts.
It is possible to combine the
SOL Correspondence Courses
with a modern, busy life-style. All that is required is that the
student is able spare between 15 and 45 minutes daily for the
meditation session, plus some extra time to read the course literature
Since the SOL is non-profit,
all you pay is a low cost per correspondence course lesson. You
will also need to get one or two text-books. No other costs are
involved. There is no membership fee.
A student can leave the SOL at
any point. We will not try to stop you from pursuing your own
path. We can recommend other schools should you feel that your
path lies elsewhere.
The SOL is what is termed a contacted
School. This means that it is in direct psychic contact with the
Inner Planes. This is something we rarely talk about, since it
tends to distract the student from the really important issue
- their own inner development. Suffice to say that the school
is firmly and deeply linked to the Inner Hierarchy, where its
true Directors reside.
The fact that the SOL is contacted
also means that Initiation in the true sense of the word can be
conferred within the structure of the school.