Q: What is the rank and what are the privileges of a new applicant?
An Entered Novice of the First Degree. If you attend a Practical
Work meeting you will be required to wear a black robe with a
white cord. You may attend any SOL-only meeting for practical
ritual or teaching work.
Q: What is the rank and what are the privileges of the First
After the Novitiate of 12 lessons is completed and if the supervisor's
report recommends it, a Novice enters the Fellowship of the SOL
and becomes a Frater ("brother") or Soror ("sister"),
which collectively are known as Fellows. The white cord is changed
for a gold cord and you are now entitled to wear the Insignia
of the School on the left breast of your robe. You may attend
any First Degree seminars, meetings or group meetings, You may
also become eligible for Initiation if the quality of work is
kept up. On initiation the gold cord is changed for a scarlet
Q: What is the rank and what are the privileges of the Second
Now an Initiate of the First Degree, the Fellow moves into the
Fraternity of the SOL (The Inner Court). The black robe and red
cord are still worn until the Second Degree Initiation is conferred,
when the black robe is changed for one of deep blue worn with
a silver cord and the insignium. You may attend any meeting, seminar
or group work with the exception of the Third Degree. You are
encouraged to undertake personal study in a selected subject and
also to help with the running and organisation of the School.
Q: What can be said about the Third Degree?
Entry into the Third Degree is by invitation only. It carries
automatic Third Degree Initiation, and its' initiates are termed
Councellors. The work is concerned with Planetary Evolution on
all levels and will most certainly involve both time and travel.
Its rituals, work, aims and ideals are withdrawn. The Third Degree
works from and within the Adytum. The robe and cord are of a deep
amethyst colour, but the amethyst robe is worn only during Third
Degree meetings; at Second and First Degree meetings, the Second
Degree blue robe is worn, but with the Third Degree amethyst cord.
Q: Can I withdraw from the School at any point?
A: Yes. At any time and at any stage you may
leave the School freely and without prejudice. However, if you
wish to return certain rules will apply. If you were a Novice,
you will be required to start at the beginning again. If a Fellow
it will be up to the recommendation of your former supervisor
as to the point of re-commencement. If of Second Degree, you will
be required to spend one year in the First Degree before becoming
eligible for re-entry into the Fraternity. If a Councillor from
the Third Degree resigns - it is final.
Summary of Titles, Robes, Cords and Insignia
very few exceptions, titles, insignia and the colour of robes
and cords have no value in themselves. They carry meaning only
within group work, and even then their value is to a great extent
symbolic. Therefore, if you not intend to do any group work but
wish to remain private, you can disregard the following table.
Degree Circumstance Title Robe Cord Insignium
||up to Lesson 12
||Lesson 12 to 50
||Frater / Soror
||after 1st Degree Initiation
||2nd Degree member
||after 2nd Degree initiation
|| 3rd Degree Initiate;
when working with non-3rd Degree members
|| SOL Badge
when working with 3rd Degree members only
|| SOL Badge