The Second Degree
When the First Degree Course has
been finished and the other requirements have been fulfilled,
and assuming it is desired, the Initiate becomes eligible to enter
the Second Degree, the Fraternity of the SOL.
Second Degree Robes
Robes worn in the Second Degree vary depending
on whether the Frater or Soror has received the Second Degree
Initiation. The First Degree black robe and red cord are worn
before the Second Degree Initation has been conferred. This period
may be seen as a probation or trial period. After that point,
the Second Degree Initiate wears a lined and hooded robe of deep
blue, worn with the scarlet cord given to the student at the First
for Making a Robe.
The Work of the Second Degree
The work in the Second Degree is intended to
act as a key to what are termed the Greater Mysteries. It builds
on the strong foundations built by the First Degree Course bringing
the work to a higher level. One of the important aspects of the
work in this Degree is forging bridges between the Higher or Evolutionary
Self, and the Power Self - that vast powerhouse we know as the
The Second Degree Correspondence Course
To this end the SOL offers a Second Degree Correspondence
Course. It builds on the work and training done in the Lesser
Mysteries; thus applicants must have completed or be near completing
their basic SOL training as given in the First Degree.
The Atlantean Cord
mysteries of the Atlantean Sacred Cord were passed on to the current
Director of the SOL, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, by her teacher,
the late W E Butler. Some of this material has been published
in her book The Sacred Cord Meditations, which is used as a text-book.
However, the Second Degree Correspondence Course expands on the
material contained in the text-book to go far beyond what could
be published openly. The whole of the ancient wisdom embodied
in the Atlantean Sacred Cord is used in this 44-week course; therefore,
it requires a trained and stabilized mind, and furthermore a mind
used to Inner work.
As the lessons proceed, they
get more involved with the inner layers of the Mysteries. Therefore,
once this Course is started, it must be properly finished: the
processes that have been set in motion will automatically work
toward their final point of resolution, and this requires your
active cooperation. Therefore, if you start on this course, you
must be prepared to complete it in the prescribed 44 weeks. It
is rather like a course of medicine - one should always finish
the prescription right up. Not a long course, compared to the
First Degree Correspondence Course, it will tax you in mind, body
and spirit in many ways; but it will also give you an insight
into the higher degrees that will act as a Key to the Greater
The material in the lessons has
been copyrighted and registered with the British Library. If you
apply for the Second Degree Correspondence Course, you must undertake
not to show these papers, to communicate or discuss in any form
whatsoever the material contained within to a person or persons
outside the SOL, or, if in the SOL, who is not of the level to
take it for themselves. We are well aware that knowledge should
be made available, but one of the ancient rules was that certain
teachings must be given only to those who are capable of understanding
it and using it in the right way.
Things You will Need
You will need the book The Sacred Cord Meditations.
this page for ordering information. The first Lesson will
give you instructions on how to make the Atlantean Sacred Cord.
The lessons are weekly (not
monthly as with the First Degree Course) and are ordered and sent
two at a time so students will always have one at hand. Every
two or three lessons there is a Training Paper to augment the
material further. There may also be a purely practical paper every
five weeks. The actual course of 35 weeks has several rest and
assimilation weeks built into it which makes it 44 weeks in all.
Couples may work from one set of lessons, as per the First Degree
To Enrol for the Second Degree Correspondence
Graduates of the SOL Main Course who wish to work with the Sacred
Cord Meditations by following the Second Degree Course should email Steve
Critchley at SOL Admin in
the first instance. He will be happy to supply further information and
application forms, which can then be forwarded to the Director of Studies who
will consider your application.
Second Degree lessons are supplied via email in PDF format.
All Second Degree lessons are paid for via PayPal and cost £10 (Pounds Sterling) each and there are 35 lessons in all which are usually purchased four at a time so that students always have lessons in hand. The course takes 44 weeks to complete as there are several breaks between the seven paths of the Cord.