New Releases by SOL-Related Authors
- The Wizard's
Apprentice: Your Secret Path to Making Magic - by Herbie Brennan
New, from Herbie
Brennan. Stay tuned for more details!
- The Tarot Court Cards: Archetypal Relationships in
the Minor Arcana - by Kate Warwick-Smith
Note from Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki:
Many congratulations to Kate Warwick-Smith,
one of our senior Supervisors, on the publication of her first
book pictured here and avaliable from Amazon.com.
Kate, who lives in California with
her family has been working on this new concept of the Court Cards
for a long time and although I only managed a brief look at the
Mss when I was with her in September, I can tell you that it will
make you sit up and take notice. Certainly it will take its place
on the SOL reading list and I hope you will all find a place for
it on your shelves.
Michael and I have seen many first
class authors, artists, and presenters emerge from the SOL over
its thirty years of existence, a fact that makes us feel very
proud of them and of the School and Ernest Butlers teachings.
- Inner Journeys - Explorations of the
Soul - by Dr. Gary M. Vasey
When one enters a school for spiritual training
there will always be a time of apprehension. What will it be like,
what will I be asked to do, will I be able to cope? In actual
fact 90% of students find all their questions answered within
a few weeks and settle down to their studies with varying degrees
of enthusiasm punctuated by the odd moments of boredom. Studying
the occult is like any other study, you have good and bad days,
some parts are interesting and others make you want to throw your
papers out of the window.
But until now there have been few people who
have actually sat down to write about their experiences, their
hopes, fears, visions and disappointments while undertaking such
a course. That is why this book is so important for both SOL students
and those working in any spiritual school or Order.
The writer is a man whose life from an early
age has been inexorably drawn towards spiritual study. Throughout
the book you share with him the early days of family life and
college and his struggle to pinpoint and control the psychic talents
within him. He takes the reader through all his trials and tribulations,
the highs and lows of his search, the training he eventually undertakes,
and the way in which he finally found his path.
For those beginning the SOL or any spiritual
course, read this before you start. It pulls no punches, it tells
you frankly that you will find it often tedious and boring, but
you will also find it at other times uplifting and exhilarating.
Those with no real insight have
the idea that in ancient times every temple student lived a life
of exciting ritual alternating with divine visionary experiences.
In point of fact their lives were very like ours, full of humdrum
tasks lightened by the relatively few exciting bits. A study of
the occult is still like that and this book makes that clear.
It is honest, down to earth, and very practical,and this makes
it a valuable tool for those following in Michael’s footsteps
as he makes his way towards his goal. I recommend it to all SOL
people past, present and future. This is what you can expect from
the course, and from your training. The author has my vote of
confidence and thanks for an important addition to the SOL reading
Dreaming to Some Purpose -
Many biographies are written to either praise
or condemn the subject and require a lot of research. Most autobiographies
on the other hand are written to bare one's soul and require courage
and what my Jewish friends would call Chutzpah! For my money Colin
Wilson’s autobiography has both, and to add spice to the
whole thing there are moments of high drama and some great laughs.
He has spared us nothing of the ups and downs, highs and lows
of his life, or, for that matter his strengths and his flaws.
He seems to attack life demanding that it gives him reasons for
living it to the full, when reading it I felt he had lived several
lives in the space of just one.
No one reading this ‘warts and all’
account of the life of this extraordinary man can fail to be struck
by a) his self honesty and b) his sustained belief in his own
ability to succeed. Gifted with an inquiring mind that won’t
let up and an insatiable curiosity about the world around and
within him he has changed many lives with his books on a variety
of subjects so wide as to beggar belief. He was labelled one of
the ‘Angry young men’ of his generation, but I disagree.
He was not so much angry as determined to make the world sit up
and take notice of him. We live in an age when many are able to
go to university…and waste there time there. Here is someone
who should have had that chance and didn’t get it, but who
went on to prove that you don’t need a degree to succeed.
In his autobiography he holds nothing back, nor
would we want him to do so, for by seeing how he sees himself
we can see ourselves more clearly. He holds up a mirror to the
dark and light aspects of his soul and… says it softly,
revels in both sides of his nature. He doesn’t like it when
he is wrong, but he will admit it. That alone is worth an epitaph!!
He speaks frankly of the struggle to keep an even financial keel
throughout his career. Contrary to public opinion writers seldom
make enough money to live on.
The book is packed with anecdotes about famous
people, (there are precious few he has not met) often with a tongue
dipped in a little vitriol, the book then veers off into amazing
insights into the works and minds of Husserl, Maslow, Gurdjieff,
Ouspensky and Jung, as well as those of Auden, Elliot, Isherwood
and their like. Along the way he has made enemies and trodden
on toes but one gets the feeling that such things will not cause
any loss of sleep. The human mind and its un-awakened potential
is a recurrent theme throughout the book and one he has pursued
most of his life, along the way taking in the Occult, Right and
Left Brain, Atlantis, Sacred Sites, Television series, and University
Lecture tours. Don’t forget the music, this is a man who
can listen to a recording and tell you not just the name of the
soloist, but who is conducting, and all without looking at the
When I read his first book The Outsider I found
I was not as alone, or as crazy as I thought. For the first time
I was able to believe in my self. To write a book like this, you
have to know yourself very, very, well. To publish it you have
to have a lot of faith in yourself. Colin Wilson has both. In
my workshop and seminars I offer lists of writers I think will
make my students and supervisors think, not just superficially,
but in depth. Colin Wilson has always been in the top ten of that
list which will take you from Historical Biographies to the Paranormal,
from science fiction to hair raising trips through the minds of
serial killers and books on aspects of sex you never knew existed.
This book is intelligent, caustic, enterprising,
philosophical when things go wrong, funny, occasionally sad, often
heart warming, daring and wise. It will at some points shock you,
then make you see the funny side of it. I revelled in it. Throughout
the whole book runs a golden thread, and her name is Joy Wilson.
Without Joy I suspect we would never have had as much of Colin
Wilson as we have been privileged to have. He writes of her and
her unfailing support with a quiet affection that hides a deeper
A complex man who has lived a complex life. Read
it, and when you have finished ask yourself this. Have you lived
as fully as this man, and if not, why not? Get out there and buy
- Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki