Real Magic and the Servants of the Light Course
Essay by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
Did you know there exists a school that can train you in the true
mysteries of the Western Tradition?
In a world where people are searching
for a personal truth, the gimmicks of the "get rich quick"
brigade are very tempting. "Be a fully trained medium in
just ONE week, $500." "Self Initiation is here, the
book that tells it ALL." "Magic, the ULTIMATE in MIND
POWER." This and much more is promised by those who have
very little real knowledge, but a lot of nerve.
It is impossible to teach until
one has been taught. Initiation is something granted after years
of training, effort and service. In Ancient Egypt, entry to the
Temple training school was at seven years of age, but initiation
was given only when the student was in his twenties.
It stands to reason that the
Outer work must be learned and understood before the Inner work
can be attempted. This is where so many "Schools of Magic"
fall down. The student is promised Power, Ritual, etc., from the
first week. Magic is not, and never has been, of the "Star
on the end of a wand" type. There IS no such Magic, but there
IS a science that as yet we understand imperfectly, because we
cannot fully unravel the clues left to us by the past.
But we do know that we were left
with a tradition that states, before a student can be taught the
Inner Mysteries he must prove himself worthy, by undertaking the
work of the Outer Court. He must prove his dedication, patience,
and determination. This is why the hastily taught kind of magic
does not work - there is no foundation on which it can rest. Those
with latent mental flaws crack when they attempt ritual, for the
inner power source is opened up too quickly, and the frail barriers
give way. With slow, steady training those flaws are brought to
light, and sealed; in some cases they are too deep to allow the
student to proceed on the occult path, but at least the training
will have avoided the havoc that could otherwise have been caused.
The mind on both its inner and
outer levels must be brought into balance before such work is
done, and the work of Self-Knowledge is long and arduous, unglamourous,
and frequently boring. Only the dedicated get through. Every land
has a tradition which hides the training cycle for that race.
The Hero/Everyman is known by many names, but the sequence is
always the same. A symbolic figurehead with which the student
identifies, a location on the Inner levels where most of the work
is done, and a set of companions with whom he experiences the
transmutation. In the tales and legends that surround such figures
we find the entrance to the Labyrinth of Training. For most of
the Western Tradition this cycle is that of the Grail and King
Arthur, as is used in the S.O.L.
This school is a descendant,
through the initiation of its founders, and the schools in which
they were trained, from the Golden Dawn: this is on the earth
level. Through its Inner Plane Teacher, who brought it into existence,
it reaches back to the College of Alexandria. S.O.L. was founded
by W. E. Butler, author of The Magician, His Training and Work,
Apprenticed to Magic, and Magic and the Qabalah. It is a "contacted
school," that is, one with Inner Level guidance. It uses
the Practical Qabalah adapted to Western use as a basis for its
main course, along with the Arthurian cycle and symbolism.
It has long been recognized as
one of the most effective and wholesome of the many training programs
available today. But that training is long and hard; four years
of work before anything approaching Ritual is taught. Only when
we are sure that a student is ready,.that his inner balance is
sufficient to stand the pressures of such work, only then is he
taught what might be termed "Magic."
We do not promise that you will
become a psychic, or a medium, or even a magician; but you will
became a human being who knows where he is and what he is doing
here. Capable of adapting to any situation, and of reflecting
the true inner reality of himself into the everyday world, which
in itself is a feat of magic. As with all serious study, you will
get fed up with it all, you will feel like giving up many times;
we all have, who work in this field; you will be no different.
But if you want it hard enough, if you want to free the real person
inside, then you will make it through.
By your side will be a
tutor who has been through it all himself/herself; you will not
be alone, you will have a guide, companion, and friend. One who
will push, scold, cajole, and worry you through, unless you choose
to give up halfway. If you can put up with all that, we can train
you in the Western Mysteries. You may be the one in twenty-five
that gets through!