Messages from Dolores
Message from Dolores, 9th December 2002
Check out this New Book
Warwick-Smith is one of our senior 2nd degree Supervisors and
this is her first book.
Many congratulations to Kate Warwick-Smith on
the publication of her first book pictured here and soon avaliable
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.
Message from Dolores, 28th August 2002
How many times have you been told that it is
NOT the words but the INTENT that matters in ritual. Whether I
use use the word within or above does not alter the power of what
I am doing. You sound like a bunch of Gardenerians arguing over
a triviality. I can use a different opening and closing for every
day of the year.... it will STILL open and close a rite. Some
peoople use one god name for all four quarters, others sue different
ones, some use Egyptian others use Angelic, or Qabalistic.
IT DOES NOT MATTER.
ONLY YOUR INTENT TO OPEN AND CLOSE MATTERS.
Remember this from Shakespeare's Hamlet
"my words fly upwards my thoughts remain
below, words without thoughts never to heaven go"
Invest your words, ANY words with intent and
they will work. Worry about which damn word to use and your temple
will remain closed !!!!
Message from Dolores, 8th August 2002
MEMO FROM DOLORES TO ALL OF YOU
I will be in the USA from the 1st of September
to the 2nd of October. So I ask you to take pity on this little
old lady. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE LETTERS THAT NEED ANSWERING QUICKLY,
OR SEND APPLICATIONS UNTIL I GET BACK. Every time I'm away for
more than a week I return to a large box of mail. As I am usually
2/3 months behind anyway you can imagine what this does to my
normally sunny (?) disposition. This is the last long trip of
the year and I'll be on a tight schedule. Give me 2 days to get
over jet lag and I'll be up and running, well, walking anyway.
For those interested this is my itinerary.
Sept 2nd arrive in Philadelphia
3rd-5th working on 2003 tours with Pat
6-8 in Laurel, Maryland. Workshop
9-10 Off in Philadelphia
13-15 in Atlanta
16th fly to Dallas
17-18. Workshops in Dallas
19 Fly to Sonoma Cal
20-22 Raise lodge Lodge Magdala & W/shop in Sonoma
23rd Fly to Seattle
24-26 Rituals with Lodge of the Lion Gate
27-29 Village workshop
30th Fly back to Philadelphia
1st October rest
2nd Fly UK on night Flight
3rd Fly to Jersey
Message from Dolores, 10th June 2002
I have just been looking at the website of the
SOL Lodge Magdala working from Sonoma in California.
For those who have read The Magical use of Thoughtforms
you will remember that Herbie put a programme at the back for
on of my pathworkings.
Lodge Magdala's web master ( congratulations
on a fantastic site..its beautiful) has reproduced it in colour
and with stunning pictures.
Do visit the website and see what can be done
with skill and imagination.
Message from Dolores, 8th June 2002
Dear People out there,
Thank you for your overwhelming response to my
little wail. We do not need a re-structuring of the SOL..... honest!
Mike would not let the reins go out of his hot little hands he,
and I, just need you to be patient when we take longer than in
the past to get back to you. Apart from the office work we both
lecture and that means writing lectures, pathworkings, setting
out programmes and doing flyers. We love what we do, and we love
those we do it for, we just have to take it slower nowadays.
We are working to get the lessons on to CD so
we can just send them off to students who are on Email quicker
and with less cost. But this will take a little time to set up,
the "handy andies" who have taken this on also work
during the day. But hopefully by the end of the year we will have
things ready to go. As we get the house into shape and we stop
having to step over tiles,odd pieces of wood and carpet and boxes
full of "stuff" things will be better. We have two lovely
people giving up a week of their time to re-decorate our living
room this month. Hopefully next year the Roof and rewiring will
also be done and we can breathe easy.
Mike has bought himself a laptop.... and is at
the " I will not throw this @£$^££&*
out of the window, I WILL learn how to use it" stage but
progressing. There are now 3 computors in the house.
Chopping the SOL into little bits and stuffing
it into different places is NOT the answer. We need it in ONE
place and under our eyes. We have wonderful people all over the
world willing to help and that is much appreciated believe me,
but time and patience is needed most of all.
Don't worry about us dropping off the planet,
we have no immediate plans for this,( but in case of emergencies
email Hades@Redhotmail.co.underworld!!!!) THank you all again
for your offers of help , your concern and your loving care of
Dolores and Mike.
Message from Dolores 29th May 2002
The SOL HQ is run entirely by TWO people, (Dolores
and Michael) from two small rooms in our own home, (2 offices
because we work in different ways and get on each others nerves
if we work in the same space). There are no eager helpers to photo-copy
reams of application papers/lessons etc. or type letters so all
we have to do is sign them, stick stamps on 40-50 envelopes a
day, or open mail, sort mail and answer the dozens of queries
we get every week. Every second day we trek to the Post Office
laden with post, and collect more of the same on the way back.
The main reason we have no help is...
The witchcraft Act has not been repealed in Jersey...
So we can not advertise, hire staff, or make ourselves known
Help costs money, a lot of money, and because this is a non profit
organization we try to keep costs to a point where anyone can
afford them, we do the work ourselves.
Our offices are the size of large rabbit hutches which makes it
hard to find space to put things down, so life becomes a king
I point these things out because people often complain about delays
in getting their orders, lessons, answers to letters, or applications
approved. Mike and I are getting older (we are both in our seventies)
and slower. We apologise for this, but can do little about it
as old age was ordained by "HIM".
We have had offers of help in the past but Jersey
Law means getting a place to live here is difficult even for a
few weeks. Living accomodation is expensive and scarce. Besides,
showing people how things are done takes up more time than it
saves. All we ask is that you realise we are doing our best to
cope with a great deal of work that was easy when we were in our
fifties, but which is much harder now. We are by no means ready
for the scrap heap, as one of our former colleagues put it, after
all Ernest Butler began writing the SOL course round about our
age now. We just need a little longer and a bit of patience from
Publication May, 2002
Just to let Y'All know... Dolores' edition of
WE Butler's collected Essays has just been re-published - "Practical
Magic in the Western Mystery Tradition" - ISBN 1870450329,
Thoth Publications, http://www.thoth.co.uk/, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.