Installment of Dr. Steven Critchley



On the 13th of November 2015 the formal installation of Dr Critchley, as the future Head of the Servants of the Light School, took place at Savio House in Bollington UK. The ceremony was observed by members of all degrees including 11 members of the House of the Amethyst who took part in the brief but uplifting ritual.

The present Director of Studies gave a short account of her own unexpected election to the post by W.E. Butler our Founder. She went on to say that the choosing of the right candidate had taken many years of trial and error but that finally history had repeated itself. From a totally unexpected direction the right person had, all unknowingly, given the right combination of names, words, and declaration of intent. Since then his training and dedication has been quietly but steadily increasing, augmented by visits to many of the overseas Lodges and Magi.

The training is still going on and will continue until the next stage is reached which will be the handing over of full Leadership by Michael and Dolores, at which time Steven will begin his task of taking the SOL into its Third Phase.

Ernest Butler (a Violet Ray) built the School on the strong Foundation of Love. This vibration of colour he shared with Michael. Dolores is of the Green Ray of Creative Power. This enabled her to widen the schools’ teaching to take in the new aspects of Mystery teachings that have opened up in the last fifty years. Steven is of the Blue Ray, the Consolidating Power, that will in the future bring all three Rays together.

Since starting as The Helios Course in 1964 and metamorphosing into the SOL in the early seventies the school has successfully weathered 50 years of active existence. This has been mainly due to the strongly sustained support of our Spiritual Patron, named by Ernest Butler as The Opener of the Ways, but also to the students, supervisors/admin group and sponsors throughout the years. With the New Course running well and attracting new students the SOL is now firmly set on course for its second fifty years of sustaining the Ancient Mysteries.

Michael B.R. Nowicki, principal Director
Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Director of Studies


Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Director of Studies SOL pictured with Roger Calliste, Director of Studies of The House of the Ibis, Trinidad, Steven Critchley, Assistant Director of Studies SOL and Jorge Nájera, Director of Studies of Fraternidad del Círculo Dorado, Mexico.

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Exclusive and Original Artwork for Sale


This beautiful poster illustrating the principal of As Above So Below was designed by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and created by Chris Hill.

It is a feature of Lesson 5 in the final phase of SOL’s new Course but because of its extraordinary power it was decided to offer it in poster form to the public.

Chris Hill, the artist, is well known for his amazing ability to take a spiritual idea and from it create an image that implants itself deep into the sub-conscious. This is no exception and deserves a place in the heart of all who revere the Mysteries. It is a limited edition of 500.

Each poster is numbered and is signed by the artist and Dolores Ashcroft- Nowicki.

UK £17 inc P&P. USA $25 inc P&P. A3 size.

Email if you would like to order a poster and your order will be forwarded directly to Dolores.

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Announcing the Assistant Director of Studies’ Ordination as a Liberal Catholic Priest

SGC Priesting

The SOL’s founder, W.E. Butler, was a Liberal Catholic Priest and his first esoteric teacher, Bishop Robert King, was one of the early bishops of the Liberal Catholic Church.

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki is also an ordained Liberal Catholic Priest and now the Assistant Director of Studies, and future head of the SOL, Steven Critchley, has been ordained as a priest of the Liberal Catholic tradition in a ceremony that was held on Easter Sunday this year.

SOL’s links with the Liberal Catholic tradition are a strong aspect of the School’s past and will be an aspect of the SOL’s future work. It is noteworthy that each person that has been called to the work of Director of Studies in our School has been ordained as a priest in the Liberal Catholic tradition.

However, it is important to emphasise that although Ernest Butler, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, and, now, Steven Critchley have each been ordained as Liberal Catholic Priests the SOL is not a Liberal Catholic, or exclusively Esoteric Christian, School.

Rather, SOL is a School that teaches the Mystical Qabalah in the broad context of the Western Esoteric Tradition which is a conglomerate tradition to which several ancient faiths, philosophies and mystical traditions have contributed.

In the SOL all paths of the Light are valued and respected equally; in the SOL we honour and learn from all traditions that serve the good, seek wisdom and truth and which increase human awareness of the ultimate interconnection of all life be they philosophical, mystical or religious paths, such as are explored in Pagan, Christian, Hindu or other systems of belief.

In SOL we have used a useful phrase for many years: follow the Light not the Lamp. Belief systems are like lamps – they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and conditions of functionality – as long as they bear the light (we might define Light as true awareness) they are useful. However, the lamp is not the Light. Ultimately the Light can be found deep within ourselves and our lives can become lamps that serve that inner Light in how we interact with the Divine within and others that share the world with us, seen and unseen. Our service of the Light is how we practically contribute to creating the world we are living in, with increased awareness (that some call initiation) beginning at the personal level. The Western Mysteries are concerned with the embodiment of Light as a way of experiencing the Source of Light.

Both Dolores and Steven have worked for many years in the Priesthood of the Craft of the Wise and teach aspects of the ancient Pagan mysteries as well as some features of Esoteric Christianity in the broad context of the Western Esoteric Tradition.

Over several years, Steven has been ordained through all the Minor Orders of the Liberal Catholic Church as a Cleric, Doorkeeper, Reader, Exorcist and Acolyte and then as a Sub-Deacon and Deacon in Major Orders before being ordained as a Priest. His work in the Liberal Catholic tradition is part of his personal religious path and work as a Servant of the Light who acknowledges that ultimately “all Light is One.”

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Dolores’ Spring/Summer Workshops: USA East Coast and UK


Director of Studies Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki has a busy lineup of workshops scheduled for Spring/Summer 2016 in the USA and UK!

First she will be visiting the East Coast of the USA in April: the tour begins in Atlanta, GA, where Dolores will present The Elements Within. She’ll then go to Laurel, MD (DC area) to present the Mysteries of Orpheus, and wrap up in Philadelphia, PA with the Training of the Solo Magician.

In May, Dolores will present a residential workshop at Savio House with Steven Critchley, on the Training and Work of the Magician Priest.

In early June, Dolores will be in Cardiff, Wales, to present The Power of the Hebrew Letters. Later in the month she will be in London to present a workshop on Traditional Village Craft.

Visit the Events page for the full calendar, or the individual event listings for more information!

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Congratulations Ann and Jolyon!

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Gathering of the Lights


The Gathering of the Lights is now open for booking. Would Lodge Magi and other attendees please contact Steven Critchley to confirm places.

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Dolores Autumn Workshops


Director of Studies Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki is beginning her Autumn workshop series, with weekends in the United States (DelawareSeattle, and Philadelphia) as well as a workshop in London.

Visit the events page for more details!

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In Memoriam: Arpad Joo


I was saddened to learn of the death of Arpad Joo, the Hungarian Maestro at the early age of 65. He had earned a place of great renown in the world of music and achieved international fame at an early age. I met him and stayed with him in Canada in the eighties when he was the Musical Director of the Calgary Philharmonic and for some years he was a member of SOL, indeed he was at one time suggested as a possible future Director of Studies…but his music had the greatest call on his life.

We met again in London when he made his debut at the Festival Hall and he invited me to attend along with his then mentor in Vedic  Studies. He retained a lifelong interest in all things spiritual. We lost touch over the last few years but he has left a lasting impression on my life. God Speed Arpad, may the Boat of Millions of Years take you into the Light.
Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki


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