Important Announcement from Dolores for all Supervisors, Magi and Students

Dear Friends,

Dolores asks, please, that people refrain from emailing her, or copying her on emails, at this time as she needs space to focus on the hearth-path for a while.

Steven Critchley, the Assistant Director of Studies, is temporarily taking responsibility for school admissions and examination decisions in Dolores’ stead with support from Patricia Giacquinta, other ARC members and senior Supervisors.

Steven will be in regular contact with Dolores and will be consulting with her as necessary concerning issues or decisions that need to be made as she continues to lead the school but without the pressure of daily email or immediate administrative work being on her shoulders.

Details of how to contact SOL admin are found here:

Students are asked to approach their Supervisors in the first instance if they have any problems or issues they need help with relating to their SOL studies.

Dolores needs a short break from admin work for two reasons.

Firstly, Michael has been ill recently and has been in hospital. Dolores needs to focus on supporting Michael at this time together with the rest of the family.

Secondly, Dolores has a knee-replacement operation booked in early January for which she is preparing and then will need some time to recover from surgery afterwards.

Dolores will also be using this time to focus on some writing projects.

Both Dolores and Michael are grateful for continued support and prayers; they also thank all Supervisors, Lodge Magi and Students for allowing them an increased amount of privacy for a short while.

Dolores looks forward to returning to full administrative duties in the new year.

Dolores and Michael wish all members of the SOL and all friends of the school a wonderful Yuletide, Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead.

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Book Recommendation from Dolores

DRAGON WAKING  by Grayson Towler. Albert  Whitman and Co.

“Rose knows all about being an outsider, being bullied and seen as a weirdo. She prefers to live in her own inner world peopled by  friendly dragons.Then, one magical day she finds a real dragon, one with the power to shape shift and her world changes forever.”

This is a really good Christmas buy for children, who still believe in magic, children who know what it is like to have a friend who is ‘ Different’. In many ways it is a ‘traditional’ story written in a traditional way and all the more powerful for that.

Written with a deep understanding of how children cope with their inner world, this is a ‘first’ book by Grayson Towler and it will not be the last. He is an author to watch if you have young children gifted with imagination. There are some authors who have a  talent for writing  childrens books , without talking down to them, as if they themselves have entered that world and know it well. Put it on your Christmas list for nieces, nephews, god-children, or your own if they are in this age group.. it is also for those adults who never really grown up.. like me.

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki


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Thanks from Dolores and Michael

Michael and I have been overwhelmed by the love, good wishes and congratulations that have poured in from all over the world..The house is full of flowers, letters, cards etc, too many to answer individually. Michael joins me in saying thank you a millions times for all the love that has been given to us. These 40 years since we took over Ernests work have been full of ups and downs, hopes and sometimes a few disappointments, but always moving forwards.So many changes and new ideas but always based on Ernests dream and the instructions he received so long ago.Without people like you, and those who give their time and skills so generously all this would not have been possible. All spiritual projects must begin with a strong Foundation, he gave us that. But to build on that foundation needs dedication and physical and mental effort and you, the students, admin people, supervisors, and Magi have been like the masons and workers who built the great cathedrals of the past. What the SOL has become is due to the dedication and love YOU, have put into it. We thank you for that will all our hearts and offer a blessing on all who serve.

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Happy Anniversary, Dolores!

Today we congratulate Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki on the 40th Anniversary of her appointment as Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light School.

Below is a copy of the notice of Dolores’ appointment written by W.E. Butler. In his letter he acknowledges both her and Michael Nowicki’s work caring for the school into the future, and recognised both Dolores and Michael’s roles in founding the Servants of the Light.

The notice originally appeared in issue number 40 of the in-house magazine “Round Merlin’s Table” at the Autumn Equinox 1976.

dolores-laughingDolores’ appointment to the post on October 31st 1976 was also the date that W.E. Butler formally resigned.

We have re-printed the entire notice below, as it appeared in “Round Merlin’s Table” in 1976.

Thank you Dolores and Michael for forty years of dedicated work serving the SOL.




This notice is for all students and supervisors of the S.O.L. Course, and for those, who, though not Students, purchase our little magazine.

First of all, I want to outline the way in which our Servants of the Light Association was formed, and how it has developed in the way it has.

When “Helios Ltd” was formed by Mr John Hall and Mr Basil Wilby, it was felt that some form of Correspondence Course would be helpful to many of those who were buying occult and esoteric books from them. At that time there was an “explosion” of interest in occult matters and many wild schemes were being launched. It was felt that a Qabalistic Course which was relatively simple – and did not make excessive claims – would help serious students. So the “Helios Correspondence Course” was born.

The first few lessons were written by Gareth Knight. Then, because of other urgent work he had to undertake, the production of the remaining Lessons was handed over to me. It soon became apparent to me that the Lessons were being quite definitely “inspired” by one whom I have long regarded as my teacher on the Inner Planes. (This of course, is a claim which in the very nature of things, I am unable to prove. It must be accepted at whatever value it may seem to have.)

Then because of the increased activity of Helios Ltd, and the difficulty of getting staff, it was suggested that the Course should be separated from Helios, Ltd, this was done, and so the Servants of the Light Association was born.

By this time we had found that there was very intense activity behind us on the Inner Planes, and the work developed in a way not originally envisaged. In a most interesting way the structure of the organisation was given to us and my “second in command” was chosen. This was Mrs Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, who is well known to so many of you. She and her husband Mike were the chief workers in the smooth transition of the Helios Course to its new set-up as The Servants of the Light. All the difficult financial details were carried out by them and by far the greatest part of the production and administration of the course has been, and still is carried out by them – assisted by a very helpful team of Supervisors.

My Teacher had tested various students of the Course for their sensitivity to his telepathic influence, and Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki was found suitable for this work. She therefore became Assistant Director of Studies, and we have worked together on the Course. It was always made clear by my teacher that, when he thought it was desirable, he would withdraw me for other work, and then Dolores would take over from me as Director of Studies.

That time has now come. My teacher told me that he wishes me to step down from the post of Director of Studies of the Course, as he now has other work which he wishes me to do for him. I accept his instruction, and hand over the entire management and administration of the Servants of the Light Association which I held as Director of Studies of the Course, to Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, with effect from the 31st October 1976.

As Director of Studies, she will have the help of my Teacher as well as that of others of his School who, unknown to us, were behind the initial start of the Course.

I shall not, in any way whatsoever, retain any authority in the Association for I hold that, once out of an organisation, one should not attempt to influence or direct it. It is essential that I do not in any way be seen as an “authority” to whom disgruntled Students (and we do have some of these) might appeal.

Different minds look at things in different ways, and new insights must be allowed to develop in their own way.

So we have arrived at this point of change and a new departure. I would be churlish if I did not say how much I have appreciated the loyal and unsparing help which has been given to me and my Teacher by Dolores and Mike, and I wish them all success in their work in the Association in the years that lie ahead. They have done so much and worked so hard to establish what is now a viable organisation, international in its scope.

I would also like to thank all those Students, Supervisors and others who have helped us in our work. I am sure that same help will be at the disposal of Dolores, as she assumes the Leadership of the Association and the Direction of the Course.

To all who have given to me so much of your loving thought and care, I must thank you most sincerely. You have helped me greatly, especially through these last few months.

May the blessing of the Holy Ones be with you all. In L.V.X. W.E. Butler





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Messages from Dolores

Dolores asks, please, that SOL magi, supervisors, students and friends of the school, remember Michael Nowicki in their prayers at this time as he has been ill and has recently needed hospital care.
Dolores is teaching in the USA from Tuesday 20th September until Wednesday 12 October and asks, please, that people refrain from emailing her whilst she is travelling as she will not have time to deal with messages.
Steven Critchley can be contacted concerning any issues whilst Dolores is travelling and will be pleased to help. SOL admin can also be reached using the contact details on this website:
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The Table of Remembered Hope

SOL Lodge Merlin would like to share a pathworking in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, which was fought one century ago, between July and November 1916 and in which the SOL’s first Director of Studies W.E. Butler was engaged.

This pathworking may be undertaken at any time, especially during this centenary period of July to November 2016. Lodge Merlin particularly invites all who are able to do so to join them (inwardly) in the pathworking at 9pm BST this Tuesday, 12 July.

Click here to download The Table of Remembered Hope

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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. A3 size. USA and International £20 due to added postage. A3 size.

Email if you would like to order a poster and your order will be forwarded directly to Dolores. PLEASE make sure you include your full name and shipping address so that the order can be fulfilled.

Steven Critchley will initially handle your order and give you Dolores’ PayPal details so that you can make a payment.

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

UPDATED with an August workshop in Scotland!

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.

In August, Dolores will be in the Scottish Borders to present The Hidden Teachings in Occult Fiction.

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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