The Butler First Degree Course

Written over 50 years ago, this course takes a more traditional approach to occult studies and consists of  50 monthly Lessons.

The Butler Main course uses Arthurian symbolism as a basis for its teaching.  If this is not familiar to you, or if it has no equivalent mythos in your belief or cultural systems then please think carefully before about taking for this course, as it would require some extra study to understand the text and metaphors used.

The Butler Main Course:

The first six lessons of the Butler course were written by Gareth Knight who also authored the required text, A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism.

Here the student will study and utilize Israel Regardie’s Art of True Healing (AoTH), supplied upon admission.  The AoTH expands principles of The Middle Pillar exercise—based on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and the circulation of forces associated therewith—which shall be used during the Opening and Closing for every meditation session together with the Qabalistic Cross exercise.

The remainder of the course was written by Ernest Butler, Founder of the SOL.    During lessons 7 to 12, the student will focus on the 10 Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, learning about each one.  It is recommended students keep complete notes so they will be able to refer back to this information as the course progresses.

With lesson 13, students begin to use Arthurian imagery and use this very potent symbolism to explore and open the Tree within, as they search for their personal Grail in the ‘locus’ of an interior castle.

Each lesson requires 28 meditation sessions, written up in diary form and submitted a Supervisor for review.

Note:  Before beginning this course, generally but not always depending on previous experience, students are asked to take a preparatory six-lesson Foundation Course.