Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh, online “Tuesday Talk” with Steven Critchley.

Trance Mediumship, Magic and the Mystical Qabalah of Dion Fortune’ by Dr Steven Critchley. 7.30pm.

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Cost £5

In this talk Steven will discuss aspects of the trance mediumship of Dion Fortune, her teachings on magic and her methods of teaching the Mystical Qabalah.

Follow the link if you are interested in joining in.

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Yuletide Greetings

We wish all of our students, supervisors and lodges a peaceful Yuletide season!

Thank you all for your work in the school in what has been a very challenging year.

I just finished working in the temple here a short solstice ritual that included Mistletoe. I love calling it “All-Heal” on this day of the solstice.

The world is in need of so much peace and healing right now. We can all let the light in our heart’s shine to help bring wisdom, power and love with healing to all in the name of the One.

It is very cloudy and drizzly up here in the hills of the English Peak District, today, so there is not much chance of looking at the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter.

However, yesterday we had a clear evening so I took a picture from the front-door looking south and you can just see the planets singing as a little point of light beyond our Yule lights in the front garden.

We wish everyone that celebrates at this time of year a happy Christmas, happy holidays and we wish you all a peaceful New Year in 2021.

Blessing of the Light!


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Dolores’ Latest Work of Fiction is Now Published

Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki’s latest work of fiction, The Hill of Dreams (Book Two of The Guardians of Albion) is now published (only available for order through Amazon).

This is the sequel to The Singing Stones that many students will have read already. The story continues!




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Journeys in the Light Within by Elizabeth Anderton Fox

Elizabeth Anderton Fox’s latest book: Journeys in The Light Within is now available.

Elizabeth worked in the SOL for decades as a senior supervisor and elements of her wisdom are shared in this book that students and SOL members will no doubt find very useful.

Click on the image for the publisher’s page – the book is also available from all good book stores and online.



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The Light Within

SOL students that are interested in developing auric awareness may find The Light Within by Darren Brittain useful.

“Sitting in the Power” is a method used by many spiritual mediums in the unfoldment and development of awareness.

The practice shared by Darren in The Light Within is compatible with SOL methods of meditation and contemplation and recommended by the Director of Studies.

The Light Within can be purchased as a downloadable file or a CD, see for details.

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Steven Critchley will be speaking at the Dion Fortune Legacy Seminar in October 2020

Steven will be one of the speakers at this year’s Dion Fortune Legacy Seminar in Glastonbury, hosted by The Company of Avalon.

His talk will focus on the trance mediumship of Dion Fortune and how theoretical and practical understanding of Dion Fortune’s mediumship impacts his practical work.


For more details.


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The Seed of Tradition 2020

The Seed of Tradition

John 12:24 is a reflection of universal spiritual law:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

When we learn and inherit a spiritual tradition, such as the Mystical Qabalah that we practically teach in the SOL, we must make the tradition our own.

Each of us in the SOL school is called upon to generate and work with our own, unique, and individualised Qabalah. The tradition we receive, from mouth to ear is alive and needs to be expressed today in new and living ways.

The seed of tradition is planted in our state of “Malkuth” which is our elementally embodied experience, of personal responsibility and rulership potential, that is linked to our personally aligned spiritual sovereignty (Kether).

The seed of tradition that we have received, that is planted in the elementally balanced potential of our lives, must come into contact with the living waters that are to be found deep within our hearts, in the well of the incarnate spirit within.

When the seed of tradition appears to die in the depths of our darkness, when the living waters within are also encountered by the seed, it puts forth roots.

The living waters feed the seed and soon a new shoot appears, greening commences, and the unconquerable spiritual-force of life expresses itself in a new embodied form, that develops in the light of the true spiritual sun. It is similar to forms that have lived in the past and yet it is uniquely it’s own.

The living waters within our depths that can well up and flow from our hearts are ideas and principles that embody life expressing itself.

The seed must appear to die and go through a state of alchemical change, of transformation, in order to bring forth much fruit; so the cycle of life goes on.

Each of us must allow the seed of tradition we have received to find its resting place deep within, to be fed by the living waters that flow through us so that the living tradition can go on.

It is a mistake to criticise an acorn for not yet being a mighty oak!

Let us each nurture the transformations our life path affords us, as we hold the seed we have received, planted deep within, let us water it in the grail of our heart, with love, patience and hope for the newness of life that will be expressed out of apparent death.

Following a period of re-organisation, the SOL will continue to work and teach around a three-degree structure that should be thought of as degrees of depth and experience evolving around the one true initiation rather than as a hierarchical structure of supposed attainment.




The initiatory teaching work of the SOL is moving forward into 2020 with thanksgiving for the way that has been opened by all who have gone before us on the path.

Happy New Year!


Director of Studies, SOL.

© 01 01 2020 Steven Critchley & Servants of the Light.

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SOL Study Group meeting in London from January 2020




The London SOL Study Group is a new group for SOL Students & Initiates based in London ( and the surrounding areas ) who want to study and learn in a friendly group environment as well as meet like-minded people.

The group is a place where students can learn &  share their knowledge and understanding of various topics as well as develop practical magical skills.

Sessions will be interactive and homework & preparation before each meeting will be required.


Date & Time: The study group will meet once a month starting in January  2020 on Friday evenings.

Meeting Costs: £10 Per Person to cover the costs of the room / refreshments ( we will always aim to keep the costs to a minimum )

Meeting Location: Please get in touch for further information


If you are interested in finding out more or would like to attend please email Will for further information at:




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Yuletide Blessings

We wish all our students, supervisors, lodge leaders, members and friends a restful, refreshing and healing Yuletide.

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The SOL Esoteric School and Politics

I try to follow Dion Fortune’s example and keep my personal politics out of spiritual teaching and leadership of an esoteric school.

Why? Because in an association such as the SOL we have students working with us that hold a multiplicity of beliefs, philosophies and religious paths. All our students and members are welcome to learn in the school no matter what personal politics they support, advocate or promote personally.
We have conservatives and liberals, socialists, labour supporters, republicans and democrats all represented in the SOL.
Of course, genuine personal spiritual growth leads one away from injustice, supporting lies, hate and ideologies such as Nazism.
It is important that the school is not essentially political in its identity, especially with regard to party politics.
This is a difficult area because many aspects of life are politicised. For instance, the SOL having an openly gay leader would be a political issue for some or even a religious one.
Whilst promoting and supporting an ideal of pluralism, mutual respect and tolerance, it is important for all students and SOL members, whatever their personal beliefs or politics, to feel welcome in the school on the level of being able to learn the Mystical Qabalah in peace.
Personally, I do not want to practice any kind of “magic” that seeks to enforce my personal views or politics on others or attempt to dictate the destiny of others. Certainly in the SOL, we will not join in with attempting to bind or curse political figures.
Using ‘magic’ to enforce one’s personal will on others is not the kind of magic we teach in the SOL.
Disagreeing with someone is not necessarily attacking them; however, often people become defensive, or even aggressive if differeirng opinions are expressed, especially on social media. Being able to disagree with others rationally or see things from different points of view peacefully is crucial in any peaceful society.
In her War Letters, Dion Fortune shared other methods of opposing Qlipothic or unbalanced force and the method was not to direct one’s personal will at any specific ‘target’ but to uphold principles and values in the group mind that one is part of.
This work we do and yet we do not suppose that we direct the destiny of nations or that we are the vanguard of humanity or any such egotistical claptrap.
Honouring the freewill of others, even our enemies, is very important in magical practice as well as in civilised society.
When I left the fundamentalist, Pentecostal church, when I was in my early twenties, many held prayer meetings to bind the devil in my life and for me to return to the Lord. They held days of prayer and fasting for me. When I came out as a gay man and then as a Wiccan the opposition and psychic attack around me was palpable.
However, I am still here and going strong! What does that say about the prayers that were directed at me, many of which were actually curses?
Often we can energise that which we oppose because of the methods through which we express opposition.
It is important that we all make our own decisions about our beliefs, including our political beliefs.
In democratic countries, we have the ability to vote and that is something we should all hold sacred and do.
I just wanted to be clear about why I do not promote my personal politics, likes or dislikes in the school, as our business is teaching the Mystical Qabalah and the western esoteric tradition.
Whatever you do… use your vote! Of course, how you vote is your personal choice, and that is the way it should be.
© 2019, Steven Critchley & Servants of the Light Ltd.
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