The Passing of Michael Nowicki


Michael B. R. Nowicki (1931-2021)

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Nowicki (B. 27th February 1931 D. 24th June 2021 aged 91 years) who was a founding member of the SOL school.

Michael died on the evening of Midsummer’s Day which is also the feast day of St. John the Baptist.

SOL Members who knew Michael may wish to light passing candles in his memory extending peace to his soul as he journeys into the Light.

There will be no public memorial service, in accordance with Michael’s wishes.

Michael retired from the SOL several years ago, and we are grateful for all the good service he gave to the school over many years.

(The image is of Matka Boska CzęstochowskaThe Black Madonna of Częstochowa)

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The Dion Fortune Legacy Seminar 2021

Steven Critchley will be speaking, on the following topic, at The Dion Fortune Legacy Seminar on September 11th 2021:

Trance Communication and The Etheric Eidolon in W.E. Butler’s Practical Course on the Mystical Qabalah

W.E. Butler was a student of Dion Fortune, a member of the Fraternity of the Inner Light and latterly in his life, the first Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light school.  A core element of W.E. Butler’s Practical Course on the Mystical Qabalah involves psychological and spiritual work in an interior castle that is built in the imagination and rhythmically projected and re-absorbed by students in their practice. It is a locus of Qabalistic alchemy, refuge, prayer, magical work and of communication with inner plane contacts. Butler called the castle an etheric eidolon and “The Castle Golem.”  In this talk Steven will discuss how elements of Dion Fortunes’ teachings about practical magic, trance consciousness and working within the etheric aura as a “magic mirror” influenced the teachings of W.E. Butler and that still influence the work of the SOL school.”

See the following link for details:





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New Publications


This book is available in 3 editions, hardcover, softcover colour and monochrome.

Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki has written the Foreword to the book and Steven Critchley has written the following endorsement:

“Any student of the western esoteric tradition, theurgy, the work of the ancient Egyptian priesthood, or the process of initiation through the Mysteries would benefit from studying this book which presents a fusion of erudite scholarly research and illuminating interpretation of ancient initiatory lore. Symbols, terminology, and complex concepts are discussed by the author in-depth and with clarity of understanding. Diana Kreikamp has succeeded in bringing ancient, key, teachings to life in a way that will be practically useful to students in modern mystery schools.”


Maritta Philp’s latest book has been very well received and is available to view here:


Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki’s latest publication is available through Amazon in the USA.

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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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