Book Announcement: The Keys to the Temple

We highly recommend reading, The Keys to the Temple: Unlocking Dion Fortune’s Mystical Qabalah Through Her Occult Novels by Penny Billington and Ian Rees. Dion Fortune taught practical magical techniques, based on the theory presented in The Mystical Qabalah, in her occult fiction. This important book elucidates the way in which Dion Fortune and her magical associates practised Qabalistic teachings. Available now from your local bookseller, or via Amazon in the US or in the UK.
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Rituals of the Light Within: a new book by Elizabeth Anderton Fox

The SOL is pleased and proud to recommend a new book, Rituals of the Light Within, by Elizabeth Anderton Fox, an SOL Supervisor of many years’ experience.

This compendium of her magical writings, drawn from her wide experience of work within SOL and several other streams of the Western Way, will be an invaluable addition to any magical library and is especially recommended for SOL students.

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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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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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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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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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Updated: Summer Workshops with Dolores in the UK

An Astral Doorway is a strange and wonderful thing. Approach it with the wonder of a child and it will be a delight. Approach it with scepticism and it will respond in kind.

On the weekends of 6-7 and 27-28 June 2015, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki will be in the UK presenting workshops about Astral Doorways.


As occult practitioners we are well aware of the power of the Elements Earth, Water, Fire and Air, and of the ensouled Beings who represent the egregore, and the cohesive mind of the elemental worlds. On the weekend of 1-2 August, Dolores will be in the Scottish Borders to present a new workshop, The Elements Within Us.


Check the Events page for the full schedule, or to go straight to a particular event, click here for information about the Astral Doorways workshop in Cardiff and here for information about the Astral Doorways workshop in London, or here for information about the Elements Within workshop in the Scottish Borders!

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Book Recommendation: Merlin’s Daughter

Dear Friends and Family of the SOL.  My Mother has asked me to write a few words about my book which went ” live ” on Amazon yesterday, and is ready to download from today, Monday 11th May 2015.
For those of you who have always enjoyed the myths and legends of King Arthur, Merlin the Mage, Morgan la Fay and the search for The Holy Grail, then this might just intrigue you.  On the one hand, it is a story about a ten year old girl, Nimue, whose village is ransacked by the Saxon invaders, her mother taken captive and her whole life changed in a moment, when she learns that her father is none other than Merlin, the great Magician of the Age.  She begins her journey when her mother gives her a strange and mysterious ring and tells her to run into the forest to find her “kin,” who are none other than the Faery Folk themselves. The Book follows her mystical journey first to find her Father, then onto Glastonbury, The mystical Tor,  the great castle of Tintagel in Cornwall, the decaying and corrupt Roman town of Aquae Sulis, eventually leading her to a lonely cross road near Avebury, where she learns an extraordinary truth, and must make a terrifying decision which will change the course of her life forever!
Well, that is on the one hand … and the blurb I have put out for the general public.  For you … well there is another side to this tale. This is a story about an initiate’s journey, and the ultimate search for the Truth of our existence, who we are and our place in the great unfolding of a Universal plan.  The Old legends hold a key for us, a secret which we need to decipher in order to understand what the future holds for Mankind. It explores the nature of time itself and questions the very reality of our beliefs.  I believe the Old Ones are still talking to us through the myths and legends of our collective past. If you are intrigued, then walk beside Nimue as she takes the initiatory path to becoming one of the greatest female magicians of our Age, the Lady of The Lake. Let her whisper to you the secrets I have hidden within the pages, that only those on the same path may be allowed to hear.
This is the first part in a trilogy, which will span over a thousand years of our history. I sincerely hope that those of you who do go on to download it, will enjoy my story as it unfolds. I do want to thank Mum and Dad for their belief in me and encouraging me to write my truth.  I also would like to thank my Brother, Carl, for all the help with the artwork, the graphics and the advice on the horror which is the formatting process! Big thank you to John Matthews for his help, encouragement and advice on the mythology. Thanks to my darling Husband, Rich, who has nearly eaten his own head with preparing the book for publishing … what a star! And finally, the book is dedicated to the memory of my dearest friend, Peter Larkworthy who walked over the Bridge of Stars in 2010.
” In this or another life, my dear friend”
Blessed Be to all
Tammy Ashcroft – Nowicki
PRICED £6.99 or  $6.99
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