“The Tree of Life and Death: Transforming the Qlipoth” by Ian Rees

We recommend: The Tree of Life and Death – Transforming the Qlipoth by Ian Rees to all SOL members and students.

This is a welcome contribution to practical studies and deepening work with the Mystical Qabalah.

Click on the image below to link to AEON Books sales page:

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Remembering the Life and Work of Gareth Knight

The SOL school would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gareth Knight following his death on Tuesday 1st March.

The Helios Book Service, which was founded by Gareth Knight, his wife Roma and John and Mary Hall in the 1960s, was where the Servants of the Light School began in many ways.

The “Helios Course” run by the book-service was initially written by Gareth Knight, and then W.E. Butler was invited to be the Director of Studies of the course, which became the independent Servants of the Light Practical Course on the Mystical Qabalah in 1973.

Gareth Knight continued to support the school and was a good friend of Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki during her tenure as Director of Studies of the SOL and following her retirement.

We owe so much to Gareth Knight and are thankful for his life and service in the Western Esoteric tradition for many decades. His books and teachings are central to contemporary work with the Mystical Qabalah and associated magical traditions.

Many SOL students are remembering his life with appreciation and affection and lighting candles in his memory with a prayerful appreciation of his gifts so generously shared with us.

We would also recommend our students and members honouring the life of Gareth Knight in the way suggested by his daughter, Rebsie Fairholm, on the Gareth Knight Facebook page, who is carrying on the work of the Gareth Knight Group, mystery school.

Follow the link below to read Rebsie Fairholm’s announcement concerning her father’s passing:


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A Talk by Steven Critchley is Available to Watch Online


A talk that Steven presented in support of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in Edinburgh is now available to watch and listen to on YouTube.

If you are interested in listening to the discussion about mediumship, trance (altered states of awareness), the work of Dion Fortune and some of our school’s understandings of the magic of the Mystical Qabalah please follow the link or watch here.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre channel on YouTube is also worth looking at as many of the subjects discussed in the Tuesday Talks, by a range of presenters from around the world including scientists and philosophers as well as scholars and practitioners in various areas, may be of interest to many people in the SOL or that are interested in our work.

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Tarot Journeys: Meditations by Elizabeth Anderton Fox

Elizabeth Anderton Fox’s latest book Tarot Journeys is now available.

Elizabeth brings great insight and expertise to her work that is informed by many decades of experience in the esoteric world.

We highly recommend this publication to all SOL students and friends.

You can buy direct from the publishers:


The book is also available from Amazon UK:



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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)

Picture credits: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Czestochowska.jpg


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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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