NEW CODE OF CONDUCT DOCUMENT SOON TO BE SHARED WITH ALL SOL VOLUNTEERS

Dear SOL Members and Friends,

Everyone who works in the SOL School is a volunteer, and that includes the Director of Studies, the admin team, supervisors, lodge and study group leaders and workshop and events organisers.

Without the work of each volunteer the school would not exist. The work done by each person in the school, supporting our work of practically teaching the Mystical Qabalah and associated subjects, is greatly appreciated and valued.

The SOL School is one of the most respected schools of its kind in the world. The school has many good aspects and has benefitted from the service of many volunteers. However, like all human organisations we have had our fair share of problems and difficulties in the past and there are aspects of our history that I have been contemplating and trying to learn from as we move forward in our work.

In the past months, since taking over the role of Director of Studies, I have been reviewing the school’s administrative structures and we will soon be introducing a code of conduct that I would like all of our volunteers to uphold.

I will be choosing to work in accordance with the new code of conduct in my own work in the school and I am ensuring that the role of Director of Studies is fully accountable too.

Making sure that the SOL School is an ethical organisation, where our students and all voluntary staff feel safe and appropriately supported within healthy boundaries is one of my priorities. Introducing a code of conduct, that we can each use as a guide, that reflects our aims and ideals in the work, is vitally important and will provide clarity.

Soon, each volunteer in the school will receive a copy of the new volunteer code of conduct.

In the future, the code of conduct, will be published on this website together with our revised terms and conditions of service and privacy policy, for students.

With all good wishes as we continue the work of the SOL,

Steven.

Steven Critchley, Director of Studies, SOL.

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SOL School Inner Temple

A Guide to working in the inner temple of the SOL school has been prepared by the Director of Studies for all SOL students and members.

The guide is available for download in the members-only section of the website, linked from each course catalog section and also the supervisor downloads section, or here (if you are a logged in student or supervisor):

Sanctuary of the Living Flame of Love

UPDATED: both full-color and printer-friendly versions available in this download item.

The inner temple is a ‘space’ where students, supervisors, lodge leaders and other members of the school can, meditate, pray and engage with personal interior work.

It is a place where collective or personal needs can be brought into the Light in prayer. It is a place where any that are in need or that are sick or in trouble can be remembered in meditative prayer.

The inner temple can be accessed any time but we encourage those who have access to use it regularly at the time of the new moon each month.

We hope that you will enjoy learning to use the inner temple of the SOL and that your work in the sanctuary, serving the Light, will be fruitful and prosper.

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SOL & GPDR Compliance

The EU will soon be introducing new information-handling requirements, and the SOL is working to ensure we are in compliance.

We do not send our students many emails generally especially not marketing emails. We certainly do not work with any other schools, sell or share mailing lists. SOL exists to teach our students and to provide them with training and to support any student communities that arise, such as study groups or lodges. We do not keep any kind of marketing email database aimed at getting new members to join. We have never, and never will, focus on how many students we have as an indication of success with regards to teaching the mysteries.

We aim to focus on the quality of the teaching we give to those who wish to work with us. We also turn many applications down if we feel we cannot serve particular individuals effectively.

All of our workshops, services and most news is posted on this website and our Facebook page.

However, we need to update our email database as we now need to ask students that want to receive any emails from us about services or workshops and news to give us their permission to contact them.

Please do not email us if you are not a student as we do not have a email database for general marketing.

Many Thanks and students, please let us know.

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Dolores’ Book Recommendation: Medicine Woman

SOL is fast becoming a nursery for writers. We are proud to present

Medicine Woman: The Hard-Working Doctor’s Guide to Creating a Life of Freedom and Choice .

By Maritta  Philp MD

Have you stopped believing it is possible to be a doctor and live a happy and stress free life?
Do your relationships and health suffer due to excessive work related stress and demands?
Do you feel it might be time to quit your practice?

This is not just for medical practitioners, but for all those who want to know more about alternative medicines and their uses.

It will be offered FREE on Amazon for the next 5 days.

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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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