Dedication of this House of Light

Star Above – Star Below – Star Within

Blessings on this House of Light and its Opened Way

Discover the Inner Light – The Epiphany Within

“I want to know in order to serve”

May the Gifts of Your Soul Shine in the World

Servant of the Light



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Solstice Greetings from Steven

Dear Students, Supervisors, Lodge Magi and Friends of the SOL,

I am writing to wish everyone a blessed Yuletide and a very happy new year 2019 and I am also writing to share a short symbol-prayer that can be likened in some ways to a very simple guided visualization.

We have seen lots of changes this year in the SOL school and I have been impressed with how everyone has adapted and continued to work towards our vision of practically teaching the Mystical Qabalah.

Thank you to everyone in admin, all the supervisors, lodge leaders and those who teach workshops for the school for all your hard work.

New admissions will remain temporarily suspended for several months yet, but later in 2019 I plan to begin accepting new students into the school once again.

I would like to share what I call a symbol-prayer with you all and hope that as many of you as may feel inclined might join me in this visualization from time to time throughout the festive period into the early part of the new year.

While I was meditating and praying a few days ago a vivid image arose before me spontaneously and I felt into it and then flowed with it as a prayer for the school.

What do I mean by “felt into it” and “flowed with it?”

Not everyone is predominantly visual when working on inner levels. “Seeing” involves using the inner counterparts of all our five physical senses so that we touch, hear, smell, taste as well as “see” as we intuit using the sacred imagination as an organ to perceive non-physical reality.

So, prepare to see in whatever way suits you best. Make your intent clear, in whatever way you choose, to open up to work on inner levels.

Relax into a meditation posture, as you have been taught, and is now automatic to you.

Enter the silence within and be aware of the Presence of your living soul that is uniquely connected to the Divine through your individual spirit.

See the land of Logres, the inner matter of Britain, on a midwinter’s night, see an indigo sky lighted by the moon and stars spread out across the land. Everything glows in the silver night-light. 

Let your perceiving roam across the land, the hills and mountains, the rivers, glades, woodlands, groves enclosures, wells, villages, castles, chapels, towns, and sacred springs. 

Then, become embodied in the vision, so you are in Logres.

Feel yourself standing in an enchanted wood next to a clear river, see on a hill nearby the place that is known as Camelot. 

In the midst of the city of Camelot, there stands a mighty keep, called the “Castle of the King.” Some of you will know this scene well, others of you may come to know it at some future time.

You can see a beautiful walled garden near the castle and within the parameters of the castled city of Camelot.

Feel a presence approaching you through the woods and see a White Hart, seeming to glow against the background of the forest as he approaches you through the trees.

The White Hart points his antlers to the sky with a nod of his head: see a star begin to descend towards the city of Camelot at the heart of Logres.

The stag then touches his hoof to the ground and you are aware of earth-light gathering and coalescing deep beneath Camelot.

See a star emerge from the earth beneath Camelot and rise upward resting just above the Castle of the King, see the Star from above and the Star from below merge and become one.

The joined stars that make an entwined hexagram shape, see light shine over Logres emanating from the six-pointed star.

Pray for the school in any way you feel inclined, follow your intuition in the light of the star.

Within the light of the star is great peace and healing. Let that light shine.

Gently return to normal consciousness, close-down firmly from engaging with the scene you projected into prayerfully.

I wish you all the very best and may all good things come to you as we move forward in the work of the SOL.

Normally, we would not make a working, such as that which I have just shared, public.

However, there have been many people, that were students of the SOL in the past, inquiring about the school and expressing a desire to keep in touch with us that I wanted to share this with everyone so that as many as wish to join in the symbol prayer can. In any case, in the genuine work, there are no secrets, all that is called for is discretion.

In peace and light this Yuletide,


Director of Studies, SOL.


Having a Mr. Tumnus moment at a tree known as “the Portal Tree” where I have done much work!








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SOL School Complaints Process


We are pleased to announce our new school complaints process whereby those who work as volunteers in the school, any of our students, or attendees of events that we facilitate, can make a complaint about any aspect of our work, or experiences they have with us, that will be seriously considered and responded to by the Director of Studies.

Mary Beardsmore is the SOL Complaints Officer and she can be reached directly by emailing

We actively encourage anyone involved with the work of the school, in any context, to bring any issues that concern them to our attention: especially issues associated with deception, manipulative or bullying behaviour, inappropriate speech or sexual misconduct or exploitation of any form.

For general enquiries or simple problems that need to be brought to our attention please email admin directly. The SOL Complaints Officer should only be contacted in the event that a serious concern or complaint is being raised.

Emails to Mary are held in the strictest confidence and Mary will present any complaints directly to the Director of Studies and the SOL Supervisors Administrative Officer.

Any complaints that may arise concerning the Director of Studies may also be brought to the attention of the School Complaints Officer who will be able to convene a peer review panel (that includes trusted leaders in the esoteric world outside of the SOL school as well as elders and leaders in the school) to discuss complaints with the Director of Studies and challenge him or discuss any issues with him about his behaviour if necessary.

Hopefully, this school complaints process will help us to maintain a healthy environment for voluntary staff, students and those that attend SOL events.

Yours Truly,


Dr Steven Critchley, Director of Studies, SOL.



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SOL Mission Statement

The Servants of the Light School exists to practically teach the Mystical Qabalah as a key language of the Mysteries for the purpose of the discovery of the unique Divinity that exists in each individual spirit and within the whole of creation. We work to help our students to experience a realisation of the connections, powers and potentials of the human soul aligned with the values inherent in the phrase: “I want to know in order to serve.”

The Servants of the Light School sees itself more as an organism than an organisation and aims to support a loosely knit community of individuals that have shared philosophical aspirations (remembering that philosophy is love of Wisdom), esoteric interests and ethical ideals. We promote diversity and pluralism transmitting the initiatory mysteries of the western esoteric tradition to all that are appropriately prepared and dedicated to their development, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

The Servants of the Light School works to support an holistic unfolding of the natural talents and innate creative gifts of members of our community in service of the Divine, however Divinity is comprehended and approached within ourselves and the universe of which we are, each, an essential and eternal part. We conceive the Light to be ever expanding awareness that reveals healing truths about the self within and the self in relation to others and we work to serve that Light with honesty and to the best of our individual abilities.

The Servants of the Light is a community that aims to welcome individuals and groups from diverse wisdom traditions. We exist to facilitate a sharing of knowledge so that mutually beneficial understandings might be generated through dialogue and practical participation in activities where the Mystical Qabalah is applied as a living language that is used to explore the diverse and unifying aspects of the western esoteric tradition. 

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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 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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