Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

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Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki (born 11 June 1929)[1] is a British occult author, third generation psychic, and esoteric practitioner. As an associate of Walter Ernest Butler, she succeeded him as Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light on October 31st, 1976.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki was born and raised in Jersey Island. Ashcroft-Nowicki's grandmother was a full-blooded gypsy and her parents were both third-degree initiates. She grew up in a family tradition dedicated to the occult sciences. When she was a child she had "the Sight". During the World War II she left with her family to live in Wirral Peninsula in the northwest of England. There she spent her spare time visiting the Gypsies who used to camp there. She learned there about the natural world, Tarot cards and fortune telling. After the war the family returned to Jersey and her parents formed an occult discussion group in silence due to restrictions imposed by Jersey's law.[3]

Occult career[edit]

During the 1960s, Ashcroft-Nowicki entered the Fraternity of the Inner Light, an esoteric order founded by occultist Dion Fortune. There it was where she became associated with Walter Ernest Butler, and with Gareth Knight and the Helios Course in Practical Qabalah which, in 1971, became the foundation of Servants of the Light. In 1976, when Butler retired, Ashcroft-Nowicki became the Director of Studies of the SOL, a position she handed on in June 2018 to Steven Critchley.[4][5]

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki has founded a Solar Light Video Club starting with her first video shown in January 2018. She is still continuing until today.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Ashcroft-Nowicki went to London to study Royal Academy of Dramatic Art later on she studied Opera at Trinity College of Music in Cambridge. She shortly interrupted her studies to get married but she got divorced three years later, at this time she took up her studies again and finished it. Ashcroft-Nowicki was also very interested in Fencing and even represented the Islands against France and England in competition. She won several cups and trophies and even met her later husband Michael Nowicki at a fencing club. They married in 1957 and have two children, Tamara and Carl. The family moved back to the Channel Island of Jersey, off the coast of France and Ashcroft-Nowicki still lives in there.[8]

Published works[edit]

To date Ashcroft-Nowicki has written several books and designed two tarot decks, the SOL Tarot Deck with Jo Gill and Anthony Clark, and the Shakespearean Tarot with Paul Hardy.

  • An Anthology of Occult Wisdom
  • Daughters of Eve: The Magical Mysteries of Womanhood
  • First Steps in Ritual
  • Highways of the Mind: The Art and History of Pathworking
  • Illuminations: The Healing of the Soul
  • Inner Landscapes: A Journey into Awareness by Pathworking
  • Magical Use of Thought Forms
  • Shadows and Light
  • The Door Unlocked
  • The Initiate's Book of Pahtworking
  • The Sacred Cord Meditations
  • The Servants of the Light Tarot
  • The Shining Paths
  • The Singing Stones
  • The New Book of the Dead
  • The Ritual Magic Workbook
  • The Tree of Ecstasy
  • Your Unseen Power: Real Training in Western Magic


  1. ^ Nevill Drury, The Dictionary of The Esoteric: 3,000 Entries on The Mystical and Occult Traditions, page 19 Watkins Publishing Ltd, 2002. ISBN 81-208-1989-6
  2. ^ "Director of Studies Announcement". 29 April 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ Controverscial written by George Knowles. Retrieved 3 September 2018
  4. ^ Servants of the Light. Retrieved 4 September 2018
  5. ^ Servants of the Light. Retrieved 4 September 2018
  6. ^ Thothermes Podcast. Retrieved 4 September 2018
  7. ^ Retrieved 5 October 2018
  8. ^ Controverscial written by George Knowles. Retrieved 3 September 2018

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