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on 10 January 2011
After a decade of ill-informed customer reviews, here is the REAL background to my book "Tower of Alchemy"
Regarding my use of a Castle, the Round Table, the Grail, and Arthurian myth, etc - I was introduced to the `Interior Castle' of St Teresa of Avila in my teens; and later, as a priest in the Liberal Catholic Church (as was W. E. Butler), I received the teachings and lineage of Bishop Robert King re: the Round Table formula, etc. During my training in the Western Mystery Tradition, I studied Khunrath's: The Hermetic Fortress, Fludd's Fortress of Health, and the Paracelsian Castle of Health. And, of course Dion Fortune - and later Gareth Knight - also worked with the Arthurian mythos - with Spiral staircases, etc (see `The Arthurian Formula', and `Magical Images', and `The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend: the archetypal themes, images and characters of the Arthurian Cycle, and their place in the Western Magical Traditions' - all by Gareth Knight).
So, the symbols of Arthur, Grail Round Table, and Tower have long been used in the Western Tradition, and do not `belong' to any single Order or School. These eidola have been used by masters of the Tradition since medieval times. As Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki (the present head of SOL) herself wrote about the magical image of the Castle:
"Students working in my own school of the SOL will recognize the idea of working through the chambers of a castle as being part of their own course work, and indeed the SOL is far from being the only school that uses such a method." Page 132, `Highways of the Mind', Aquarian Press, 1987.
Any instructed practitioner in the Mysteries knows that, the image and use of the Ten-chambered Castle (tower, citadel, or palace) is the Hekaloth discipline of the Qabalah, which dates from the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE.
For several years I was a Supervisor, the Master of Lodges and the Assistant-Director of Studies of the SOL. At a meeting of British supervisors Dolores asked me to rewrite the SOL course - but I declined. And later, in the 1990's, like hundreds of other members, I left SOL.
The SOL course is an introduction to Qabalah. In the 50 lessons of the SOL course W. E. Butler mentions Alchemy just twice - only a sentence on each occasion. "Tower of Alchemy" it is not a copy of the SOL course. It is the praxis of Alchemy and the Fiery Serpent Power.
The Alchemical teachings in "Tower of Alchemy" were taught to me by other Western and Tibetan sources, and directly from Inner Plane Contact. The only real connection is that the `Master of Magic' who was W. E. Butler's Inner Plane contact (Maggid) later became my own. In truth, it is He alone who is the true `author' of all these teachings, and has been so down the centuries.
Dr David Goddard