Ari Torinsson, better known by his tribal name of Raven, was a founder of the tribal path we now think of as the Thornish tradition. He lived his life in the Warrior’s Way and brought much wisdom to those who he chose to teach during his lifetime.
Ari spent much of his life in northern British Columbia – especially after he retired from the military life and sought a home for himself in the woods. The son of a Cree mother and Norwegian father, he strove to know both sides of his cultural heritage but as he taught in later years it was the Old Ones and the spirit-folk of the lands where he lived that truly allowed for him to reach a place of peace in his heart.
Ari had long shown deep respect to the Native peoples of the land and in return he received mentoring and counsel over the years from Indian people that he had befriended. From these folk he was taught much and indeed their wisdom had an influence on the Elder he would one day himself become.
In the late 1950’s Ari’s destiny drew him to work with several men from various walks of life who shared his closeness to spirit. Together they would start the long process of developing that would one day become the modern day Thornish tradition.
Here is a sample of that wisdom; the creed by which Ari lived each day.
– Rise early: Perform morning rites without fail
– Tend to your Wolf-Robe: Be sure of your health
– Meditate often
– See to your Hearth: The Hearth is the home to kin and kin are the foundation stone
– Relish each day the beauty of the world and the gifts you have been given
– Be ever mindful of the luck of your people
– Rise each day rejoicing to live, yet prepared also to die.
– Give thanks and make offerings each day
– Sleep with the sun.
I have long sought to emulate many of the things Ari had to teach, though there are times when the rising-at-dawn component has been difficult to accomplish.
Still, these are seen to be worthy ways of living each day.