Raven’s Creed

Raven’s Creed

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.


About Jack Wolf

Canadian author Jack Wolf has been a practicing Pagan for over 30 years, walking a path that encompasses both his Northern European and Native American heritage. He counts the late Heathen Goði and writer E. Max Hyatt, Professor Mark Mirabello, Dakota tribal Chief William Hoff and American author Allan Cole among his mentors. An avid outdoorsman, Jack has spent a considerable portion of his life exploring the deep wilds of British Columbia, a vast province on Canada’s west coast. He brings a great deal of his wilderness experience to his spiritual path. Over the past 15 years Jack has studied and written about a number of northern pagan traditions, having published for the most part independently or in small journals, blogs or websites. His recent works for Mandrake of Oxford Have certainly opened up his writing to a larger audience. Jack is also the author of several other books, including Circle of Bones (2012), The Way of the Odin Brotherhood (2013), Blood and Stone (2014) co-author of Tales from the Red Moon Lodge (2014) and co-editor of A Voice from the Thornwood (winter 2014). Forthcoming works include The Thornish Path, Ullr’s Road and The Urban Tribalist, all of which are planned for a mid-2015 and early 2016 release respectively. Spiritually, Jack identifies himself generally as a Deep Tribalist and more specifically as Thornish. He is a member of a primal pagan tradition whose spiritual path involves questing for the First Knowledge – that held by our most ancient ancestors whose hearts and spirits were deeply connected to the land. The Thornish path is the way of the warrior-steward; a Deep Tribal tradition which Jack has practiced since the late 1980’s Jack holds a degree in anthropology from the world renowned University of British Columbia and has long held an avid interest in history, tribal peoples, spirituality and the reawakening of pagan peoples worldwide. He currently resides with his wife and co-author Cassandra Wolf and their daughter, in Squamish, British Columbia.
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