Arrogance and death

By Jack Wolf

Last night the smoke from the many forest fires surrounding my city turned my once bright neighborhood into something that looked like an apocalyptic nightmare. A thick, yellow and amber haze flowed through the streets like fog and the air was thick with particulates from smoke. It was hard to breathe – not only from the smoke but also from the nearly 100 degree F heat that has been cooking us for days on end. Above it all, as the sun mercifully set, a baleful red moon hovered overhead, barely visible through the haze. My Lady suggested that this is what nineteenth century London might have been like. Perhaps so and that, like my own city, was the result of human arrogance and abuse on the land.

Today the weather is somewhat cooler yet the smoke and the smell remains. I think of all the brothers and sisters of the woods who have died in the many fires raging so close. I think of the trees and the other plant people who have been scorched to death. I think of the brave firefighters who are out there right now, risking their lives to protect the rest of us. Already one of these fine folk has lost his life defending us. I was a volunteer fire-crew member on a few occasions back in the day and I know how deadly the spirit of fire can be.

And yet…despite all of this…despite the sacrifice and the damage that has already occurred, today I read that our so-called government people are still pushing ahead with insane plans to build more pipelines and create more damage through their addiction to power and to oil. This is either pure madness or the most degenerate flavor of evil….and as a Thornish person I am not predisposed to a belief in evil….but actions and behaviors speak for themselves.


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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