Author Archives: Jack Wolf

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.

Basic Thornish Teachings

In this post I have decided to present a very basic teaching known among us as The Nine Hard Truths.   What these are, in a nutshell, are realizations shared by all Thornish people since the beginning of the tradition. … Continue reading

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Sacred Role Models

By Jack Wolf In the Thornish teachings we do not hold to the belief that there are omniscient, omnipotent or otherwise all-powerful beings in existence.   We do not generally believe in things that most human beings might call ‘gods’. … Continue reading

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Tribal Women

By Jack Wolf My wife is a tribal woman. She is a person of strength and virtue even though a lot of the time she doesn’t want to take credit for those things. That’s pretty typical of many of the … Continue reading

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The Way of the Thornwood: What is it…really?

Jack Wolf This blog is entitled ‘The Way of the Thornwood.’ I have been asked to elaborate on what that means. I think it’s a fair enough question even though indeed, I have elaborated to various degrees on this in … Continue reading

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By Jack Wolf During a conversation last week with a Thornish elder, I was particularly struck by a term he used to describe Thornish people. He referred to us as “Neo-Paleo Tribalists” and of course that really got me thinking: … Continue reading

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Return of the Old Master

I have been remiss in my blog posts of late. I have had a number of messages from readers asking if everything was okay and indeed, I am thankful for the concern. However, my absence from the keyboard has not … Continue reading

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The Path of the Hard Animist

By Jack Wolf I thought I would share a bit about an exchange I recently had with a Pagan gentleman who seemed to feel that as animists go there is a limit to what one can consider alive in the … Continue reading

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