The Thornish Path
A Neo-Tribal Tradition
Jack Wolf



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Subjects: Shamanism, Magick, Heathenism, Runes, Odinism, Northern Tradition.

Wisdom from a hidden community …
From words of prophecy made in earlier times to the newsfeeds of the today’s internet, more and more people are becoming aware of the changes taking place in the world. The old and much abused industrial model, driven largely by human ignorance and greed, has placed the future of both humankind and the Earth herself on a path to a questionable future.
But there is hope.

Over the past handful of decades, a great many people have been awakening to the realities of the world but as well, also hearing – and heeding – the call from the wisdom that lies in the heart of all human beings. It is a call to an older way, a better way; a way of returning to the realms of deeper spirit; of magic and of tribe. As individuals and as groups, those who have heard this call of the heart are rising to once again take their place as true human beings: As stewards of the land.

Canadian author Jack Wolf brings us a collection of stories from one such group of Earth-stewards. He does so with the desire that what he shares will kindle the fires of awakening in the hearts and minds of those who are ready for the return of the primal spark-of-hope.

Known as the Thornish tradition, the tribal gathering into which Jack was initiated in the mid 1980s, this group of animist stewards, referred to as knights of the greenwood or even forest mages by some, practices a form of Deepening Tribalism; which is a Paganism deeply tied to the spirits and energies of the land. As well, practitioners of the Thornish way express a commitment to recovering threads of the First Knowledge; a hidden repository of ancient wisdom believed to have been gifted to all people in the forgotten, primordial past.

Told in the narrative form, The Thornish Path, is intended to provide the reader with an intimate glimpse into the workings and relationships found within this formerly secret society. It is also intended as an introduction to this unique tradition for those who may wish to explore further.

Thornish people believe that they are but one tradition of many emerging now, into the modern world in order to be of assistance in the ongoing battle to heal the Earth, and in the words of Jack Wolf: “The time has come for the folk of the green to come into their own – as protectors and managers of the Earth, not the despoilers of it.”

Praise for previous book The Way of the Odin Brotherhood

“Jack Wolf’s plunge into the deep past when Christianity drove pagans into hiding, reads like a page-turning novel full of suspense and intrigue. Will Odin and his followers rise again? You’ll definitely root for them as you speed through Wolf’s absorbing, yet entertaining, work.”

”The late P. D. Ouspensky noted that human evolution requires conscious effort. It is only degeneration which can proceed unconsciously in man.”

”Like the Odin Brotherhood, the Thornish tradition strives to recreate homo superbus (the superb man) in our decadent age. In contrast to the Brotherhood, however, the Thornish tradition draws upon the heritage and mysteries of the “First Nations” in the Americas.”

”Mr. Wolf’s book, the first detailed study of the “Thornish Path,” is required reading for all students of esotericism.”- Professor Mark L. Mirabello.

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‘Would you know more?’

It began with a simple question, sent from an unknown e-mail address, and it kindled the fires of a quest that would take him on a journey of discovery spanning several years; a journey that would lead him closer to the enigmatic secret society known as the Odin Brotherhood.

Continuing a quest for understanding which had been started by his mentor years earlier, and following a trail of cryptic clues and mysterious lore, Canadian author Jack Wolf set out on a journey into the workings of this largely undocumented secret society. Accompanied by a mysterious informant known only as Crow, he embarks on a series of adventures that will ultimately draw him closer to penetrating the history, lore and secrets of this elder pagan fraternity – an entity which has existed for nearly six hundred years.


Dr Mark Mirabello’s Foreword to Jack Wolf’s The Way of the Odin Brotherhood

“I have sometimes wondered if it were possible that unrecognized forces of the past or present– or even the future– work through the thoughts and actions of living men.”
– Robert E. Howard, December 14, 1933

Mysteries have always intrigued me.

For example, Vallalar, also known as Ramalinga Adigal, disappeared from his one-room residence in Mettukuppam, India on January 30, 1874. After he had given his last and most famous lecture on the “nature of the powers that lie beyond us and move us,” he locked himself into his home and told his followers never to open the door. He said anyone entering would find nothing.

Vallalar’s seclusion generated rumors, and the British Government finally forced the door in May. They found an empty room and no clues. The facts were reported in the Madras District Gazetteer.


In my own life, I have experienced the enigma of the Odin Brotherhood. This secret society, composed of men and women who use darkness and stealth to preserve the lore of old gods and the purity of old ways, thrives on mystery.

Who are they? Why are they here? Why does legend surround their origin?

No one really knows the answers to such questions, but it clear that anyone who encounters the Brotherhood is never the same. Life has many moments of transformation–as an elderly Ethiopian woman once said to Leo Viktor Frobenius (1873 – 1938), the fabled scholar, when a woman is deflowered, or when a pubescent boy undergoes the ordeal of circumcision, each is changed forever–but when men and women encounter the Odin Brotherhood, they are transfigured.

Since publishing my little work on the Odin Brotherhood—in 1992—my contacts with the arcane have increased in number. I have been contacted by an alleged time traveler, I have been visited by a woman claiming to be from Odin, I have received cryptic verses (postmarked from Frankfurt, Germany) supposedly written by Odin himself, I have been offered membership in a French suicide cult, I have been asked to help with an exorcism of an adolescent deaf girl, and I have been visited by a traumatized woman who claimed to be a refugee from a subterranean world where humans are “bred like cattle and hunted like rabbits.” The list is extensive.

My hope was to be invited to join the Academy of Secrets, founded by Giambattista della Porta (1535? – 1615) and open only to those who had made important discoveries, but that has not yet happened.
Are any or all of these contacts connected to the Odin Brotherhood? As a believer in the process that Professor Karl Jung called “synchronicity,” or “meaningful coincidences,” I think that they are.
I cannot prove the linkage, but I do know that by publishing my slender book I did meet Jack Wolf. A Canadian, an acolyte of E. Max Hyatt, and an associate of Cassie Strong, a magician, Jack Wolf is the man who crafted the volume that you now hold.

And now, as my life has changed, so shall his.


After remaining hidden for so long, why is information on the Odin Brotherhood now emerging? Members still keep their involvement secret, but why is their “ancient lore” now appearing in books, articles, videos, and Internet sites?

Perhaps, as our civilization dies, we are being offered a “beacon of light.”

Many historians date the decline of the West from World War I, and is it a coincidence that weeks before the war, on July 20, 1914, that modern humans rediscovered Trois-Frères?

Used for 20,000 years as a religious site, this huge labyrinth, reached in total darkness via a narrow passage—only one foot high and 120 feet long—was dedicated to the old gods of Europe, when man hunted savage beasts, dressed in rawhide, and huddled around open fires.

Perhaps, in this time of distress, the old gods and goddesses from the era of the “Ice” are stirring once more.

And, they are using Jack Wolf to help us.

Mark Mirabello, Ph.D.
Year 591 of the Odin Brotherhood

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 E. Max Hyatt as one of 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 in small journals or websites. Jack is also the author of Tales from the Thornwood and The Urban Tribalist: Discovering your Pagan Path in the Concrete Jungle (coming in 2013).

Spiritually, Jack identifies himself most as a Deep Tribalist; that is a person 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. As such he follows a Deep Tribal tradition (which some have, not inaccurately, described as a form of animist Odinism) – which he has practiced since the late 1980s.

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 traditions worldwide. He currently resides with his daughter and his wife and co-author Cassandra Wolf in Squamish, British Columbia.

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