The Shetland and Orkney Norn word ganfer, from Old Norse *gandferð, refers to a weather phenomenon foreboding accidents, storms and gales - a parhelion (mock-sun, sun-dog). This paper explores the background of this in Old Norse texts and compares it to Norwegian and Icelandic traditions. It turns out that a whole complex of popular beliefs relating to mythology and notions of the soul can be established if we see the different parts of this material in light of each other. - Paper given at the 2nd International St Magnus Conference, 9th – 12th April 2014, Lerwick, Shetland. By Eldar Heide, eldar-heide.net/.