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From the dawn of time, mankind has searched for for their place in their community,  world,  and universe. religion is a way of finding our true nature and our relationship with life.  Finding that the modern faiths of the world lacked what we needed.

we looked back to our ancestors and to the religion that they practiced.

Our name for it is Ásatrú. 

Ásatrú is an old Norse word which means Troth (loyalty) to the Gods, and modern Ásatrú is nothing less than the complete revival of the ancient Norse Pagan religion.

Ásatrú recognizes many familiar Gods and Goddesses.

The God Thor
  • Thor is the Thunderer, the wielder of the divine Hammer Mjolnir. the thunder is the sound of his chariot, the rain his gift that allows the crops to prosper.
  • Odin, the All father, is the God who gifted mankind with a divine nature. He is the One eyed God, who traded his eye for wisdom, and hung on the world tree to learn the mysteries of magic and the runes. Odin receives slain warriors in his hall, where they prepare for the final battle of Ragnarok.
  • Frey is a God of peace and plenty who is King of the Elves and brings fertility and prosperity to the land.

But a religion without Goddesses is halfway to atheism.

  • Freya, who wears the sacred necklace Brisingamen and rides in her cat drawn chariot. She is the Goddess of love and beauty, but she is also a fierce Goddess of battle and takes half the battle-slain to her.
  • Frigg is Odin's wife, and she shares in his leadership of the Gods. She is the only other deity allowed to sit in Odin's Seat from which she can see all of the Nine Worlds, and is the patron of the household and of married women.
  • Skadi is a Goddess of strong independence and a patron of hunting and of skiing.

We of the Ásatrú believe that the goal of living is to lead a worthwhile and useful life, and we reject both the decaying fabric of modern culture as well as the phony morality of those who would plunge us back to the dark ages.

Our values are based on individual liberty, tempered with responsibility, as outlined in the Nine Noble Virtues: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-Reliance, and Perseverance.

No individual can stand alone without kinsmen and we believe strongly in the power and importance of the family. A strong religious community is also very important to us and we gather into groups, known as kindreds, to worship our Gods.

While we do not believe any religion is for everyone, the Ásatrú welcome anyone to our faith who is sincerely interested in pursuing the old ways

About

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah started with 12 individuals drawn together because of their beliefs, values and a desire to grow spiritually.   

The Kindred's founding day is April 12, 2008. Our Kindred is dedicated to building a vibrant Ásatrú community in the Northern Utah and it's surrounding areas.

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah is dedicated to being a re-constructionist form of Ásatrú, accepting all the forms of Northern tradition and lore.

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation.

Our Kindred holds 8 yearly rituals, all of them are open to the public.  

HAPPENINGS

Dec
23
Sat
NWK-YULE-day-1-2017 @ Crone's Hollow
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NWK-YULE-day-1-2017 @ Crone's Hollow

Come join us as we turn the wheel of the year to Yule.

Beneath your Christmas trees, egg nog, and fat jolly guys in red suits lie the roots of one of the year’s more important Pagan festivals.

Winter Solstice, The Long Night, or Yule (from the Norse Jul, which means “wheel”) is the time when many witches and Pagans gather with family and friends to eat good food, drink wassail, and say goodbye and hello to the sun as it hits its low point in the sky and starts its journey back.

The phenomenon of waning sunlight is central to the Yule holiday. Each day, as the sun rises on the eastern horizon, it moves a couple degrees north or south. The closer to summer solstice, the further north the sun will rise and set; the closer to winter solstice, the further south. Interestingly, at the solstices, the sun will rise and set at the same degree three days in a row.

A lot can happen in three days. For Pagans, this was the annual “reset button” for the sun, whose power was seen to wax and wane throughout the year. At winter solstice, the sun was thought to “die,” only to be “resurrected” three days later.

In this class and celebration we will learn the Mythology of the season, the Yule altar, the roots of gift giving and the importance of feasting at this time. As well, we will finish with the grand celebration and ritual of Yule as we welcome back the light of the Sun.

This class and celebration will be held on Saturday December 23 from 5:00 to 7pm at Crone’s Hollow, 3834 Main St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115. $10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

This is a pot luck event, bring your own drinks, **no alcohol please**. Paper plates and plastic utensils are supplied.

We hope to see you there.

Gothi Kelly Richan
Gythia Bernadene Whitten

Feb
10
Sat
NWK-Charming of the Plow-2018
Feb 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NWK-Charming of the Plow-2018

This is the date of an agricultural ritual performed in Northern Europe from ancient times. Grains and cakes were offered for the soil?s fertility, and the Sky Father and Earth Mother were invoked to that end. Meditate upon your dependence on the soil, and crumble upon the earth a piece of bread as you call upon Odin, Frigga and the Land Spirits to heal the Earth and keep it from harm.

Mar
17
Sat
NWK-High Feast of Ostara-2018
Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NWK-High Feast of Ostara-2018

This is the Spring Equinox. The end of Winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth. Today we honor Frigga, Freya and Nerthus with blot and feast. Pour a libation of mead onto the Earth; celebrate the rebirth of nature, Asatru, and the new hopes of our Folk.

Apr
30
Mon
NWK-Walpurgisnacht or May Eve-2018
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

this is better known as Walpurgisnacht or May Eve. Walberg is a goddess of our folk combining some of the traits of Her better-known peers. Reflect on this day on Freya, Hel, and Frigga as the repository of the glorious dead, and you will have an idea of Wulburg?s nature. On this day pour a horn of mead upon the earth in memory of our heroes.

Jun
23
Sat
NWK-Midsummer-2018
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is the longest day and the shortest night of the year: Now Sunna begins its ling decline, sliding into the darkness which will culminate six months from now at Yule. Identifying the sun with the brightness of Baldur, we celebrate in honor of both. Hold blot to Baldur and High Feast.

Aug
18
Sat
NWK-Freyfaxi-2018
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Freyfaxi marked the time of the harvest in ancient Iceland. Today the Asatru observe this date as a celebration of their harvest with blot to Freyr and a grand Feast from the gardens and the fields.

Sep
22
Sat
NWK-Winter Finding-2018
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Fall Equinox; Summer and Winter balance for a moment and the cold, old man wins – for now. Brace yourself for longer nights and the onset, eventually, of the cold and darkness of Winter. Do blot to Odin for inspiration to get through your personal lean times, whenever they may strike. This is the traditional time for Fall Fest and the Second Harvest Feast.

Oct
13
Sat
NWK-Winter Nights/Vetrablot-2018
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In the Old Icelandic Calendar, winter begins on the Satyrday between Hunting 11th and 17th. Winter Nights celebrates the bounty of the harvest and honors Freya and the fertility and protective spirits called Disir, that She leads (often the Disir are seen as our female ancestors). Give glory to Freya and pour a libation of ale, milk, or mead into the soil an offering to the Disir and the Earth itself.

Nov
10
Sat
NWK-Feast of the Einherjar-2018
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The chosen heroes who sit in Odin?s Hall are the Einherjar. Today we honor those dead kin who gave their lives for Family and Folk. If you have friends or family who died in battle, visit their graves today, if that is not possible, drink a libation in their memory.

Dec
21
Fri
NWK-Mother Night-2018
Dec 21 @ 7:35 pm – 8:35 pm

As the night before the Winter Solstice, this is the time when the New Year is born. We honor the beginning of Sunnas return and the breaking of Winter?s spell. This is a time to honor Thor and Freyr, celebrate by Blot, Sumbel, and High Feast. Burn a Yule Log and jump the flames for luck and purification.

Meet the Gothar

Kelly Richan, Gothi (Priest) for Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah, has been practicing Ásatrú for 21 years, and serves as Senior Gothi for his Kindred. Kelly has been practicing Rune and Seith magic for 21 years. He has served in the past as a religious volunteer for Utah State Prison for 7 years, and also served as Thing speaker for The Ásatrú Alliance in 2002.

Kelly Richan is the senior Gothi, in charge of rituals.  

Bernadene Whitten is a Gythia and the Law Speaker for the Kindred. She is in charge of the laws and lore.

Bernadene Whitten, Gythia (Priestess) for Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah, has been practicing Ásatrú for 8 years.

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