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


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.  


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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, while he use symbolic religion items  as statues to promote his teachings. To make one of these statues, you should look at the model of the maiden head and then select the color that you would like the statue to be. Once you have this decision made, you can now start shopping around for the best possible price. You can Buy Statues from Holyart at a reasonable price. 

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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