Meet the Council

Here are the members of the Council for Awaken the North! We are all volunteers, and here to help you in whichever manner we can! Each member was picked for their dedication to the cause of creating a safe space for all to learn! Together, we represent all aspects of life: young, old, straight, gay, transgender,  non-binary, Pagan raised and “reformed” Heathens with extensive Abrahamic backgrounds. We have a wide variety of perspectives from Heathens, Pagans, Druids, Witches, and eclectics! Our diversity is what makes us strong, and allows us the opportunity to be exposed to other frames of mind, ideas, and world views. 

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Chancellor of Religious Affairs

Casey “Beast” Clark


Hailsa! I am Beast, the Chancellor of Religious Studies here at Awaken The North! I look forward to leading our members on the spiritual journey of a lifetime! Skal!

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Chancellor of the Emissary Program

Chris Claus


Greetings fellow heathens! I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Chris Claus, the Chancellor of the Emissary Program. I’ve been a heathen for 10 or so years now, and have been more focused on my faith for the past two or three years.

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Laurel Rae Clark


Hello, all! My name is Laurel Clark. I am Beast’s wife, and the Scribe for Awaken the North. It is my job to keep you all up to date on what the Council is doing, and keep the official logs of our meetings. If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me via email by clicking the button below.

High Drighton

Cynthia “Cal” Leffler


My name is Cynthea Leffler but you can just call me Cal. As a member of this Council, I seek to expand my knowledge of the teaching of my ancestors and how they relate to my own beliefs in the great cycle of time. As your High Drighten it is my great pleasure to help ensure that we provide a welcoming and open community to all our kin. I serve as the “sheriff” of our community, ensuring that all of our members are being treated properly and fairly. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.

Chancellor of Military Services 

Rebecca Simon


~Bio coming soon~

Chancellor of Member Affairs

Anja Solsystir


Anja is a practicing Heathen Witch in the red deserts of Utah. She has studied Christianity, Wicca, Green Witchcraft, Modern Traditional Witchcraft, and has been initiated in Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. It is the Norse path that has truly called her home, however, and she is eager to one day be a dedicated Gyðja. She honors the sun goddess, Sunna, and specializes in divination through tarot, oracle, and runes. She is our Chancellor of Member Affairs, as well as our Chair of Kaupmaðr Félag (Fellowship of Merchants).

Chancellor of Public Affairs

Carrie McKenzie


Carrie lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, three cats and a lovebird. She fell into Heathenry after what she can only describe as a mystical experience. After participating in her first blót, her ancestors visited her in the form of eagles, clearly leading her to the gods. Carrie is a member of the Wolves of the North kindred, is dedicated to the goddess Freyja, and most enjoys worshiping the gods at her 150 year old cottage on the Wisconsin River, which has been in her family over 100 years. She dearly wishes to help others on their path to the gods and hopes to become a Gyðja in the future.

Chairs & Assistants

Official TikTok'er

Finn Odinsson


Hailsa all! I’m Finn (they/them pronouns) and I run the TikTok page for Awaken the North, @AwakenTheNorthOfficial.
I’ve been a practicing Heathen for 5 years, and have been practicing green witchcraft for just as long. I’m happy to connect with other members of the community and share mead recipes 😉, magic, and discussions on the lore of our Heathen faith. A couple of my passions are making mead and working to expand my acting career! Skål!

Goði Beast's Assistant

Jacen Peel

Hail! I am Jacen (aka Beast’s Assistant.) I’ve been a practicing Heathen since 2013. I have been a solo practitioner through my Heathen experience, but the soul craves companions. I mainly practice Rune writing and readings, typically only in relation to myself. Apart from Heathenry, I’m an avid reader and movie aficionado. It is my pleasure to share in this journey with you all.

Chair of Social Media Outreach

Sarah Dowell


~Bio and video coming soon~

Awaken the North's Vitki

Kurt Hoogstraat


Kurt Hoogstraat is a Vitki and Gothi living in northern Illinois. He is the founder of the Facebook group Vitki/Volva Forum. His personal Facebook page is A Contemporary Vitki. He is the author of the books “Vitki Musings” and “On Contemporary Seidr” both available exclusively on Amazon. His blog is Esoteric Musings.


Dave Adams


Hi all! I’m Dave, a Drighten here at Awaken The North. I’m a former Army medic and a retired RN. My wife Ashleigh and I live in Tulsa OK. My role is to ensure everyone feels welcome and at home here with AtN. Skål!