All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
hmm, well i know i have taken almost an entire year without much of a posting on this, but within this year a fair amount of growth and development has occurred, as well as my meeting with other practitioners, Lokeans and my own experiences as a shaman.
Personally, I am like Hrafnbjorn, I do not like the term Rokkr, as it was coined by some people seeking to be "the dark side" of heathenism and Asatru. I know that Jotun, like any population or group covers all ranges of light or dark, approachable and aggressive.
As I pointed out before, the Jotun are more of the primal, nature and element based beings. Loki, known as a trickster, I feel is more a god of Fire, Passion and creativity as well as like his blood brother and the mother of three of his children, a shapeshifter. Hel is the goddess of the dead, she is half mortal and half immortal, she is compassionate about the dead and deals with the living only when needed or asked by those who honestly wish to hear what she has to say. Angrboda, the Hagia of the Iron Woods, mother of Fenrir, Hel and Jormangandr, is a hunter and warrior. she is a strong woman who teaches the sacredness of the hunt and of combat, the acceptance of those that may have differences physically and mentally, and a powerful sorceress and runemaster (both futhark and jotun).
There is a whole group more that i could list, but that is just a quick example of the Jotun, and even if many say there is a gap between them and the Aesir, I have personally experienced a warm, sometimes weary appreciation of eachother, especially when you get a group of spirit horses each being ridden by a different norse god at a ritual like Yule or the wild hunt or solstices.
This impression that they are the "devils" of heathenism is not only biases of the lore being possibly tainted by the christian monks and converts that wrote down the lore, but also that many modern heathens become heathens and still hold onto the issues of their previous religions or ideas.
for the record, I personally feel that the entire ragnarok lore is potentially an entire christian fabrication, not just on the discord in the lore, but the wording and symbolism of that specific piece of lore.
after thought i meant to add: I work comfortably with jotun, Aesir, Vanir, Alfar,etc, alike.