There has been a rise lately in the number of people who are identifying as, or wanting to learn about Rokkatru. But, this begs the question, “What is Rokkatru? And what’s it about?” In simple definitions, it is those who are “true to” the Rokkr, just as Asatru is “true to” the Aesir. However, that being said, declaring a title of true to anything does imply a specific path to be true to. There are some who say that Rokkatru is anyone who honors or works with the Rokkr (or Lokean anyone who honors or works with Loki). However, that isn’t quite entirely the case. If that were true, any Wiccan who works with Odin could call themselves Asatru. Or anyone who practiced omnism and believed all deities as one and used multiples as needed, could say they are every religious & spiritual path on earth and the followers of those specific paths would just have to accept that and not dispute it. So there is more to it than just honoring a specific deity or pantheon in some way. And just as with the previous examples, there is a difference between being Rokkatru or Lokean and being eclectic pagan who just happens to prefer those deities. So, my suggestion of meaning here is that, Rokkatru is those who follow the path of the Rokkr and the lessons they teach us. So what is this path? In a very brief summary, it could be narrowed down to six primary points. Yes there are plenty of other aspects, but these seem to be at the core of the Rokkatru path. These points being 1) Honoring our gods, 2) Honoring our Ancestors, 3) Honoring our kin (Not always blood. And that will be another topic), 4) Upholding diversity and equality, 5) Honoring nature and the cycles of life, death and chaos, and 6) the key factor or difference here, walking the path of twilight. In later blogs, I plan to dive more deeply in these areas as we go along in varying degrees. But for now, a summary will suffice.
Honoring our gods: This goes without saying. The Rokkatru path honors the Rokkr or Jotun. This includes Loki, Andgrboda, Hela, Jormungandr, Fenrir, Surt, Ymir, Jord, Skadi, Logi, Laufey, Hyndla, Mengloth, Aegir, Ran, and any number of Giants and Underworld deities of the Norse pantheon. Now, this is not to say that you can’t honor other deities from other pantheons as well. You can serve whoever you feel called to. There are also many deities in other pantheons that are very much in line with Rokkatru to the point that I personally view them as some what like part of the family. Hades, Persephone, and the Titans from the Greek pantheon; Set and the gods of the Duat in the ancient Egyptian/Khemetic path; The Morrigan, and many others who deal with life and death and the balance, can all work well within this group. And of course, you can still honor other deities on the “lighter and brighter” side. Or even the Aesir or Vanir. As Rokkatru, we may still honor whoever we feel called to. However, The Rokkr are our primaries, our patrons. Thus the name.
Honoring Ancestors & Honoring Kin: Most any path you choose, will have some form of honoring or venerating ancestors somewhere in it. This is true with the Norse as well. And that includes Rokkatru. There are many ways in which to do this. Choose what feels right to you. That being said, many of us these days have families that we are not close to or that have some negative history that make it hard to want to honor them. I myself have quite a few of those ancestors. Don’t let that discourage you. Keep in mind that you can include spiritual ancestors as well. Ancestors can be seen as those who came before you. So in this sense, you can turn to others who came before you on your spiritual path. Or choose those who were chosen family instead of blood who have passed on. If need be, you can look to the gods of our path for this. Honor them as ancestors and ask them to help you with this. Then, when and if you are ready, look at your blood ancestors and look back beyond immediate. Look at great-grandparents and further back if you can. See if there is even one that you feel comfortable with. And if not, then make your offering our thought be simply “to those who came before me who still look out for me now” I could almost bet you have at least one of those. And then, make your way of honoring YOUR line, by consciously striving to do better and break the chain of whatever troublesome history is there. And eventually, you will be an ancestor to someone whether by blood or spirit. And your descendants may honor the changes you helped make. And this leads us to honoring kin. When I say this, I don’t just mean blood kin. By this I mean honoring our kindred in our path as well. And your spiritual tribe if you have found one. Help them when they need help you can provide. Be kind to them. Show compassion. Share joys and woes together with them. Share your knowledge and experience with them when they ask for help or guidance on a given matter. And pray for them.. Even when they don’t have a specific need. Pray for them to continue to not be in need. Pray for your spiritual community as a whole. They are your kin. Care for them as your family. Your spiritual family.
Upholding diversity and equality: This should be pretty simple. Someone being different from you is not a reason to hate them. Not if they follow a different religion, or are a different race, or different orientation, gender-identity, physical ability, economic class, etc. No god demands you hate other people based on what they are. Based on merit, sure. If they are mean and cruel and heartless and nasty people, or support those who are, fine. Hate that person if you want to. Excluding hate groups and other oppressive types, do not hate a group of people for being in that group. This is especially a common theme among the Rokkatru. Many of us are people who for one reason or the other are the outcast, and the misfits, and the downtrodden. We come from all walks of life. All races, sexual orientations, gender identity, physical abilities or lack there of, Neuro-typical, Neuro-divergent. We are everyone imaginable. And though I can’t speak for the gods, I would imagine that the fact that the Jotun were all so different in many ways, and the fact that they were nearly wiped out just for being what they are, may give them a bit of a soft spot for those who are different from the norm. And I believe they stand against bigotry and hatred with a passion. No religion or spiritual path actually teaches that kind of hatred. Humans have always used gods as scapegoats for their hate and downfalls despite none of their teachings supporting it. And the Rokkr, oh they will oppose such hate. And they will look out for the diverse collage of devotees who have been treated so wrong simply for being different. Because they’ve been there. And because they aren’t heartless. And we reflect that in our path.
Honoring nature cycles of life, death, and chaos & walking the path of twilight: We could talk about taking care of nature, tending the earth, being in tune with nature. But that is pretty standard for most pagan or pre-christian paths. So we’ll skip that part. But with Rokkatru, one of the primary focuses on nature is the nature of nature. How it acts and moves and breathes. Its personal qualities if you’d like to take it that way. Especially in the way it changes. We all know the cycles of nature and death and rebirth in the seasons. But what of the elements and phenomenon that cause these types of changes even unpatterned? The Rokkr and Jotun-kin are very much the forces of nature themselves. Much like the Greek Titans. In the Journey to Utgard, we are told that the giant, Logi, burned away his food, bone and all because he was wild-fire itself. The Rokkr are primal forces. We know that in winter the plants die and grow back in spring. In this scenario, the Jotun are the winter and cold and ice itself that does the freezing. And they are the bright warmth of the sun and the heat in the air that brings the buds back out in the spring. They are not only death or ends or change for the purpose growth. They are the forces that move that make the change happen. This both in nature and ourselves.
My patron, Loki, is a god of change who will make things chaotic enough that you have no choice but to change. Hela tends to the dead only to have them all rise up at Ragnarok, including Helheim holding Balder who is destined to come out in the end after the battle and restart everything. Which he could not do if he had been brought back out of Helheim when the Aesir first asked for him to be brought back. We know the balance of life, death, and life again. But it is Rokkr that are the primal forces that make those deaths and rebirths happen. It is a great balancing it. The fine line between life and death, light and dark. That balance and fine line between is part of where we walk the path of twilight. This is not only the line between life/growth and death/change. There is a line between what people now view as “positive” or “negative” and light or dark. And there is currently a big push in spiritual and religious communities to only have the all love and light, all positive aspects. But there can be no appreciation of the light if you have not seen darkness. And we have to look at our darker side and shadows to heal and grow and move forward. This also applies to what some call “good and bad” magic or practice or actions. There is no “harm none” rule in Rokkatru. Don’t harm needlessly or innocents. Don’t harm for pure hate or gain at the expensive of innocents. But there are times darker energies are needed. This is often referred to as “the left hand path”. And we do tend to be more willing to be on the darker side of things when necessary. Though “left hand” isn’t entirely accurate either. It’s not one side. Because just as we can’t have all light, we can’t live in only darkness either. We do not do dark and negative and chaos only. Nor do we do it for the mere sake of being dark and chaotic. We walk the fine line between light and dark and step into whichever side is needed for the situation at hand. And some situations use a bit of both sides. Some use one or the other. We walk in the path between so we can see and work in both.
This is not in any way, all that Rokkatru is.These are basic highlights. And this is simply my perspective and view from personal study, networking, and practice (and some lessons from not practicing enough. Don’t ask). And, again, I will be doing more blogs in the future looking at these points more individually. But, I have been up so late that it’s now early. And I must try to do the sleeping thing. Thank you for reading. Blessings to you all.