Many of the Gods and Goddesses who have come to me have appeared to me similar to what is written about them in the written record. There have been differences of course, especially in their mannerisms. Odin confuses me more than he frightens me; Loki does not seem as evil as described in the Eddas; Freyja is not as sexual as she is portrayed in the verses; Thor has a wonderful sense of humor that he hides ( but not for long ) behind his angry brow, and Skadhi may be a loner, but she is very sharing with her experiences, and I consider her to be a friend. At least as close of a friend as you can be with a Goddess.
Now some will cry out in indignation about these personal experiences, and they will say that they should not hold " weight " within our religion. For me at least these personal experience are worth a hundred times more than the written record. Besides each of the written records is just one persons personal opinion and view of the Gods. Everyone has a different opinion of people when they meet them. What is an overbearing person to one is a forthright person to another. A truthful person can be seen by one as a pleasant and unexpected surprise, while another will consider that honesty as hurtful. A person who stands alone will be seen by some as shy, and by others as a dangerous loner etc.... And the Gods are no different ! It is all about perspective my friends.
Starting tomorrow I will begin a series of articles on many of the Gods which will focus on the version told to us in the Eddas. How accurate these descriptions and tales are about our Gods will always be hotly debated. They are, however, for better or worse, the most complete descriptions of our Gods and Goddesses, and therefore must be included in any and all discussions of our Gods.
Go with Odin' s wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor' s protection !