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Huntress, My Beloved

Huntress, My Beloved by Danica Swanson Beloved Skaði of the keen eye and deadly arrow, Ten years ago You came to me As my heart howled with the grief of divorce. You expertly guided me As floods of angry tears drenched me And shards of emotional shrapnel pierced my heart. Beloved daughter of the iron
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Welcome to the new home of The Black Stone Hermitage!

The Black Stone Hermitage, as a concept and as a corresponding online + physical place, was founded in 2011 in Portland, OR. Inspired by a vision received by its resident hermit – that’s me – it began its online life in blog form at blackstonemonastery.wordpress.com. In 2013 the Hermitage began hosting visitors for short meditation
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Uneasy Listening: Dark Ambient Music Appreciation for Pagans

“Encoded in the earth, encrypted in our bodies, and built into temples is a knowledge that wants to live again as music.”  ~ Susan Elizabeth Hale, Sacred Space, Sacred Sound: The Acoustic Mysteries of Holy Places “Dark ambient is definitely a big part of my spiritual life…It almost functions as a gate to another reality,
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What Is Sacred Endarkenment?

“I think the sacred is more readily available to us in the dark.” ~ Martin Lowenthal, Getting Enlightened in the Dark “…some people say we should never, ever leave the light.  We should endeavor to be “light workers” who fill every shadow with light and eliminate all darkness.  […]  If the light’s on all the
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My Polytheism: Contemplative Solitary Monastic Practice

This piece started out as a list of my contemplative practices, but then expanded into a contribution to the My Polytheism project, which was recently launched by Jolene Dawe to celebrate diversity in polytheism. Yay! If you haven’t seen the blog yet, I recommend you go check it out! I love this whole project, but
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Ancestral Grief and My Future Pilgrimage to Sweden

A notable not-coincidence took place at the Hermitage today: I stumbled upon a video of Jonna Jinton practicing kulning – an ancient Swedish herding call – in the forests of Sweden. This beautiful video moved me so deeply that it reduced me to shivers and full-body sobs within the first 30 seconds.  It stirred something

Meme: I stand with #HavamalWitches

“I am one of the witches the Hávamál warns you about.” This is the rallying cry of an international movement to address sexism in Heathen communities that is spreading like wildfire. It was started last week by Jade Pichette, a respected gythia in Canada, who writes: “So a hashtag #HavamalWitches has started to critique sexism

The Hermitage will soon be on the new Pagan Bloggers portal

I’m pleased to announce that I’m one of the authors who will be writing on the new Pagan-owned-and-operated paganbloggers.com portal. My writings will focus on sacred endarkenment, polytheist monasticism, sacred dance, and dark ambient music. (No surprise there, eh?) The site launches on March 21 – just a couple of weeks away! So you’ll soon

Announcing: New Patreon for the Hermitage

I’m delighted to announce that I have launched a new Patreon campaign for the Hermitage!  Please give it a look, and if you enjoy my writings on dark ambient music, playlists, shrine photos, Black Tent Temple design, devotional dance, etc., please consider becoming a patron!  I have many exciting plans in store for the future

Pagan & Polytheist Monasticism Discussion Group and LANMIPP

If you’re on Facebook and interested in Pagan and Polytheist monasticism, there’s a brand new discussion group that I can highly recommend, for which I am a co-admin. The group is turning out to be so fantastic – so full of brilliant and prolific writers, and so supportive and community-driven – that it has consumed

A Black Tent Temple by Gerrie Ordaz

Over the past couple of years, interest has been growing in the Black Tent Temple concept I put forth on the Hermitage blog back in 2012. I’ve received quite a few inquiries about it. I encouraged anyone who was interested to take the idea and run with it, and invited them to share their results