Category: Black Tent Temple Project

Sacred Endarkenment: Contemplative Norse Polytheist Monasticism

This year I've entered a new and deepened stage of a personalized alchemical project of endarkenment. Slowly but surely, it seems I'm being transmuted into a being who is an appropriate match for the responsibilities that await me when I move to Sweden to pursue a permanent home for the Hermitage. This includes developing a

A Black Tent Temple by Gerrie Ordaz

[Ed. note: This is archived material from the old blog; links and other info may be out of date. It will remain here as-is for reference.] 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

My Vision for the Future of the Hermitage

Five years have now passed since I received the original vision of the Hermitage in 2011 and started this blog to chronicle the development of the vision.  Now, the time has come to take the leap of faith.   I’ve committed myself to a full-time path of creative self-employment, contemplative solitude, and service work as a

Hermitage Support Strategy Update

In recent posts, I’ve discussed staying job-free so that I might have sufficient free time to devote most of my time and energy to my writing, and to other Work for the gods, spirits, and my community. I’ve planned to support this work through a multiple-sources-of-income strategy. Toward that end, I recently launched a new

The Black Tent Temple Project Update

[Ed. note: This is archived material from the old blog; links and other info may be out of date. It will remain here as-is for reference.] Awhile back, I wrote about some correspondence I had received in May from a fellow Pagan, Gerrie Ordaz, who loved the original post I made in 2012 about my

The Black Tent Temple: A Space for Incubation and Endarkenment

[Ed. note: This is archived material from the old blog; links and other info may be out of date. It will remain here as-is for reference.] Recently I received a lovely e-mail from a fellow Pagan who found my blog via a Google search for Pagan monasteries. She expressed great enthusiasm for the ideas I

Endarkenment Redecoration Project

In the Winter Solstice spirit of embracing the darkness and the longest night of the year… Inspired by dark ritual ambient music, dark fusion dance, and the deepening of autumn and the coming of winter, here are some photos from the Oct. 2013 Endarkenment Redecoration Project at the Hermitage in downtown Portland, OR, USA.  This

A Black Tent Temple

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Red Tent Temple movement, which started in 2007 and grew out of the popularity of Anita Diamant’s book The Red Tent. Although I have no personal experience with it – nor have I read the book – the Red Tent Temple movement, as I understand it, is focused on creating

The Black Tent Temple and Psychomanteum

(Update: The psychomanteum has been retired and is no longer in service, but I’m leaving this page online for archival purposes.) The Black Tent Temple is a small, enclosed, privately owned spiritual incubation space I designed at the Hermitage.  It features a psychomanteum – also known as a mirror gazing room, portal, spirit room, oracle