Pennsylvania German Powwow

Faith healing and folk magic of the Pennsylvania Germans


Even though this entire website is technically my "blog", this page will hold my extra articles that don't really fit in well on the other pages, or maybe there will just be ideas that jumped into my head that I wanted to share here. Some of the older blog entries are helpful and so I recommend you scroll down and look through the entries from 4 or 5 years ago. 

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What you can expect when you visit your local Powwow...

Posted by Rob Phoenix on May 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM

A hundred years ago, a visit to a local Powwow may have gone something like this:

A knock on the door late at night, a tired man, dusty from the fields, beckons you to come on inside. From the looks of things, he has just finished eating a modest dinner. A low fire burns in the fireplace. A walking stick leans against the mantle. Maybe an old knife and some branches lay on the floor next to a wooden chair; he might carve to pass the time.. He points to the chair for you to h...

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Hearing loss and folk magic.. my experience

Posted by Rob Phoenix on February 27, 2019 at 9:05 PM

I have hearing loss. It started about ten years ago and has quickly progressed. I now wear high-tech hearing aids that help filter things in such a way that I can hear SOME conversation, but not all. I have two conditions called sensiro-neural hearing loss and also conductive hearing loss. In other words, my ears are in rough shape and my hearing sucks.

As a powwow, my goal is to offer healing. It's sometimes tricky to think of healing others when there are things about myse...

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The Lesser Banishing Ritual

Posted by Rob Phoenix on February 20, 2019 at 3:05 PM

I have used the Lesser Banishing Ritual for many years. It was created by the Golden Dawn in the 1800's and has been picked up by modern occult groups of all religious flavor since then. It's obvious Judeo-Christian symbolism and invocations are a great addition to Powwow should you wish to add a more ceremonial element to what you are doing.

I use the Lesser Banishing Ritual (LBR) as a way to center myself or call on protection or cleanse an area of energies. It has all sor...

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The Sanctum Sanctorum - your place of power

Posted by Rob Phoenix on February 3, 2019 at 4:35 PM

I am fortunate enough to have a library in my home. It's not a large room, maybe 13 x 15 feet, but it houses almost 3000 books on shelves, an old physician's desk where I sit and do most of my writing, and all of my personal magical and powwow bits and baubles. When I'm working on this website, I'm in this library. When I'm powwowing for clients, I'm in this library. I've cast ceremonial circles in here. I've worked with archangels. I've summoned and conjured things in the room that I would n...

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The Hex Man cometh!

Posted by Rob Phoenix on December 9, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Now that I'm older and more venerable and wise (ahem...) I've embraced my role as Powwow Doc or, more specifically, the Hex Man. In the past two years alone I have removed more hexes and curses than I have in the previous ten years! This tells me that the world is getting uglier and the stakes are higher than they've ever been. If we are to survive in this new, harsher world, we need to be willing to step up, do whatever is necessary, and not feel regrets or guilt about it. So here I am, the ...

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A hex doctor in modern times

Posted by Rob Phoenix on October 28, 2018 at 8:50 PM

It's odd to think of a local folk magician during these times of scientific progress and advances in medical technology, but folk magic will always be a part of our collective "folk mind". The "folk mind", as I personally define it, is the collective beliefs and mentality of a specific cultural people. In my case, it is the Pennsylvania Germans. We beleive strongly in the power of powwow and, to be honest, it is in no real danger of fading into obscurity. 

Our world is ...

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Protection from witchcraft

Posted by Rob Phoenix on September 28, 2018 at 6:25 PM

A large part of a powwow's work is combating harmful magic, also known as witchcraft. This type of magic is designed to disrupt, harm, or otherwise cause chaos in the victim's life. It seems an odd thing to talk about witchcraft in the year 2018, yet it is a very real thing. For the most part, modern practitioners of Witchcraft (often in the form of Wicca, but just as often not) are harmless and believe in balance and the inherent power of nature and other such things. Their work is vary much...

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The unseen battles of a hex doctor

Posted by Rob Phoenix on September 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Being a hex doctor, a powwow, means you take on the awesome responsibility of healing in the name of Christ. It also means you make yourself a beacon for all things supernatural; both good and bad. 

Years ago, my grandmother said to me "Weird things happen to weird people". I know now that this was just a snarky way of saying "like attracts like".

When I first began practice as a powwow, I was woefully inexperienced and limited to the few charms taught...

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Blowing out burns

Posted by Rob Phoenix on September 4, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Last Saturday night I fell into my neighbor's fire pit. It was a great metal cauldron with a huge fire inside. I stood up from my chair and literally fell right into it. I instinctively put my hands out and as I fell I grabbed onto the sides of the fire pit as I fell to my knees. The burn was so powerful I fell back, and my left leg straightened out and rested right against the flaming cauldron.

At the hospital, I was diagnosed with second degree burns on my lieft leg and th...

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shotguns in powwow

Posted by Rob Phoenix on August 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Back in the day, life was a little different than it is now. Farmers and other rural folks could shoot a rabbit or a pheasant or whatever that happened to be on their property or in the nearby woods, and that might end up as dinner. Because of the commonality of shotguns, it's no suprise that guns would have folk magic purposes.

In powwow, a gun can be used as a method of ending witchcraft. The witches name is written on paper, attached to a tree, then shot at. This repels t...

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