Pennsylvania German Powwow

Faith healing and folk magic of the Pennsylvania Germans


The green aspect of powwowing...

Posted by Rob Phoenix on June 23, 2020 at 6:50 PM

When I was a kid, my grandmother had a little garden outside the kitchen. She grew the very best tomatoes I've ever eaten and she also grew dandelions. While I never really cared for dandelion leaves (or the hot bacon dressing she made to put over them), I still remember the taste of the tomatoes and I've never in my life had one as good as those when I was a kid...

One neat thing I remember was my grandmother going out the back door, getting a few tomatoes from the garden, then bringing them in to slice up for lunch. I was always fascinated by that because she just literally went outside, grabbed something off a plant, and we ate it.. How weird!

As an adult, I love having a garden. While I have never been able to get tomatoes as good as my Nana grew, I do still feel something of a connection to her when I watch the veggies growing and pick just enough for our lunch or dinner. 

Powwowing does have a 'green' side to it. It's not all red strings and blood, you know...

Gardening, farming, herbalism, even landscaping, can all have a role to play in your powwowing. 

Think about your property and your connection to it. Is it your safe place? Are you connected to your land? Even if you are renting, you can still find a way to have a green space and care for it at the same time. The way we care for our land represents the way we care for our selves. 

At my home, we have a vegetable garden, many flower gardens, a few ponds, and trees and shrubbery that we care for. It's not easy. But we do it because we love our land and love the green that God has blessed us with. 

Powwowing is how we bring God's healing into the world. And we can do that through the land He has blessed us with. I have many herbs that are made into healing salves and teas, we have lots of fresh green veggies in our garden that bring health to our family, and the beauty of our flower gardens and ponds brings a sense of peace and mental healing to those who relax on our property.

Never forget nor neglect your "green space" as a Powwow. We are caretakers of the land and the people. God has chosen us to bring His healing into the world, and that includes healing through the use of our outdoor space. The land has power of its own. 

May God bless you in all that you do. + + +

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