Pennsylvania German Powwow

Faith healing and folk magic of the Pennsylvania Germans


As time passes... a look back on my blog..

Posted by Rob Phoenix on January 18, 2021 at 8:55 PM

I've been writing and maintaining this website for 13 years, give or take. During that time, I've grown from a simple practitioner and student of Powwow to a teacher and expert in the tradition. I remember those early years, I felt very nervous about putting myself out there to the public because I didn't know if I was good enough to heal others. But God does work in mysterious ways and when He thinks you are ready, then you are ready, and he thrust me out there into the public eye and I have helped so many clients that I've lost track. Not all of them were a success, mind you. Powwow isn't like that. Sometimes I was the right choice for someone, and sometimes I wasn't. That's just the way it is.

Prior to the creation of this website, I was a struggling Powwow trying to find my place in God's plan. I initially had trouble learning the charms because I didn't know how to "let go and let God". Once I figured that out, my Powwow became more succesful. The years passed, the clients came and went, and I've grown.

Believe it or not, I've actually made enemies over the years. This is definitely not something I'm proud of as I would rather make friends than enemies, but there you go. I suppose it happens to all of us who live on the fringes of society and practice our arts on the fringes of the religions of our days. But it's still a sad thing to experience.

As I reach the age of 50, I reflect back on that 20-something year old boy that I once was who was just learning about Powwow and a part of me wishes I could go back in time and discourage myself from studying anything even remotely "magical" or "supernatural". Life would have been so much easier for me had I chosen to just be a "regular guy" that didn't think about things like astrology or herbalism or healing or God... But that's not who or what I was raised to be. The culture I came from demands that I be more than that. My ancestors and my spiritual connections call on me to be a healer, to be a Powwow. it's not an easy path, but it's the one I was meant to follow, and so here I am.

There have been times during my work that I was unsure of some of the information I was learning, and putting out there to the public. And so, when I learned better, I made corrections. That's the way life is. We think we are correct but then we learn something better, so we adapt. That's the right way to do it. We should never stick to false information or false history as so many do. Powwow, and our Pennsylvania German ancestry, requires that we strive to live by THE TRUTH OF OUR HISTORY.

Thank you for your years and years of support, and hopefully we will have many years to come together in the future. 

May God bless you all in all that you do.

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Rob Phoenix

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