Pennsylvania German Powwow

Faith healing and folk magic of the Pennsylvania Germans


Charming at the crossroads

Posted by Rob Phoenix on March 27, 2021 at 3:15 PM

When one thinks of working charms at a crossroads, one likely thinks of hoodoo or other "conjure" traditions of the southern United States. And this would be correct. Powwow also utilizes a crossroads in our work. 


"I met Jesus at the crossroads,

Where the two ways meet;

Satan too was standing there,

And he said, "Come this way,

Lots and lots of pleasures

I can give to you today!"

But I said, "No,

There's Jesus here,

Just see what he offers me:

Down here my sins forgiven,

Up there a home in heaven,

Praise God that's the way for me!"

-Ron Graham

In Christian folk magic, the Crossroads is the place where Jesus and the Devil await. We only need to decide which way we will go. Will we take the left step toward the Devil and ask for his blessing on our work, or will we turn right and embrace Christ? There is no right or wrong answer here, there is only your personal powwow ethics.

The creation of an Erdspiegel (a magic mirror) for revealing the identity of a witch, utilizes a crossroads. To bring a blessing into someone's life, bury the petition in the name of Jesus along the right path of the crossroads. To eliminate a rival or verhex an enemy, scatter the ashes of your petition on the left path of the crossroads in the name of the Devil.

Charming at the crossroads is, in my personal experience, a last resort; whether for good or ill. In most cases, the work you do for a client will not need to come to you seeking out a crossroads. But if you have tried everything and still not get the result you need, then seek out a 4 way crossroads and either bury your petition (for good) or scatter the ashes (for ill). 

"Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, wherein is the good way, and walk therein" (Jeremiah 6:16).

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