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American Folk Magick : Charms, Spells and Herbals

Return to Book Page. The roots of American Witchcraft, also know as Pow-Wow Magick, can be found in a 17th-century settler tradition comprising of a variety of cultural and religious influences.

Today Pow-Wow Magick has virtually disappeared but a few people remain to tell the real story of life in early America. In this text, the history and growth of this tradition is brought to life. Paperbackpages.

Published April 8th by Llewellyn Publications first published April 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about American Folk Magickplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 17, Jillian rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I first read this one under its’ original title, “Hexcraft”.

I wonder why it changed, do people find “hex” offensive, or something? I found it charming and familiar; my mom and Grandma are hereditary witches but not Wiccan and many of the folk practices were very similar to what I learned. Mine was more of a mix of French-Catholic and Metis mysticism, but still, I noticed similarities.

The Native American references I found problematic. I’m glad she spoke to an actual Chief whe Ravejwolf first read this one under its’ original title, “Hexcraft”. I’m glad she spoke to an actual Chief when investigating his culture. But the whole “Indian Peg” i know a road is named after her there, and that was a nickname, but it still makes me want to vomit sequence was rough. I also didn’t recognize any of the practices as Native American.

Granted, I am more familiar with the Ojibway and Cree practices and then, light years from being an expert. Indigenous people certainly have healing ways, but these didn’t look legit. The NA history references, other than those by the Chief, were also questionable. There aren’t many if any Pennsylvania Dutch here where I live.

It didn’t surprise me, as i know every culture has its healing and folk practices that are usually stemming from practices long, long ago that were indigenous to the culture and quashed by strict Christianity.


Overall, it’s zilver good book. It kind of bothered me to appropriate the culture as I know nothing about Penn. I’m not sure we should be doing that without a deep understanding of what we are doing. Granted, ravenwokf that practice magick borrow from other cultures, but I hope it is being done respectfully. On a side note. I wonder if Silver’s kids mind being named in ravenwklf books? Apr 21, Nicole rated it liked it. I had high hopes for this book, but I can’t give it more than 3 stars.

Some seemingly authentic pow-wow charms and prayers, mixed in with the author’s snide and sometimes judgmental comments about religions other than her own. Which, is typical for Ravenwolf. She lumps Pennsylvania Dutch folk magic into her fantasy world of “every magical practice is witchcraft”. Herbal info and recipes were educational and appreciated. More history and facts over opinions and bias would’ve deserved a higher rat I had high hopes for this book, but I can’t give it more than 3 stars.

More history and facts ravennwolf opinions and bias would’ve deserved a higher rating.

Jul 28, Steve Cran added it. Pow Wow magick sometimes called Hex magick was primarily practiced in the state of Pennsylvania. It was a combination of Norse magickal practices, Christianity and Native American magickal practice. The state of Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, a member of Britain’s upper class. His father was a judge.

William was a rather free thinker who believed in the rights of women and the right to choose your spiritual practices. He was rather outspoken about these beliefs and his father worried Pow Wow magick sometimes called Hex magick was primarily practiced in the state of Pennsylvania.

He was rather outspoken about these beliefs and his father worried that could cause lots of problems, these were the times that anyone who disagreed with the church could be tried for witchcraft and burned at the stake. Eventually Great Britain gave him a tract of land as one of the colonies.

He did so and it was one of the colonies that granted lots of religious freedom. This was a boon for Europeans who engaged in magickal practices. Many of the colonist who came to settle in Pennsylvania hailed from the black Forest which the Rhine River flowed through. There were two groups of Germans who settled there. THe first group were protestants who tended to be simple austere people.

The second group were German Catholics who tended to be wealthier and more colorful. Pow Wow practitioners tended to be a quiet lot of people who did not want their practices to be associated with Witchcraft or magick. They tended to use herbs and chants for healing people. They also had spells to catch criminals, stop fires and wild dogs.

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Very rarely did they have practices pertaining to obtaining love or money. Silver Ravenwolf has written a great book about this dying art of Magick. Herself a Wiccan she does note that there are differences between the two magickal systems.


The Pow Wow being relatively inexpensive in terms of gathering material. While Pow Wow has been primarily Christian in it’s outward orientation she has reworked some of the chants to a Wiccan perspective which is just as effective.

American Folk Magick by Silver RavenWolf

Some may like this and some may not. Then again nagick magick is totally pure. They all have borrowed from others.

Pennsylvania was home to a variety of practioners. There were also Rosicurians in Penn state as well. They all had to have had an influence on each other, Some Pow Wow practitioners communicated with these Ceremonial magicians via letter writing. I originally got this book from the library but I was so impressed with it that I went ahead and ordered a used copy from Amazon. The book is out of print but if you are a beginner in magick this book is an excellent starting point.

Feb 12, Yvonne rated it really liked it Shelves: Say what you will about SRW and her work, this book rocks. I’ve used the incantation in this book to bring down fevers etc and it works. I enjoyed learning about Germanic Penn. Dutch side of magick and how it was incorporated into their daily lives. Worth having in sliver magickal library.

May 03, Patricia rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a joy to have Silver Raven Wolf write a book about the folk magick that inspires each of us.

Whether you are Pagan, from Appalachia, or looking to learn some of the lore and legend around your state, this is the book for you. Dec 14, Tammy Chance Cover rated it it was amazing.

American Folk Magick: Charms, Spells & Herbals

This was one of my first magick books. I love the humor and information in the book. I have now read all but three of her books. So I would say she turned me into a fan. Oct ravwnwolf, Marquise De sade rated it really liked it. One I still want to get. Mar 13, Thalman8msn. This is soooo good. Apr 14, Jaymi Boswell rated it it was amazing Shelves: I like maick read about different sects of people that started up the country and the Pennsylvania Dutch are no different.

I enjoy the home remedies, cultural aspects, and could do without the spells. Oct 06, Victoria rated it it was amazing. It is a great book to read.