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"As an amulet, JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT has no equal. It is used for Drawing Luck, gaining Mastery, and Strengthening Male Nature. We make a dressing oil from chips of the root, and incorporate it into sachet powders, incense, and crystals for bath or floor wash. All our JOHN THE CONQUEROR supplies contain pieces of real root!"
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue
High John the Conqueror root is one of the staples of African-American folk magic. Its use in mojo hands is as ubiquitous as its qualities are varied, and its very name signifies power and prosperity to many. Who was John the Conqueror and what is the root named after him? Ethnographers, especially those influenced by Zora Neale Hurston, say that he was a black slave whose life -- perhaps a real life that was embellished in the telling, perhaps a fictional life entirely imagined -- was an inspiration to slaves who wanted to rebel against their masters but could not do so openly. John, said to be the son of an African king, was in captivity, but he never became subservient, and his cleverness at tricking his master supplied many a story with a pointed moral. If he was a real being, he soon acquired some of the characteristics of mythical trickster figures like the Native American Coyote, the African-American Bre'r Rabbit, and the West African deity known variously as Elegua, Legba, and Eshu. He gave -- only to take away. He bet - and never lost. He played dumb -- but he was never outsmarted. The reputation of High John is so great that, as recorded by the folklorist Harry Middleton Hyatt in the 1930s, just reciting the words "John over John" and "John the Conqueror" is a powerful spell of magical protection against being hoodooed.
THE THREE JOHN ROOTS
There are three roots named for John the Conqueror. Each is in a separate botanical family and has a different method of use. HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT High John the Conqueror is the most prized of the three John roots. When Willie Dixon sings in "Hootchie Cootchie Man" that he has "a John the Conqueroo," he
JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT CHIPS AND PIECES For use in luck spells and for making your own dressing oil. mojo bag. whole root. or enhance personal sexual power. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots.00 BOT-JOHWRLG HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. 2 1/2" max. SMALL Small. bring luck at games of chance.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $7. EXTRA-LARGE Extra-Large..) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $5. Like many other ipomoeas. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots. allspice. WHOLE. whole root. cinnamon.. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots.00 HER-JTCRTCH HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. the root is not ingested. 1 1/2" max. spicy fragrance. for pocket piece. reminiscent of a combination of cherry-scented pipe tobacco. nutmeg. WHOLE. for pocket piece.the hard. but in magical practice. The root is generally available in the form on High John the Conqueror Small Whole Root.means a John the Conqueror root -. LARGE Large. WHOLE. it is rich in alkaloids. mojo bag.00 BOT-JOHWHXL . cedarwood. (See Botanical Curios for WHOLE JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $3. and a relative of the common sweet potato. Fresh John the Conqueror root has a unique. probably because it is an extremely powerful laxative. whole root. vetivert. woody tuber of Ipomoea jalapa. Instead it is used whole -carried on the person as a pocket piece or as an ingredient in a mojo bag. mojo bag. some of which are psychedelic.00 BOT-JOHWRSM HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $9. for pocket piece. and mace. a member of the morning glory family. especially one designed to draw money. High John the Conqueror Large Whole Root High John the Conqueror Extra Large Whole Root and High John the Conqueror Root Chips and Pieces.
and among Euro-American herbalists. POWDER Chew and spit to win in court. Court Case Root is also available ground up.00 HER-LJCROOT . COURT CASE ROOT The third John root is Chewing John. sometimes called Little John to Chew or Court Case Root. A typical spell prescribes its use in court case magic: Chew the root. LOW JOHN ROOT Southern John or Dixie John Root (rarely called "The Conqueror") is the root of the common Wake-Robin or Trillium grandiflorum and related species. in African-American folk magic. • Read about Southern John Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $3. LITTLE JOHN. For instance. SOUTHERN JOHN (DIXIE JOHN. CHEWING JOHN (GALANGAL) ROOT. Low John is sold medicinally under the name Birth-Root or Beth-Root and used as an aid in childbirth and with menstrual cramps. It is a member of the ginger family and is medicinally used as a stomachic and carminative. and family matters. However. SOUTHERN JOHN. Low JohnLow John is not ingested. and Dixie Love Spiritual Supplies. In AfricanAmerican hoodoo practice. its pleasant gingery taste is part of its charm and. in the form of Little John to Chew Powder. $3. he will decide the case in your favour. This is Alpina galanga. swallow the juice and discretely spit the "cud" onto the courtroom floor before the judge walks in. CHEWING JOHN (GALANGAL) ROOT.DIXIE JOHN. WHOLE Chew and spit to win in court. These spring- flowering members of the lily family have long been used medicinally. sex. unlike High John Root or Low John Root.00 HER-SOUROOT CHEWING JOHN. it is an ingredient in Dixie John Root Spiritual Supplies. usually for help in family matters and love. otherwise called Galangal. It is carried on the person. LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW. for those who wish to use it as a sprinkle on offertory candles or in honey jars forcourt case magic. $3.00 HER-LJCPWDR LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW. Chewing John Root is actually chewed and the juice swallowed. LOW JOHN) ROOT WHOLE Carried in a bag or brewed into tea for luck in love.
(Some people use a buckeye nut or nutmeg in the same manner.00 -.) Anoint the root regularly with John the Conqueror Oil. Here are a few of the many ways a John the Conqueror can be fixed: To draw money to you: Wrap your folding bills around the root and keep it as a pocket piece. Fix in a red (some say green) flannel mojo bag and anoint with Van Van Oil. He got a bargain at $5. If the dime and the bill bear leap-year dates. Hoyt's Cologne. folding the bill toward you. John the Conqueror chips and pieces are only used in making spiritual supplies. he picked out the absolutely most perfect root in the shop. or place it near the door of your place of business to draw money to you through personal power. so much the better. and in my opinion. it is customary to "fix" it. He spent almost fifteen minutes going through the hundreds of roots we had. rubbing it in as you do so. symmetrical whole root. To obtain the maximum results from a whole John the Conqueror root.WORKING WITH WHOLE JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOTS John the Conqueror roots are primarily "male" roots because they resemble the testicles of brown-skinned men.even as much as many times the weight of a small. When carried as a lucky amulet. Wear it when playing the lottery or betting on horses. without a doubt. . It was so good that if i had seen it first. a man's root is always whole. even if it was as big as a baby's head and cost two dollars! The whole roots that we carry at our Lucky Mojo occult shop are available for examination by walk-in customers so that they may select the one that "speaks" to them. nine small pieces of Devil's Shoestring root and a silver "Mercury" dime in a $2.for that was a really good root. That's why you may get more weight in a bag of chips -. just to select the right root for his mojo bag. not away from you. or Money Drawing Oil. Another way to draw money : Wrap a John the Conqueror root. John the Conqueror Oil. i'd probably have kept it for display. No African American man i know with a family background in hoodoo practice would walk into my shop and buy a broken High John root.00 bill. either as a pocket piece or in a mojo. I had a man in here once who drove about an hour and a half to see us.
Dress the contents with Magnetic Sand and anoint the bag withAttraction Oil once a day. and wear concealed on your person while at the card table. Anoint with Come to Me Oil.) To Change a Friend into a Lover: place a John the Conqueror root. Add a dried bat heart or an alligator tooth or badger tooth or an alligator foot or rabbit foot. a miniature pair of dice. For luck in games of chance where deft finger-work is required: Combine a John the Conqueror root and a silver "Mercury" dime with a Lucky Hand root and wrap them as above in a $2.include with it a lock of her hair or an article of some kind that has touched her person. JOHN THE CONQUEROR SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES . and a few hairs or a snippet of clothing from the one you want in a red flannel bag. Love Me Oil or Stay With Me Oil and wear in a red flannel mojo bagconcealed below your waist. (A woman wishing to make a similar charm to attract men might add a Queen Elizabeth root to the John the Conqueror root and anoint the mojo with Follow Me Boy Oil. Dress the mojo with Lucky Hand Oilor red Fast Luck Oil or with the urine of your lover.) To win the love of a specific woman: Wrap a John the Conqueror root in a piece of parchment paper on which you have written her name nine times in Dragon's Blood ink and -. and a John the Conqueror root. Kiss Me Now! Oil.if possible . (A woman wishing to make a similar love spell to attract and hold a specific man might add a Queen Elizabeth root to the John the Conqueror root and anoint the mojo with a mixture of Follow Me Boy Oil and Stay With Me Oil. a small piece of Lodestone.00 bill.Come to Me Oil. John the Conqueror Oil. Anoint with red Fast Luck Oil. To exercise sexual attraction over women: Fix a John the Conqueror root in a red flannel mojo bag with a lodestone that has been dressed with magnetic sand. Carry this love charm on you while awake and keep it beneath your pillow while asleep. For luck in gambling: Fix a mojo bag (either red flannel for success or green flannel for money) with a Lucky Hand root . Anoint with Lodestone Oil. a pinch of five-finger grass. or other love-drawing oil and wear the mojo concealed below your waist. Love Me Oil. or with the urine of your lover.
High John the Conqueror is also prepared in the form of anointing oil. John the Conqueror is one of a family of related formulas that also includes Nature. and Crucible of Courageproducts. of course. Each one of these old-time recipes is slightly different -. dyes. and it is still among the most popular. plus other essential herb extracts. others on male virility. and ritual bathing and cleaning supplies. while praying for all that is desired. African Juju. and fragrances. and Fast Luck Oil. (Beware of modern so-called "HiConquering" or "Hi-John" products that are made up of nothing more than synthetic oils. Master. and courage. Along with Lodestone Oil. real High John the Conqueror spiritual supplies MUST contain pieces of the root. . scented sachet powders. or may be teamed up with formulas from another line of goods. but one very traditional method is to employ them in conjunction with the 23rd Psalm. or all of these combined with good fortune and luck at love and games of chance -. personal mastery. up to you. High John the Conqueror Oil is probably the most traditional of all hoodoo formulas. and offertory candles that are used in spells of commanding. or a passion and sexual love spell formula like Love Me. Power. Commanding. or mental force. be mixed and matched in any way that suits the practitioner. such as a financial or money luck formula like Money Drawing. leadership qualities. How you choose to use John the Conqueror spiritual supplies is. of course. spiritual incense.some placing emphasis on sheer strength. It can also be worn by a man on his body. enabling action upon the external world. Master Key. to strengthen his nature or help him when he is gambling.) High John the Conqueror Oil is used to "feed" John the Conqueror roots and to dress mojo bags. The above formulas may.but they have in common the underlying aim of enhancing the magician's internally generated forces. Each bottle or packet of these spiritual supplies should contain broken pieces of the root. Van Van Oil.
you can do the work according to the Planetary Rulers of the days of the week. He leadeth me beside the still waters. you can take time to align your spell-casting with cosmic forces and work by a Waxing Moon Phase. ANOINTING AND DRESSING WITH RITUAL CONJURE OIL John the Conqueror hoodoo oil can be used as a bath oil. GENERAL JOHN THE CONQUEROR SPELL SUGGESTIONS There are thousands of specific spells that employ a variety of hoodoo spiritual supplies. He restoreth my soul. and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. The genuine and authentic herbs and roots in . He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. If the need is not urgent. and acquiring whatever you desire at any time that is convenient. serendipity. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Amen. the Atrological Sgns of the Zodiac. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Here are some of the ways you can use John the Conqueror brand spiritual supplies to attract the luck you desire. I shall not want.PSALM 23 The Lord is my shepherd. so that the Moon grows bigger while you work. as an additive to oil-based furniture polishes. But don't let the Moon Phases hold you back: if the timing is not right. fortunate coincidences. I will fear no evil for thou art with me. to dress candles for magic rites and rituals. or to wear on your own body as a magical perfume. PREPARATION You may perform spells for increasing luck. Yea. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. or whenever it is best for you. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. "With the help and grace of God. Walk back home and don't look back. may i achieve what i require and desire. you may fnd it a good idea to light and burn the incense each time as well. Many people find that keeping a pot of Incense smoking while they work increases their ability to break through into a spiritual space or magical way of working. pack the incense in with your finger. or sprinkle a pinch of John the Conqueror Sachet Powder in the four corners of the room where you plan to meet with those whom you wish to influence. carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water toward the sunrise in the East. Each time. SMOKING WITH INCENSE Make the John the Conqueror Incense Powders into cones (use a twist of paper or a small candle snuffer cone. Dress in fresh. SPRINKLING WITH SACHET POWDERS Dust your body. clean clothes. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the used bath water. SETTING CANDLES AS PRAYER LIGHTS Carve your full name on an Offertory Candle and dress the candle with John the Conqueror Oil. speak aloud your petition.the bottle are your assurance that this is a hand-made conjure oil and not a chemical-scented factory product. or your socks and shoes with John the Conqueror Sachet Powder. As you dress it. your important paperwork. which now has your essence in it. and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. BATHING WITH HERBAL BATH CRYSTALS Before dawn dissolve half the packet of John the Conqueror Bath Crystals into a tub of hot water. . no matter how long it takes. If you burn it in sections." You may burn the candle in sections (generally 15 minutes at a time) or let it burn through to the end. such as.
Write your petition on paper. and usedsachet powders in a piece of cloth. Secure and tie it with thread or string. you may want to keep the remains around your home. you would be better off to use a fixed and prepared John the Conqueror Glass Encased Vigil Candle. you will be "dressed" for luck. and set the Vigil Light in a safe place. dissolve the remaining half of the bath crystals in hot water and add the liquid to the rinse water when you do your laundry. See all Conjure Hoodoo Rootwork Incense Powders How to Use Self Lighting Ritual Incense Powders in Hoodoo Practice Order John the Conqueror Bath Crystals from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Rootwork.If you want the spell to be ongoing. or shower stall. See all Hand-Made Herbal Hoodoo Oils for Conjure Ritual How to Use Dressing and Anointing Oils in the Hoodoo Tradition Order John the Conqueror Incense from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. cross it with your name written 9 times. especially your underwear and stockings. DRESSING YOUR CLOTHING Whenever it is convenient for you. Because these are magic spells for good luck. When you wear these clothes. and Hoodoo Bath Crystals . Wrap up any left-over candle wax. incense ashes. See all Spiritual. Conjure. CLEANING UP It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains. such as the sink. bath tub. Bury it in your back yard. or want a light at home to "back you up" while you are about your business. where it will not cause any problems while you are out. Order John the Conqueror Oil from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
7 Day Candles. See all Magical Hoodoo Spell Kits for Conjure and Rootwork How to Use Spell Kits in the Hoodoo Witchcraft Tradition . See all Fixed and Dressed Glass Encased Hoodoo Vigil Lights for Conjure and Candle Magic on Your Personal Spiritual Altar How to Use Prayer Candles. and Vigil Lights in the Spiritual Hoodoo Tradition Order John-the-Conqueror Vigil Light Candles to be set on our Spiritual Altar for you See all Lucky Mojo 7 Day Candles and Prayer Candles We Can Set on the Altars of the Missionary Independent Spiritual Church How to Order Your Vigil Light Prayer Candle Service to be Set on the Altars of Missionary Independent Spiritual Church Order a John the Conqueror Spell Kit from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. See all Magic. How to Use Bath Crystals and Floor Washes in Hoodoo Practice Order John the Conqueror Sachet Powder from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Jar Candles. Hoodoo. Conjure. and Ritual Sachet Powders How to Use Sachet Powders in the Hoodoo Rootwork Tradition Order a John the Conqueror Vigil Light Candle from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
and Florida was a powerful magical herb? The answer probably lies in the little-documented but widelyacknowledged contact between captive Africans and the Native Americans from whom they acquired local botanical knowledge. . Conjure Bags. and Tobies in Hoodoo Practice See all Lucky Mojo Bags and Hoodoo Gris Gris Mojo Hands How to Use Mojo Hands.and men carried it while hunting to strengthen themselves and increase their endurance. It was even said that if a man rubbed his root before hitting another man in a fight. Conjure Bags. To the Iroquois Indians. Any intelligent herb doctor or shamanic healer who was transported to a new environment would seek out a list of regional plants whose uses corresponded to the ones with which he or she was familiar. it is not unreasonable to search for a hypothetical African fore-runner to John the Conquer root in the herbal folklore of Africa. The Native Americas made use of various regional species of Ipomoea both as a laxative and for magic. See all Lucky Mojo Bags and Hoodoo Gris Gris Mojo Hands How to Use Mojo Hands. and Tobies in Hoodoo Practice HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT IN THE AMERICAN HOODOO TRADITION How did African slaves and their descendents come to believe that the root of a wild morning glory vine native to Mexico. the plant was "Man Root" or "Man In the Earth" -. Because the character of the person or mythical figure called John the Conqueror partakes of the tricksterish and way-opening qualities of the orisha and the loa known variously as Elegua. it is only reasonable to assume that Ipomoea jalapa was the designated surrogate for a West African plant with similar magical or medical properties. and Eshu. he could kill his opponent with one blow. Thus. Legba.Order a John the Conqueror Mojo Bag from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Louisiana.
the oil was used for anointing mojo hands and dressing altar candles. said to "restore lost nature" (sexual potency).so the obvious substitution by Native shaman for this would be Birth Root or Dixie John. John the Conqueror Herbal Tonic for Men. it too was packaged with a piece of fragrant root in each bottle. Each bottle of essential oil contained a small piece of High John root. after the style of Charlemagne. Probably the most popular of these compounded formulae was John the Conqueror Root in Oil. That is. Today most John the Conqueror anointing oils. commercial manufacturers of hoodoo spiritual supplies gradually began to leave out the actual botanical ingredients that had originally given the products their names -. This phoney "John the Conqueror" image obscures the authentic derivation of High John as a kingly African who was sold into slavery but nevertheless outwitted his captors. Likewise the African root was used to help women in childbirth -. was an actual medicine. spiritual supplies incorporating John the Conqueror root as an ingredient were sold nationally by the primarily Jewish chemists and herbalists who supplied the urban black market. HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLUES LYRICS . It is also possible that the relative rarity and expense of whole Ipomoea jalapa roots made substitutions by unscrupulous root doctors inevitable. and incense (except those manufactured by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.except that Man Root could not be chewed. Contemporary mass-manufacturers merely sell artificially-scented petroleum-based oils under the John the Conqueror brand name.and their power. an African root that could be chewed for male power was analogous to the Iroquois Man Root -. it contained other herbs traditionally believed to increase male sexual vigour. in addition to John the Conqueror root.It may be that there are three John-roots in the African-American hoodoo tradition because each in its own way substituted for some part of an African root that incorporated diverse qualities. A third product. so Chewing John was added to the retinue of John Roots to cover for that aspect of the African knowledge-base. even going so far as to replace the image of the root with that of a bearded Caucasian king wearing a Medieval circlet crown. After World War Two. Another popular product of the era was John the Conqueror Perfume.) have never been in the same factory with a John the Conqueror root. worn by men to attract women and for luck in games of chance. It also obscures the widespread ethnobotanical use of various Ipomoea species for medicinal and psychedelic purposes. sachet powders. floor washes. By the 1930s. The fact than early ads for this plant sometimes carried the phrase "True High John the Conqueror Root" seems to be a tacit acknowledgement of widespread fraud. 7-day candles.
Chicago blues musicians Willie Dixon (left) and Muddy Waters (right) have probably done more to familiarize white folks with the magical uses of John the Conqueror roots (and mojo hands) than any book on folklore ever could. pno. dms Recorded: Chicago. Lord. S. I rub my John the Conquer root #13473: My John The Conquer Root (Willie Dixon) Muddy Waters. vcl. J. Here are Dixon's lyrics for "My John the Conquer Root. "Let the man go free!" I was rubbin' my root. my John the Conquer root Aww. you know there ain't nothin' she can do. ten sax. my John the Conquer root Aww. you know there ain't nothin' she can do. I rub my John the Conquer root I was accused of murder in the first degree The judge's wife cried. Otis Spann. Chess (UK) CD RED BOX 3 . gtr. MY JOHN THE CONQUER ROOT My pistol may snap. i win every time When i rub my root. Brown. bs. hca. you know there ain't nothin' she can do. Lord. i can get in a game.T. Pee Wee Madison. my John the Conquer root Aww. Leary. Lord. Chess (UK) 8001 . All i have to do is rub my root.. Thanks to Gorgen Antonsson of Stockholm for the discographical information.P. Ill." recorded by Waters in 1964. Milton Rector. Oct 1964 Released: Chess 1914 . my mojo is frail But i rub my root. don't have a dime. my luck will never fail When i rub my root. I rub my John the Conquer root Oh. James Cotton.
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