"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.

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

(We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots. or enhance personal sexual power. bring luck at games of chance. SMALL Small. whole root. woody tuber of Ipomoea jalapa.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $9.. and mace. mojo bag. WHOLE. reminiscent of a combination of cherry-scented pipe tobacco. for pocket piece. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots. and a relative of the common sweet potato. LARGE Large.00 BOT-JOHWRSM HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. whole root. vetivert..means a John the Conqueror root -. it is rich in alkaloids. for pocket piece. for pocket piece. The root is generally available in the form on High John the Conqueror Small Whole Root. the root is not ingested. whole root. nutmeg.00 HER-JTCRTCH HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. High John the Conqueror Large Whole Root High John the Conqueror Extra Large Whole Root and High John the Conqueror Root Chips and Pieces. Fresh John the Conqueror root has a unique. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots.00 BOT-JOHWHXL . Like many other ipomoeas. spicy fragrance. mojo bag. WHOLE.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $7. mojo bag. probably because it is an extremely powerful laxative. 1 1/2" max. especially one designed to draw money. a member of the morning glory family.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $5. cedarwood. but in magical practice. JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT CHIPS AND PIECES For use in luck spells and for making your own dressing oil. (See Botanical Curios for WHOLE JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $3.00 BOT-JOHWRLG HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. EXTRA-LARGE Extra-Large. allspice. cinnamon. Instead it is used whole -carried on the person as a pocket piece or as an ingredient in a mojo bag.the hard. some of which are psychedelic. 2 1/2" max. WHOLE.

In AfricanAmerican hoodoo practice. and among Euro-American herbalists. swallow the juice and discretely spit the "cud" onto the courtroom floor before the judge walks in. It is carried on the person. However. LITTLE JOHN. POWDER Chew and spit to win in court. COURT CASE ROOT The third John root is Chewing John. sometimes called Little John to Chew or Court Case Root. unlike High John Root or Low John Root. SOUTHERN JOHN. 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. in the form of Little John to Chew Powder. LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW. $3. and Dixie Love Spiritual Supplies. sex. otherwise called Galangal. CHEWING JOHN (GALANGAL) ROOT. Low JohnLow John is not ingested. • Read about Southern John Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $3.00 HER-LJCROOT . SOUTHERN JOHN (DIXIE JOHN. For instance. usually for help in family matters and love.00 HER-LJCPWDR LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW. These spring- flowering members of the lily family have long been used medicinally. $3. he will decide the case in your favour. CHEWING JOHN (GALANGAL) ROOT.00 HER-SOUROOT CHEWING JOHN.DIXIE JOHN. LOW JOHN) ROOT WHOLE Carried in a bag or brewed into tea for luck in love. 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. This is Alpina galanga. for those who wish to use it as a sprinkle on offertory candles or in honey jars forcourt case magic. Chewing John Root is actually chewed and the juice swallowed. its pleasant gingery taste is part of its charm and. A typical spell prescribes its use in court case magic: Chew the root. Court Case Root is also available ground up. in African-American folk magic. and family matters. WHOLE Chew and spit to win in court. it is an ingredient in Dixie John Root Spiritual Supplies.

If the dime and the bill bear leap-year dates. without a doubt.even as much as many times the weight of a small. He spent almost fifteen minutes going through the hundreds of roots we had. 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. or Money Drawing Oil. just to select the right root for his mojo bag. Hoyt's Cologne.  .00 bill. He got a bargain at $5. symmetrical whole root. John the Conqueror Oil. Wear it when playing the lottery or betting on horses.WORKING WITH WHOLE JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOTS John the Conqueror roots are primarily "male" roots because they resemble the testicles of brown-skinned men. That's why you may get more weight in a bag of chips -. Another way to draw money : Wrap a John the Conqueror root. 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. Fix in a red (some say green) flannel mojo bag and anoint with Van Van Oil. i'd probably have kept it for display. nine small pieces of Devil's Shoestring root and a silver "Mercury" dime in a $2. rubbing it in as you do so. 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.for that was a really good root. not away from you. so much the better. a man's root is always whole. 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. John the Conqueror chips and pieces are only used in making spiritual supplies. (Some people use a buckeye nut or nutmeg in the same manner. To obtain the maximum results from a whole John the Conqueror root. it is customary to "fix" it. When carried as a lucky amulet. folding the bill toward you. 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 -.) Anoint the root regularly with John the Conqueror Oil. It was so good that if i had seen it first. and in my opinion.

if possible .00 bill. Love Me Oil or Stay With Me Oil and wear in a red flannel mojo bagconcealed below your waist. Dress the mojo with Lucky Hand Oilor red Fast Luck Oil or with the urine of your lover. 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. Kiss Me Now! Oil. JOHN THE CONQUEROR SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES .Come to Me Oil.include with it a lock of her hair or an article of some kind that has touched her person. Anoint with red Fast Luck Oil.) To Change a Friend into a Lover: place a John the Conqueror root. and a John the Conqueror root. Add a dried bat heart or an alligator tooth or badger tooth or an alligator foot or rabbit foot. Love Me Oil. and wear concealed on your person while at the card table. a small piece of Lodestone. 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 . Dress the contents with Magnetic Sand and anoint the bag withAttraction Oil once a day. Anoint with Come to Me Oil. or with the urine of your lover. (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.     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.) 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 few hairs or a snippet of clothing from the one you want in a red flannel bag. (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. or other love-drawing oil and wear the mojo concealed below your waist. a miniature pair of dice. a pinch of five-finger grass. John the Conqueror Oil. Anoint with Lodestone Oil.

Commanding. and fragrances. . to strengthen his nature or help him when he is gambling. personal mastery. and Fast Luck Oil. spiritual incense. while praying for all that is desired. How you choose to use John the Conqueror spiritual supplies is. and offertory candles that are used in spells of commanding. scented sachet powders. and ritual bathing and cleaning supplies. others on male virility. It can also be worn by a man on his body. of course. leadership qualities. but one very traditional method is to employ them in conjunction with the 23rd Psalm. enabling action upon the external world. Master Key. Each one of these old-time recipes is slightly different -. or mental force.) High John the Conqueror Oil is used to "feed" John the Conqueror roots and to dress mojo bags. Each bottle or packet of these spiritual supplies should contain broken pieces of the root. plus other essential herb extracts. High John the Conqueror Oil is probably the most traditional of all hoodoo formulas. up to you. such as a financial or money luck formula like Money Drawing. John the Conqueror is one of a family of related formulas that also includes Nature. dyes. or may be teamed up with formulas from another line of goods. and courage. be mixed and matched in any way that suits the practitioner.some placing emphasis on sheer strength. Power. Along with Lodestone Oil. African Juju. or all of these combined with good fortune and luck at love and games of chance -. and it is still among the most popular. of course. real High John the Conqueror spiritual supplies MUST contain pieces of the root.but they have in common the underlying aim of enhancing the magician's internally generated forces. Master. Van Van Oil. (Beware of modern so-called "HiConquering" or "Hi-John" products that are made up of nothing more than synthetic oils. The above formulas may. or a passion and sexual love spell formula like Love Me. and Crucible of Courageproducts.High John the Conqueror is also prepared in the form of anointing oil.

the Atrological Sgns of the Zodiac. or to wear on your own body as a magical perfume. Amen. I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. GENERAL JOHN THE CONQUEROR SPELL SUGGESTIONS There are thousands of specific spells that employ a variety of hoodoo spiritual supplies. ANOINTING AND DRESSING WITH RITUAL CONJURE OIL John the Conqueror hoodoo oil can be used as a bath oil. Yea. as an additive to oil-based furniture polishes. He leadeth me beside the still waters. and acquiring whatever you desire at any time that is convenient. If the need is not urgent. But don't let the Moon Phases hold you back: if the timing is not right. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. you can take time to align your spell-casting with cosmic forces and work by a Waxing Moon Phase. The genuine and authentic herbs and roots in . or whenever it is best for you. Here are some of the ways you can use John the Conqueror brand spiritual supplies to attract the luck you desire. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. fortunate coincidences. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. to dress candles for magic rites and rituals. He restoreth my soul. and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.PSALM 23 The Lord is my shepherd. so that the Moon grows bigger while you work. serendipity. I shall not want. PREPARATION You may perform spells for increasing luck. My cup runneth over. you can do the work according to the Planetary Rulers of the days of the week. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

the bottle are your assurance that this is a hand-made conjure oil and not a chemical-scented factory product. no matter how long it takes. SMOKING WITH INCENSE Make the John the Conqueror Incense Powders into cones (use a twist of paper or a small candle snuffer cone. 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. say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water toward the sunrise in the East. clean clothes. As you dress it. SPRINKLING WITH SACHET POWDERS Dust your body. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the used bath water. and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. Walk back home and don't look back. 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. Each time. or your socks and shoes with John the Conqueror Sachet Powder. such as. BATHING WITH HERBAL BATH CRYSTALS Before dawn dissolve half the packet of John the Conqueror Bath Crystals into a tub of hot water. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. . If you burn it in sections. "With the help and grace of God. 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. which now has your essence in it." You may burn the candle in sections (generally 15 minutes at a time) or let it burn through to the end. your important paperwork. speak aloud your petition. SETTING CANDLES AS PRAYER LIGHTS Carve your full name on an Offertory Candle and dress the candle with John the Conqueror Oil. Dress in fresh.

If you want the spell to be ongoing. Wrap up any left-over candle wax. bath tub. and Hoodoo Bath Crystals . such as the sink. and usedsachet powders in a piece of cloth. especially your underwear and stockings. and set the Vigil Light in a safe place. you may want to keep the remains around your home. CLEANING UP It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains. Order John the Conqueror Oil from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Write your petition on paper. or want a light at home to "back you up" while you are about your business.   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. you will be "dressed" for luck. Conjure. dissolve the remaining half of the bath crystals in hot water and add the liquid to the rinse water when you do your laundry. cross it with your name written 9 times. where it will not cause any problems while you are out. Because these are magic spells for good luck. you would be better off to use a fixed and prepared John the Conqueror Glass Encased Vigil Candle. Secure and tie it with thread or string.  See all Spiritual. incense ashes. 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. Bury it in your back yard. DRESSING YOUR CLOTHING Whenever it is convenient for you. When you wear these clothes. Rootwork.

Jar Candles.   See all Magic. 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. Hoodoo. 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. 7 Day Candles. How to Use Bath Crystals and Floor Washes in Hoodoo Practice Order John the Conqueror Sachet Powder from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.   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.   See all Magical Hoodoo Spell Kits for Conjure and Rootwork How to Use Spell Kits in the Hoodoo Witchcraft Tradition .

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. To the Iroquois Indians. 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. and Tobies in Hoodoo Practice   See all Lucky Mojo Bags and Hoodoo Gris Gris Mojo Hands How to Use Mojo Hands. he could kill his opponent with one blow. Louisiana. The Native Americas made use of various regional species of Ipomoea both as a laxative and for magic. it is not unreasonable to search for a hypothetical African fore-runner to John the Conquer root in the herbal folklore of Africa.   See all Lucky Mojo Bags and Hoodoo Gris Gris Mojo Hands How to Use Mojo Hands. Thus. . it is only reasonable to assume that Ipomoea jalapa was the designated surrogate for a West African plant with similar magical or medical properties. Legba. It was even said that if a man rubbed his root before hitting another man in a fight.and men carried it while hunting to strengthen themselves and increase their endurance. Conjure Bags. 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. Conjure Bags.Order a John the Conqueror Mojo Bag from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. and Eshu. 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" -.

after the style of Charlemagne. floor washes. 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.) have never been in the same factory with a John the Conqueror root. was an actual medicine. even going so far as to replace the image of the root with that of a bearded Caucasian king wearing a Medieval circlet the obvious substitution by Native shaman for this would be Birth Root or Dixie John. Another popular product of the era was John the Conqueror Perfume. the oil was used for anointing mojo hands and dressing altar candles. By the 1930s. in addition to John the Conqueror root. it too was packaged with a piece of fragrant root in each bottle. so Chewing John was added to the retinue of John Roots to cover for that aspect of the African knowledge-base.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. HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLUES LYRICS . an African root that could be chewed for male power was analogous to the Iroquois Man Root -. 7-day candles. Likewise the African root was used to help women in childbirth -. said to "restore lost nature" (sexual potency). A third product. 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. commercial manufacturers of hoodoo spiritual supplies gradually began to leave out the actual botanical ingredients that had originally given the products their names -. Probably the most popular of these compounded formulae was John the Conqueror Root in Oil.except that Man Root could not be chewed. It also obscures the widespread ethnobotanical use of various Ipomoea species for medicinal and psychedelic purposes. sachet powders. Today most John the Conqueror anointing oils. It is also possible that the relative rarity and expense of whole Ipomoea jalapa roots made substitutions by unscrupulous root doctors inevitable. Each bottle of essential oil contained a small piece of High John root. That is. worn by men to attract women and for luck in games of chance. After World War Two.and their power. 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. it contained other herbs traditionally believed to increase male sexual vigour. John the Conqueror Herbal Tonic for Men. and incense (except those manufactured by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Contemporary mass-manufacturers merely sell artificially-scented petroleum-based oils under the John the Conqueror brand name.

hca. bs. you know there ain't nothin' she can do." recorded by Waters in 1964. Leary. I rub my John the Conquer root #13473: My John The Conquer Root (Willie Dixon) Muddy Waters. Oct 1964 Released: Chess 1914 [45].T. J. All i have to do is rub my root. Chess (UK) 8001 [45]. vcl. my John the Conquer root Aww. my luck will never fail When i rub my root. MY JOHN THE CONQUER ROOT My pistol may snap. my mojo is frail But i rub my root. you know there ain't nothin' she can do. you know there ain't nothin' she can do. i can get in a game. James Cotton.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. Chess (UK) CD RED BOX 3 . Milton Rector. don't have a dime. Pee Wee Madison. Lord. Otis Spann. Lord. dms Recorded: Chicago. ten sax. i win every time When i rub my root. Ill. pno. gtr. I rub my John the Conquer root Oh. my John the Conquer root Aww..P. Brown. S. "Let the man go free!" I was rubbin' my root. Here are Dixon's lyrics for "My John the Conquer Root. my John the Conquer root Aww. I rub my John the Conquer root I was accused of murder in the first degree The judge's wife cried. Lord. Thanks to Gorgen Antonsson of Stockholm for the discographical information.