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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
and a relative of the common sweet potato. it is rich in alkaloids. some of which are psychedelic. cedarwood. The root is generally available in the form on High John the Conqueror Small Whole Root.00 BOT-JOHWRLG HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. 1 1/2" max. LARGE Large. whole root. for pocket piece. Like many other ipomoeas. Instead it is used whole -carried on the person as a pocket piece or as an ingredient in a mojo bag. especially one designed to draw money. EXTRA-LARGE Extra-Large.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $5. WHOLE. whole root.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $9. WHOLE. cinnamon. vetivert.means a John the Conqueror root -. woody tuber of Ipomoea jalapa. probably because it is an extremely powerful laxative. mojo bag.. a member of the morning glory family.00 BOT-JOHWRSM HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. allspice. nutmeg. or enhance personal sexual power. bring luck at games of chance. 2 1/2" max. High John the Conqueror Large Whole Root High John the Conqueror Extra Large Whole Root and High John the Conqueror Root Chips and Pieces. (See Botanical Curios for WHOLE JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $3.00 HER-JTCRTCH HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT. reminiscent of a combination of cherry-scented pipe tobacco. and mace. Fresh John the Conqueror root has a unique. the root is not ingested.. SMALL Small. spicy fragrance.00 BOT-JOHWHXL . (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots.the hard. mojo bag. for pocket piece. mojo bag.) • Read about John the Conqueror Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $7. (We also sell John the Conqueror Oil for anointing roots. WHOLE. for pocket piece. but in magical practice. whole root. JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT CHIPS AND PIECES For use in luck spells and for making your own dressing oil.
it is an ingredient in Dixie John Root Spiritual Supplies. However. POWDER Chew and spit to win in court. WHOLE Chew and spit to win in court. and among Euro-American herbalists. SOUTHERN JOHN (DIXIE JOHN. For instance. SOUTHERN JOHN. COURT CASE ROOT The third John root is Chewing John. usually for help in family matters and love. swallow the juice and discretely spit the "cud" onto the courtroom floor before the judge walks in. in African-American folk magic. otherwise called Galangal. LOW JOHN) ROOT WHOLE Carried in a bag or brewed into tea for luck in love. sometimes called Little John to Chew or Court Case Root. These spring- flowering members of the lily family have long been used medicinally. This is Alpina galanga.DIXIE JOHN. its pleasant gingery taste is part of its charm and.00 HER-LJCPWDR LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW. and family matters. LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW. in the form of Little John to Chew Powder. It is a member of the ginger family and is medicinally used as a stomachic and carminative. LITTLE JOHN. Chewing John Root is actually chewed and the juice swallowed. and Dixie Love Spiritual Supplies. 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. unlike High John Root or Low John Root. sex. Court Case Root is also available ground up. Low John is sold medicinally under the name Birth-Root or Beth-Root and used as an aid in childbirth and with menstrual cramps. • Read about Southern John Root with Free Magic Spells and Prayers $3. for those who wish to use it as a sprinkle on offertory candles or in honey jars forcourt case magic.00 HER-SOUROOT CHEWING JOHN. $3. he will decide the case in your favour. In AfricanAmerican hoodoo practice. CHEWING JOHN (GALANGAL) ROOT. Low JohnLow John is not ingested. A typical spell prescribes its use in court case magic: Chew the root.00 HER-LJCROOT . $3. It is carried on the person. CHEWING JOHN (GALANGAL) ROOT.
To obtain the maximum results from a whole 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. He got a bargain at $5.even as much as many times the weight of a small. John the Conqueror chips and pieces are only used in making spiritual supplies. When carried as a lucky amulet. it is customary to "fix" it. folding the bill toward you.WORKING WITH WHOLE JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOTS John the Conqueror roots are primarily "male" roots because they resemble the testicles of brown-skinned men. nine small pieces of Devil's Shoestring root and a silver "Mercury" dime in a $2.) Anoint the root regularly with John the Conqueror Oil. Hoyt's Cologne. or Money Drawing Oil. Another way to draw money : Wrap a John the Conqueror root. . I had a man in here once who drove about an hour and a half to see us. rubbing it in as you do so. It was so good that if i had seen it first. Fix in a red (some say green) flannel mojo bag and anoint with Van Van Oil. just to select the right root for his mojo bag. 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. 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.00 -. 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. If the dime and the bill bear leap-year dates. John the Conqueror Oil. He spent almost fifteen minutes going through the hundreds of roots we had. symmetrical whole root. That's why you may get more weight in a bag of chips -. i'd probably have kept it for display. so much the better. and in my opinion. not away from you. a man's root is always whole.for that was a really good root. either as a pocket piece or in a mojo. (Some people use a buckeye nut or nutmeg in the same manner. without a doubt.00 bill. Wear it when playing the lottery or betting on horses.
) 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. and wear concealed on your person while at the card table.if possible . Dress the mojo with Lucky Hand Oilor red Fast Luck Oil or with the urine of your lover. Kiss Me Now! Oil. Anoint with Lodestone Oil. a small piece of Lodestone. (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. Anoint with Come to Me Oil. Add a dried bat heart or an alligator tooth or badger tooth or an alligator foot or rabbit foot. 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.) To Change a Friend into a Lover: place a John the Conqueror root. (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. 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 . a pinch of five-finger grass. Love Me Oil. or with the urine of your lover. JOHN THE CONQUEROR SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES . John the Conqueror Oil. a miniature pair of dice.include with it a lock of her hair or an article of some kind that has touched her person. 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 $2.00 bill. Dress the contents with Magnetic Sand and anoint the bag withAttraction Oil once a day. Love Me Oil or Stay With Me Oil and wear in a red flannel mojo bagconcealed below your waist. and a John the Conqueror root. or other love-drawing oil and wear the mojo concealed below your waist.Come to Me Oil. Anoint with red Fast Luck Oil.
plus other essential herb extracts. to strengthen his nature or help him when he is gambling. Master. Master Key. scented sachet powders. or a passion and sexual love spell formula like Love Me. enabling action upon the external world. personal mastery. be mixed and matched in any way that suits the practitioner. Each bottle or packet of these spiritual supplies should contain broken pieces of the root. while praying for all that is desired. Commanding. and courage. High John the Conqueror Oil is probably the most traditional of all hoodoo formulas. How you choose to use John the Conqueror spiritual supplies is. dyes. or mental force. and Fast Luck Oil. and ritual bathing and cleaning supplies. (Beware of modern so-called "HiConquering" or "Hi-John" products that are made up of nothing more than synthetic oils. but one very traditional method is to employ them in conjunction with the 23rd Psalm. African Juju. such as a financial or money luck formula like Money Drawing. and it is still among the most popular.High John the Conqueror is also prepared in the form of anointing oil. Each one of these old-time recipes is slightly different -. and Crucible of Courageproducts. and fragrances.but they have in common the underlying aim of enhancing the magician's internally generated forces. It can also be worn by a man on his body. up to you. Van Van Oil. of course. of course. or may be teamed up with formulas from another line of goods.) High John the Conqueror Oil is used to "feed" John the Conqueror roots and to dress mojo bags. Power. or all of these combined with good fortune and luck at love and games of chance -. The above formulas may. real High John the Conqueror spiritual supplies MUST contain pieces of the root. others on male virility.some placing emphasis on sheer strength. John the Conqueror is one of a family of related formulas that also includes Nature. . spiritual incense. and offertory candles that are used in spells of commanding. leadership qualities. Along with Lodestone Oil.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. ANOINTING AND DRESSING WITH RITUAL CONJURE OIL John the Conqueror hoodoo oil can be used as a bath oil. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. But don't let the Moon Phases hold you back: if the timing is not right. I shall not want. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. PREPARATION You may perform spells for increasing luck. or whenever it is best for you. He leadeth me beside the still waters. The genuine and authentic herbs and roots in . and acquiring whatever you desire at any time that is convenient. Here are some of the ways you can use John the Conqueror brand spiritual supplies to attract the luck you desire. to dress candles for magic rites and rituals. you can do the work according to the Planetary Rulers of the days of the week. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. the Atrological Sgns of the Zodiac. or to wear on your own body as a magical perfume. I will fear no evil for thou art with me. He restoreth my soul. If the need is not urgent. so that the Moon grows bigger while you work.PSALM 23 The Lord is my shepherd. My cup runneth over. Thou anointest my head with oil. Amen. serendipity. and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. fortunate coincidences. GENERAL JOHN THE CONQUEROR SPELL SUGGESTIONS There are thousands of specific spells that employ a variety of hoodoo spiritual supplies. as an additive to oil-based furniture polishes. Yea. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. you can take time to align your spell-casting with cosmic forces and work by a Waxing Moon Phase.
speak aloud your petition." You may burn the candle in sections (generally 15 minutes at a time) or let it burn through to the end. pack the incense in with your finger. SETTING CANDLES AS PRAYER LIGHTS Carve your full name on an Offertory Candle and dress the candle with John the Conqueror Oil. clean clothes. your important paperwork. 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. 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. or your socks and shoes with John the Conqueror Sachet Powder. you may fnd it a good idea to light and burn the incense each time as well.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. As you dress it. which now has your essence in it. Walk back home and don't look back. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the used bath water. . Dress in fresh. SMOKING WITH INCENSE Make the John the Conqueror Incense Powders into cones (use a twist of paper or a small candle snuffer cone. carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water toward the sunrise in the East. say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. Each time. and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. SPRINKLING WITH SACHET POWDERS Dust your body. "With the help and grace of God. such as. If you burn it in sections. may i achieve what i require and desire. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say the 23rd Psalm and name what you want. BATHING WITH HERBAL BATH CRYSTALS Before dawn dissolve half the packet of John the Conqueror Bath Crystals into a tub of hot water.
and Hoodoo Bath Crystals . When you wear these clothes. Bury it in your back yard. and set the Vigil Light in a safe place. Write your petition on paper. where it will not cause any problems while you are out. bath tub. Because these are magic spells for good luck. CLEANING UP It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains. or want a light at home to "back you up" while you are about your business. Conjure. cross it with your name written 9 times. such as the sink. Secure and tie it with thread or string. you will be "dressed" for luck. Wrap up any left-over candle wax. 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. incense ashes. dissolve the remaining half of the bath crystals in hot water and add the liquid to the rinse water when you do your laundry. you may want to keep the remains around your home. Order John the Conqueror Oil from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Rootwork.If you want the spell to be ongoing. you would be better off to use a fixed and prepared John the Conqueror Glass Encased Vigil Candle. DRESSING YOUR CLOTHING Whenever it is convenient for you. See all Spiritual. especially your underwear and stockings. 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. and usedsachet powders in a piece of cloth.
How to Use Bath Crystals and Floor Washes in Hoodoo Practice Order John the Conqueror Sachet Powder from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. 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. See all Magic. Hoodoo. See all Magical Hoodoo Spell Kits for Conjure and Rootwork How to Use Spell Kits in the Hoodoo Witchcraft Tradition . 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. 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. Jar Candles.
it is only reasonable to assume that Ipomoea jalapa was the designated surrogate for a West African plant with similar magical or medical properties.Order a John the Conqueror Mojo Bag from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. To the Iroquois Indians. It was even said that if a man rubbed his root before hitting another man in a fight. 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. . 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. Conjure Bags. The Native Americas made use of various regional species of Ipomoea both as a laxative and for magic. Louisiana.and men carried it while hunting to strengthen themselves and increase their endurance. 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. See all Lucky Mojo Bags and Hoodoo Gris Gris Mojo Hands How to Use Mojo Hands. and Tobies in Hoodoo Practice See all Lucky Mojo Bags and Hoodoo Gris Gris Mojo Hands How to Use Mojo Hands. it is not unreasonable to search for a hypothetical African fore-runner to John the Conquer root in the herbal folklore of Africa. 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. Legba. Thus. he could kill his opponent with one blow. the plant was "Man Root" or "Man In the Earth" -.
That is. it contained other herbs traditionally believed to increase male sexual vigour. HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLUES LYRICS . Today most John the Conqueror anointing oils. sachet powders. By the 1930s. 7-day candles. It also obscures the widespread ethnobotanical use of various Ipomoea species for medicinal and psychedelic purposes. 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. the oil was used for anointing mojo hands and dressing altar candles. Each bottle of essential oil contained a small piece of High John root. 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. Contemporary mass-manufacturers merely sell artificially-scented petroleum-based oils under the John the Conqueror brand name. was an actual medicine. It is also possible that the relative rarity and expense of whole Ipomoea jalapa roots made substitutions by unscrupulous root doctors inevitable. Probably the most popular of these compounded formulae was John the Conqueror Root in Oil. floor washes. an African root that could be chewed for male power was analogous to the Iroquois Man 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. John the Conqueror Herbal Tonic for Men. so Chewing John was added to the retinue of John Roots to cover for that aspect of the African knowledge-base. said to "restore lost nature" (sexual potency). A third product. commercial manufacturers of hoodoo spiritual supplies gradually began to leave out the actual botanical ingredients that had originally given the products their names -. after the style of Charlemagne.and their power. and incense (except those manufactured by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Another popular product of the era was John the Conqueror Perfume.) have never been in the same factory with a John the Conqueror root. 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.so the obvious substitution by Native shaman for this would be Birth Root or Dixie John. Likewise the African root was used to help women in childbirth -. even going so far as to replace the image of the root with that of a bearded Caucasian king wearing a Medieval circlet crown. in addition to John the Conqueror root. After World War Two.except that Man Root could not be chewed. worn by men to attract women and for luck in games of chance. it too was packaged with a piece of fragrant root in each bottle.
"Let the man go free!" I was rubbin' my root. you know there ain't nothin' she can do.P. pno. All i have to do is rub my root. MY JOHN THE CONQUER ROOT My pistol may snap. you know there ain't nothin' she can do.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. I rub my John the Conquer root I was accused of murder in the first degree The judge's wife cried.. Lord." recorded by Waters in 1964. I rub my John the Conquer root Oh. my John the Conquer root Aww. gtr. Chess (UK) CD RED BOX 3 . S. bs. my luck will never fail When i rub my root. my mojo is frail But i rub my root. I rub my John the Conquer root #13473: My John The Conquer Root (Willie Dixon) Muddy Waters. hca. dms Recorded: Chicago. Otis Spann. don't have a dime. i can get in a game. Milton Rector. ten sax. my John the Conquer root Aww. James Cotton. Thanks to Gorgen Antonsson of Stockholm for the discographical information. Leary. Pee Wee Madison. i win every time When i rub my root. vcl. Lord. you know there ain't nothin' she can do. J. Here are Dixon's lyrics for "My John the Conquer Root.T. Chess (UK) 8001 . Lord. my John the Conquer root Aww. Oct 1964 Released: Chess 1914 . Ill. Brown.
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