Shrine to High John the Conqueror
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Introducing High John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

Welcome to the online shrine of High John the Conqueror, an African-American cultural hero whose boundless optimism, wry sense of  humor and cheerful pursuit of his own desires allowed him transcend the horrors of plantation life while inspiring those around him with courage, hope and a deep-grained resistance to the psychic corrosion of slavery. And all…

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High John as an Afrocentric King

Prayers to High John

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

Same folks say that the best and most powerful prayer to High John is and always has been the 23rd Psalm; for added power, pray 3, 5 or even 7 times and claim whatever it is that you will not want for, e.g.: “I will not want for love/money/success/freedom/etc.” The Lord is my shepherd; I shall…

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High John as Bugs Bunny

How I Met John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

Back in the late 1990s I ordered a John the Conqueror Spell Kit from a hoodoo supplier online. I don’t know why; it just sounded intriguing. Following the instructions in the package, I lit a candle first thing each morning and prayed over it as the sun rose, waving my “John the Conqueror” bag through the incense smoke and dabbing oil…

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High John Root (Ipomoea jalapa)

High John Quick Facts

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

Name(s): High John, John da Conker, John the Conqueroo, John the Conqueror Gender: Male Element: Fire Planetary Associations: Mercury Genus: Ipomoea jalapa Side effects: A powerful laxative – do not ingest! Plant allies: Chewing John (Alpinia galanga) and Southern John (Trillium pendulum) Spirit type: Solar phallic / trickster Similar figures: Eshu, Hermes, Phra Ngang, Bugs Bunny, Br’Er…

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Loaded High John Statue

Reconnecting with John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

Around the summer of 2017, I was spending a lot of time praying to a Southeast Asian spirit called Phra Ngang, a ribald Cambodian mountain spirit sometimes known as “the Dirty Buddha.” What was weird, though, was that the more late nights I spent lighting incense and chanting mantras to Phra Ngang, the more I…

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High John as a Medieval King

Secrets of High John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

If you treat High John like a Plant TEACHER – not just an “ingredient” – and are sensitive to such things, you will most likely discover in time that he is opinionated and can talk – not audibly, but as a common-sense voice in your head you can make out if you create the space…

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High John as Petey Wheatstraw

High John & Phra Ngang Compared

By Dr. Octopus / Sep 5, 2020 /

There are many similarities between High John and Phra Ngang, the magical “Dirty Buddha” of the Thai black arts: High John The Conqueror Phra Ngang Multiple strands of Origin “John the Conqueror, the indwelling spirit of a magical root, would appear to be a melange of African deities, possibly combined with one or more powerful…

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The dual nature of High John the Conqueror

The dual nature of High John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / May 3, 2020 /

I was coming up with a list of idioms the other day that reminded me of High John and realized how many different characteristics and traits could be combined into a single a prayer while still remaining true to the energy of that spirit: “High John, give me balls of brass, nerves of steel, a…

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High John the Conqueror ritual for Personal Power & Success

High John the Conqueror ritual for Personal Power & Success

By Dr. Octopus / Dec 1, 2019 /

I got this idea from looking at the Sonny Boy site, which uses a lot of text-heavy graphics, kind of like old-fashioned roadside billboards. The graphic for their “High John” page is especially awesome, and reads (in part): When something happens to get your life all messed up, Lite 3 High John candles, and let…

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