The Lucky Conjure Blog: Recipes & Rituals
High John Sacred Fist

How to Make a Pugnus Sanctus (sacred fist)

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 /

Since I’d already made a left hand for receiving, I decided I also needed a right hand for giving, which I made by filling a ceramic coin bank shaped like a fist with ingredients alleged to amplify courage, dominion and wisdom. This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of…

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High John the Conqueror slingshot & Magnetic Jackball in Hollow Bible

How to Make a High John the Conqueror Slingshot

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 /

A whimsical creation inspired by the cover art of Celtic Frost’s 1985 black metal masterpiece “To Mega Therion,” this tool practically built itself; all I had to do was remove the metal Jesus from an extra “sick call” crucifix I had lying around, then loop the ends of the replacement band for a wooden slingshot…

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Two-Headed Alligator for Reversing Bad Luck

How to Make a Two-Headed Reversing Fetish

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 /

Inspired by the kongo tradition of the nkisi nkondi (a type of Janus-headed wooden dog which looks into the past and future simultaneously), this fetish calls for two 5-6” alligator heads, which you should be able to find as a pair on eBay for about $25. 1. Using a hot glue gun, attach the two…

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High John Folksy Kitchen Sign

How to Make a High John the Conqueror Folk Art Kitchen Sign

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 /

I got a folky kitchen sign from Cracker Barrel made out of carved wood that said “Kiss The Cook” in cut-out wooden letters. I sawed off part of the last “o” so that it now read “Kiss the Cock” instead, removed the resin rooster, and replaced it with a John the Conqueror root and two…

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Loaded High John the Conqueror Statue

How to Make a High John the Conqueror Loaded Statue

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Make a High John the Conqueror Loaded Statue

This piece evolved in stages and was directly inspired by an Exu fetish I saw in New Orleans once. It depicts High John the Conqueror in his role as the “Mayor of Hell,” per the Zora Neale Hurston story – the ultimate malandro (rascal)! The gold face and red eyes were inspired by Thai barang…

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High John the Conqueror slingshot & Magnetic Jackball in Hollow Bible

How to Make a Super-Magnet Jack Ball

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Make a Super-Magnet Jack Ball

A “jackball” is a traditional hoodoo ritual tool consisting of various herbs and roots (most often, the “Three Johns”) mooshed together in a ball of wax and wrapped in red yarn so that it can be used as a pendulum. I was inspired to make this variation on that design after seeing “monkey’s fist” knots…

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High John the Conqueror Altar Cloth

How to Make a High John the Conqueror Altar Cloth

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Make a High John the Conqueror Altar Cloth

In the Thai saiyasart tradition there is a practice of making magically activated cloths that believers can carry for protection or use in their shrines at home. I thought High John the Conqueror deserved a “pha yant” of his own so I designed this one in Adobe illustrator, drawing inspiration from the Solomonic magic circle…

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High John the Conqueror plant spirit golems

How to Make High John the Conqueror Plant Golems (“John Payons”)

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Make High John the Conqueror Plant Golems (“John Payons”)

These little guys entered the world over a period of weeks during what seems in retrospect to have been some sort of manic phase. They were inspired in large part by the Thai tradition of “hoon payons,” animist golems made out of sacred grasses and herbs and wrapped by monks with blessed thread. Instructions Get…

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Loaded High John the Conqueror Cross

How to Make a High John the Conqueror Cross Fetish

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Make a High John the Conqueror Cross Fetish

The first large fetish I ever made, this piece is based a vision that popped into my head one afternoon when I realized that John The Conqueror and Jesus The Christ both shared the same initials. And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues…

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Combination Monkeys Paw & Hand of Glory Fetish

How to Make a combination Monkey’s Paw & Hand of Glory

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 28, 2019 /

This invention represents a hybrid fusion of two legendary talismans: The “Monkey’s Paw,” from an early 20th century ghost story about a simian appendage from the Orient which could be called upon to grant three (disastrously literal) wishes The “Hand of Glory,” a grisly charm made from the severed hand of an executed criminal and…

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