High John Root (Ipomoea jalapa)

High John Quick Facts

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 Rabbit, Petey Wheatstraw

Feast Day: June 23rd (the night before John the Baptist’s Feast Day)

Offerings: Purple and yellow candles, whiskey, tobacco & coffee

Specialties: Overcoming obstacles & achieving goals, humor & self-confidence, flirting & seduction, outwitting bullies, gambling luck

Dr. Octopus

A 20-year practitioner of hoodoo, renowned spiritual worker Dr. Octopus is a Gnostic bishop, Kimbisero, expert on Thai necromantic amulets (so-called "barang") and licensed clinical Hypnotist. He likes rainy days and black coffee.

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