Shrine to High John the Conqueror
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 as a Medieval King

Hoodoo Secrets of High John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Dec 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Hoodoo Secrets of High John the Conqueror

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

Similarities between High John the Conqueror & Phra Ngang

By Dr. Octopus / Dec 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Similarities between High John the Conqueror & Phra Ngang

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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Loaded High John Statue

How I reconnected with High John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Dec 4, 2019 / Comments Off on How I reconnected with High John the Conqueror

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 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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High John as an Afrocentric King

High John the Conqueror Prayers

By Dr. Octopus / Dec 1, 2019 / Comments Off on High John the Conqueror Prayers

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 Root (Ipomoea jalapa)

High John the Conqueror Quick Facts

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on High John the Conqueror 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…

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High John as Bugs Bunny

How I first met John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on How I first met John the Conqueror

Back in the late 1990s I ordered a John the Conqueror Spell Kit from a hoodoo supplier online.

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High John the legendary Slave Trickster#2

Introduction to High John the Conqueror

By Dr. Octopus / Nov 29, 2019 / Comments Off on Introduction to High John the Conqueror

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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