High John Sacred Fist

How to Make a Pugnus Sanctus (sacred fist)

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
to subdue nations before him
and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron. [Isaiah 45:1-2]

There are certain ingredients I added to this fetish that I actually went back and added to others I had already made:

  1. 5 pieces of gold – on the advice of a friend, the great Manuel Congo.
  2. A mercury switch – this is a technique imported from Palo. The liquid metal itself is highly toxic, so instead of using that I get small, sealed glass tubes with mercury inside of them from an electrical supply warehouse and use those instead to ensure that the spirit will stay constant, restless motion.
  3. Multiple John the Conqueror roots – 3,5,7,9 or 13. By tradition, any single John the conqueror root can be charged with up to three functions, so including multiple roots in a single fetish allows you to give each its own purpose.

As with other fetishes I’ve made, I first greeted John the conqueror, lit some incense (myrrh & vetiver) and a candle, and then loaded the fist with each ingredient one by one, pausing to spray each with whiskey, fumigate it in incense, and cross it over the candle in the names of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost:

For the “pugnus sanctus” I used:

  1. 5 John the conqueror roots
  2. 3 badger claws
  3. Althea
  4. Angelica root
  5. Beth root
  6. Black Cohosh
  7. Borage
  8. Calamus
  9. Cat’s foot (forepaw bones)
  10. Chickory
  11. Coon Dong
  12. Cubeb berries
  13. Devil’s Shoestring
  14. Dragon’s Blood
  15. Frankincense
  16. Gravel Root
  17. Handcuff key
  18. Licorice stick
  19. Lightning-struck wood
  20. Myrrh
  21. Name paper with hair from head, armpits and groin; mercury dime
  22. Palad Khik (Thai penis charm)
  23. Pyrite
  24. St. Michael medal
  25. Star Anise
  26. Tiger eye
  27. Tobacco
  28. Woodruff
  29. Yarrow

Once all of the ingredients were loaded, I filled the base of the fist with a 1/3 pound or so of melted beeswax and prayed Isaiah 45 in its entirety. This piece is good for courage, dominion and powerful 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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