The root known as High John the Conqueror is one of the staples of hoodoo magick. Legend has it that this root was named after an African king who was sold into slavery but able to outsmart his captors through his cleverness.
High John the Conqueror is popular as a charm to conquer any situation, achieve success in any undertaking, attract money, protect against evil and harm, increase one's strength and/or confidence, gain mastery, ensure good luck (especially involving lotteries and games of chance), break jinxes and hexes, cure depression, and enhance male sexual power. Male practitioners of hoodoo love magick also use it to win the hearts of women.
In the early decades of the 20th century, a spiritual supplies company began production of High John the Conqueror perfume. Containing a piece of root in each bottle, the magickal fragrance was worn mainly by men for attracting the opposite sex as well as increasing their luck at gambling.
The essential oil of High John the Conqueror is used by hoodoo practitioners to dress altar candles and anoint mojo bags. The root is commonly made into sachet powders, incense, and crystals for bath or floor wash. As far as magickal plants are concerned, High John the Conqueror is said to have no equal.
One example of a High John the Conqueror money-drawing mojo is as follows: Take a two-dollar bill bearing a leap year date and wrap it around a High John the Conqueror root and a silver "Mercury" dime (Winged Liberty Head dime issued from 1916 to 1945). Take care to fold the bill towards you, and not away from you. Place it in a green flannel mojo bag and anoint it daily with three drops of High John the Conqueror Oil or any occult oil designed for money-drawing. (Although green is a color believed by many magickal practitioners to possess money-drawing energies, some hoodoo "doctors" prefer to use red flannel for their money-drawing mojos.) Keep the mojo with you at all times (even when you sleep) and you will soon begin to see an increase in your wealth.
Lucky hand (also known as a "salep root" and a "five-finger root") is a name given to the root of several species of orchids. Resembling a small human hand with three to 10 fingers, this root is among the most powerful ingredients that can be added to a mojo bag for gambling luck, protection against accidents and illnesses, finding and/or maintaining employment, achieving success, and increasing personal power and mastery (especially when combined with five-finger grass and a High John the Conqueror root.) In his herbal encyclopedia, author Scott Cunningham refers to the Lucky Hand as "one of the most famous New Orleans magical botanicals."
A powerful magickal oil made from the lucky hand root is sold in many occult shops and botanicas under the name, lucky hand oil. Many gamblers rub a bit of it on their hands prior to an evening's play in the belief that it will hoodoo the cards or dice in their favor.
Another favorite gambler's trick to increase luck at games of chance and ward off losing streaks is to secretly sprinkle some powdered lucky hand root upon their money before betting it. This simple magickal procedure is known as "marking the money" and many a gambling man (and woman) firmly believe that it keeps Lady Luck at their side.
The Gypsies are a nomadic people believed to have originally been "low-caste Hindu exiles" from northern India. Having absorbed the religious and folk customs of the many lands through which their caravans sojourned, the Gypsies came to incorporate elements of both Paganism and Christianity into their practices.
"Gypsies have been renowned practitioners of magical arts, and they have undoubtedly had a profound influence on the development of folk magic," states author Rosemary Ellen Guiley in The Encyclopedia ofWitches andWitchcraft. There can be no denying that the tradition of these mysterious travelers of the world is abundant with superstitions and bewitchments.
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