One of the most famous – and most powerful – roots in voodoo is High John the Conqueror Root. It was mentioned in many famous Blues songs by artists like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, all of whom were no strangers to “conjure,” as voodoo folk magic was known as in the Deep American South during the early decades of the twentieth century and before.

John the Conqueror was reputedly a real person – an African prince, who was sold as a slave in the USA. Although enslaved, his spirit was never broken.

His name survived into folklore, and he became a trickster figure because he always outwitted his masters. The “Br’er Rabbit” character from the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris was also said to be based on John the Conqueror.

Not surprisingly then, the High John the Conqueror Root (which comes from bindweed) has many and varied uses in voodoo folk magic, from Love, gambling, attaining power and success to removing hexes and averting the Evil Eye. It also offers powerful protection against evil in general.

Here’s how you can use it to make a protective amulet:

✴ Anoint a High John the Conqueror Root with Van Van Oil and place it in a small red drawstring bag ( this is your amulet, also known as a mojo hand). Make up an amulet for each main room of your house (don’t include the bathroom).

✴ Take your amulets outside into your garden, or to a park. \draw a circle on the paving slabs or tarmac with red chalk. Place the mojos in the center, then light a red nightlight and say the following:

“High John the Conqueror protect me from all evil and harm. Send all the bad spirits back to dark places where they belong and keep them forever away from me, my loved ones and my home.”

✴ Snuff out the candle and take your amulets home, placing one in each room of your house.

✴ If you want to add a further layer of protection to the working, after sunset, just sprinkle a little mustard seed outside of your doorways.

So there you have it – a root to root out all evil!

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