Magickal Goody of the Day
JOHN THE CONQUEROR OIL
John the Conqueror Oil traditionally consists of broken pieces of John the Conqueror root (Ipomoea jalapa or I.purga) steeped in Almond or another vegetable carrier oil that has been tinted purple (or yellow); it is customary to add essential oils as fragrance to suit. The oil can also be made with powdered I. jalapa root. Some folks strain it afterward. To enhance the actual weird scent of John the Conqueror root, from which no essential oil can be extracted, Incompound a “woodsy blend” scent, such as Cedarwood and Vetivert, which smells quite a lot like the John the Conqueror root itself. This fragrance is NOT part of the “Magick” in the oil, but it does serve as a re-enforcer of what the real root smells like.
Let the root fragments and/or powder sit in the oil blend at least a week before use — a month is better. The root is traditionally left in the bottle as it is used. If you are making up small bottles (e.g. a dram vial or 1/2 oz. bottle), you should put two or three pieces of root in each bottle. If you work out of a large stock bottle (e.g. 4 oz. or 16 oz.) be sure to refresh the root with new pieces each time you top up the bottle.
BEWARE commercial John the Conqueror and High Conquering oils! They rarely have the root in them. all you have to do is look in the bottle: If there is no root in it, and it was made in a factory, it’s very likely a fake.
* Witch Hazel
* High John the Conqueror
* Lily of the Valley
* Morning Glory
* St. John’s Wort
* Witch Grass
This charm will only work if you are seriously and intensively looking for a job, sending out resumes and scheduling interviews.
You Will Need:
A cinnamon stick
A High John the Conqueror Root
Green or gold thread
Three Kings Oil (made of frankincense oil, oil of myrrh, and spikenard)
Red flannel drawstring bag
Tie the cinnamon stick and the High John the Conqueror Root together with the thread. Anoint them with the Three Kings Oil, and place them in the bag.
Every morning before you go out job-hunting, anoint the charm with a bit more oil. Keep it in your pocket or bag as you go out to look for a job.
If your situation is the same after nine days, you may want to look at different alternatives or change your game plan. It could be a signal that the field you are looking it is not right for you for that you, or that you may find opportunities elsewhere.
To increase power and use it wisely
High John the Conqueror oil
Notes: The best time to do this spell is at midnight on a full moon, but if you don’t want to stay up that late, you can work it at any point on the full moon night or on a Sabbat.
Since you are asking to draw in power, be sure you are firmly grounded and centered before casting this spell and that the space you are working in is protected. Unlike some of the spells in this book where it makes little difference whether or not you start by casting a formal circle, in this case I would recommend you do so. This is not a spell to be cast lightly.
Cast your circle, ask for help from the four quarters, invoke the triple goddess of your choice (I like either Hecate or Brigid, but any triple goddess [maiden/mother/ crone] will work), then anoint the candle if using the High John oil. Be sure you are centered before reciting the spell.
As my craft I work to hone
At this deep and sacred hour
I call on Maiden, Mother, Crone
To send me wisdom, strength and power
Lend me power for my spells
Power for work and power for play
Send wisdom so I’ll use it well
Growing in power every day.
LUCKY HAND ROOT MONEY SPELL
To get and hold a job, always carry a lucky hand root on your person.
Use Lucky Nine Oil on your wrists each day for nine days, and burn some
John the Conqueror Incense each night. These roots bring luck in all
undertakings and no conjure bag would be considered complete without one.
The hands are usually imperfect, but this does not affect their value as a talisman.
The ones which are formed so that all five fingers are distinguishable are very
rare and therefore extremely expensive.
Low John the Conqueror, Galangal
Power: Justice, success in all official matters
Protects against injustice. Good in a bag to resolve legal matters, to help with examinations and to increase passion, good fortune and family happiness. Carry in your pocket separately to a court case, tribunal or enquiry for a speedy and satisfactory resolution. You can substitute ginger root.
High John the Conqueror
Latin Name: Ipomoea jalapa
Common Names: John the Conqueror, Bindweed, Jalap Root
Folklore: John the Conqueror is spoken of often in African American folklore and is frequently considered to be quite magically potent, particularly among Hoodoo traditions.
It has been written of and referenced for these purposes by numerous famous Blues singers including Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley, making it quite the iconic among that community and culture.
Magickal Uses: Essential ingredient in mojo bags, Good Luck, Strength, Overcome Obstacles, Powerful Protection against Negative Energy and Curses, Sex Magick, Attraction.
* Bergamot, Orange
* Blue Flag
* Cascara Sagrada
* Golden Seal
* Grains of Paradise
* High John the Conqueror
* Horse Chestnut
* Irish Moss
* Lucky Hand
* May Apple
* Oak Oats
* Oregon Grape
* Rattlesnake Root
* Snakeroot, Black
Tormentil tea is used to keep malevolent magick far away. Althought its identity is often confused with the root charm High John the Conqueror, they possess no herbal relationship. Tormentil, a frequent component of European magick is actually closely related to another Hoodoo herb charm, five-finger grass(cinquefoil). Those five fingers are used in gambling magick to draw luck and money, however five fingers also create a potent sign of protection.
Pour boiling water over tormentil to make an infusion. Add this to a tub filled with warm water and then soak in the water.