The Johnny Concheroo


The “Johnny Concheroo” or a “John the Conqueroo,” also known as a “High John de Conquer,” is the root of the St. John’s-wort plant. In southern American black folklore, this root is used to cast or break evil spells—thus all the references to “root rubbing” in blues songs. High John the Conqueror root is one of the staples of African-American folk magic. Its’ use in mojo hands (mojo bags) is as ubiquitous as its qualities are varied, and its’ very name signifies power and prosperity to many.

Where to get one? Look around—the St. John’s-wort (Hypericum majus, Hypericum kalimanum, Hypericum pyramidatum, or any of the 23 other Hypericum species) is common to the Northern Hemisphere. Look for an herb with yellow, flesh-colored, or purplish flowers; there are usually five petals on each flower. Hypericum shrubs generally have cylindrical seeds and clustered stamens.

By the way, if someone casts an evil spell on you with a John the Conqueroo, you might be able to counteract the spell with a Jack, a red cloth shaped in a cylinder and filled with dirt, coal dust, and a silver dime.


The Johnny Concheroo

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