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John the Conqueror Roots are some of the most used, varied, and powerful amulets used in Hoodoo. Roots are used for luck, controlling and mastery, and for male sexual energy and power. It is said that the folk hero John the Conqueror (John de Conquer), who brought joy and laughter to the enslaved people of the Southern United States lives within the roots.
Following is a song that exemplifies the power and use of a John the Conqueror root written by Willie Dixon, and recorded by Muddy Waters on his 1964 album Folk Singer.
High John roots are typically anointed with High John the Conqueror Oil and carried in the pocket as a powerful amulet. Small and medium roots may be anointed and added to mojo hands to add power and luck to spells. Larger roots may be used as altar pieces.