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High JohnHigh John the Conqueror (Ipomoea purga, Jalap) Info

A mainstay of the African American magick path known as Hoodoo, the root of this morning glory is named for a slave who refused to be servile. High John's ability to fool his master inspired many stories; he's considered a representative of African trickster gods. Many connect this magick herb to Mars, and it does have a warm, smoky scent that seems Martial, but it is cooling, not warming, comes from a vine, grows in the high mountains, and is very concerned with borders (protection, binding), all of which make it Saturn. The area of Mexico where this plant originates, Xalapa, is the source of its name in Eclectic medicine, Jalapa, which used it as a purgative and cathartic. A common substitution for High John is nutmeg Top

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Protection Spells
Sex Magic
Mars/Saturn Herb

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