School of Magick
In the mystical world of folk magick and African American spiritual practices, Hoodoo holds a special place as a powerful tradition that blends elements of African, Native American, and some European beliefs like Catholicism.
Within this mystical system, certain herbs and roots carry significant importance, and one such remarkable botanical ally is Galangal Root, lovingly known as “Little John Root.” Steeped in tradition and revered for its metaphysical properties, Galangal Root has become an essential in Hoodoo.
Hoodoo, also called conjure or rootwork, is a form of folk magick that originated among African American communities in the Southern United States. It combines herbalism, folk medicine, and spiritual beliefs passed down through generations. Hoodoo practitioners connect with the natural energies of plants, roots, and other elements to create magickal spells, rituals, and charms for various purposes like protection, prosperity, love, and more.
Galangal Root has gained a remarkable reputation in the realm of Hoodoo thanks to its potent magickal properties. In spiritual pursuits, this root is highly sought after for its association with protection, power, and success. It has a few endearing nicknames, “Little John Root, Chewing John & Court Case Root”.
Chewing the Root: Some practitioners chew Galangal Root during court cases to influence the decision in their favor. They do this discreetly while in court and then spit out the juice to release the root’s magick.
Break Hexes and Curses: Burning the root on a charcoal disc is believed to aid in breaking hexes and curses when needed.
Create a Mojo Bag: To make a mojo bag, anoint the root with oils like High John the Conqueror or Crown of Success to amplify its metaphysical properties. Write the name of the person or court situation on a piece of paper, then write your name over it, signifying your dominance over the outcome of the case. Rub the paper with High John the Conqueror oil and place the root and paper in the bag. Carry it with you for its magickal influence.
Galangal Root is used in various ways by practitioners, often combining it with different curios and incorporating it into their unique magickal practices.
Hoodoo practices are deeply rooted in cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs. As such, respect for the tradition, its history, and its practitioners is crucial when exploring the magical uses of Galangal Root and any other elements of Hoodoo. Proper research, understanding, and mindfulness will help anyone approach these practices with the respect they deserve while appreciating the mystical allure of “Little John Root” in Hoodoo.