The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses is a magical text of Spells and Conjurations especially popular in the Powwowing tradition among German settlers in America.
The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses—also called the “mystery of all mysteries”—have more than 125, seals, Talismans and Hexenfoos for summoning spirits and working spells such as luck, wealth, necromancy, healing, protection, Curses and other magical purposes.
The text, based on kabbalistic magic, supposedly was written by Johann Scheibel, who lived in the late 18th century and was published posthumously in 1849 in Stuttgart, Germany. According to lore, the book was dictated by God to Moses on Mount Sinai but was omitted from the Old Testament because of its power. The book was passed down to Aaron, Caleb, Joshua, David and the magically powerful King Solomon.
German-language editions of the text were brought to America by immigrants and were translated into English by the early 19th century. They were favoured by many powwowers, along with John George Hohman’s The Long Lost Friend.
Folk tales from Germany portray the book as powerful but dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands or is misused. One tale holds that no more magic or Witchcraft exist because the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses is safely locked up in Wittenberg, Germany.
See also : Book of Shadows; grimoires.
- Heindel, Ned D. Hexenkopf: History, Healing & Hexerei. Easton, Pa.: Williams Township Historical Society, 2005.
Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses Magical texts said to contain Spells and CONJURATIONS for all purposes. The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses—also called the “Mystery of all Mysteries”—were published in 1849 in Stuttgart, Germany. They are credited to the authorship of Johann Scheibel (1736–1809). According to lore, the books were dictated by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. They were omitted from the Old Testament because of their power. The books were passed down to Aaron, Caleb, Joshua, David and then KING SOLOMON, who is credited with authoring his own powerful book of magic.
The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses are based on Talmudic and practical Kabbalistic magic, and include Charms, TalismanS, SEALS, sacred nameS, the secret magic of the Psalms, and so forth. The spells are intended for luck, amassing wealth, NECROMANCY, healing, protection, curses and other magical purposes.
Folk tales about the books are similar to tales about BLACK BOOKS that confer powers but bring trouble to their owners.
In one German tale, an old master tailor who lived in Trent had a wife who inherited an unusual book from her mother reputed to be the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. Whenever the wife read in the book, deer, wolves, hares, and other animals would come to her, lie down at her feet, and play with her children. The animals vanished when she closed the book.
This disturbed the tailor, who decided he did not want the book in the house. One day while his wife was reading it, he grabbed it and threw it into the stove. To their astonishment, the fire went out, and the book remained undamaged. Some elders told the tailor that he could successfully get rid of the book by having a boy born on a Sunday during the sermon throw the book into the stove. The tailor followed this advice. When the boy tossed the book into the stove, it was immediately burned up by the fire.
Like other folk tales about attempts to destroy magical books, this tale underscores the power of Christianity— the pure boy born on Sunday during a sermon—to defeat occult powers and pagan folk magic. Another German folk tale holds that no more magic or Witchcraft exist because the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses are safely locked up in Wittenberg.
See also : Grimoires.
- Ashiman, D. L. (ed.) “The Hand of Glory and other gory legends about human hands.” Available online. URL: https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/magicbook.html. Downloaded December 22, 2004.