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This group is especially devoted to discussion of the grimoire known as the 6th and 7th Books of Moses, its history, the legends and lore surrounding it in various magical traditions, and its use as a tool of practical magic. It consists of a collection of texts which purport to explain the magic whereby Moses won the biblical magic contest with the Egyptian priest-magicians, parted the Red Sea, and other miraculous feats. It goes on to describe a large number of amulets and magical methods that can be put to a wide variety of uses. Of all the popular handbooks of magic, The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses is perhaps the most influential. It has become quite important in American folk-magic, being extensively used by Pennsylvania Dutch hexmeisters, Hoodoo practitioners, African-American root workers, witches of various sorts, and rural Germans, among others. There are probably many reasons for its popularity. One is that it was one of the earliest magic texts published in English -- in 1880. Other reasons include its claim to biblical roots (including the magical uses for each psalm) and a sinister reputation documented by folklorists. Also related texts including Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magus (Egyptische Geheimnisse), Hohman's Pow-Wow, or Long-lost friend (Der Lange Verborgene Freund), Romanusbüchlein, Arbatel Of Magic, and Zoroaster's Telescope.
- Feb 3, 2006
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