25600. (The following beliefs about the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses came from Rosy, a self-confessed witch.) "It's a German origin, but this not from the authentic Bible. It's a magician Moses, and a lot of people think it's from the Bible, but it's not. She (Rosy) practiced practically everything that she did from the Seventh Book of Moses. But she claimed to be a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, which I don't believe she was. She died when she was about sixty."
NNP: "Did she tell you anything about how a person might go about getting to be a witch? Was there anything you had to do or anything of that sort?
Inf.: "No. The only thing she says was to
consult this book and follow the practices,
particularly read in backwards first. Start at
the back of the book — at the bottom of the last
page and read it upward, every word backwards, else
you would become insane. And never divulge anything
I have to the like sex, for instance, a man. If I was
to tell a man any of these things — just repeat them to
him, even though it wasn't for information, I would lose
all power to perform this act, whatever it might be, and
might lose my power altogether to him and be be subject to
him. The needle trick (explained elsewhere), the mannikins
— sticking pins in them and repeating people's names — she
practiced all. of them, and all the recommended arts and
conjures in the Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses,
which was their bible" (F.S., M, 56, machinist and psychologist, Fr.-Ger., Louisville, 1956).
25601. "Another thing that the informant's aunt was reluctant to
tell -- and something that had a great following among the old German population
was something about 'the Seventh book of Moses.' It seemed that a few, select people —-
usually old wierdies, I guess — had come somehow to own this mysterious old book, and it
gave them great supernatural power. I can remember hearing grown men whisper about this
when I was a child (L.W., F, Cleveland, 1958).
25602. The Seventh Book of Moses was lost from the canon, and was never incorporated
in the Bible. Some people have copies. It tells how to call up spirits, contact the dead,
and gain the powers of sorcery. When anyone died in the area, when her father was young,
they stated it was because the woman in the county had a copy of this book, and wanted this
person dead (L.H., F, 23, student, Ger., Alliance, 1965).
25603. The Seventh Book of Moses is supposed to be part of the Bible expurgated,
because of its dangerous powers. Priests and witches all must have one. (Note: It is
a magician's book of sorcery, not by Moses, the prophet to the Hebrews.) Priests dare
not read it, nor the laity except if special dispensation was given, I believe only by
the Pope, and that not for study, but reference in psychical research or other approved
profound reason. All powers of a
Priest are conveyed to him only by a bishop
at Ordination only -- never by study or
practices. All other doctrines must be
superstitions (F.S., M, 56, machinist and psychologist, Fr.-Ger., Louisville, 1956)
25776. "There's a certain book in the Bible that you would read backwards
to become a witch. It's something to do with Moses (probably
the Seventh Book of Moses, MP), but I never was that inquisitive
to find out what it was... It was considered the book of the devil.
What it was I don't know" (Mrs. M.S., F, 49, h.wife and pract. nurse, Penn.-Ger., Lakewood, 1958).
29343. If you walk along a cemetery at a certain time in a certain direction
and read from the Seven Books of Moses, things will happen (J.J., M, 59, waiter, Negro, Cleveland, 1958).