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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ibis Press; New Exp edition (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089254130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892541300
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph Peterson studied religion and various languages at the University of Minnesota and has translated many esoteric and religious source works. He has amassed a large collection of photocopies and microfilms of rare occult tracts for comparative research from the British Museum and other libraries. Peterson lives in Kasson, MN.

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Joseph Peterson has been studying esoteric texts for decades, intrigued by the Renaissance intellectual and experimental approach to spirituality. After years of collecting and digitizing rare texts for his own research, in 1995 he created the avesta.org and esotericarchives.com websites to share them with a wider audience. They have enjoyed an amazing popularity, with over 3 million document requests per month. He has translated many religious and esoteric texts, and loves trying to unravel their often complex relationships and influences. Peterson has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, where he also studied various languages and religions. He lives near Rochester Minnesota.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Zadzaczadlin on June 14, 2008
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The volume presented here under the title of `The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses', is in fact a collection of texts of German "folk" magic dating from the mid- eighteenth century. They were collected together under this title by Johann Scheible in the mid- nineteenth century; and it is the 8th edition of his German work, published in 1865, as well as an English version of Scheible's text published in the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, which form the basis for Peterson's English edition.
In this volume, Joseph H. Peterson presents the English speaking public with a scholarly and conscientiously produced edition, as we have come to expect from this dependable author. He has not only compared the two editions mentioned above, but has endeavoured to correct both by referring to older Hebrew and European authorities.
The backbone of the book is a group of 7 texts, which all claim to be presenting arcana from the lost books of Moses, usually in the form of incantations and amulets in Hebrew. Peterson supplements these 7 texts with 9 appendices of related texts, again mostly taken from Scheible. He also reproduces an introduction on `The Magic of the Israelites' by Joseph Ennemoser (1844), plus several useful indices.
The volume has been produced by the Ibis Press of Lake Worth, FL; the same people who did such a commendable job on Dehn's Abramelin. This book is up to that same high standard. The numerous magical diagrams and illustrations are well laid out and nicely produced, one section even being printed in red and black.
In the interests of writing a more balanced review, I tried hard to discover some negative points to make about the present edition, but failed to find any.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brother MOLOCH 969 on July 7, 2010
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Are you a practitioner of Ceremonial Magic or RootWork-Conjure Sorcery? If so, then this will be a great addition to your library! For the paltry sum of $35, you can get a copy of this terrific book to use in your Spiritual & Sorcerous practices.

I covet few books out there on Magic because most of them just flat out suck. They're written by parrots parroting other parrots and typically they do little more than take an already complex field and make it even MORE complex! You don't need to involve yourself in such silly complexity when you work with a system as presented here.

This book is based on the old Jewish system of Talismans & Amulets. In times past the amulets & talismans were made according to specific metals (usually silver) & sometimes made during Planetary calculations of the heavenly bodies.

For instance, the first seal is known as the Seal of Treasures & on page 50, Joe gives a wonderful depiction of the talisman using the correct Hebrew letters & Astrological characters. Plus you get the correct incantation to summon the Spirits governing this seal. This is the seal of Treasure Hunters & was used during a time when most people would bury their money for safe keeping. Later when they died, often a family may hire a professional Treasure Hunter to find the patriarch's monetary hidey-hole. I made one of these for a friend of mine who is a professional deep sea treasure hunter & he ended up finding a few gold dubloons off the coast of Florida.

On page 114, there's a beautiful representation of the Heilig (re: Holy) Pentagram which can be used to ward off evil & invoke Holy forces.

Then starting on page 127, we find the first seal of the art of the Spirit Commando which is Aziel.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Printy on October 20, 2008
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This is, by far, the most superior version of the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses I have seen!
This edition has very clear sigils and letters drawn, along with outstanding insights to this system of magick!
Other publishers and editions I have seen are terrible, as many of the sigils and letters are so unreadable that it is impossible to attempt to put this form of magick into actual practice!
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in grimoires!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By The Observer on March 31, 2008
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This book is, hands down, the best on this subject I have ever seen. There have been other, incomplete and inferior versions of the Sixth and Seventh Books, with their unreadable seals and poorly done research, but when I saw that this book was from Joseph Peterson, I was certain that it would be the product of complete and scholarly research.

When I finally got the book, I was not disappointed. It was everything I expected and more.

I highly recommend this book for anyone studying the origins of certain folk magic practices as well as those who are interested in the subject of magic itself. Peterson has done us all a great service publishing this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ndubuisi Nwakalo on February 12, 2009
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I feel personally unqualified to review this great book. I am happy that I have at last acquired the real stuff, and have now discarded the imitation versions that I possessed previously. The book is good value for money.

I rate it 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SupremeLogic on August 17, 2013
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I bought this book to learn more about magical theory and I'm glad to say I learned a lot. What I enjoyed most about this book was the Psalms section. Growing up in the church I have never heard of the psalms being used this way. It's a shame that wizards and sorcerers know more about the magical use of bible verses than christians. However, the verses in the Psalms don't seem to fit the desired effect for example, to calm dangerous waters at sea one is to use Psalms 21, but this Psalm doesn't have anything to do with water or traveling at sea so I'm lost at it's use here. There are lots of examples like this in the book but some of the Psalms were relative to the desired effect. The introduction, The Magic of the Israelites was a good and interesting read bringing me more insight into the Biblical miracles.
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