The Seventh Book of Moses
The seventh book is much the same: taking the events of the Biblical narrative of Moses’ life (and other Biblical and unknown stories) and gives a reputed pairing of an incantation and a drawn magical object, here called “Tables”. There are twelve tables, each said to control powers associated with certain Angels, elements, or astronomical symbols:
- The First Table of the Spirits of the Air;
- The Second Table of the Spirits of Fire;
- The Third Table of the Spirits of Water;
- The Fourth Table of the Spirits of the Earth;
- The Fifth Table of Saturn;
- The Sixth Table of Jupiter;
- The Seventh Table of Mars;
- The Eighth Table of the Sun;
- The Ninth Table of Venus;
- The Tenth Table of Mercury;
- The Eleventh Table of the Spirits;
- The Twelfth Table of the Schemhamforasch;
FROM THE PREFACE OF THE TRANSLATOR.
It cannot be denied that true, wise and enlightened Kabbalists lived at one time, and that some still live. But such do not wander from place to place, offering their art for sale, in order that they may accumulate wealth, but they are satisfied to remain quietly in the pillared palace of Solomon, where they are constantly employed in gathering divine wisdom, so that (as they express it), they may finally become worthy to receive the hidden gifts from above. I myself know such a man, who obtained exalted wisÂdom from the Kabbalah, and who, notwithstanding his extreme poverty, never undertakes a Kabbalistic process for money. When I once asked him why he refused to write a desired amulet for a noble lord, who offered him a large sum for his services, he answered me with an adage from the well-known Pirke Awoth (Extract or Fragment from the Fathers): “Deitschtammasch Betaggo Chalof,” that is to say, “whosoever accepts the crown for his reward, will perish suddenly. Not for all the money in the world would I do such a thing. But if I can assist my needy neighÂbor therewith, then I will do what I can, trusting in the omnipotence of the Most Holy, without looking for a reward. For my necessary support I do not feel any concern, for the Almighty has methods to support me if I trust in Him. Why, he even cares for the sparrow.”
It is particularly remarkable that the greatest and most genuine KabbalÂists of the Jewish nation were nearly all followers and disciples of the blessed Savior of the world, and they are so still, as I can prove satisfactorily, by numerous passages from their writings and prayers. Let this suffice for this one kind of men. But that Kabbalists live and still live, who engaged in experiments, and who performed wonderful works, and who will yet do wonderful things, is also an undeniable fact, unless we are prepared to condemn all that was ever said upon this subject by renowned men of wisdom.
The celebrated and well-known Prussian Hussar, Lord of Archenwood declares, in a description of London, that there lives a man in that city, whose name is Doctor Falcon, who is known to be a great Kabbalist, and who is visited and consulted by the most honorable and intelligent people of London. He states further, that this same Dr. Falcon, lived not very long since in Brussels under the name of Jude Chayim Schmul Fulk, who according to the evidence of the French Duke of Nancy, in his pubÂlished memoirs of Kabbalistical processes, performed the most astonishing feats.
I confidently hope and trust, and I can assert without hesitation, that my little book cannot have a tendency to foster superstition. Take it for granted that one of my readers should choose to employ one of the methods described in these pages in order to accomplish a desired object, his eagerness to satisfy curiosity will soon disappear when he takes into conÂsideration the hard terms and strict morality which are required to avail himself of them in order to derive any benefit or be successful in their use.
Before concluding my preface, it is necessary to give the reader some instruction concerning the arrangement of this volume. We find in it, for instance, single words, names, sentences, and indeed entire experiÂments, printed in the Hebrew and Chaldean languages. This fact should not prevent any one from purchasing the book. Because all the words printed in Hebrew and Chaldaic, which are intended to be impressed Upon the mind, are also printed in English in plain terms, and they have been carefully translated. So far as the Hebrew passages are concerned, the meaning of each passage and experiment follows immediately in English, or it is placed beneath the Hebrew expression. I have made this arrangement in compliance with a request from a number of promÂinent persons, to make sure that the translation is genuine and correct; The chapter and verse of Holy Scripture, where all passages quoted may be found, are also correctly recorded.
EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE OF THE KABBALISTIC PUBLISHER.
It is universally known and acknowledged, that we are named after the most holy name of the Ruler of the World, and that we receive the holy Decalogue or the written law from him. It is further well known that in addition to the laws which he gave to Moses engraved upon stone, he also gave to him certain verbal laws, by which, through his protracted stay upon the mountain Sinai, where all doctrines, explanations of mysteries, holy names of God and the angels, and particularly how to apply this knowledge to the best interest of man, were entrusted to him. All these doctrines, which God pronounced good, but which were not generally made known, and which in the course of time were called The Kabbalah, or Traditions, Moses communicated, during his life, to Joshua, his successor. Joshua handed them over to the elders, the elders gave them to the judges, and from the judges they descended to the prophets. The prophets enÂtrusted them to the men of the great synagogue, and these gave them unto the wise men, and so the Kabbalah was handed down from one to the other â€” from mouth to mouth â€” to the present day. Therefore do we know that in the Thora are many names of the Most High and his angels, besides deep mysteries, which may be applied to the welfare of man, but which, on account of the perverseness of humanity and to guard against their abuse, have been hidden from the great mass of human beings.
Everything that I have here stated is as clear as the Sun, and needs no further proof, and it is equally clear and incontrovertible that the All-merciful gave the Thora in the beginning to promote the best interests of the soul and the body of man at the same time. Therefore has God enÂdowed her with exalted talents, powers and virtues that, with a rational use of her, man may protect himself from danger when no other help is at hand and save himself simply by uttering the words of the living God. On this account, the expression. “For it is thy life,” occurs frequently in the Thora. And Solomon says in his Proverbs vi. 22: “When thou goest it shall lead thee, and when thou sleepest it shall keep thee.” That the Psalms and the Thora are equal in holiness and worthiness, will not be called in question. Our wise men declare, “He who will daily live closer to God, who deserves to unite his soul with Him, and who is willing to live in the closest communion with him, should often pray the Psalms with fervor and devotion. Happy the man who does this daily and hourly, for his reward will be great.” The Psalms are formed and divided into five books, just like the Thora. We can, therefore, implicitly trust in the doctrines of the enlightened Kabbalists, when they assert that the Almighty accorded equal talents and powers to the Psalms as he did to the Thora, and that in them many names of the Most High Majesty of God and his angels, besides, many mysteries, are hidden.
Yes, dear reader, you must not doubt. Through a pious life and by a rational use of the Psalms you may obtain the grace of God, the favor of princes and magistrates and the love of your fellow-men. You will be enabled to protect yourself from danger, to escape suffering, and to proÂmote your own welfare.
That this is all true, the contents of the prayer, with which we end each Psalm, and which we are in duty bound to pray, will amply demÂonstrate. But the correctness of it is also established by the teachings of the Talmud and of the old wise men, who assure us, that many of our famous forefathers availed themselves of apparently supernatural means from time to time, to protect their best interests. The truth of this I can establish by the most trustworthy witnesses; yea, I could even mention some great men, who, by a proper use of the Psalms, performed great works. Such examples are rare. Let it suffice. I present you with a few passages out of standard books, through which you will become fully convinced that the Almighty has given his revealed word true and unÂexampled talents and power, and that, in an extreme case of necessity, we are permitted to make use of this gift of God, for our own and our neighÂbor’s welfare. As for example, to cast out evil spirits, to relieve deep melancholy and to cure grievous diseases; to set free prisoners who have been unjustly imprisoned; to arrest and resist enemies, opponents, murderers, and highway robbers; to quench the fiercest fires; to resist floods of water, to defend innocence and to reveal, it, and to foster good fortune, well-being and peace in a general manner.
Read the treatise on this subject, of the excellent Rabbi Schimschon bar Abraham, in his book entitled Responsiones Raschaba. Examine the words of the enlightened Rabbi Jochanan ben Sackas in his Treatise of the Talmud and Sanhedrin, Chap, ii., where he treats of magical conÂjurations, and where he asserts and proves that it is allowed, in dangerous and incurable diseases, to make use of words and passages in the Holy Scripture for their cure. You will find more or less similar references in the treatise of Sabbath in the Talmud, as well as in the Responsonibus, by Zemach, son of Simonis, in which the Ninety-second Psalm, with certain prescriptions added, are highly recommended as a certain means to avoid suffering and danger, even in cases of war, fire and similar inÂstances, enabling us to escape unharmed, free, secure and without hindrance.
Under such happy circumstances, it is surely right and proper, that such wholesome knowledge, which up to this day was known but to a few men, and they only the learned, was yet free to all, but found only in the libraÂries and cabinets of the great, although not generally known, should at least, in some degree, be brought to light.
Since however, I cannot gain my object in any other way than by giving these pages to the world in a printed form, and since they will unÂavoidably fall into unclean hands, I feel myself constrained, in order to prevent an unworthy use of them, to extend this preface, which might otherwise, very properly have ended here, in laying down a few rules and limits. Do not, however, be discouraged for I am really endeavoring to promote your best interests and shield you from harm.
- If you are willing to avail yourself of the means indicated, I warn you not to attempt it in a case of extreme necessity, and when there is no other help at hand.
- If this be so, in experimenting, place your trust in the goodness and power of the Most High and ever blessed God, upon whom you may perÂhaps have hitherto called under, an unknown holy name.
- The ordained Psalm, for this or the other undertaking, besides the appropriate prayer, you must pray with a broken and contrite heart to God, and in addition to this, keep in mind the added holy name with its letters, which are given the wise Kabbalists. At the same time you must have your undertaking continually before your eyes.
- I must say to you, if you wish to console yourself with this help, that you must live in such a manner that no crime or willful sin can trouble your conscience, for it is well known, that the prayer of the ungodly is not acceptable to God. And herewith I commit you to the protection of the Most High.