Tuesday, March 16, 2004

No, not the 80's band...
I've just finished reading "Spear of Destiny" by Trevor Ravenscroft. An interesting book which claims Adolf Hitler and his associates were in fact Satanists practicing black magic (...)
Ravenscroft is a former British Army Commando and a practitioner of white magic and he lays out his claims to the occult origins of Nazism over more than 350 pages. The title of the book refers to the "Spear of Longinus" - a relic of early Christianity displayed at the Hofsburg Museum in Vienna. According to Revenscroft Hitler became obsessed with this relic when he first saw it during his youth in Vienna.
The "Spear of Longinus" is said to be the spear which was trust into the side of Jesus Christ by a Roman centurion as he hung on the cross. Miraculously water and blood spurted out from the guts of Christ - Who was believed to be dead- and this in some way secured his resurrection. Since then the spear is believed to give super-natural powers to people who know how to use these powers. Naturally they can be used both for good, or evil.
Whether you choose to believe Ravenscroft's claims or not is of course up to you, but you get an interesting insight into the intellectual climate of Germany and Austria in the years from the beginning of the 20'th century and until the end of WW II. Even when putting aside the worst prejudice about bloodthirsty Prussian militants, a decadent aristocracy, an authoritarian society in decline, the twilight world of secret societies in search of spiritual awakening, etc, etc. It is safe to say that the Nazi movement, which in the beginning had no real political program of it's own besides an aggressive German nationalism, could draw inspiration from an impressive array of crackpots who all occupied high positions in German and Austrian society!
Scientists, militarists, occultists, morfinists, even a group of Tibetan monks appear in this book which might be far fetched in it's theories, but a fascinating read for any armchair historian.

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