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Spear of Destiny

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The occult power behind the spear that pierced the side of Christ. How Hitler inverted the Force in a bid to conquer the world. Fascinating reading. Photographs.
Paperback, 362 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Weiser Books (first published 1973)
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Cwn_annwn_13
Book that claims Hitler was a satan worshipper who acquired a magic spear that was used to pierce Christ when he was crucified and later possessed by other historical figures. This book is more or less a bunch of made up bs. There is absolutely no evidence that Hitler was a Satanist or any other type of practicing occultist. I seem to remember the closest thing anybody ever came across showing Hitler being involved in the occult was he subscribed to a Thule Society newsletter in his early adulth ...more
Keats27
Eerie explanation of the occult practices of the Nazis along with an introduction to Rudolf Steiner and WJ Stein. Absolutely loved this book. Reads like a history book all the way through. Heavily spiritual. Many people will dismiss the book out of hand because its spiritual content goes so heavily against their incomplete world view.

The writing is cogent and sane, if a bit pedantic. The content, originally put together by WJ Stein, was intended to wake people up to the reality of the spiritual.
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Candace Talmadge
Jan 23, 2015 Candace Talmadge rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone fasicnated by non-mainstream viewpoints
Recommended to Candace by: Can't recall where I found it
Shelves: politics, influencers
In order to explain the otherwise unfathomable rise to power of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis, mainstream historians devised the phrase "the banality of evil."

Hitler and his henchmen, so the theory goes, appeared so ordinary and mundane that no one could spot their real intentions or their murderous deeds until it was too late.

The author of this book has a different take on topic. He maintains that Hitler was the reincarnation of an evil political minister from 1,000 years earlier and was motivat
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Jake
This is a rather dry read, and only recommended for someone who has a deep interest in the occult practices of the upper crust of the Nazi party, and a fair amount of background knowledge of late 19th/early 20th century occult practices. A better introductory book to the topic is Peter Levenda's Unholy Alliance.

My main complaint with this book is it's reliance on one major source, Dr. Walter Johannes Stein. There are other source materials cited, but Ravenscroft uses Stein's singular testimony t
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Stephen Hawks
I read this book in the early 80's. so some of my recollections about the book have faded. At the age of 23 it impressed me as sincere and probably true if not in details then in essence if such a thing can be said when mythological/symbolic talisman lore gets mixed with essential meanings and facts. At Nuremberg the occult practices and obsessions of Nazi germany were ignored. The overt horrors of Nazi germany were enough to deal with in such a court. However, that does not negate the fact that ...more
Simon
This book concerns much of the myth and legendry surrounding the Spear which allegedly pierced Jesus Christ's side when he was on the cross, and in particular Adolf Hitler's obsession with it with several asides on Nazi Occultism in general and where it came from.

Ironically, the least convincing aspect of the book is Trevor Ravenscroft's main thesis of Hitler being motivated so much by the quest for the Spear of Destiny. His main source here is anecdotal evidence from Walter Johannes Stein, an A
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Vinnie
Oct 07, 2008 Vinnie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in the occult.
It took me forever to get through this book due to the overwhelming amount of information in it. Most of it is about Hitler's life before he became the leader of the Third Reich. It also goes into detail about the lives of other key people around Hitler.

What really gets me is how Ravenscroft will be explaining perfectly normal things and then all of a sudden he goes off into an explanation about demons, possessions, Atlantis, reincarnation with such an incredible leap of faith that I was thoroug
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Senan Gil Senan
I have to give this book 5 stars because I have read it three times, and have always found it profound along with its sequel 'The mark of the Beast'. Trevor Ravenscroft (RIP) was a Rosicrucian who certainly seemed inspired or maybe just party to inate secrets when he wrote these books. This book tells you of a hidden history of occult manipulation and control of power since times of the roman empire. It makes you look at history from a different perspective, and gives you another explanation of ...more
Zadignose
I think I read this insane book sometime in the 1980s. I think I also regarded it as a work of fiction. Foolish me, as this is actually a work of fiction... disguised as a work of non-fiction.

(Important difference, huh?)
(I hadn't noticed the disguise, maybe... or... it was too ridiculous to ponder anyone believed it... i.e., it was like the Weekly World News)

Ummm... I don't know what else to say. Does the introduction of bizarre supernatural mythology make Nazis more scary? The dumbest thing abo
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K. Rozier
This book blew my mind. How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go? Learning the depths of Hitler's occultism puts his actions in a more understandable light. Haven't most of us asked, "How could someone do what Hitler did?" After reading "Spear of Destiny," you'll know. Hitler was, after all, being primed to be the anti-christ which is why he made a holocaust (literally "burnt sacrifice") of the Jews and others. An insightful, fascinating, page-turner.
Sara
Very hard to read non-fiction book about the supposed spear that pierced Jesus in the side when he was on the cross. Apparently the Nazis were all hot to possess it. And did anyone know it's currently on display in Austria?
Zare
This one is a really really weird book. I haven't read such a mish-mash of occult and mysterious since ... I do not know truth be told.

Premise is that Hitler succumbed to the dark ethereal entities that possessed him (Exorcist possession) in order to obtain a very potent metaphysical weapon (Spear of Destiny) that can bring joy and prosperity when wielded by those with pure heart and mayhem and utter destruction when used by dark and evil entities. When you look into this this is same story as
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Speedy
Si bien el título en cierto sentido es correcto, puede llevar a confusión. El tema no es Hitler, sino la lanza de longino y el cristianismo esotérico. Desde esa perspectiva se examina el ascenso y caída de Hitler y el reinado de horror que llevó consigo.

Desde cierto punto de vista podría decirse que es una obra iniciática, por la cantidad de referencias y explicaciones sobre el conocimiento oculto del, valga la redundancia, cristianismo esotérico. Goethe, Steiner y otros hombres de sabiduría pa
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Peter
This is a funny one. First I should say that some people believe this book to be an accurate account of how Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power with the help of various occult gadgets and rituals. Second I should point out the the "method of research" advocated in the book is essentially to "get high" and then "dream around" until the "researcher" uncovers the "true history" of a subject. Third I have to admit that despite all this humbug I found the book quite entertaining. Citing it in a h ...more
Jb3
Fun book with some interesting facts but all in all is bs.
Evan Heymann
It's about Hitler's early life, his occult aspirations, and his pursuit of the actual spear-head which supposedly pierced the side of Christ's side... and that's pretty cool.
Don
Fabulous for its sheer and utter madness. I'm not sure if I am horrified or delighted by the fact that this man believed the fantasies he expounds within the book's pages.
Scott Kelly
Hitlers' quest for the Spear of Longinus. What more can you say? The birth of many, many thoughts. This is a great book wether you believe the story or not.
jackie
so far, i don't know what to think. it's a documentary-like book that unfolds kind of like a novel, which makes it kind of hard to believe.
David
Aug 15, 2007 David added it
posted in the next slot is the MARK OF THE BEAST.. full review there
Neil Munday
very interesting. explanasion of hitlers missing years
Kristen
If you like the occult. This is a good one
Fernando Silva
too much open explanations
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“Altogether forty-five Emperors had claimed the Spear of Destiny as their possession between the coronation in Rome of Charlemagne and the fall of the old German Empire exactly a thousand years later. And what a pagentry it was! THe Spear had passed like the very finger of destiny through the millenium forever creating new patterns of fate which had again and again changed the entire history of Europe. ... According to the legend associated with the Spear of Longinus, the claimant to this talisman of power has a choice between the service of two opposing Spirits in the fulfilment of his world historic aims -- a Good and an Evil Spirit.” 2 likes
“In other words, Hitler's soul life was not mature enough at that moment to maintain an awareness of himself and his surroundings when this alien entity entered him. During the following six months during a series of irregular meetings and discussions with Hitler, Walter Stein was to witness a maturing soul development in this enigmatic character through which he became more and more a conscious and responsive tool of the world-shattering purposes of the demonic Spirit which overshadowed him. 'I move like a sleep-walker where Providence dictates,' said Adolf Hitler at a press interview.” 1 likes
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