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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel Weiser, Inc.; 2nd edition (June 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877285470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877285472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful By "hdennett" on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Spear Of Destiny - Trevor Ravenscroft
Review written by Hugh Dennett.
When I first picked this book up in the bookstore, I couldn't believe my luck in finding such an interesting work on The Spear Of Longinus, written by what at first appeared to be an author with at least some credibility. The subject matter of 'The Spear Of Destiny' is fascinating and the style is compelling. For the first couple of chapters, I thought that - despite the sensationalistic nature of the writing - there possibly may have been some truth to Trevor Ravenscroft's assertions.
In short, the author uses this book to present the beliefs and opinions of Dr. Walter Johannes Stein - who during WWII provided information to Winston Churchill about the supposedly occultic personalities of Hitler and other Nazi leaders - although it is difficult to discern what portion of the book is based on Dr. Stein's somewhat dubious recollections, and what is subjective speculation on the part of Ravenscroft.
One problem came for me, when I noticed that many of the more grandiose statements in the book are not referenced at all, and thus the reader has no way of verifying the authenticity of the author's claims. There are footnotes, albeit rather minimalistic, but these are mostly relating to quotes that can be easily verified or found readily in other common publications. It is also true to say that these (referenced) quotes do not for the most part help to further the cause of the book to anywhere near the degree that the unsubstantiated quotes might do, would in fact they be traceable to a reliable source. In addition to this, much of the evidence given in the book is drawn from the psychic visons of Rudolf Steiner and General Helmuth von Moltke.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Vince Cabrera on May 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
In the first pages of The Spear, Ravenscroft states flat out that he considers the third eye (AKA the pineal gland) to be a valid primary source for historical research. To complicate matters even further, Ravenscroft was describing the visions of Dr. Walter Stein, his friend and teacher who was dead by the time Ravenscroft began writing.
How you feel about the Spear of Destiny depends a lot on how seriously you take Ravenscroft's ideas on the 3rd Eye. Are you ok with someone writing history as seen in someone else's mystical vision or are you more the footnotesey type? The fact that a lot of Ravenscroft's quoted sources are out of print makes his ideas hard to check or corroborate.
Havng said all this, I really love the Spear of Destiny and I've lost track of the number of times I've given copies to friends. I love Ravenscroft's ideas, whereby WWII was really a conflict between famous 9th Century figures reincarnated after exactly 1000 years. Ravenscroft's WWII was a war between cosmic Good and Evil in their most absolute senses. It's all very Michael Moorcock/The Highlander and if anything, Ravenscroft's book highlights how sorely we need a bit of romance and myth in our times. Read it by all means. Maybe you'll take it seriously, maybe not. But you will certainly be entertained.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By David on December 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was in grade school. Nothing really sank in except that Hitler really was Satanic. Now, years later, with a broad background of scientific skepticism and studies into some Eastern philosophies and so-called New Age stuff, I came back to this book to take a second look.
What it is not is an "objective" (i.e. academic, scholarly) account of history. The author says outright that much of the material for the book came from astral travels or remote viewing or some other paranormal method, performed by a man named Walter Johannes Stein. Ravenscroft claims that Stein knew Hitler better than any other man. Moreover, the whole book is wrapped around a theme of the Spear of Destiny, and a legend that says that any person who possesses it will gain immeasurable power to rule and conquer. Linked with the Spear are such famous dictators as Constantine, Charlemagne, and Frederick Barbarossa.
Ravenscroft describes in great detail Hitler's descent into the occult and into nationalist, racist ideals, tutored by various other evil personalities. Hitler is depicted as a man who became obsessed with the Spear, convinced that he was the reincarnation of Frederick Barbarossa, and ultimately possessed by Lucifer.
Naturally, this is no mainstream history book. Its origins are so wrapped up in the Judeo-Christian mythology, and an occultic one in particular, that it's hard to say what sorts of distortions there might be. (I take it for granted that subjective means of gathering information, like remote viewing, are possible, but I also acknowledge that tremendous distortions can come about.) Ravenscroft asserts, for instance, that Tibetan lamas were recruited and set to work "to harness the powers of Lucifer to the Nazi cause.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cvairag VINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
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For the skeptics: the obvious fact that Hitler chose the swastika and reversed (italics) it as his central symbol proves his significant interest in and attachment to occult influences. Aside from the speculations, there is direct material evidence which points to the generally accepted conclusion that Rudolf Steiner was murdered by the brownshirts. He was poisoned. The original Goetheneum (the building which housed Steiner's school)in Stuttgart had been destroyed by arson widely attributed to the brownshirts a few years before. Hitler had at least registered as a student there and is presumed to have attended lectures given by Steiner before the arson. The arson was followed by a number of assassination attempts until he was finally murdered by a poisoned sandwich. Steiner lived for about a year after being poisoned and wrote an autobiography. The reason neither Steiner nor his followers ever pointed fingers at the nascent Nazis are two: 1)they are devout Christians, who turn the other cheek in all conditions; 2) fear and suppression.

Ravenscroft's tale of the fateful conflict between Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Steiner is a masterpiece of its kind, a riveting read. Both men worked toward manifesting a vision of reality. Both were doomed. The question which is raised is important. How much can we know of the motives behind the central events in history? Intentionality is incredibly diverse. Appearances often belie reality. Ravenscroft attempts to penetrate the hidden reality, the workings of the engine which drives history, and the results are, at the least, interesting, if not edifying.
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