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The Spear of Destiny: The Occult Power Behind the Spear which pierced the side of Christ Paperback – June 1, 1982
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Ok, so this is a lot of bull, but its fun bull. Think of it as reading a historical fictional account of Hitler and events leading up to the second world war. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald C. Renfro
This book was amazing. Paced well and intriguing. I loved how the story went back and forth between the two timelines during the beginning part of the novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer Cramer
Love this book, the photos and it's relevance to today's political climatePublished 10 months ago by Toni5000
Book in good quality. Definitely not the read I was expecting. A bit disappointing that there is no solid empirical evidence supporting the theory of the spear. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jose
had a copy years ago and loaned it out and never rcd it back. so happy to have it in my library again.Published 14 months ago by emme
I couldn't get past the first two chapters. The author claims to know the first name, career situation, health conditions, and the motivations of a character in a story (focused... Read morePublished 17 months ago by AJSR
Deep revelations providing excellent perspective on the behind the scenes of the bloodiest war to date.Published 23 months ago by Max Dexter
Ravenscroft is certainly a British Intelligence agent like Walter Stein was, Stein was one of many British intelligence handlers of Hitler. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by AeroEngineer
It seems the author is trying to force the Spear of Destiny into a more important part of the Third Reich than it had. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by AeroEngineer