Hitler’s early life could be characterized by one word, “failure.” He lived in poverty, surviving on dead mother’s limited savings and an Orphan’s Pension which came from his father’s service in the Customs Department. It is well known that he wanted to be an artist and applied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. They refused to accept him because his sketches were not up to the standards they required. He also applied to the School of Architecture and was refused. Author Treavor Ravenscroft says “...unable to make friends, Hitler became day by day a more solitary and embittered figure.”
I assume this made him feel a little inadequate and this could have been the basis of his personal quest for power which may have lead the young Hitler to the occult. He began by spending all his free time in the Hofberg Library in Vienna, Austria reading books on the history of the occult and Eastern religions. The occult seemed to be able offer the power that young Hitler was searching for.
Then came the discovery that changed Hitler’s life and drove him deeper into the occult.
In that library there is a ancient spear, believed by many, to be the one used to pierce the side of Christ. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago says in his book The Antichrist’s New Age Roots, “One day when Adolph Hitler was in his early twenties, he overheard a tour group guide point out the spear to a group of guests and say, ‘This spear is shrouded in mystery; whoever unlocks its secrets will rule the world.’ Later Hitler said that those words had changed his whole life.” He would spend hours staring at the spear that had pierced the side of Christ. It is believed (and Hitler fully believed) that the spear was possessed by secret occult powers and he wanted these for himself. Trevor Ravenscroft records the eye witness account of Dr. Walter Stein who stood beside young Hitler as he gazed at the spear, “Adolph Hitler stood…like a man in a trance, a man over whom some dreadful magic spell had been cast…He was swaying on his feet as though caught up in some totally inexplicable euphoria…His whole [facial appearance] physiognomy and stance appeared transformed as if some mighty Spirit now inhabited his very soul, creating within and around him a kind of evil transformation of its own nature and power.” (The Spear of Destiny, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York)
However, Hitler wanted to enhance his magickal powers further. He had already used the meditation techniques that he had learned about while studying the Eastern religions (he was also a fan of Madame Blavatsky), but he was impatient and that proved too slow for him. Earnest Pretzsche, a used book dealer, introduced him to a psychedelic drug containing mescaline. This quickly produced clairvoyant visions that led Hitler to believe he had tapped into supernatural powers (from the sword) that he could use for his own purposes.
After some years in Vienna, Hitler left and went to Munich. There he got involved with others who were also involved in the pursuit of occult powers and knowledge. It is thought that the original members of the Nazis (National Socialist Party) were hard-core satanists. It was the Nazis who led a willing Hitler into deeper levels of occult involvement. In fact, Dietrich Eckart, an occultist of the highest degree, and a practitioner of black magic, bragged before he died, “I have initiated him (Hitler) into the ‘Secret Doctrine,’ opened his centres in vision and given him the means of communication with the Powers…I shall have influenced history more than any other German.” (Ravenscroft, p.91).
This may explain also where he got his ideas about the Aryan race. They came from the Thule Society. Thule was supposedly a lost island inhabited by an ancient race who were “masters of wisdom,” who though unseen, were superior and highly intelligent. Hitler believed he could contact them and that they gave him power and energy. Through his perceived contacts with this superior race, he believed he was destined to lead the Aryans to rule the world as Eckart had said.
Rauschning, one of Hitlers associates before he defected to the West, said “One cannot help but think of him as a medium…beyond any doubt Hitler was possessed by forces outside himself…” (Gerald Suster, Hitler: The Occult Messiah).
It is also well known that He adopted the swastika from the Hindu/Sanskrit symbol for the Sun. The original symbol turns clockwise. The Nazi one turns backwards. The four arms of the original Hindu swastika represented the Four Vedas.
It’s also interesting to note that Hitler’s suicide happened during the night of April 30 – May 1, known as Walpurgis Night.
Hitler certainly had a strange power of people – I will leave you with the words of Joachim von Ribbentrop, when speaking of his continued subservience to Hitler at the Nuremberg Trials :- “Even with all I know, if in this cell Hitler should come to me and say ‘Do this!’, I would still do it.”.