Spear of Destiny
A legendary Christian relic, the Spear of Longinus, identified
in folklore with the spear that pierced the side of Christ
(John 1934) nearly two thousand years ago. Occult legend
states that whoever claims this spear and understands its occult
significance holds the destiny of the world in his hands. According
to Houston Stewart Chamberlain, British-born propagandist
for anti-Semitism and the German philosophy of an Aryan
master race, this spear was claimed by Constantine the Great,
Justinian, Charles Martel, Charlemagne, and various German
emperors, all men of destiny.
Before World War II, the Spear of Destiny (more properly
known as the Maurice Spear) was exhibited in the Hofburg Museum
in Vienna. It attracted the attention of the young Adolf
Hitler, who linked it with legends of the Holy Grail and made
his own plans to be a man of destiny. The spear held a special
fascination for Hitler and his associates in the hothouse atmosphere
of occultism and evil philosophies that gave rise to the
Nazi plan for world domination. In 1935, Heinrich Himmler
had a replica of the spear made and kept it in his private room.
Three years later, Hitler led his troops into Austria, the first
stage of his plan for world conquest. One of his first acts was
to remove the Spear of Destiny from the Hofburg Museum.
The spear was buried beneath the Nuremberg Fortress,
where it was discovered on the day that Hitler shot himself in
the Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945. It was recovered together
with other treasures of the Imperial collection. On January 6,
1946, these treasures were returned to the authorities at Vienna,
and the spear was reinstated in the Hofburg Museum.
Trevor Ravenscroft has compiled an exhaustive account of
the story of the spear. The manner in which it influenced Hitler
was integral to the occult philosophy that permeated the upper
echelons of the Nazi movement and effected the actual events
of World War II. Ravenscroft drew much of his unique research
information from Walter Johannes Stein (18911957) who
knew Hitler as a young man and saw Hitlers books concerned
with occultism and Grail legends, with copious manuscript
notes by Hitler himself indicating the beginnings of his Nazi
Ravenscroft, Trevor. The Spear of Destiny. London Spearman,
1972. Reprint, New York Putnam, 1973.
Spear of Destiny