History tells us that that the First World War began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo. That spark set fire to a tinder-pile of tensions, which had been building up for years.
Was that spark just a stray event? A bullet from a fanatic, as history tells us? Or was it deliberately planned by sinister forces behind the scenes? Some strange things took place around the Archduke’s death, which suggest this may be the case.
These events centered around the Russian psychic and healer Grigori Rasputin (1869-1916). Also known as ‘The Mad Monk’ he rose from a peasant background to a life as healer and clairvoyant for the Russian elite.
That grand door opened for him because Tsar Nicholas II’s son, Alexei, had haemophilia. The boy was in constant danger of bleeding to death from the slightest cut or bruise.
The Tsarina, Alexandra, had heard of this strange magician from the provinces. One day a small accident put Alexei in real danger of death. In desperation, the Tsarina called for Rasputin. He came right away, and saved the boy’s life.
After that, he used his powers to rescue Alexei whenever he was injured. He also gave healing to most of the Russian court – especially if they seemed to need sexual liberation. Nevertheless, because he had real powers, and had saved her son’s life, the Tsarina doted on him. This made the Mad Monk one of the most powerful men in Russia.
Although most people have heard about Rasputin’s dissipated ways, not many know how much he hated war. He thought it was an unnecessary abomination. In 1914, he would certainly have used his influence on the Tsar to stop him from taking up arms. If he had, the twentieth century might have turned out very differently.
However, by a huge coincidence – or maybe not – at exactly the same time the Archduke died at Sarajevo, an unknown woman stabbed Rasputin, intent on killing him. This was the first sign of his strange power to survive murderous attacks. Nevertheless, he did need surgery and rest to recover. As a result, the man who might have changed the course of history was neatly out of the way just when the Tsar was deciding to go to war.
After that, Rasputin predicted that he would die violently before January 1st, 1917. He said if peasants killed him, the Tsar would reign for many years to come. However, if aristocrats did the deadly deed, he told the Tsar that “none of your children or relations will remain alive for more than two years.”
Within a short time, aristocrats did indeed set about trying to kill Rasputin. He miraculously survived their first attempts to poison and then shoot him. But they finally managed to murder the strange magician at the end of 1916. In July 1918, a firing squad executed the Tsar and his family. All had come true just as Rasputin had prophesied.
Far from ending all wars, as people hoped it would, the Great War eventually led to the Second World War. In October 1935, the famous psychic Edgar Cayce spoke of the coming holocaust in Europe. He said, “Unless there is interference by what many call supernatural forces and influences – which are active in the affairs of nations and peoples – the whole world will be set on fire.”
Fortunately, there was ‘interference’ from supernatural forces – operating directly through the general public. Wartime tends to increase interest in the paranormal. Worry about loved ones on the battle front is uppermost in most people’s minds. That’s made worse by the ban on anyone knowing where the soldiers might be.
Not hearing from them – or, even worse, being told they were missing in action – only added to the uncertainty. Because the ‘news’ was all war propaganda, people felt kept in the dark about things they were desperate to know. As a result, many turned to spiritualists, mediums, ouija boards and astrology for answers and reassurances.
Far from disbelieving in the paranormal, the British Government began to fear the potential of these messages from the other side. There was a chance this might reveal vital secrets to spies who’d infiltrated spiritual circles for that very purpose. So in 1943 an ancient law against prophecy was dusted off and reinstated. It was never meant as an attack on spiritual activities – it was there as a safety net to guard against the worst-case scenarios.
The allied authorities were keenly aware of the occult side of Nazism. They never publicly acknowledged this – but people knew anyway. Many were convinced that the war was a battle between good and evil.
The Nazi movement arose directly from a darkly esoteric secret society, the Thule-Gesellschaft. All the prominent Nazi leaders were practising occultists – in effect, black magicians. Even at the time, there were some clear outer signs of their mind-set. The swastika is an ancient Tibetan symbol of the life force; the Nazi salute was an occult gesture of power; and the rallies – especially the youth meetings – echoed the Black Mass in several key ways.
Clairvoyants, esotericists and mystics understood the signs, and were fully aware of the occult nature of the enemy. They were also sure the Nazis would exterminate them if they ever invaded. So they had good reason to throw all their powers into the fight.
Esoteric groups that normally worked in different ways now banded together for the extra strength of a united front. They used to focus on the Nazi leaders, and send them the chant “can’t cross the sea” – repeated over and over again in a hypnotic rhythm.
One group of wiccans made up batches of “go away powder” from an ancient secret recipe. They then made regular trips to the southernmost tip of Kent to throw it into the symbolically ebbing tide. Salt has special protective properties, and the salt water activated the properties of the powder. The wiccans also strengthened that effect with their intent, chants and imagery.
A powerful coven in the New Forest raised a magical cone of power to protect Britain from invasion. This was the coven which the author Gerald Gardner belonged to. A few years after the war he revolutionized popular perceptions of wiccan ways with his book ‘Witchcraft Today’.
During this time one of the mediums received a vision of the Cross of Light poster. This was an equal armed cross of light with a rose in the center and a circle of light around it. This image became a powerful weapon of occult defense.
Groups would gather to visualize it hovering like a giant over Britain, keeping the forces of evil at bay. They also saw it holding the whole country and the allied forces within the circle of its protection. Posters of this image were printed off and put up in places like bus and tube stations, air raid shelters, soup kitchens and wherever people gathered because of the war.
Another important group involved with this work was Dion Fortune’s Society of the Inner Light in London and Glastonbury. They too used mental images, mantras and rituals to maintain British invincibility and weaken the resolve of the enemy.
In the process, Dion Fortune felt that she was under personal psychic attack by a Nazi black magician. This battle left its mark on her. Her health suddenly declined, and she never recovered. Just before her death, her doctor’s wife remarked that she looked like ‘a burnt-out shell’.
As a Druid, the wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, had his own personal connections with the English esoteric milieu. He was apparently aware of their war effort and quietly supportive of it.
During the darkest days of the war, he took the advice of the mystical Tudor Wellesley Pole of Glastonbury and instituted the ‘silent minute’. At 9 o’clock every night on the striking of Big Ben, the nation stopped its activities and focused its collective mind on peace. This was a powerful magical practice, of which Churchill was probably aware.
The authors of ‘The Dawn of Magic’, Pauwels and Bergier, were convinced that the Second World War was really a magical battle – a struggle between gods. They said, “The problem must be faced. We shall never be safe from Nazism, or rather from certain manifestations of the satanic spirit, until we have aroused ourselves to a full awareness of the most fantastic aspects of the Hitlerian adventure.”
Official history gives us a superficial account of the past – just the tip of the iceberg. When we understand more about the reality beneath the surface of events, it will ultimately put us into a stronger position to deal effectively with what’s really going on.
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