stefano wrote:Thanks. Who's the "tower-based Sicilian black magician"?
So I just read Ravenscroft, very interesting! I do think those Theosophical theories of Atlantean races and what not are rubbish, and don't agree with his idea of the historical figure of Jesus, but plenty of food for thought in that book. And it was the Landulf of Capua you were thinking of:Stephen Morgan wrote:Looking through google I might have got a couple of details wrong, like him being Sicilian, living in a tower and being a black magician. I might have been thinking about Landulf II of Capua. Picked him up from Ravenscroft.
Apparently Crowley dropped in there while he lived in Sicily, and George Patton (who knew of the Hitler as Klingsor/Landulf theme) took a break from the war to visit the place.The Landulf, who spent many years in Egypt studying Arab astrology and magic, was secretly [the Moors'] ally. It was through his Islamic connections that he later maintained his castle eyrie in the heights of the mountains in Arab-occupied Sicily. There, at Kalot Enbolot on the site of an ancient mystery Temple, he carried out the horrific and perverse practices that earned him a reputation as the most feared black magician in the world.
Stephen Morgan wrote:The Occult Causes of the Present War is an early example of the Nazis-as-devil-worshippers genre, but somewhat more subtle than most. It was written during the war itself. It does seem to have a rather odd slant, which is that Britain is the appointed nation of God while Germany is the historical root of all evil and specifically of the witch-cultus. The evidence provided, although studiously avoiding English history, doesn't provide evidence of a German root for the witch cult, but rather implicates France, presumably not intentionally.
He does, however, do a good job of dispelling the then-popular notion that Hitler was the root of Nazism, rather than a mere front for an ancestral and habitual evil, the witch-cultus. He presents the cultus as an anti-Christian movement but puts its origins before the advent of Christianity in Europe, opposing the religion of Jupiter (zeu pater) and Zeus.
He paints a sad picture of the former Kaiser in a library of occult books, long after his deposition, wondering where it all went wrong, looking for clues as to that force which once used him as its puppet in the first world war. . .
zuestorz wrote:A delayed response, but this is a book of some historiographical importance.
I note that you refer to an author in your post a couple of times, yet no author is named? You also indicate that the book was published during WWII. Unless I'm mistaken, this and a book I have titled, The First Year of the War and After, were both published by HMG without any author credit and are authentic examples of Winstonian white propaganda. As such, they're parapolitical museum pieces.
The other angle that you may be interested in, is the occult literature perspective. It is highly probable that these occult/astrological themed publications are nothing less than the unattributed collaboration of Dennis Wheatley and Aleister Crowley, written by them at the behest of the intelligence services for the war effort. Collector's items.
Stephen Morgan wrote:The work is attributed to Lewis Spence, who wrote numerous occult works in the first half of trhe twentieth century.However, I'm not sure he ever really existed, certainly in his works there are some contradictions, like writing about his scepticism over the existence of Atlantis, then writing an entire series of books on its history claiming access to a secret tradition that gave him this knowledge of how Atlantis had been.
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