AOL just posted this news blurb: Britain Hired Astrologer to Fight Hitler
By D'ARCY DORAN Posted: 2008-03-04 15:51:36 LONDON (March 3) — Desperate for a glimpse into Adolf Hitler's unpredictable mind, British spies hired an astrologer during World War II to write horoscopes for him and other Nazi leaders, documents declassified Tuesday show. They soon regretted it. The article goes on to say that Churchill specifically planted Louis de Wohl in the Axis camp to give false and misleading astrological forecasts.
This might have helped bring the downfall of the Third Reich. But we blogged about the "astrologer wars" before. Karl Ernst Krafft was Hitlers real astrologer.
Karl Ernst Krafft was the astrologer for the Third Reich. His story is fascinating as is the full story of the “propaganda wars” conducted by Allied and Axis astrologers and occultists.
Krafft contacted the nazis early in the Reich with a prognostication of an attack on Hitler by “an explosive device” around early November. The letter was filed but reviewed later after the Beer Hall Putsch where, indeed, Hitler barely missed being hit by a hidden bomb. Krafft was summoned to Berlin where he began a long association with the nazis, helping them translate Nostradamus prophesies for the war effort. (To “prove” that the nazis were “destined” to win the war.) It is said that the Germans used astrology to plan attacks and maneuvers against the Allies to some initially astounding success. The tide, of course, turned and Krafft was punished. Ultimately he was put on a transport for Buchenwald and died of typhus in transit.
An ironically fitting end.
Would war be avoidable if world leaders could be persuaded to use astrology? Astrology and the Causes of War addresses this question and offers piercing insights. And here's more fascinating reading on the role of astrology in history, and Karl Ernst Krafft in particular.