In Christian mythology, the Spear of Destiny pierced Jesus’ side as he hung on the cross in John’s account of the Crucifixion. It’s also known as the Holy Lance or the Spear of Longinus.
The Spear has, over the years, been attributed with mystical powers and a number of popular New Age, Conspiracy, Horror and Science Fiction books have popularised the legend.
Though lost, there have been three or four major relics that are claimed to be the Holy Lance or parts of it.
In 1973 the historian Trevor Ravenscroft published The Spear of Destiny, a book which ‘remains one of the most important texts in the field of Nazi occultism’. There was also a follow-up, The Mark of the Beast.
Some see it these as classics of occult history while others consider them no more than inventive fiction.
Trevor was a Commando in the Second World War, and spent four years in German prisoner of war camps, though he did make three escape attempts. He was allegedly involved in an attempt to assassinate Rommel in North Africa in 1941 – though this has been disputed.
While a POW, he claimed to have experienced ‘higher levels of consciousness’. This led him to study the legend of the Holy Grail ‘and to research into the history of the Spear of Longinus and the legend of world destiny which had grown around it’.
These revelations then led him to write The Spear of Destiny and The Mark of the Beast.
The books claim that Hitler was obsessed with the Spear of Destiny and that he started the Second World War to gain possession. The Spear had apparently been prized by many great warriors through the centuries, including Napoleon Bonaparte who had acquired the lance after the Battle of Austerlitz in December 1805. However, it served an evil spirit, which was sometimes referred to as the Antichrist.
The Spear’s legend says that whoever gave up ownership would also lose their life, and so Hitler committed suicide. The Spear then came into the ownership of US General George Patton.
Trevor died in Torquay in January 1989 .