The Swastika is undoubtedly the most emotionally and spiritually powerful symbol of the XX century – far more powerful than any other well-known symbols (all developed by totalitarian regimes) – the SS runes, the Balkenkreuz, the Red Star, the Red Banner and Hammer & Sickle. And the only explanation for this phenomenon is supernatural.
Prior to its adoption in 1920 by the Nazi Party (and personally by Adolf Hitler) as their fundamental symbol (in the Hakenkreuz version), swastika was (although widely used) a relatively obscure symbol. Which projected little spiritual power.
The right-facing swastika (the one that Nazi used) was a sacred symbol in Hinduism and Jainism; however, it could be found all over Europe, Asia and Africa – in Ukraine, England, Bulgaria, Armenia, Scandinavia, Egypt, India, China, Russia, etc. Consequently, some historians consider it a genuine “symbol of the universe”.
In different cultures and religions it has different meanings – from simply “good fortune” to thunder, the Sun, Eternity, Eternal Light and even God. Interestingly enough, it was not an uncommon Christian symbol where it was perceived as a hooked version of a Christian cross.
Some Christian churches built in the Romanesque and Gothic eras are decorated with swastikas. Swastikas are prominently displayed in a mosaic in the St. Sophia church of Kiev, Ukraine dating from the 12th century.
They also appear as a repeating ornamental motif on a tomb in the Basilica of St. Ambrose (one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of a Christian Church) in Milan.
In Poland, Russia and other East European nations, the swastika was popular with nobility (especially with the last Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna who placed it where she could for happiness and good luck).
It was printed on some banknotes of the Russian Provisional Government issued in 1917 and of the Soviet Government in Russia issued in 1918-1922). In 1919 it was approved as insignia for the Kalmyk formations (who practiced Buddhism), and for a short period had a certain popularity amongst some artists, politics and army groups. In 1918, Finnish Air Force (and the whole Finnish military) adopted a blue swastika as their emblem.
But still the swastika was not nearly as powerful and influential as it became after it was officially adopted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party as their emblem, as their most fundamental spiritual symbol.
Which, actually, was a natural and logical choice. First, NSDAP (at that time still DAP) was founded by Thule Society that had a swastika (albeit with rounded corners) as its emblem. It was also extensively used (as a symbol of an Aryan race) on the pages of Ostara magazine that Hitler read on a regular basis during his life in Vienna in 1908-13.
Second, members of Freikorps units brought by the Thule Society to crush the Bavarian Soviet Republics (and who subsequently joined the Nazi SA in droves) painted swastikas on their helmets and vehicles.
However, Adolf Hitler did not just simply adopt swastika as the official symbol of NSDAP. He used is as a searchlight-style tool to project power. His own power, the power of his party, of the German nation, of the whole Aryan race – and the power of the Almighty Providence.
The power of the omnipotent entity that sent him to unite the German nation into Ein Volk, Ein Reich, right the wrongs of the Versailles Treaty, avenge the humiliation of Germany, restore German power, honor and glory and – what was the most important by far – to fight and win the existential war with Bolshevism and thus save Germany, Europe and the whole Western civilization from being destroyed by this existential threat.
He used the swastika as an instrument, a portal, a gateway to instill fear in his enemies and courage, confidence, determination, dare and faith (and, of course, unquestionable and unconditional obedience and loyalty to him personally) in his followers – in all Germans, in fact.
And fill them with boundless energy and enthusiasm to do seemingly impossible (even unthinkable), overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and do what needs to be done to transform Germany into a political, economic and military superpower. And into the genuinely happy nation.