If one runs some kind of “Big Data” knowledge mining software over the immense amount of non-fiction written about Adolf Hitler, one would most likely find out that the latter is most often associated with the Holocaust, World War II… and the occult (roughly in that order).
I have already covered the first two issues in the corresponding previous chapters – now the time has come to deal with the last one. Which, contrary to the very common misconception is quite complicated (relationship between Adolf Hitler and the occult, I mean).
To understand this relationship (and, of course, to separate fact from fiction), we must first define properly what exactly “relationship with the occult” means in this particular context – as meaning is always defined by a specific context.
In this context, it obviously means not just one, but several relationships – with occult entities (invisible, intangible, supposedly very powerful supernatural spiritual beings which in reality may or may not exist), occult beliefs and occult practitioners – individuals (clairvoyants, astrologers, magicians, etc.) and organizations (i.e. the Thule Society).
Let’s start with occult beliefs. Although he was born, baptized and raised Roman Catholic (and in his childhood and youth remained a devout one – probably up until being rejected by the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna), his religious beliefs subsequently changed.
And changed radically. During all of his adult life, he was a de-facto deist. In other words, he believed in the existence of a Supreme Being (whom he usually called the Providence), an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Creator of the Universe.
However, if you look closely at his actual beliefs about this entity, you will immediately see that his religion is a reincarnation… of Judaism. Only in his “private religion”, Germans (and possibly other “Aryans”) were God’s chosen people, not Jews.
He even had his own concept of the “promised land” – the Lebensraum in the East (Poland, Russia, Ukraine, etc.). Hence it could be argued that his very much colonial Drang nach Osten was driven not only by the horrors of the Great Hunger of 1917-19 (which he vowed to never let happen again) and the inevitable German imperialism (all empires have the existential need to expand), but also by his religious beliefs. At least subconsciously.
Consequently, it could also be argued that although he did view himself as the Messiah, the Savior of German people (from economic hardships, shackles of the Treaty of Versailles, the Soviet existential threat, etc.), he perceived himself as Moses, not Christ.
Actually, the whole Old Testament was a far better match for the national-socialist ideology than the New (the latter was practically no match at all).
The occultists are essentially neo-pagans (polytheists) because they explicitly or implicitly believe in not one but a multitude of deities. Deities that occult practitioners have no desire to serve – but only to use (by performing magical readings, rituals), etc. to achieve benign (“white magic”) or malevolent (“black magic”) objectives.
Driven, alas, usually by one or more deadly sins – pride (mostly), greed, lust, etc. Reality, however, almost always turned out to be radically different – the entities use the occultists for their own (usually malicious) purposes, not the other way around as the latter want.
Adolf Hitler was a mystic (and a very powerful one), but definitely NOT an occultist, in terms of beliefs and practices. He believed in serving the Providence (which for him was the same thing as serving the German people) and he believed in a “direct communication channel” between him and Providence. Hence, no specific rituals, readings, spells, etc. were needed. Ever.
He believed that the latter would supply him with all knowledge, guidance, protection (that one was very true until the very end) and miracles that he would ever need to make the Germans the genuinely happy nation. And the masters and the rulers of the world, of course – or at least the mightiest superpower on Earth.
Hence it is obvious that Hitler’s beliefs and religious practices (of which there were few, if any) were anything but occult. Hence it is no surprise that he never, ever even visited – let alone joined – any occult society. Or participated in any occult activities – at least knowingly.
However, he did have relationships with known occultist – and even with at least one well-known occult society. Very close relationships, in fact. And this is where the whole thing gets really complicated.