The Curious Case of Rudolf Hess
So, real quick. I've been writing / thinking about superstitions as a medium of communication. There's a military memorandum written by The RAND Corporation titled, "The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare." Written during the 1950's, it describes many instances of foreign & domestic governments manipulating cultural superstitions to advance their wartime agendas...
What does this have to do with Rudolf Hess? And who the heck was he? As you probably can tell by now, Rudolf Hess was a Nazi. And not just any Nazi... Hess was the #3 in command; and considered by many to be Hitler's right-hand man.
One way Mr. Hess expressed his fuckedness was by surrounding himself with astrologers & mystics. Alright, that's actually kind of cool but in the upper-ranks of the Nazi elite, it was quite frowned upon. Hitler entertained mysticism but never took it seriously. Himmler, of course, was extremely occult but kept it mannered & hidden.
The Nazi regime was itself a mystical-political cult, although it never outright preached astrology or anything paranormal. Religions, for the most part, were eradicated or tolerated. One's allegiance was only to The State, not the stars. And yet, the entire Nazi ideology did hinge on an ethno-religious belief system that was way wackier than, say, straight-up astrology or palm reading... I dunno man, the entire thing was fucked.
The scene is set. Nazis are taking over Europe. The world is terrified of falling to German fascism. At this point, any plan to defeat the Nazis would be heard.
According to author Peter Levenda - as written in his book Unholy Alliance - Ian Fleming & Aleister Crowley jointly thought up a plan, under the auspices of MI-5, of infiltrating Rudolf Hess's astrological social circle, and thereby feeding him prophecies that would benefit a peaceful resolution to the war.
Of course, when Hess crash landed on top of a farm in Scotland, he was promptly arrested & stayed in a high-security British prison until the Nuremberg Trials. The crazy plan of influencing the course of world events via the channels of human superstitions... worked like a charm.
When Hitler found out he was furious. For starters, Hess possessed knowledge of the top secret Nazi operation to invade The Soviet Union, known internally as code-name Barbarossa. This was sure to destabilize Hitler's entire hold of power, which it did.
Hitler quickly denounced Hess over the mass media, chalking up the act as a desperate stunt by a lunatic. The argument was hardly believed by anybody at the time (Why would Hitler give so much trust & power to a lunatic in the beginning?) but that's what was publicly said. It was a huge embarrassment for the Nazis on the international stage.
Inside of Germany, Hitler began rounding up the astrologers. He blamed the astrologers that surrounded Hess for his manic flight to England. Anything obviously magickal was suppressed: palm reading, tea reading, seances, astrology, etc.