Zodiac and Swastika

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Zodiac and Swastika is a book by Wilhelm Wulff. Originally published 1968 in Germany by Bertelsmann Sachbuchverlag as Tierkreis und Hakenkreuz: Als Astrologe an Himmlers Hof, it was released in 1973 in the United States by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan and in the United Kingdom by Arthur Barker Limited of London.

The exact English title is Zodiac and Swastika: Astrologer to Himmler's Court or Zodiac and Swastika: How Astrology Guided Hitler's Germany.[citation needed] The English edition also has a foreword by Walter Laqueur.

Apparently, this book is the most important source for Heinrich Himmler's interest in astrology. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke takes it as evidence that Wulff was consulted by Himmler in the last weeks of the war (The Occult Roots of Nazism, p. 165). However, Goodrick-Clarke does not deal with Wulff's claim that as early as 1943 he got the assignment to locate Benito Mussolini, who had disappeared after being ousted from power.

Wulff claims that Arthur Nebe and Walter Schellenberg had assigned him various astrological tasks. He also mentions that they had used pendulum dowsers like Ludwig Straniak for similar purposes.

At least one other book also makes allegation that a pendulum dowser called Dr. Wilhelm Gutberlet had been one of Adolf Hitler's closest friends.[1][2] These claims, however, strongly appear to be just another example of the modern mythology of Nazi occultism.

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  1. ^ Peter Levenda, Unholy Alliance
  2. ^ "Occultic Aspects of WW2: Four Excerpts from Peter Levenda's Unholy Alliance". Thebirdman.org. 1943-07-25. Retrieved 2012-09-13.