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The Spear of Destiny In History & Legend
By Jerry E. Smith & George Piccard


Who was the man who thrust the spear into Jesus as he hung from the cross? Why did he do it and whatever became of him? Where is that spear, long since referred to as “The Holy Lance” or “The Spear of Destiny?”

For those of us who question everything, books uncovering those details of history omitted in commonly-cited sources are better than good fiction: We love to find evidence that thickens the plots of the past because it makes fast-forwarding to the present so much more interesting—and our conversations so much richer.

Jerry E. Smith, author of, “HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy,” has teamed up with George Piccard, author of “Liquid Conspiracy: JFK, LSD, the CIA, Area 51 and UFOs,” to bring a lot of relatively unknown facets of the Crucifixion out for consideration. Then they take us on a journey through history following the path of the Holy Lance. The passages recreating the Crucifixion alone, where the story of The Holy Lance begins, brings new frontiers of discussion to the most celebrated event in human history.

But the story continues—with lesser and greater known kings and queens who came into the possession of The Holy Lance. Though I, personally, haven’t the historical authority to qualify the accuracy of the authors’ interpretation of history, it seems like theirs is the type of concise overview written by those who have command of the subject matter. Regardless, it is so much fun to rethink what we know about history with the spice of a new rogue element—kind of like putting the glasses on in the 1989 cult movie classic “They Live.”

Charlemagne and Hitler both possessed The Holy Lance and this book makes both more interesting for the role this holy relic played in their lives. The authors spend quite a bit of time exploring the formative years of Hitler’s life to give us a completely different perspective on how he took power and why he wielded it in the way he did.

I treasure The Secrets of the Holy Lance like I treasure all the things that have come my way proving, individually and in the aggregate, that the laws of natural science do not explain everything. There are so many stories down through the ages describing the magical power of certain objects and the supernatural abilities of certain individuals we cannot logically dismiss them all as tall tales—The Holy Lance now included.

I read all day long—you can imagine what I read to be part of the team publishing The IO. The way I have been reading Secrets of the Holy Lance is several pages at a time before falling asleep late at night. It says a lot, in my life anyway, that this book is, while it lasts, my favorite bed time reading.

There are a few scattered typos and misspellings, but this is a truly marvelous read that does exactly what all us dissident types love the most: Having a new way to see and discuss our world.

Don Harkins of The Idaho Observer


It is an axiom of magic that anyone attempting a major power grab can tip the odds in their favor if they possess some resonantly archetypal object upon which to concentrate their intent. If enough dread and fascination can be evoked in the enemy through an amulet or talisman, victory, whether in the boardroom, battlefield or campaign trail, becomes inevitable. The lance that was used to pierce Christ as he hung on the cross is one such coveted item.

Jesus' blood, which flowed from the wound just below his heart, somehow supercharged the weapon that the Roman centurion Longinus used to pierce him, infusing it with a dreadful, plasmatic numinosity. Afterwards, this "reliquary capacitor" was employed by the likes of Constantine, Charlemagne, Barbarossa and even Attila the Hun in their quests for supremacy and control.

The spear's obvious potency -- and the consequences of its possession by some of history's heaviest of hitters -- are engagingly described in Secrets of the Holy Lance. Authors Jerry Smith and George Piccard push the possibility that it indeed has influenced everything from religious conversion, victory in war and even quantum physics.

Secrets of the Holy Lance provides a nice balance between historical exposition and speculation as to what the talisman really is. The authors posit that the spear was originally forged by the blacksmith Tubal-Cain, making intriguing connections with some of the memory metals that the military has recently developed, metals that are capable of snapping back to their original forms no matter how they are manipulated (and are possibly used in the construction of UFOs). Then we are taken right into the nightmare crux of World War II and the possession of the lance by the SS who then used it to evoke Ahrimanic powers in attempt to realize the Thousand Year Reich.

While the lance supposedly now rests in the Hoffburg Palace in Vienna, the authors remind us of the very likely possibility that a mere replica of the spear resides there while the real relic perhaps rests in the hands of a future tyrant.

Regardless of who or what now has possession of Longinus’ spear, Secrets of the Holy Lance is sure to fire up your imagination sufficiently enough to illuminate your own paths into futures unknown.

Reviewed by Jaye Beldo
Published in Mysteries Magazine http://www.mysteriesmagazine.com/
 Vol. 4 No. 4, Issue #15, Fall/Winter 2006


The story of the legendary lance that Roman centurion Longinus used to spear the side of Jesus Christ during the crucifixion was popularised by Trevor Ravenscroft in his 1973 book The Spear of Destiny. Now, in Secrets of the Holy Lance, authors Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard progress the story of the occult power behind the spear. They suggest it may have been created by Tubal-Cain, the seventh-generation grandson of Cain, son of Adam, and they go on to give a potted history of the spear's line of possession up to and including Adolf Hitler, who ordered it to be removed from the Hofburg Palace in Vienna in March 1938 when he invaded the city.

From here, the authors focus on the Nazis and the lengths they went to in order to protect this occult talisman, even suggesting that the spear recovered by the Allies and returned to its home in Vienna in 1945 is a clever forgery. The real spear, they suggest, was spirited away to a secret Nazi base -- Station 211 -- in the Muhlig-Hoffmann Mountains in Antarctica. They speculate that finding the base and the spear was a top priority of the 1945-46 Admiral Byrd Operation Highjump mission to Antarctica, though it may not have succeeded. The authors draw on accounts from Col. Howard Buechner and Captain Wilhelm Bernhard suggesting that one Colonel Maximilian Hartmann, a Knight of the Holy Lance, led an expedition to Station 211 in 1979 and succeeded in retrieving the relic and returning it to Germany and the Knight's custody.

With reference to some of the lesser known mysteries of the Nazi's war effort -- including the development of flying saucers, the possible establishment of a Fourth Reich in Antarctica or South America and involvement of alien intelligences -- Smith and Piccard explore unexpectedly vast territory in Secrets of the Holy Lance.

Ruth Parnell
Published in
Nexus: New Times Magazine
Vol 13, No 1, January - February 2006


A very useful survey of the story of the Spear of Longinus, in its various versions. The idea that the Spear endows invincibility and yet could have a blood lust of its own and therefore be a force for evil is fascinating and well exploited by the authors, especially in relation to Hitler's obsession with the Spear. Not surprisingly the parts I found of great interest were those that refer to my own work on the Spear. As we near the end of this compelling treatise the authors begin to stray into the realms of fantasy and conspiracy and become somewhat lost in the icy wastes of Antarctica. The claim that the Spear now residing in the Hapsburg Museum in Vienna is a forgery is not too convincing. This is not a new theory, but having personally examined the Spear I am convinced it is genuine, as far as it goes, which for most of its components means 7th century CE. There are many metallurgical aspects which confirm this finding, which are gone into in more detail in a work presently being prepared on the subject. Also the authors themselves note that the recovery of the Spear from Nuremberg by General Patton's staff results from the overhearing of a plot by senior German SS officers to get their hands on the Spear before the Americans can discover its hiding place. Why steal a forgery?


Apart from a few minor literals, like Hitler's age at his death as 46, whereas he was 56, an incomplete date for 9/11, this is an excellently  researched book, well worth reading for someone who wants an introduction to the history of the Spear, that is said to have pierced the side of Jesus.


~ Dr. Robert Feather

British metallurgist who examined the Vienna Spear and author of The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran.


In  Secrets of the Lance Smith & Piccard have produced the definitive book on the spear of destiny.  These veteran paranormal researchers explain this arcane subject in a clear manner with solid historical analysis.  A MUST READ!"

William H. Kennedy
host of Sphinx Radio



The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the most widely known and influential moments in history. Whether a believer or not, it is clear this event had a major impact on human beings.


Everything we known about the Passion of Jesus Christ comes from the Four Gospels of the Holy Bible. While all major parts of the Crucifixion are included in Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, there is a unique event only described in John. This is the piercing of the Messiah's side by a centurion with a spear, and occurs in verse 19:34. The act of this Roman soldier named Gaius Cassius Longinus, his weapon, and the legends surrounding them are the subject of this amazing book.


Secrets of the Holy Lance: The Spear of Destiny in History and Legend by Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard asserts that after the Crucifixion Longinus headed to Glastonbury, England with Joseph of Arimathea. Here we learn the Lance passed to Queen Boudica and from her through the hands of various leaders throughout time. The leaders, just to state a few, include Constantine, Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Barbarossa, and Adolf Hitler.


Smith and Piccard go in depth about Adolf Hitler's obsession with the Holy Lance. From the moment he first saw it in Vienna as a boy, to taking possession of it when he annexed Austria, and the last days of World War II. Basing their information on a book titled Adolf Hitler and the Secrets of the Holy Lance, they express the theory that Hitler possibly escaped Berlin and the Holy Lance was taken to a secret Nazi base in Antarctica.


Aside from just the history and myths regarding the Lance, Smith and Piccard dig deep into all aspects of the subject. Secrets of the Holy Lance includes tidbits about things we all enjoy (eg. The Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, a scientific explanation of God etc.) Smith and Piccard weave a great mixture of known facts and possibly truths together to create a fabulous account of the Spear of Destiny.


Secrets of the Holy Lance is a must-read for anyone interested in or researching ancient mysteries, Nazi Occultism, or the Holy Lance. All will find Secrets of the Holy Lance to be the most accessible, information filled, exciting, and overall well written book on the subject of the Spear of Destiny available today. With Secrets of the Holy Lance, Smith and Piccard shed new light on an under-researched theme, which deserves the time, effort, and publication they have provided.  


~ Rob Weiner

Author of Out Came Blood and Water


If you haven't read any books by Jerry E. Smith you are in for a treat. To make things even better he has teamed up with the author of Liquid Conspiracy, George Piccard. It's very easy to see that they did the research for this book and the details do matter when telling of the Lance's history.

The Lance that pierced Christ's side is known by many names such as "The Holy Lance", "The Spear of Destiney", "The Spear of Christ", and the "Spear of Longinus". Jerry & George do a great job walking you through it's history from its creation in Tubal-Cain, its role in the Crucifixion, to the hands of Constantine, and even Hitler's obession with it. You will also follow the Lance through the hands and history of lesser known kings, queens and emperors and the blood trail they left while the Spear was in their possession.

They not only trace it's history but give you the details of what was going on around the Spear which gives a full understanding to the power it is believed to hold. And what about the other "Spears"? They are covered too. The replicas, fakes and ones that are believed to have part of the orginal attached to it.

I can't really say enough about how much information this books has and how well it was put together. It provides a complete, unbiased account of a holy relic that may have influenced many events in world history. There are the occasional typos and misspellings but it doesn't take away from the book at all.

So if you intersted in Christian/Holy relics, Nazi occultism, history, folklore and legend, this is the a must read.

Jeremiah Greer, Host of Shadows In The Dark Radio




Another Cipher For Decoding
Da Vinci Code
Reviewed by Elwood Howard
Published in THE NEW ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW http://www.newarchaeologyreview.com/
Vol. 1, No. 3, April 2006


Despite the bestseller status of Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, and their recent ridiculous law suit against Dan Brown for plagiarism of ideas, theirs is not the only book that will help you understand the historical facts behind Dan Brown’s fiction.


Note:  Although it is not necessary to complete The Da Vinci Code prior to reading Secrets of the Holy Lance, this review assumes that you have.  If you have not read Da Vinci Code, please be advised that there are spoilers herein.


Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code is a fascinating read that administers revelations on Christian history, secret orders, and conspiracy, in well measured doses.  Many readers will come to the end of Robert Langdon's journey, and discover that the Harvard professor has instilled a certain curiosity in them.  Brown creates an addicting expectation for mystery and discovery.  The anticipation falls from his pages, and into our brains.  Secrets of the Holy Lance: The Spear of Destiny in History & Legend, by Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard, is a great place to continue investigating the true history of Christianity, and the unseen forces vying for control of our civilization.


What is the Holy Lance? According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, during the Crucifixion Roman sentries were ordered to break the legs of Jesus and the two thieves, to hasten their deaths in an effort to comply with the Jewish law that prohibited execution on the Sabbath. But Jesus had already died, and to spare his corpse the humility of broken bones, a centurion, later named Gaius Cassius Longinus by Christian legend, pierced Jesus’ body with his spear to prove that He was dead.  According to legend, the “blood and water” that poured from Jesus’ body fell upon Longinus’ face healing his cataracts, whereupon he converted to the new Faith.  The spear that Longinus carried became known as the Holy Lance, also The Spear of Destiny, The Spear of Christ, and The Spear of Longinus.  A legend has arisen that "whosoever possesses this Holy Lance and understands the powers it serves, holds in his hand the destiny of the world for good or evil."


This strange relic of the Passion of the Christ has been written about for nearly two thousand years.  Trevor Ravenscroft captured the world’s attention with his 1972 opus “The Spear of Destiny.“  In 1988-89 Col. Howard Buechner released two books that became underground classics, Hitler’s Ashes and Adolf Hitler and the Secrets of the Holy Lance.  These picked up where Ravenscroft left off, with the Spear leaving Europe to hide for a while beneath the ice of Antarctica!  Since then the Spear of Destiny has held the central interest in scholarly tomes, novels, TV shows (fictional and documentary) and even comic books: including Indiana Jones And The Spear Of Destiny; Hellboy; and Hellblazer which gave us the 2005 film Constantine with Keanu Reeves.


This Spear, with its legend of invincibility and other supernatural powers, has been claimed and wielded by dozens of the most notable rulers and conquerors of European history.  The Holy Lance has been one of the most sought after relics in Christianity. 


As Dan Brown points out in Da Vinci Code, the Holy Grail is a feminine symbol – the receptacle, perhaps carrying the bloodline of Christ.  The Holy Lance is the counter symbol to the Grail.  Whereas the Grail is feminine, the Spear is masculine.


In a book about hidden symbols, it should be no surprise that Da Vinci Code is full of symbolism itself.  It’s no coincidence that Brown gave the cryptographer Sophie the nick name “Princess Sophie”.  We learn near the end of Da Vinci Code that Sophie is a descendant of the Merovingian bloodline, claiming to be in the line of the union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  Another Princess, Diana, was killed in a 1997 automobile accident in Paris, France.  Researchers allege that Diana was also a Merovingian descendant.


In their Introduction to Secrets of the Holy Lance, Smith and Piccard discuss how their book was born from the personal archives of the late conspiracy author Jim Keith.  Jim died mysteriously, in September of 1999, after checking into a hospital with a broken leg – an injury he received while attending the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada.  His last published piece was an article for an online news service in which he disclosed that Princess Diana was carrying Dodi Fayed’s child.  This allegation has been repeated by many, including Fayed’s father.


That automobile crash killed Princess Diana in the tunnel beneath Pont de L'Alma in Paris, France.  In the time of the Merovingian Kings, this was the site chosen for sacred battle, where the loser was the winner, ascending to the heavens.


It was at yet another site, Pont Milvien (The Milvian Bridge) where Constantine, carrying the Holy Lance, battled his way to the Roman throne after his famous “vision.”  Constantine’s victory would take Christianity to primetime, and change it forever.  In Da Vinci Code, Leigh Teabing waxes on about Constantine’s corruption of the original Christianity. Smith and Piccard take a somewhat different approach, although they reach a similar conclusion.  They offer an in-depth examination of Constantine and his key role in Christian history, in Chapter 7: The Spear, The Spread of Christianity and the Fall of Rome, in which they give us a remarkable insight into the politics of the Fourth Century and that pivotal event in both world and Christian history, The Council Of Nicaea. 


Constantine was responsible for shaping Christianity from the teachings of Christ into the religion we know today.  Much of the true teachings of Jesus, his story, and the history of his disciples was outright discarded or mutated to fit a political agenda by the Nicaean priesthood.  As Brown unveils in his blockbuster, Constantine ordered the destruction of competing versions of Christianity.  Constantine wasn’t entirely successful in this mission, as some alternate documentation survived.


We know from the Apocrypha, and from early Christian legend, that Joseph of Arimathea and Mary Magdalene played a much larger role in the story of Christ than Constantine’s New Testament would have us believe.  Dan Brown covers Joseph and Mary Magdalene’s travel to Gaul, but there’s much more to the tale.  After the Crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea, along with Gaius Cassius Longinus traveled to the British Isles.  It is also possible that Christ Himself traveled there with Joseph – his uncle – during his youth. Smith and Piccard cover this material, and more on the little known details of early Christianity, in Chapters 1, 2, and 3 which deal with The Passion of The Christ, Joseph Of Arimathea's conflict with The Sanhedrin, the ruling body of the Jews, his trip with Gaius Cassius Longinus to Briton and the remarkable story of Queen Boadicea who, taking the Spear of Destiny from Longinus raised the first Army of the Spear.


Where Opus Dei and The Priory di Sion are secretive groups vying for the Holy Grail, the Thule Gesselschaft and Heinrich Himmler’s black magic wielding Knight’s Grand Council struggle to maintain control of the Spear.  The Thule are an occult blood lodge that gave birth to and guided the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler.  In the latter half of the twentieth century, Himmler’s order of occult Teutonic Knights gets a new name and a new mission, the reconvened Knights of the Holy Lance are tasked with reuniting a divided German and using the Spear’s supernatural powers to achieve would peace – or so they would like us to believe.


Rudolph von Sebottendorf is Smith and Piccard’s counterpart to Brown’s character The Teacher.  As The Teacher opportunistically masterminded the radical elements of the Church, Sebottendorff likewise manipulated the burgeoning New Thought movement in pre-war Germany into a virulent anti-Semitic death machine.  They get started on Sebottendorff and his Thule Gessellschaft in Chapter 8 Adolf, Initiate which examines the initiation of Adolf Hitler into the occult and the awakening of "The German Messiah" within him.


The Spear of Destiny had a tumultuous trip through the last two millennia, and Smith and Piccard attempt to give us a full accounting.  History and legend relay an exciting, and often terrifying tale.  Like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, the story of the Spear channels us toward a deeper mystery.  The Holy Lance points toward the invisible hands that guide world events.

SECRETS OF THE HOLY LANCE weaves together the many threads of the Spear of Destiny’s legend like no book before it ever has, recounting the entire legend of the Spear, then placing it against the backdrop of world history. The scope of their undertaking is vast: from the Spear’s mythical creation by Tubal-Cain, seventh generation grandson of Adam, to its appearance at the Crucifixion; its use by Constantine, Rome's first Christian Caesar; to Charlemagne's claim that with it he ruled the Holy Roman Empire by Divine Right; and on through twelve hundred years of kings and emperors, until it came within Adolf Hitler's grasp -- and beyond!  Did it really rest for a while in Antarctic ice?  Is it now hidden in Europe, awaiting the next person to claim its power to shape the destiny of mankind?  Or is it just an old spearhead, with no powers of its own?

Smith and Piccard cover at length the several objects claimed to be The Spear, and the scientific testing that suggests that none of them are.  Conversely, they delve into the metaphysics of this object and the hundreds of strange tales of supernatural events surrounding it.  Mere belief that it was infused with magic by virtue of its shedding the Savior's Blood has made men kings.  But what if it's more? They attempt to define what those mysterious "powers it serves" might be.

As well as religious and metaphysical angles they also cover the political.  Operation Paperclip at the end of World War II brought Nazi rocket scientists and spy masters to the US. Escaped Nazis set up vast German reservations throughout South America.  They trace where these Nazis went and how the Third Reich morphed into the Fourth, which is part of the slid of America in totalitarianism today.  If the wild tales of the Spear being hidden in Antarctica after WWII are true, then the Spear could be with them again.  Is there a connection between the Spear and current events -- like the horrific events of 9/11?


Their story begins and ends with the Spear of Destiny being recovered from the ice of Antarctica in 1979 by The Knights of The Holy Lance…


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