It's no secret that many Nazi leaders were involved in the occult. The Schutzstaffel (SS) was awash in the occult. Some historians have portrayed Hitler as being a devout occultist. I think that may be a little exaggerated, but it's true that Hitler was known to consult a clairvoyant known as Erik Jan Hanussen. In addition to being a clairvoyant, Hanussen was also a stage actor and is credited with coaching Hitler on speaking techniques and hand gestures. One of Hanussen's most famous predictions was that a great building (the Reichstag) would burn and a phoenix (Hitler) would rise from the ashes. The Reichstag did burn, and Hitler passed emergency laws that gave him his dictatorial powers. Shortly thereafter, Hanussen was assassinated.
Ironically, Hanussen may have been a clever psychic fraud. Hitler probably consulted him more as a speech coach than as a clairvoyant. It's thought that Hanussen probably knew the Nazi plan to burn the Reichstag and blame it on the communists, so he used it as an opportunity to make his famous 'prediction'. Knowing to much may have been what got him killed.
I don't really think Hitler himself had more than a passing interest in the occult. If it wasn't for the fact that his most ardent supporters were occultists, he may have been just as likely to throw them in concentration camps as he was anybody else.
But occult beliefs do seem to be fairly common with leaders. Saddam Hussein was said to consult 'magician adivsors'. He was also said to carry around a 'magic stone' that somehow protected him from harm. Saddam also claimed to be the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been accused of channeling a hidden force called 'The Light'.
Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, is known as 'Mrs. Occult'. I recently mentioned her on my blog when I posted an excerpt from an article saying that she claimed to have traveled to the planet Venus. But in addition to that, she is also known for writing a monthly spiritual column in Mu magazine. Apparently, she also claims to eat the 'morning sun' for energy.
Jeane Dixon was known as a Presidential psychic because U.S. Presidents often consulted her for psychic advice. The Reagans were also known for consulting astrologer Joan Quigley. Some American politicians belong to the Bohemian Club, which holds an annual three week encampment every year where they sacrifice a human effigy to a large stone owl in what is known as the 'Cremation of Care' ceremony.
Here is a video clip of the ceremony that Alex Jones took with a hidden camera.
Actually, to me the ceremony seems less a ritual and more a play performed to an audience. But most people would probably find it a little odd if their neighbors were doing this in their backyard, so it is kind of strange that world leaders get together and watch pagan sacrifices in their spare time.
Most of these rulers from the past and present seem to only dabble in the occult in regards to psychics and astrologers, but it's hard to know how much more they may be involved with it behind the scenes. Mostly, I think a lot of these 'leaders' are just self absorbed and follow a religion of 'self'. They probably just dabble in the occult whenever they think it may benefit them. Saddam and his magic stone sounds a lot more like propaganda than magic to me. It's easier to maintain control over your subjects if you can convince them a magic stone somehow protects you from harm. The people are to afraid to revolt against someone they think has some mystical powers of protection.
I guess he must have lost his magic stone sometime before December 2003.