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Carsten Wiethoff
08-10-2012, 11:30 AM
BREAKFAST IN HELL

The yolks are jungle green or bloody,
depending on which blasted tree you squat against
to try and hoist the greasy, lukewarm chow
in your tin canteen cup to your leathery mouth.
A colony of spores thrives on humidified bread
and fried insects pepper blackened bacon.

Breakfast in hell, three days soaked-loping
from Firebase X where Charlie waits along the trail,
black mosquito with a stinger, copper-jacketed,
that ruptures trained brains or a foolhardy chest.
Nothing reminds us of a Diner in Indiana or New York.
This is a kitchen where disease drips from trees.

Were happy for a moments peace to swill dry mouths
out with a brew the hue of coffee
but the taste of burnt tires our guts have learned
to tolerate along with shrapnel crumbs.
Too tired to ask ourselves why were here
we light joints to avoid being besieged by answers.

Patriots all, we huddle, ready to salute death,
the general whos drafted tens of thousands on all sides.
The heat is stifling and makes us wish
we could pull on Charlies thin black pajamas
and still serve our violent mission as good grunts
who keep metaphoric dominoes from tumbling.

Theres Tex from Arizona who rode a bus
through a Panhandle night to Benning
and swears hell move to Amarillo if he outlives Nam.
Wash, from Harlem, paid a seamstress, who sits
near Saigons Paris brothel, to create a pair
of boxer shorts for him from a nylon Old Glory.

We swear in feigned joy well reunite
ten years from now to hide a pessimistic truth:
many will be long dead, and the rest will live
in furnished nightmares and forget the wish
to elbow at the bar in Denvers Browns Hotel.

Some will go home to beat their wives again,
others to pump gas near flying Turnpikes
or deliver milk in Boston suburbs before dawn.
We have learned to commit crimes like murder,
without facing trial. Some will try that. Ill wake
from night-sweats to write poems, still breakfasting in hell.


Oswald LeWinter

Charles Drago
08-10-2012, 12:22 PM
Do we really need to go over the "Oswald LeWinter" provocation again?

Carsten Wiethoff
08-10-2012, 12:36 PM
Do we really need to go over the "Oswald LeWinter" provocation again?
No we don't.
I understand your previous words on this issue so that you don't believe that a real person with this name ever existed and that choosing the name Oswald is of course a mockery of LHO.
I do currently think that there is a real person with a real history stemming from Austria being born with that name and for reasons that would very much interest me involved himself with clever disinformation into some of the most important deep political cases of the 20th century.

I guess we all are entitled to our views.

Dawn Meredith
08-10-2012, 12:41 PM
Do we really need to go over the "Oswald LeWinter" provocation again?

Really, why would anyone post anything by this CIA disinformation artist? To what end?

Dawn

Carsten Wiethoff
08-10-2012, 01:20 PM
Really, why would anyone post anything by this CIA disinformation artist? To what end?

I am, maybe more than you, interested in the person LeWinter and his motives. I find it interesting that he writes about Vietnam and wonder, whether he served there or if everything is just a thin cover story. I also wonder about the interests of his handlers, whether the purpose was just to muddy the waters or if he was part of a larger psychological operation keeping the small fringe of people interested in deep political events on false trails, driving some over the edge in the process.
I am fascinated by the parallels between him and Russbacher and wonder whether there have been more of this type, intelligent european Jews being brought to the states in a young age and made into tools for the manipulation of the people thirsting for reality.
Maybe you know more about this man than me. If you do, I am interested.

Charles Drago
08-10-2012, 01:25 PM
There is no "person" named Oswald LeWinter writing "his" publicly offered material.

Carsten Wiethoff
08-10-2012, 01:35 PM
I do think the case is more complex. At least there is a person running around calling himself by that name, reading poems he allegedly has written. But of course, in the end it does not matter.

http://www.poetscoop.org/media/OswaldLeWinter.mp3

Charles Drago
08-10-2012, 02:30 PM
"Oswald LeWinter is the disinformant who did most damage in the Palme murder investigation. He kept the Police Investigation Group (PU) working for four years. LeWinter led an incredible double life. Behind the scenes, he was a professional disinformant, intelligence agent, and infiltrator, operating under cover names like 'Y', 'Razin', 'Razine', 'Racine', 'Wamma', and 'Ibrahim Razin'. The face he showed the world, however, was as a sophisticated and respected literature professor who had authored the book "Shakespeare in Europe ', a politician, and a poet."

For a fuller view, visit www.leopoldreport.com/LRsajt74.html

You might also consider the names "Oswald" and "LeWinter" within their historical and literary contexts related to espionage and assassination operations.

Carsten Wiethoff
08-10-2012, 07:09 PM
Agreed and this text does not even include his dealings in the Diana case, for which he was convicted to four years in prison, if I am correctly informed. I am interested who ordered him to do that all, why he did it and who else was and is doing similar stuff for similar reasons. And you cannot say that he cares much for low profile cases.

Jan Klimkowski
08-10-2012, 08:21 PM
Do we really need to go over the "Oswald LeWinter" provocation again?

Really, why would anyone post anything by this CIA disinformation artist? To what end?

Dawn

Dawn, my friend - check out the thread here (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?10539-Gladio-a-documented-false-flag-terror-campaign/page2):

Particularly posts such as #12, 24 and 28.

I raised the SPECTRE of Oswald LeWinter. Carsten, entirely correctly and in the light of our previous discussions, sent me a Daniele Ganser postcard.

Oswald LeWinter is a key interviewee in Francovich's essential Gladio trilogy, and thus a subject deserving deep political scrutiny.

And thus the web is tangled....

Carsten Wiethoff
08-13-2012, 06:47 AM
Regarding my own question whether Oswald LeWinter actually served in Vietnam, I found a reference in
http://cryptome.org/fayed-v-usa.htm




22. In his book October Surprise (1991), Professor Gary Sick describes LeWinter as an "intelligence operative", who was a "graduate of University of California at Berkeley and had a master's degree in English literature from San Francisco State." "He spoke German and English, but he had also acquired a working knowledge of Hebrew, Persian, and French, and some Urdu." Sick stated LeWinter "had served with U.S. forces in Vietnam and also claimed long experience with various U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies."

Peter Lemkin
08-13-2012, 07:05 AM
Regarding my own question whether Oswald LeWinter actually served in Vietnam, I found a reference in
http://cryptome.org/fayed-v-usa.htm




22. In his book October Surprise (1991), Professor Gary Sick describes LeWinter as an "intelligence operative", who was a "graduate of University of California at Berkeley and had a master's degree in English literature from San Francisco State." "He spoke German and English, but he had also acquired a working knowledge of Hebrew, Persian, and French, and some Urdu." Sick stated LeWinter "had served with U.S. forces in Vietnam and also claimed long experience with various U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies."




While the CIA and its cut-outs were all over Vietnam, my hunch is that LeWinter may well have been connected with the Ted Shackley 'bunch' in and around Vietnam....can't prove it...just a 'feelin''. Would be interesting to know what exactly he was doing and connected to/with in Vietnam.

Carsten Wiethoff
08-13-2012, 11:37 AM
An interesting (in other than obvious ways) literary magazine is Ygdrasil (http://www.synapse.net/kgerken/), especially the June 2003 issue (http://www.synapse.net/kgerken/Y-0306.HTM), featuring material about and poems of LeWinter.

I noted that on the home page it says


Klaus Gerken, EDITOR and Founder
kgerken@synapse.net

Heather Ferguson, Production Editor

Mois Benarroch, European Editor -- specializing in Hebrew and Spanish submissions
Mois Benarroch (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/moben@012.net.il)

Michael Collings, Contributing Editor

Oswald Le Winter, Contributing Editor

Michael Parker, Site Banner Design 2011


I quote from the introduction of the 2003 issue:


Kenneth Rosen


FORGING REALITY, THE POETRY OF OSWALD LE WINTER


Oswald LeWinter is an American poet living in Portugal. He was born in
Vienna, Austria, separated from his family and shipped by boat to America
to escape the holocaust of the Third Reich. In the United States he lived
in a Philadelphia orphanage for Jewish refugees and did not see his parents
again until he was ten and they had immigrated. He was educated at U. Cal.,
Berkeley, where he lettered in track and was an all-star football player,
declining an opportunity to try-out with the San Francisco professional
football team in order to become a U.S. Ranger and serve in Korea. Eventually
LeWinter completed his advanced degrees at Columbia University, and acquired
a doctorate in psychology in Germany. LeWinter worked on many continents
for many years, primarily in disinformation and disruption, for American
Central Intelligence. Most recently he was for three years in Vienna,
place of his birth, as an involuntary guest of the Austrian government,
for seeking to provide the aggrieved Egyptian billionaire Mohamed El Fayed
with documents illustrating Buckingham Palace and British intelligence
services' involvement with the death of his son Dodi El Fayed and Dodi's
fiancee Princess Diana, in return for money. Mohamed El Fayed subsequently
and unsuccessfully sued the American government under the Freedom of
Information Act for the same papers he declined to purchase from retired
General LeWinter, explaining in court that LeWinter's papers were forgeries
of genuine documents.

Jan Klimkowski
08-13-2012, 06:38 PM
While the CIA and its cut-outs were all over Vietnam, my hunch is that LeWinter may well have been connected with the Ted Shackley 'bunch' in and around Vietnam....can't prove it...just a 'feelin''. Would be interesting to know what exactly he was doing and connected to/with in Vietnam.

Peter - I suspect that this is a very fruitful hunch.....

Carsten Wiethoff
08-14-2012, 10:20 AM
While the CIA and its cut-outs were all over Vietnam, my hunch is that LeWinter may well have been connected with the Ted Shackley 'bunch' in and around Vietnam....can't prove it...just a 'feelin''. Would be interesting to know what exactly he was doing and connected to/with in Vietnam.
In one of the more unlikely places (a sailboat forum) I found a 'biography' of LeWinter most likely translated from another language (Portuguese?) that says the following:


He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 as second lieutenant in the Battalion of the Airborne Rangers. He fought in Korea, was wounded and taken prisoner by the Chinese and spent eleven months as a prisoner of war.

He traveled through Asia while in license for combat wounds.

In 1954 he joined the Information Service of the Army and joined the staff of General Ed Landsdale in the Philippines and Vietnam until 1955.

He left active service, he returned to college and began teaching at various universities.


In 1964 he published a scholarly essay "Shakespeare in Europe" and was awarded the American Philosophical Fellowship. He traveled through Eastern Europe doing research on Shakespeare. An article, "Shakespeare in Poland," was published in The Shakespeare Encyclopedia.

In 1965 he joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was simultaneously placed on the List of Active Army Reserve. He served in the Army and the CIA until 1985. The last post in the CIA was the head of ITAC (Intelligence Threat Analysis Center) in NATO. The post he held when he retired from the army was that of Major General in 1983.


(from http://www.sailnet.com/forums/off-topic/87327-murder-prime-minister-family-cia-2.html#post870883)


As I said, it is amazing that wherever you look, you find LeWinter. I was unable to determine the origin of this text, but I think it may be from one of his books, published in Portuguese only. (http://www.wook.pt/ficha/democracia-e-secretismo/a/id/66040)

Edit: Confirmed. http://bravamarildo.webnode.pt/os-segredos-da-democracia/

Magda Hassan
08-14-2012, 11:09 AM
Just loving this thread Carsten even though I've nothing to contribute. He certainly is intruiging and you've found so many interesting obscure titbits on him. Carry on!

Carsten Wiethoff
08-14-2012, 11:29 AM
Just loving this thread Carsten even though I've nothing to contribute. He certainly is intruiging and you've found so many interesting obscure titbits on him. Carry on!
Thanks Magda! Maybe with your skills you can try to find out if a unit called ITAC (Intelligence Threat Assessment Center) ever existed, since I am currently not able to confirm or deny it.
What I can confirm is that an international Rainer-Maria-Rilke prize existed and that Karl Krolow (the man who allegedly wrote one of the texts about LeWinter in 1997 reprinted in Ygdrasil 2003), a German poet did get it in 1975. He died in 1999.
http://www.suhrkamp.de/autoren/karl_krolow_2670.html (in German)
There are other authors associated with that prize over the years, and I did not find one yet, that I was unable to verify. On the other hand I did not find good references to Oswald LeWinter getting that prize in 1997, which could not come from LeWinter himself. Not that this is terribly important, but it would help to decide whether this little tidbit is disinformation or cover or whatever.

Carsten Wiethoff
08-15-2012, 08:21 AM
Okay, regarding this Rainer-Maria-Rilke prize I have exactly five persons: Karl Krolow (1975), Hilde Domin (1976), Ernst Meister (1977), Christoph Meckel (1978) and Nicolas Born (1979). All German. Nothing before or after. The chance that there is another such prize and that the same Karl Krolow who got the German version in 1975 would hold the Laudatio for LeWinter in 1997 is zilch.
That "He follows Yvan Goll, Giuseppe Ungaretti and the first recipient, Fernando Pessoa" is funny. Fernando Pessoa died in 1935, Yvan Goll in 1950 and Giuseppe Ungaretti in 1970.

Oswald LeWinter never got this prize. Assurance level 99.9%.

How big are the chances that he ever was in Vietnam?
:thumbsdown:

Magda Hassan
08-15-2012, 08:24 AM
Okay, regarding this Rainer-Maria-Rilke prize I have exactly five persons: Karl Krolow (1975), Hilde Domin (1976), Ernst Meister (1977), Christoph Meckel (1978) and Nicolas Born (1979). All German. Nothing before or after. The chance that there is another such prize and that the same Karl Krolow who got the German version in 1975 would hold the Laudatio for LeWinter in 1997 is zilch.
That "He follows Yvan Goll, Giuseppe Ungaretti and the first recipient, Fernando Pessoa" is funny. Fernando Pessoa died in 1935, Yvan Goll in 1950 and Giuseppe Ungaretti in 1970.

Oswald LeWinter never got this prize. Assurance level 99.9%.

How big are the chances that he ever was in Vietnam?
:thumbsdown:
Good sleuthing there Carsten :spy: The man who never was. And is here, there and everywhere. And nowhere.

Carsten Wiethoff
08-17-2012, 08:22 AM
Good sleuthing there Carsten :spy: The man who never was. And is here, there and everywhere. And nowhere.

Magda, the astonishing thing about Oswald LeWinter is that there are certain parts of his biography that absolutely can be verified. So he is absolutely not a fictional person. One of the things I was able to verify (besides him being born in Vienna and transferred to the US at the age of eight) is that he holds definitely the German title of Doctor of Psychology from the University of Tübingen since 1989.
The title of his dissertation is (translated) "Love and Self-Love: an empirical study about the relation between Self-Love and the ability to love someone else."
I guess most people would have dissed that as another self-invented factoid (like his Rilke prize), but his dissertation is actually in the German National Library and can be seen in Frankfurt and Leipzig:
http://d-nb.info/891709711
And I still do not have the slightest idea about his true motivation to involve himself in so many bizzarre activities.

Ralf Anders
08-25-2012, 08:11 PM
In the 2002 edition of "The Family", his book on the Manson Family, Ed Sanders talks about meeting a millionaire interested in celebrity porn flicks found at the Polanski-Tate residence. Some thirty years later, Sanders learned that the man had been Oswald LeWinter and, at least in 1970, quite possibly a CIA agent. See chapter 89 of "The Family" for a vivid description of the meeting. There are some people that turn up near the centre of more than one deep politics event: Ronald Stark (LSD, Strategy of Tension), Elio Ciolini (probably CIA, disinformant on the Bologna massacre, Gladio in Belgium), but LeWinter definitely takes the cake. Ralf

Jan Klimkowski
09-08-2012, 10:24 AM
In the 2002 edition of "The Family", his book on the Manson Family, Ed Sanders talks about meeting a millionaire interested in celebrity porn flicks found at the Polanski-Tate residence. Some thirty years later, Sanders learned that the man had been Oswald LeWinter and, at least in 1970, quite possibly a CIA agent. See chapter 89 of "The Family" for a vivid description of the meeting. There are some people that turn up near the centre of more than one deep politics event: Ronald Stark (LSD, Strategy of Tension), Elio Ciolini (probably CIA, disinformant on the Bologna massacre, Gladio in Belgium), but LeWinter definitely takes the cake. Ralf

Ralf - I have a copy of Sanders' original "The Family", but had forgotten - or never made the link - to this.

There's a lot of Manson material and hypothesizing on DPF, eg MK-ULTRA Iceberg (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?223-The-MK-ULTRA-iceberg&highlight=manson), Operation Chaos (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?2031-Mae-Brussell-Operation-Chaos&highlight=manson)and ONI MK-ULTRA hippies (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?698-Naval-Intelligence-MKUltra-and-the-Hippie-Movement).

Here's a wanton thought.

Oswald Le Winter blew the whistle on the Strategy of Tension in Allan Francovich's Gladio triology as part of the Strategy of Tension.

Ralf Anders
04-15-2013, 07:37 PM
It seems that Oswald LeWinter is dead: http://thetandd.com/news/local/obituaries/oswald-le-winter----holly-hill/article_1146ba66-7989-11e2-9407-001a4bcf887a.html Somehow, I was under the impression that LeWinter was living in Portugal... Best, Ralf

Jan Klimkowski
04-15-2013, 08:06 PM
It seems that Oswald LeWinter is dead: http://thetandd.com/news/local/obituaries/oswald-le-winter----holly-hill/article_1146ba66-7989-11e2-9407-001a4bcf887a.html Somehow, I was under the impression that LeWinter was living in Portugal... Best, Ralf

Ralf - thank you.



Dukes (http://www.dukesharleyfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1971271&fh_id=12290) Harley Funeral Home & Crematory
3379 Columbia Road Orangeburg, SC 29118 803-534-6621


Oswald Le Winter 81, of Holly Hill, S.C., died peacefully Wednesday, February 13, 2013 after an extended illness. His loved ones will hold a private memorial service in San Francisco.

Mr. Le Winter was born April 2, 1931 in Vienna, Austria a son the late Louis and Regina Mandel Le Winter. He received a B.A. Degree from University of California, Berkley and a Master Degree from San Francisco State College. Mr. worked as an English instructor at Penn State University. In 1969 he was named vice president and director of marketing at Systems Simulations, Inc. He was an accomplished author and poet having written a number of books including Shakespeare in Europe (1970), Desmantelar a America (2001), Democracia e Secretismo (2002), Ages of Chaos & Fury (2005) & More Atoms of Memory ( 2006). He received the International Rilke Prize in Poetry (1997) and appeared in two Allan Francovich movies, Gladio (1992) & The Maltese Double Cross (1994).

He left behind a grateful family that will always cherish his memory.

South Carolina!?!?!

I thought Oswald Le Winter was an international fugitive and a threat to American and British national security.....

Magda Hassan
04-15-2013, 10:56 PM
Would love to be a fly on the wall at his funeral and see who turns up for it...

Carsten Wiethoff
04-16-2013, 06:45 AM
South Carolina!?!?!

I thought Oswald Le Winter was an international fugitive and a threat to American and British national security.....
My latest info on his whereabouts was southern California, with one of his daughters.

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CICAgMDO8_OZNxABGAEyCGs0zorfC0DF
Oswald Lewinter (http://adclick.g.doubleclick.net/aclk%253Fsa%253DL%2526ai%253DB7mUOX_ZsUfGYHoWc_Qan 0YH4AYizvJIFAADYnggQASAAOABYwKGMjnFglYr-gZQHggEXY2EtcHViLTc3MDcyNjc1OTgwMDg5NzayARJ3d3cud2 hpdGVwYWdlcy5jb226AQlnZnBfaW1hZ2XIAQnaAS9odHRwOi8v d3d3LndoaXRlcGFnZXMuY29tL25hbWUvb3N3YWxzLWxld2ludG VyL8ACAuACAOoCGTY3OTQvd3AudXMvcGVyc29uLnJlc3VsdHP4 AoHSHpADyAaYA-ADqAMB4AQBoAYg%2526num%253D0%2526sig%253DAOD64_29r F2qR-wQYePPlA2jyhhVwuCoEQ%2526client%253Dca-pub-7707267598008976%2526adurl%253Dhttp://wp.peoplesmart.com/?id=24140B1&firstname=Oswald&lastname=Lewinter&city=La%20Quinta&state=CA&pid=001508801171&dpt=1&pfn=Oswald&pln=Lewinter&pc=La%20Quinta&ps=CA)
Age: 82
Location: La Quinta, CA


So many questions will probably never be answered.

RIP


Oswald LeWinter
My Hands


From Body Parts

My hands, cupped, can’t hold air,
not even tiny doses. They have been fists,
when young, that sometimes struck strange faces.
They’ve also loved, caressed breasts, fondled
children, wiped away indignities of bruises
and picked up newborn sons to hold up
to the sun. They’ve had a full life, rich
with friends like the ten fingers that reached
out to the world. They’ve held a violin,
a gun, a hunting knife, the steering of a mountain
bike, the wheel of new car, proudly.

They’ve palmed pistachios, holding the exotic
odors to my nose, and held dollar notes
in their grip, while letting coins slip
through their crevices. Choices of ties
and colored shirts might have remained closeted
thoughts without them but they never asked
for more than to belong to wrists with wrinkled skin.
No sense of their cardinal importance,
they demonstrated great humility and clasped
whatever hands reached out to them in peace.
They have no voice, yet they are capable
of fashioning the most eloquent gestures, and casting
shadow images of small bird’s heads on empty walls.
I will be proud of the fine lines that crease their palms
until the day they rest, one on the other, on my chest.

David Guyatt
04-16-2013, 08:35 AM
It is not uncommon for notorious spooks to fake their deaths, so they can live in peace - rather than rest in peace.

R.K. Locke
10-09-2013, 07:38 PM
Okay, regarding this Rainer-Maria-Rilke prize I have exactly five persons: Karl Krolow (1975), Hilde Domin (1976), Ernst Meister (1977), Christoph Meckel (1978) and Nicolas Born (1979). All German. Nothing before or after. The chance that there is another such prize and that the same Karl Krolow who got the German version in 1975 would hold the Laudatio for LeWinter in 1997 is zilch.
That "He follows Yvan Goll, Giuseppe Ungaretti and the first recipient, Fernando Pessoa" is funny. Fernando Pessoa died in 1935, Yvan Goll in 1950 and Giuseppe Ungaretti in 1970.

Oswald LeWinter never got this prize. Assurance level 99.9%.

How big are the chances that he ever was in Vietnam?
:thumbsdown:



This is quite the joke, methinks. A look at the biographies of the three poets that he "followed" is instructive.


Yvan Goll:

As Nazi persecution grew in Germany during the 1930s, the theme of the wandering Jew became central to Goll's poetry. In 1936, he published an epic poem entitled La chanson de Jean Sans Terre (the song of homeless John), with illustrations contributed by Marc Chagall. Jean Sans Terre was likely a play on the name of Jean Sans Peur, the medieval Burgundian who missed out on an inheritance because he was the youngest son of Henry II of England.[1] The central figure, who wanders the earth in 69 smaller poems, belongs everywhere and nowhere. He looks for love and identity and yet the absence of these things also acts as a kind of freedom. From 1939–1947 the Golls were exiles in New York, where friends included Richard Wright, Stefan Zweig, Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, Piet Mondrian, and William Carlos Williams who translated some of Yvan's poems. Between 1943 and 1946, Goll edited the French-American poetry magazine Hémispheres[2] with works by Saint-John Perse, Césaire, Breton ... and young American poets.

In 1945, the year he was diagnosed with leukemia, he wrote Atom Elegy and other death-haunted poems collected in the English language volume Fruit From Saturn (1946). This poetic language of this final phase in Goll's work is rich in chthonic forces and imagery, the disintegration of matter - inspired by the atomic bomb - alchemy, and the Kabbalah, which Goll was reading at the time.



Giuseppe Ungaretti:

During the interwar period, Ungaretti was a collaborator of Benito Mussolini (whom he met during his socialist accession),[1] as well as a foreign-based correspondent for Il Popolo d'Italia and La Gazzetta del Popolo. While briefly associated with the Dadaists, he developed Hermeticism as a personal take on poetry. After spending several years in Brazil, he returned home during World War II, and was assigned a teaching post at the University of Rome, where he spent the final decades of his life and career. His Fascist past was the subject of controversy.



Fernando Pessoa:

In 1912-14, while living with his aunt "Anica" and cousins,[27] Pessoa took part in "semi-spiritualist sessions" that were carried out at home, but he was considered a "delaying element" by the other members of the session. Pessoa's interest in spiritualism was truly awakened in the second half of 1915, while translating the theosophist books. This was further deepened in the end of March 1916, when he suddenly started having experiences where he became a medium, which were revealed through automatic writing. In June, 24, Pessoa wrote an impressive letter to his aunt, then living in Switzerland with her daughter and son in law, in which he describes this "mystery case" that surprised him.

Besides automatic writing, Pessoa also had "astral" or "etherial visions" and was able to see "magnetic auras" similar to radiographic images. He felt "more curiosity than scare", but was respectful towards this phenomenon and asked secrecy, because "there is no advantage, but a lot of disadvantages" in speaking about this. Mediumship exerted a strong influence in Pessoa writings, who felt "sometimes suddenly being owned by something else" or having a "very curious sensation" in the right arm, which was "lifted into the air" without his will. Looking in the mirror, Pessoa saw several times what appeared to be the heteronyms: his "face fading out" and being replaced by the one of "a bearded man", or another one, four men in total.[28]

Pessoa also developed a strong interest in astrology, becoming a competent astrologist. He elaborated more than 1,500 astrological charts, of well-known people like William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Robespierre, Napoleon I, Benito Mussolini, Wilhelm II, Leopold II of Belgium, Victor Emmanuel III, Alfonso XIII, or the Kings Sebastian and Charles of Portugal, and Salazar. In 1915, Pessoa created the heteronym Raphael Baldaya, an astrologist, and planned to write under his name "System of Astrology" and "Introduction to the Study of Occultism". Pessoa established the pricing of his astrological services from 500 to 5,000 réis and made horoscopes of costumers, friends and also himself and, astonishingly, of the heteronyms.

Born on June, 13, Pessoa was native of Gemini and had scorpio as rising sign. The characters of the main heteronyms were inspired by the four astral elements: air, fire, water and earth. It means that Pessoa and his heteronyms altogether comprised the full principles of ancient knowledge. Those heteronyms were designed according to their horoscopes, all include Mercury, the planet of literature. Astrology was part of his everyday life and Pessoa kept that interest until his death, which he was able to predict with a certain degree of accuracy.[29]

As a mysticist, Pessoa was an enthusiast of esotericism, occultism, hermetism and alchemy. Along with spiritualism and astrology, he also paid attention to rosicrucianism, neopaganism and freemasonry, which strongly influenced his literary work. His interest in occultism led Pessoa to correspond with Aleister Crowley and later helped him to elaborate a fake suicide, when Crowley visited Portugal in 1930.[30] Pessoa translated Crowley's poem "Hymn To Pan"[31] into Portuguese, and the catalogue of Pessoa's library shows that he possessed Crowley's books Magick in Theory and Practice and Confessions. Pessoa also wrote on Crowley's doctrine of Thelema in several fragments, including Moral.[32]

Carsten Wiethoff
10-09-2013, 09:03 PM
As I said, his placing himself in a line with Pessoa, Ungaretti and Goll is funny, as well as their alleged connection to Rilke.
On the other hand, other details of his biography can be verified, like his German doctorate in Psychology. It still remains a mystery to me what made him involve himself into so many deep political events at the level he did, and what were his sources of information.

R.K. Locke
10-09-2013, 10:20 PM
As I said, his placing himself in a line with Pessoa, Ungaretti and Goll is funny, as well as their alleged connection to Rilke.
On the other hand, other details of his biography can be verified, like his German doctorate in Psychology. It still remains a mystery to me what made him involve himself into so many deep political events at the level he did, and what were his sources of information.


Oh, I agree with you and share your interest. I just thought that it was worth drawing attention to the black humour that he appears to share with so many of his ilk. A fascinating character (or cast of characters) indeed.