The events associated with Our Lady of Fatima began on May 13, 1917 when three children tending sheep near the town of Fatima in central Portugal reportedly saw the Virgin Mary appear as a shining figure in an oak tree. She told the three children, Lucia dos Santos, age 10, and her younger cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marta, to return to the site on the 13th day of the month for the next five months. During these visits, she imparted to the children a vision of hell, warned them of a second world war and asked for the conversion of Russia from communism.
On the final visitation, some 50,000 people had arrived for the October 13 event, expecting a miracle promised by the Holy Mother. The crowd endured a heavy rain fall. In the afternoon, the sky suddenly cleared, and the sun reappeared, but as a dull silver disk with a sharply defined edge, like a plate in the sky. One could look at it directly without hurting the eyes. Suddenly, the sun began to tremble and shake, then began spinning furiously while throwing out light in all colors. One witness noted, "Everything assumed those same colors: our faces, our clothes, the earth itself." Awe was followed by shock: The spinning sun was falling and turning blood red as it plunged toward earth. The sun was variously described "like a bicycle wheel" or a "fire wheel." Then the sun returned to its normal place in the sky and resumed its customary appearance.
The spinning sun was the swastika. According to the Holocaust Research Center at holocaust.trc.org., the swastika "is considered to be a representation of the sun and is associated with the worship of Aryan sun gods." Holocausthistory.net, a website of The Holocaust Centre, Beth Shalom, stated that the swastika was "sometimes used to symbolize the sun's movement." The neo-Nazi website, [ I have not read the forum rules ]., prefers to interpret the swastika as the Hammer of Thor but acknowledged, "some sources do believe that it could be derived from the well-known Germanic Sunwheel."
In the Virgin Mary's second message she told the children, "When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes. " The reference to a "night illuminated by an unknown light" came true on January 25, 1938 as reported the next day by The New York Times: "The Aurora Borealis, rarely seen in Southern or Western Europe, spread fear in parts of Portugal and lower Austria tonight while thousands of Britons were brought running into the streets in wonderment. The ruddy glow led many to think half the city was ablaze . . . " Since northern lights are caused by high energy particles emanating from the sun, this unusual activity, like the Fatima swirling sun, could be attributed to a solar deity.
If you prefer Eastern spirituality to the Catholic “spin,” you might argue that Hitler was karma for colonialism. Europe conquered and oppressed much of the world; Hitler conquered and oppressed much of Europe, giving the colonial powers a taste of their own medicine. “Nazism was the application of colonialism to Europe,” noted Aimė Cėsaire, the Afro-Caribbean author and politician.