Paladin, David

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Paladin, David Gender: M
David Chethlahe Paladin
born on 4 November 1926 at 04:28 (= 04:28 AM )
Place Chinle, Arizona, 36n09, 109w33
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 11°18' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°23 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 12°44'


American artist whose life story sounds more like fiction than fact. The son of a Navajo Indian mother and a white missionary father, he spent his early years on the Navajo reservation near Chinle, Arizona. He was an incorrigible runaway, a stowaway, a secret agent and a survivor of a WW II prison camp. Returning to his Indian roots, he was trained to be a shaman by the Huichols and Tarahumaras of Mexico, the Northwest Coastal Indians and the Pueblo Indians, and by the Australian Aboriginals. While he lived in New Mexico he was a radio announcer for a classical music station, midwife, volunteer police chaplain, and prison chaplain at Los Lunas Medium Security Correctional Facility where he began the first Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in a prison setting. He devoted the last twenty years of his life to painting and community service.

Paladin joined the Army in WW II and while on active duty, was shot by German soldiers. A British patrol found his body and thinking him dead, threw it on a train of corpses. While unloading, they saw movement and took him to the hospital. Paladin was shipped back to the U.S. where he remained in a coma for two years.

Suddenly, in 1946 he regained consciousness and told the nurse that he was an artist. When returned to civilian life, he began to paint abstracts in the style of Kandinsky, works that were remarkably similar to those of the master. Though he had never studied art or languages, he began to use Russian words and demonstrate facts about Kandinsky's life, even little known facets of information.

Living in Prescott, Arizona, Paladin is stocky and bespectacled. Several books have been written about the case; Ruth Montgomery's "Threshold to Tomorrow," Chapter 3, and Dr. Banerjee's "The Once and Future Life." Mystics explain the phenomena by saying that when Kandinsky died, 12/13/1944, in Neuilly sur-Seine, he "walked-in," entering the damaged body of Paladin and taking two years to become accustomed to the new vehicle.

He became known as a Navajo Shamanic-artist and channeler who said that, "My underlying philosophy is that the folklore and legends of the Native Americans serve as my point of departure. I do not plan to specifically illustrate the legends but to capture the spirit behind them, the evolution, the creation, the structure of the universe as experienced by a native people. Sharing in that manner is to share more than the concepts at an intellectual level. It is also sharing the spiritual concepts with the viewer."

Paladin died in 1984.


  • compare to chart of Kandinsky, Wassily (born 4 December 1866 Jul.Cal. (16 Dec 1866 greg.))


  • Misc. : Mystical Experience 13 December 1944 in Neuilly sur Seine (Kandinsky dies and "enters" Paladin's body)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Misc. : Released from waiting 1946 (Regained consciousness from coma)

Source Notes

Barbara May quotes him with a time he channeled through the deceased artist, Kankinsky, whose identity he assumed. Marcello Borges quotes Portuguese translation of Dr. H. N. Banerjee's book; he wrote a whole section on Kandinsky's/Paladin case; he said that Paladin was born on November 4 at the Navajo reserve in Chinle. Also, Paladin would be the "new body" of Kandinsky's soul. According to Banerjee--some souls simply can't wait until the "new identity" or body grows up to continue his/her work, and simply "walk in" the chosen body when the former "tenant" goes away. Sometimes there is an agreement, sometimes this is chosen (apparently) at random."


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Shot, two year coma following)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Mystical experience (Received "walk-in")
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Psychic/ Medium/ Spiritualist (Psychic)