The Count of Saint Germain was a prominent figure in European high society in the mid 1700s. This controversial figure was regarded by many of his peers as the keenest of philosophers and ridiculed by others as charlatan. What is generally agreed on by occultist is that The Count of Saint Germain was a master of secret mystical sciences.
He seemed to be a man who could do absolutely anything. His talents, résumé, and mysterious wealth garnered him much attention. Even many notable figures of 18th century Europe, like Louis XV were impressed and praised him for his intelligence. At the same time, quite a few found him strange, egotistical, and accused him of being a swindler. Casanova later described him as having “a manifold of eccentricities” and dismissed him as a “celebrated and learned impostor.”
The origin of The Count of Saint Germain is somewhat uncertain. Historians generally place his birth around 1712, but other more specific facts are few . Depending on what you read, he was the child of an Italian tax collector, the offspring of Portuguese royalty, the illegitimate son of a Transylvanian prince, or simply appeared out of nowhere.
The most probable explanation of his origin came from Annie Besant. She believed that Prince Racozi II of Transylvania was indeed The Count of Saint Germain’s father. All of Racozi’s children were to be looked after by the emperor of Austria. However, documents reveal that one was withdrawn from his care and raised by descendants of the Medici family in Italy. Besant also believes that the Count of Saint Germain took his name from San Germano, a town where his father owned estates.
There is much more information about his adult years. However, this information does nothing but piles on more mysteries. In fact, many claim he simply arrived on the scene of France in the 1700s as a full grown man of 40-50 and that his appearance remained that way for decades — maybe even centuries to come. To add to this oddity, there were also several claims that he did not eat. He was quite the socialite and sat at the tables of many to discuss matters, but had never addressed a dish. While the Count of Saint Germain never claimed to be older than he appeared, he never denied it either. This caused much gossip and many interesting stories of his possible immortality, the three most popular being:
There are those that suggest Count Saint Germain was a time traveler and could bend time at will. They site as evidence the appearance of individuals spanning centuries claiming to be the Count. All of these individuals had no verifiable past, were of youthful appearance, and kept company with the social elite of their time. Among the time bending abilities claimed where the abilities to suspend or halt time and move from one time period to another at will. It was also said that he stopped time for himself whenever he was asleep.
The Wandering Jew
Some assumed he originated from the time of Christ. He was thought to be among the men that taunted Jesus during the events that led to his crucifixion, cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. Alternatively, some believe he wasn’t cursed and simply became an Ascended Master, or godly being sent to earth as an assistant to humanity.
An Elixir of Life
During this time, a “science” that dealt with obtaining special powers and the transmutation of several metals, called Alchemy, become popular. The Count of Saint Germain showed a deep interest in its studies and often boasted about his success in creating gems. Some parts of Alchemy deal with rejuvenation or preservation, so many concluded that he had produced an elixir of life. Some have mentioned that he frequently drank a special tea when out in public.
Gossip of his alleged immortality may have been the primary focus of the attention he garnered, but his other talents also drew their share of attention. He was a highly skilled painter, often noted for his ability to perfectly render gems. He was a talented musician, with great skill on the piano and violin. He even composed a few pieces and worked with the likes of Tchaikovsky. He was a designer of felt hats, a skilled jeweler, and fluent in many languages from French to Chinese. The Count of Saint Germaine also showed an interest in politics, popping up at many important points in political history. He worked as spy for the French court and became a close adviser to Louis XV. While unsuccessful, he even took part in the negotiation of a peace treaty between France and Austria. Some paintings suggest that the Count of Saint Germain may have spent some time as a Russian general, with Alexis Orloff deeming him as “a man who played an important part in our revolution.” During the time of Louis XVI, he also spoke with Marie Antoinette, predicting the fall of the monarchy and the death of Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux .
Several burial records confirm that the Count of Saint Germain died on February 27th 1784. However, true believers say he merely wandered into his next persona. Some thought him a charlatan, while others considered him a visionary who continues to walk among us. The fascinating thing about the Count of Saint Germain is that his story never really dies. Who, or what, he truly was may never be known.