Who is St. Germain?

            Count St. Germain is said to be a member of the Illuminati and the Masons, a conspirator in the French Revolution of 1789, Rasputin, an Alchemist, Templar, Christian Rosenkreuz, and in contact with Madame Blavatsky (Bryan 1940:98-99). St. Germain is one of the Seven Masters of Wisdom for Theosophists. His birth cannot be located, and he claimed to be the son of Prince Francis Rákóczy of Transylvania (Fuller 1988). St. Germain has also been identified as the bastard son of Queen Anna Maria of Spain (Lang 1904). Another account makes him a grandson of King James II of England (Lhermier 1943). Theosophist Isabel Cooper-Oakley (1927[1912]:2) remarks that St. Germain was an occultist that was defamed by the ignorant; his real identity was made secret by the courts he worked, including Louis XV (1710-1774) and his mistress Marquise de Pompadour, of France (1721-1764).

            In 1745, St. Germain turned up in London, where his music was published and performed. Twelve years later he was introduced into the Versailles court by Carechal de Belle-Isle (1684-1761) and remained in France from 1758 to 1760. He is later noted in Holland and Russia. St. Germain has also gone by the names of Surmont, Count Tsarogy and Count Welldone (Skinner 2001). St. Germain was supposedly the pupil of Johan Georg Schrepfer in Leipzig, a Mason. Cagliostro (1743-1795) was rumored to be a pupil of St. Germain and also possessed the secret to immortality. St. Germain died, at least on one account, February 27, 1784 from pneumonia. St. Germain was later sighted in Paris in 1835 and Napoleon III (1808-1873) kept a dossier file on him. Theosophist, C.S. Leadbeater in his Masters and the Path (1925) claimed to have met St. Germain in Rome. Theosophists claimed St. Germain was the incarnation of the goddess Venus and likewise, Guy Ballard claimed that St. Germain introduced him to visitors from Venus.

            The Church Universal and Triumphant, led by Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, produced a biography on St. Germain claiming that he was the incarnation of an Atlantean, Merlin, Roger and Francis Bacon, and Columbus. St. Germain’s identity has shifted from courtier, to Freemason and Rosicrucian, to prophet, Hidden Master and Venusian (Ellwood 1973:95).

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