"A Man Who Knows Everything and Who Never Dies"

By: Heather N. Gibson

Many felt Count Saint-Germain a.k.a Count Surmont, Count Welldone, Count Soltikoff, Count Tzarogy, Marquise di Aymar, Prince Rakoczi, or Ahasverus, had found the "Elixir of Youth." No one is sure when and where he was born, how old he is or when he died. Many feels he still lives.

It has been theorized that Saint-Germain was the natural son of the widow of Charles II of Spain or the son of Francis Racoczi II, prince of Transylvania. Either theory would place the Count's birthday in 1610. However, the musician Jean-Philippe Rameau insists he met the Count using the alias Marquis de Montferrat in 1710. Jean-Philippe said the Count appeared to be in forties then.

The Count was a master in alchemy it was rumored that he could make gold out of base metal. It is believed he learned alchemy in ancient Egypt. The count was an accomplished violinst, talented painter, chemist and largesse with precious stones.

It is a fact that he wore jewels sown into his clothing. He even generously handed over an ornate cross to a women he scarcely knew. He claimed he could turn several small diamonds into one large one and make pearls grow incredibly huge.

Of course his greatest talent was staying on the grape vine.

He made certain he was noticed and was a fantastic storyteller. He could recount history as if he was really there. Once when retelling the story of Henry IV to some friends he made a mistake,"...and then the king turned around and smiled at me...I mean, he smiled at Duke X...". Still this kind of slip could have easily have been deliberate he once told a friend,"These fools of Parisians believe that I am five hundred years old. I confirm them in this idea because I see that it gives them much pleasure-not that I am not infinitely older that I appear."

All agreed the Count was a gentleman and a scholar. This reputation earned him favor in the court of two kings. King Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompagour would spend an evening with him just listening to his stories. The king made him envoy to the Netherlands. This appointment was made behind the backs of the ministry and when the Count was threatened with arrest he fled to England.

The Count stayed in England for a period of two years and then journeyed to Russia. It is rumored he took part in the conspiracy to put Catherine the Great on the throne. After Russia, Belgium, where he met Casanova.

The Count returned to France in 1774 when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette came to the throne. This is where it is said the Count switches professions to prophets and warns the royal couple of the impending revolution 15 years in the future. "There will be a blood-thirsty republic, whose sceptre will be the executioner's knife,"the Count warned. Yet, the Count consorted with secret societies using the occult as cover for revolutionary activities. One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Count was his political loyalties.

February 27,1784 Count Saint-Germain died or as most believe faked his death. He was in Germany living as a protégé of Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel. The two friends were very close and worked together at alchemy. However, after the Count's alleged death the Prince was uncommunicative' about it and would change the subject if brought up in conversation. Thus, adding to the mystic of the Count's death.

Even after his death the Count continues to appear and disappear through out history. Documents of the Freemasons claim the Count represented them at a meeting in 1785. Madame de Genlis saw him in Vienna in 1821. During the 1800's the Count was popping up in the Far East and other parts of the world. Theosophist Annie Besant claims she met the Count in 1896 as a "Master" or spiritual leader. In 1930 the Count was spotted on the deck of an Atlantic liner. In 1972, a Frenchman named Richard Chanfray alleged that he was Saint-Germain and offered to turn metal into gold on TV as proof. It is now believed he is the leader of an alchemic society in Paris.

The Count attributed his longevity to abstemiousness and a diet that consisted primarily of oatmeal.

Wise man or trickster Count-Saint Germain remains a Fascinating Mystery.


BY:  James Dilworth

The man known as the Count of Saint-Germain or le Comte de Saint-Germain as he is more commonly known (also known as "der Wundermann", meaning the wonder man in German) is a figure of mystery whose legend has grown in the last 200 years since his death, or supposed death according to some.

There are several conflicting versions of his early life one being, that he was born in 1710 in Portugal, a Sephardic Jew. Another account said his name was Francis Ragoczy and that he was a prince from Transylvania who made a living from the trade of jewels. What is known for certain is that Saint-Germain spoke all European languages fluently, had a complete knowledge of history, was a composer of music and was able to play the violin very well. He was most famous for his amazing skills in medicine and especially for transmuting metals into gold and having a secret technique for removing flaws from diamonds. 

He was also said to be the inventor of (since he claimed to be thousands of years old) as well as a skilled Cabalist, rarely ate in public and always dressed in black and white. The first real evidence for the existence of Saint-Germain comes in a letter from 1743, where the English writer Horace Walpole (the author of The Castle of Otranto, the first gothic novel) mentions his presence in London and in the English court. Saint-Germain was soon expelled having been accused of being a spy for he Stewart pretenders to the English crown. 

Saint-Germain went to France around 1748, becoming a favorite of Louis XV who employed him as a spy several times and exerted great influence over that monarch. Around 1760 Saint-Germain was forced to leave France and returned to England where he met the Count Cagliostro and taught him the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry. In 1762 Saint-Germain was found in St. Petersburg, playing a very important part in the conspiracy to make Catherine the Great Queen of Russia. After returning to Paris in 1770, he traveled through Germany, eventually settleling in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. There he studied the "Secret Sciences" with the landgrave Charles of Hesse and was said to have died in 1784. Some people disagree with this date for his death, since he was said to have been in Paris in 1789, during the French Revolution. 

Since 1789 Saint-Germain is said to have been seen all over the world, appearing to many famous occultists as well as normal people, both in spirit and in flesh. 

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