Who was the Count of Saint Germain?

The Count of Saint-Germain

The Count of Saint Germain may have been more legend than man. Yes, we know that he lived and we know some of what he did. However, there have been so many claims made about this man that it is difficult to sort the truth from the embellishments. Of course, many would claim that there were no embellishments and that he really was all that people claimed him to be. If this were so, it would mean that the Count of St. Germain was the Wandering Jew, an alchemist with the secret to eternal life, a man that could turn various metals into gold, a man that could melt diamonds and form them however he wished, a proficient musician, artist and linguist and so much more.

The Count of Saint Germain was not a Saint and may not even have been a Count. The place and circumstances of his birth are completely unknown. However, there have been many theories presented over the past few centuries. Some believe that he was a man of noble birth whose family was disgraced somehow and he therefore had to hide his true identity. Others believe that he was born long before his presence was documented and that he was immortal. Theosophists believe him to be an Oriental Adept. Whoever he was, he never divulged any information regarding his birth to anyone during his (known) lifetime.

It appears that the Count of St. Germain may have arrived on the scene in Europe as early as 1710. At that time, he appeared to be in his mid-forties. The story goes that he always appeared this way. He seemed to never age. From 1737-1742, he was supposedly in Persia studying alchemy. He went to Versailles in 1742 and then in 1743 he was in England for the Jacobite Revolution. He then went to Vienna to visit Frederick the Great and then to Edinburgh in 1745.

In 1755, Count Saint Germain went to India. When he came back, he stayed in the Royal Chateau of Chambord in Touraine on King Louis XV’s invitation. There he rubbed elbows with Voltaire, who appeared to be impressed by the man. Count St. Germain left France and went to Hague and London in 1760. In 1762 he supposedly went to Russia and was involved in the revolution there under the pseudonym Graf Saltikoff. He later traveled to Germany and Bavaria. All the while maintaining a middle-aged appearance. Count St. Germain died on February 27, 1784. There is a record of his death and burial.

During his time in Europe during the 1700’s, the Count of St. Germain’s acquaintances had an awful lot to say about this strange man. He was said to have had a striking appearance, especially his eyes. He was reportedly a very talented musician and composer who shared his work with Tchaikovsky and Prince Ferdinand von Lobkowitz. Two of his compositions dwell in the British Museum. One of them was written in 1745 and the other in 1760. He even performed on the harpsichord for Frederick the Great.

Count St. Germain was said to have knowledge of Sanscrit, Chinese and Arabic. He also spoke Swedish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian flawlessly. He was a painter of some renown. It is said that he could make the jewels in his paintings appear strikingly realistic. He was also a collector of diamonds and wore many of them to social events. There were claims that he could also fix flawed diamonds.

The Count of St. Germain was also said to have some very strange habits. Some people claimed that he never ate in public, but that he would drink a special tea frequently. There were also claims that he often made strange comments about his age. He would speak of times long since past as if he had been there. He reportedly told an acquaintance who had made a comment that he must be more than one hundred years old that it was “not impossible.”

Many people have claimed to be the Count of St. Germain in the centuries since his death was documented. Others have claimed to have seen him in various places. He has been referred to as “The man who does not die.” He has been credited with the gift of eternal life, or at least of extremely long life, but are any of these claims credible? It is hard to be certain because there are so many of them. However, it is extremely doubtful, for obvious reasons.

The Count of Saint Germain is credited with so many rare (and fictitious) abilities that it seems almost certain that his talents have been embellished over the years and during his lifetime. He may have encouraged this behavior, for all we know. It is quite possible that he was a very talented con man. Either that, or he was an exceptionally old, yet youthful man who was impossibly intelligent and talented. At this point, it is impossible to tell. The story of the Count of St. Germain has been told so many times, in so many ways, that the truth is probably quite different from what has been said. That leaves us with the possibility that we may never know the truth about the Count of St. Germain

The Count de St. Germain, retrieved 12/29/09, blavatsky.net/magazine/theosophy/ww/setting/germain.html
The Count of St. Germain, retrieved 12/29/09.

Shelly Barclay writes on a variety of topics from animal facts to mysteries in history. Her main focus is military and political history. She is a writer for the Boston History Examiner, Military History Examiner and the Boston American Revolution History Examiner. She also writes for a local historical society newsletter. Shelly was a professional cook for 10 years and still has a passion for food. She cooks and writes about cooking nearly every day. She produces a wide variety of content, on top of her niches. Shelly is a stepmother, a former military, current veteran wife, sister of four and aunt of seven (so far).
  • Mona

    Draja Mickaharic who was born in Bosnia in 1914 and emigrated to America in the 30s of the last century, and still lives in Philadelphia, who is proficient in secrets of magic and met many unusual people during his very long life, wrote 2 books about the immortals – “Immortality” and its exciting companion “The Long Lived”.
    He does not insist on the veracity of his stories, and does not reveal the complete mechanism of becoming immortal, but he reveals enough for those “who have ears”. The stories appear to be true. Morals aside, it appears technically there are 2 main methods of gaining immortality. One is via “body possession” which is advanced form of astral projection (for those who know what is it – it is very real), when you stop your heart and leave your body at will (taking your astral and mental bodies w you), then entering the body of a young person, then displacing his soul (mind, emotions, personality and spirit) and completely taking over it. That body is not immortal but young, in the 20s. After living the life in that body for about 40 years, that person jumps into another young body thus becoming young again, and this continues ad infinitum. Another method is via alchemical elixir of life which could be taken only in young age and which is dangerous because the wrong dose may kill the person. The body goes thru 4 to 6 months of transformation during which time the person is incapacitated and must be completely cared for. Then the body becomes the “long lived”. It is not truly immortal, but it ages very slowly on average 1 year for a century although this varies. If St. Germaine knew Sanskrit, a very ancient language which was extinct already at the times of Jesus, we may assume that Stl Germain was at least 2,000 years old.

  • USMC2111

    Interesting story. Sounds like the beer commercial. He’s the most interesting man in the world. Wasn’t there a guy cursed to roam the Earth?

  • USMC2111

    Interesting story. Sounds like the beer commercial. He’s the most interesting man in the world. Wasn’t there a guy cursed to roam the Earth?

  • ssteele

    I’ve read so much about the count over the years, and have my own theories. I wish more was talked about in this article, and also how he has showed up in famous photographs as soon as last century. The bit about the Queen of France coming to visit him, after hearing these elaborate stories of a man she met when she was a young girl (she was now in her elder years), and this man sounds so much like the stories that were getting back to her. When she met him she couldn’t believe it was the same man, still in his 40’s. Very interesting.

    • ssteele

      Now I need to google this, fascinating.

  • mike

    wasnt there a mysterious visitor type guy who would travel around and he could sing like a mariah carey tell any story or tall tell and tell people how to fix a myriad of things he always seemed to be traveling from place to place like a troubadour or minstrel.

  • Jonah

    Count St Germain also showed several women in their eighties and nineties to re – youth themselves, so much so that there were young men of 19 and 20 years old fighting duals for their romantic favours. St germain also appeared on french tv in 1972, where he changed lead into gold.

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-44097-Providence-Travel- sharon watterson

    Rhode Island has a Congressman St. Germain, who is still alive but retired. Good post