The Wonderman of Europe
"Will you have the kindness to tell me," said the Countess v.
Georgy, "whether your father was in Venice about the year 1710?"
"No, Madame," replied the count quite unconcerned, "it is
very much longer since I lost my father; but I myself was living in
Venice at the end of the last and the beginning of this century; I
had the honour to pay you court then. . . ."
"Forgive me, but that is impossible; the Comte de St. Germain I knew
in those days was at least 45 years old, and you, at the outside,
are that age at present."
"Madame," replied the count smiling, "I am very old."
"But then you must be nearly 100 years old." "That is not
impossible," Saint Germain replied.
He was the Wonderman of Europe—this we know. But was he the lost
third son of Prince Ferenc Rakoczy II, the deposed Hungarian ruler?
Or did he, as the Ascended Master Saint Germain, materialize a body
to give the appearance that he had descended through the royal house
of Hungary? His birth, death, and true identity are shrouded in
But one thing is certain: he was highly visible in the royal
courts—and invisible! He was seen to 'disappear' as he left the
private quarters of the king and queen at Versailles. Without a
doubt, his feats as the Count Saint Germain are exclamation points
across the diaries of the eighteenth-century greats.
In the court memoirs of Madame de Pompadour, Prince Karl of Hesse
and Madame d'Adhémar, he is remembered as l’homme extraordinaire.
Described as slim but well-proportioned, of medium height and with
pleasant features, he had fascinating eyes which captivated the
observing who chanced to study them. He wore diamonds on every
finger—and on his shoe buckles. Even after his remarkable
conversation with the Countess dc Georgy in 1767, he did not age.
Madame d'Adhémar met him in 1789. "It was himself in person.... Yes!
with the same countenance as in 1760, while mine was covered with
furrows and marks of decrepitude."
Ageless, a mystery man. There is nothing, it seems, he could not do.
He was admired as a great philosopher, diplomat, scientist, healer,
artist and musician. He knew history so well that it would seem he
had actually experienced the events he related. Madame de Pompadour
recalled that "sometimes he recounted anecdotes of the court of the
Valois [French royal house of 1328 to 1589] or of princes still more
remote, with such precise accuracy in every detail as almost to
create the illusion that he had been an eyewitness to what he
His knowledge extended not only back in time but also around the
globe. "He had traveled the whole world over," de Pompadour wrote,
"and the king lent a willing ear to the narratives of his voyages
over Asia and Africa, and to his tales about the courts of Russia,
Turkey and Austria."
He spoke at least twelve languages so fluently that everywhere he
went he was accepted as a native. These included French, German,
English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Eastern
languages. "The learned and the oriental scholars have proved the
knowledge of the Count St. Germain," wrote a countess at Louis XV's
court. "The former found him more apt in the languages of Homer and
Virgil than themselves; with the latter he spoke Sanskrit, Chinese,
Arabic in such a manner as to show them that he had made some
lengthy stay in Asia."
He was with General Clive in India in 1755, where he said he learned
to melt jewels. At the court of the Shah of Persia from 1737 to
1742, Monsieur de Saint Germain exhibited his skill at precipitating
and perfecting precious gems, particularly diamonds.
He also traveled to Japan, as he told Madame d’Adhémar. There is no
telling where else he visited, for he would appear and reappear
unpredictably all over Europe. Yet there was a purpose behind all
that the Wonderman did. And his wonders went far beyond mere genius.
He was skilled in healing and the use of medicinal herbs. Some have
speculated that it was Saint Germain's use of herbs combined with
his simple eating habits that prolonged his life. Prince Karl of
Hesse wrote, "He thoroughly understood herbs and plants, and had
invented the medicines of which he constantly made use, and which
prolonged his life and health."
He gave an elixir to Madame v. Georgy which made her keep looking 25
for 25 years, according to contemporary accounts. She lived so long
that she came to be called the old everlasting countess.
Saint Germain also prescribed an herb tea for the health of the
Russian army and he offered to cure Jacques de Casanova of an acute
disease in three days. But the rogue declined the drugs, not
trusting anyone, not even the most trusty of alchemists, having
himself swindled many.
The count was a virtuoso on both the piano and violin as well as an
accomplished painter, poet and artisan. Wherever he traveled, he was
welcomed as scholar, statesman and raconteur. He formed secret
societies, was a leading figure in the Rosicrucians, Freemasons and
Knights Templar of the period, and penned the occult classic The
Most Holy Trinosophia, using a mixture of modern languages and
Monsieur de Saint Germain never confirmed or denied anything that
was said about him. Instead, he would respond with a smile or a
studied evasiveness. His skill as an alchemist was praised by Louis
XV, who provided him a laboratory and residence at the royal castle
of Chambord. And his alchemical demonstrations were nothing short of
miraculous according to his chroniclers.
Madame du Hausset, who was femme de chambre to Madame de Pompadour,
writes at some length of Saint Germain's marvels.
Her memoirs tell us that in 1757, "the King ordered a middling-sized
diamond which had a flaw in it, to be brought to him. After having
it weighed, his Majesty said to the Count: 'The value of this
diamond as it is, and with the flaw in it, is six thousand livres;
without the flaw it would be worth at least ten thousand. Will you
undertake to make me a gainer of four thousand livres?' St. Germain
examined it very attentively, and said, 'It is possible; it may be
done. I will bring it to you again in a month.'
"At the time appointed the Comte de St. Germain brought back the
diamond without a spot, and gave it to the King. It was wrapped in a
cloth of amianthos, which he took off. The king had it weighed
immediately, and found it very little diminished. His Majesty then
sent it to his jeweler ... without telling him of anything that had
passed. The jeweler gave him nine thousand six hundred livres for
it. The King, however, sent for the diamond back again, and said he
would keep it as a curiosity."
At one European court, this eighteenth-century Merlin requested that
several bones from a deer and boughs of a tree be brought to him.
When presented with these "ingredients," he slipped into a large
palace dining room. Several moments later he reappeared and invited
the guests to follow him. When the doors were opened, all were
astounded: inside the room was a forest with deer grazing around a
lushly laden board of haute cuisine.
With similar ease, Saint Germain accomplished the alchemist's
dream—the changing of base metals into gold.
In 1763, Count Karl Cobenzl wrote in a letter that Saint Germain
perfected "under my own eyes... the transmutation of iron into a
metal as beautiful as gold, and at least as good for all
goldsmith's work." The Marquis de Valbelle reported seeing Saint
Germain change a silver six-franc piece into gold.
Casanova wrote of a parallel experiment in which Saint Germain
changed a twelve-sols piece into a gold coin. However, he thought it
was a trick and hinted to Saint Germain that he had substituted one
for the other. Saint Germain rebuked him: "Those who are capable of
entertaining doubts of my work are not worthy to speak to me," and
bowed the unbeliever out of his laboratory at once and for good.
The count was not only an alchemist, but an Eastern adept,
displaying yogic behavior, meditating in the lotus posture and
calming animals by his fiery spirit.
One Dutch admirer, J. van Sypesteyn, wrote, "Sometimes he fell into
a trance, and when he again recovered, he said he had passed the
time while he lay unconscious in far-off lands; sometimes he
disappeared for a considerable time, then suddenly re-appeared, and
let it be understood that he had been in another world in
communication with the dead. Moreover, he prided himself on being
able to tame bees, and to make snakes listen to music."
A Master of masters—he was not a charlatan. Nor was he a figment of
the imagination. He is mentioned in the letters of Frederick the
Great, Voltaire, Horace Walpole, Casanova and even appears in the
newspapers of the day—The London Chronicle of June 1760, a
Florentine paper, Le notizie del Mondo, in July of 1770, and also in
the Gazette of the Netherlands.
He was entrusted with the state secrets of several countries,
indicating that he enjoyed the long-standing trust of those he dealt
with at court. He was sent on negotiating missions by Louis XV, one
of the first to practice secret diplomacy. The archives of France
contain evidence that English, Dutch, and Prussian statesmen of his
time regarded the count as an authority in many fields.
"He appeared to be more intimately acquainted with the secrets of
each court than the charge d'affaires of the king” Madame de
Pompadour wrote. Voltaire remarked that Saint Germain knew the
secrets of the prime ministers of England, France and Austria.
Although many suspected him of being a rogue and swindler, it is
clear that money was not his object. He was always well provided
for, and Madame de Pompadour writes that the count gave the king
beautiful paintings and passed out "diamonds and jewels with
astonishing liberality." Clearly not the behavior of a treasure
Indeed, he was a philanthropist. Prince Karl of Hesse described him
as "the friend of humanity, wishing for money only that he might
give to the poor; a friend to animals, his heart was concerned only
with the happiness of others."
"Wherever he was personally known he left a favourable impression
behind, and the remembrance of many good and sometimes of many
noble deeds. Many a poor father of a family, many a charitable
institution, was helped by him in secret," van Sypesteyn wrote.
In Studies in Alchemy Saint Germain explains that he actually
precipitated goods to give to the poor. "When serving in Europe to
dissipate some of the poverty and confusion so prevalent there," he
writes, "I did use universal alchemy to produce the substance which,
although temporary in nature, supplied many human needs."
But why all of this extravaganza at court? What was he trying to
prove? He was trying, precisely—with wit and humor and his
prophetic, masterful presence—to galvanize an age in the face of the
inevitable passing of the old order. His plan of action was to
establish a United States of Europe—before the pulling of the
ripcord of the bloody French Revolution should leave nothing bad or
good of the royal houses of Europe.
Another of Saint Germain's aims was to accelerate the progress of
science and technology to lift man into a capacity for greater
spiritual awareness. At times he played the part of patron saint of
the Industrial Revolution.
Count Karl Cobenzl witnessed his development of mass-production
techniques. Among them were bleaching flax to look like Italian
silk, dyeing and preparing skins "which surpassed all the moroccos
in the world, and the most perfect tanning; the dyeing of silks,
carried to a perfection hitherto unknown; the like dyeing of
woollens; the dyeing of wood in the most brilliant colours
penetrating through and through... with the commonest ingredients,
and consequently at a very moderate price."
And believe it or not. Saint Germain actually set up a hat factory
for Count Cobenzl! He also began mass producing his own various
inventions while sponsoring other technological advancements. "I am
much needed in Constantinople; then in England," he told one memoir
writer, "there to prepare two inventions which you will have in the
next century—trains and steamboats."
His object seemed to be to assist the rise of a middle class while
convincing the monarchy to make a smooth transition into the modern
age. While he accomplished the former, the apathy of the ruling
classes and the intrigue of corrupt advisers thwarted his success in
The monarchs, while in admiration of his miraculous accomplishments,
pronounced them "interesting." Always willing to be entertained by
him, they were not easily prodded into action. When it came to
taking his advice, they politely ignored him; and their ministers,
jealous to the quick, despised him.
A case in point is Louis XV's aborted secret mission. He sent Saint
Germain as his envoy to Amsterdam to negotiate a peace treaty ending
the war between the French and Austrian alliance and the English
Too soon, the French ambassador in Amsterdam got wind of it, was
offended that the king would employ an "obscure foreigner" in his
stead, and complained to the foreign minister, the Due de Choiseul,
who immediately sent out orders for Saint Germain's arrest. The
duke's desire was not for peace, at least not then, and especially
not a peace for which he could not claim credit.
The next day before the King and his council, Choiseul exposed the
mission, averring, "I am convinced that no one here would be bold
enough to desire to negotiate a Treaty of Peace without the
knowledge of Your Majesty's Minister for Foreign Affairs!"
The king, as usual, took the course of least resistance. He neither
challenged his minister nor championed Saint Germain and remained
silent as to his own part in the affair. However, discredited, his
peace mission aborted, the count did manage to avoid arrest—perhaps
by the warning of the king or, more likely, by his own
The same treatment continued under Louis XVI, but this time Saint
Germain was prepared. First, he sought audience with the queen.
Madame d’Adhémar was present and recorded the scene. He spelled out
for Marie Antoinette precise details of the terror to come and
begged her to warn Louis.
He said, "Some years yet will pass by in a deceitful calm; then from
all parts of the kingdom will spring up men greedy for vengeance,
for power, and for money; they will overthrow all in their way....
Civil war will burst out with all its horrors; it will bring in its
train murder, pillage, exile. Then it will be regretted that I was
not listened to."
He told the queen that he wanted to see the king without the
knowledge of Monsieur de Maurepas, saying of the king's chief
adviser, "He is my enemy; besides, I rank him among those who will
further the ruin of the kingdom, not from malice, but from
incapacity." Stating his availability "at their Majesties' command,"
Monsieur de Saint Germain took his leave of the queen.
He left for Paris, heading out of the country, having told Madame
d’Adhémar that he knew the king would speak to Maurepas and he had
no wish to be thrown into the Bastille and have to resort to a
miracle to get out. She protested that the king might not. In that
case, he replied, he would be back in time.
Marie Antoinette went straight to the king, who then quizzed Madame
d’Adhémar about the count, saying he had "seriously alarmed the
queen." Sure enough, Louis asked the advice of Maurepas, who told
him Saint Germain was a rogue, whereupon the self-serving adviser
went immediately to the residence of Madame d’Adhémar to arrest the
Wonderman. Saint Germain was nowhere to be found. No sooner had he
declared his intent to lock up Saint Germain in the Bastille than
the door to her room opened and the thaumaturgist entered.
Approaching Maurepas, he said:
"M. le Comte de Maurepas, the King summoned you to give him good
advice, and you think only of maintaining your own authority. In
opposing yourself to my seeing the Monarch, you are losing the
monarchy, for I have but a limited time to give to France and, this
time over, I shall not be seen here again until after three
consecutive generations have gone down to the grave. I told the
Queen all that I was permitted to tell her; my revelations to the
King would have been more complete; it is unfortunate that you
should have intervened between His Majesty and me. I shall have
nothing to reproach myself with when horrible anarchy devastates all
France. As to these calamities, you will not see them, but to have
prepared them will be sufficient memorial of you.... Expect no
homage from posterity, frivolous and incapable Minister! You will
be ranked among those who cause the ruin of empires."
Maurepas died in 1781, seven and a half years before the
storming of the Bastille, the symbolic end of the ancien
regime. History remembers him as the one who
dissuaded Louis XVI from instituting reforms which might have
forestalled the Revolution and allowed France to avoid the Reign
of Terror, passing smoothly from monarchy to republic.
"M. de Saint-Germain, having spoken thus without taking breath,
turned towards the door again, shut it, and disappeared," Madame
d’Adhémar writes. "All efforts to find the Count failed!"
And the lesson is wisely and painfully learned: an alchemist of
greatest mastery, even the adept of the centuries, having only the
best of intentions and the solution to global problems and the rise
and fall of nations, must bow to the free will of mortals. He may
advise, but not command; and when ignored, he is obliged to
Monsieur de Saint Germain continued to write letters to the queen,
warning of impending debacle, but once the crisis had reached a
certain point there was nothing he could do to turn back the
revolution that had been building since the death of that master
statesman, Louis XIV.
Several years later, just before the storm broke. Saint Germain met
Madame d'Adhemar again early one morning in a chapel in the
Récollets in Paris. He predicted the doom of the king and queen and
said that it was too late to save them. The following is her
recording of the conversation:
"What did I tell you, and the Queen too? that M. de Maurepas would
let everything be lost, because he compromised everything. I was
Cassandra, or a prophet of evil, and now how do you stand?"
"Ah! Comte, your wisdom will be useless."
"Madame, he who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind. Jesus said so in
the Gospel, perhaps not before me, but at any rate his words remain
written, and people could only have profited by mine."
"Again!" I said, trying to smile, but he without replying to my
"I have written it to you, I can do nothing, my hands are tied by a
stronger than myself. There are periods of time when to retreat is
impossible, others when He has pronounced and the decree will be
executed. Into this we are entering."
"Will you see the Queen?"
"No, she is doomed."
"Doomed! To what?"
Oh, this time I could not keep back a cry, I rose on my seat, my
hands repulsed the Comte, and in a trembling voice I said:
"And you too! you! what, you too!"
"Yes, I--I, like Cazotte."
"What you do not even suspect. Return to the Palace, go and tell the
Queen to take heed to herself, that this day will be fatal to her;
there is a plot, murder is premeditated."
"You fill me with horror, but the Comte d'Estaing has promised."
"He will take fright, and will hide himself."
"But M. de Lafayette…"
"A balloon puffed out with wind! Even now they are settling what to
do with him,
whether he shall be instrument or victim; by noon all will be
"Monsieur," I said, "you could render great services to our
Sovereigns if you would."
"And if I cannot?"
"Yes; if I cannot? I thought I should not be listened to. The hour
of repose is past, and the decrees of Providence must be fulfilled."
"In plain words, what do they want?"
"The complete ruin of the Bourbons; they will expel them from all
the thrones they occupy, and in less than a century they will return
to the rank of simple private individuals in their different
"Kingdom, Republic, Empire, mixed Governments, tormented, agitated,
torn; from clever tyrants she will pass to others who are ambitious
without merit. She will be divided, parcelled out, cut up; and these
are no pleonasms that I use, the coming times will bring about the
overthrow of the Empire; pride will sway or abolish distinctions,
not from virtue but from vanity, and it is through vanity that they
will come back to them. The French, like children playing with
handcuffs and slings, will play with titles, honours, ribbons;
everything will be a toy to them, even to the shoulder-belt of the
National Guard; the greedy will devour the finances. Some fifty
millions now form a deficit, in the name of which the Revolution is
made. Well! under the dictatorship of the philanthropists, the
rhetoricians, the fine talkers, the State debt will exceed several
He took his leave of Madame d’Adhémar with these words, "I will take
up my part again and leave you. I have a journey to take to Sweden;
a great crime is brewing there, I am going to try to prevent it. His
Majesty Gustavus III interests me, he is worth more than his
III of Sweden, a monarch whose reign was known as the Swedish
Enlightenment, introduced reforms such as free trade and freedom
of the press while strengthening the monarchy. In the atmosphere
created by an aristocratic conspiracy against him, he was shot and
mortally wounded in March 1792.)
Departing the small chapel, the Wonder-man disappeared! Madame
d’Adhémar´s confidential servant, who had been stationed at the
door of the church, saw no one pass.
She herself, stunned by Saint Germain's words, remained in the
chapel and decided not to warn the queen that day but to wait until
the end of the week. By then it was too late.
Saint Germain's prophecy came true in astonishing detail. The next
time Madame d’Adhémar saw him was at the Place de la Révolution
October 16, 1793, at the beheading of Marie Antoinette. The Master
was with her in the end as he had been with her from the beginning,
watching over her from the moment she had arrived in France from
Austria to become the ill-fated French queen. (The
sixteenth and last child of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and
Maria Theresa, Marie Antoinette was married to Louis XVI in an
expediently arranged marriage between the Hapsburgs and the
Bourbons in 1770.)
Next, Saint Germain backed Napoleon in a final attempt to establish
the United States of Europe; le Petit Caporal took Saint Germain's
power, but not his advice, and sought to use it in self-gain,
exceeding the Master's instructions— whereupon Saint Germain
withdrew, as by now he was wont to do, leaving the ambitious and
foolhardy Napoleon to his Waterloo.
For Saint Germain, this was the coup de grace.
His opportunity to set aside the retribution due an age had
passed. And so the "Mystic Messenger" departed Europe.
Henceforth, until his return in 1981, the only voice of fate the
continent would hear or heed would be Karma.
While Napoleon was still a child, Franz Gräffer recalls the count
saying, "... One needs to have studied in the Pyramids as I have
studied. Towards the end of this century I shall disappear out of
Europe, and betake myself to the region of the Himalayas. I will
rest; I must rest. Exactly in eighty-five years will people again
set eyes on me. Farewell, I love you." (See I. Cooper-Oakley, The Comte de St
Germain: The Secret of Kings (London: The Theosophical
Publishing House Limited, 1912), pp. 1, 27-29, 36-38, 42, 43,
50-52, 66-67, 72-73, 87-91, 99, 144-45. Available through Summit
The rejection of Saint Germain by the crowned heads of Europe caused
him to depart the visible world. And the words of Jesus'
lamentation might well have been his own: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto
thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even
as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
As he himself said, "Thus it is ever with us truthful people;
deceivers are welcomed, but fie upon whoever says that which will
come to pass!"
In his devotion to the cause of world freedom, Saint Germain had
been working diligently on many fronts. "Having failed in securing
the attention of the Court of France and others of the crowned heads
of Europe," he said through his twentieth-century Messenger Mark L.
Prophet, "I turned myself to the perfectionment of mankind at
large, and I recognized that there were many who, hungering and
thirsting after righteousness, would indeed be filled with the
concept of a perfect union which would inspire them to take dominion
over the New World and create a Union among the sovereign states.
Thus the United States was born as a child of my heart and the
American Revolution was the means of bringing freedom in all of its
glory into manifestation from the East unto the West."
Even before the debacle in France, Saint Germain was busy forming a
more perfect union out of the Thirteen Colonies. According to
tradition, on July 4, 1776, he inspired upon one of the signers of
the Declaration of Independence an impassioned speech urging the
patriots to "Sign that document!"
In a meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he, "the mysterious old
professor," inspired the designing of the flag. Throughout the
Revolution he overshadowed General George Washington and when the
time came anointed the Master Mason the first president of the
United States of America.
True to his word, Saint Germain reappeared in the latter nineteenth
century to assist the Masters M. (El Morya), K.H. (Koot Hoomi), and
Serapis Bey in the founding of the Theosophical Society. In the
1930s, Saint Germain contacted Guy and Edna Ballard and gave them
the initiations and revelations they recorded in the books Unveiled
Mysteries, The Magic Presence, and the I AM Discourses.
In 1958, the Ascended Master El Morya on Saint Germain's behalf
founded The Summit Lighthouse in Washington, D.C., through Mark L.
Prophet to continue the publishing of the Ascended Masters'
Teachings and to maintain weekly contact with their chelas
throughout the world through letters called Pearls of Wisdom.
Under the canopy of The Summit Lighthouse Saint Germain then
sponsored the Keepers of the Flame Fraternity, providing graded
lessons in cosmic law to those who would join him in keeping the
Flame of Life for mankind. He dictated Studies in Alchemy in 1962.
Intermediate Studies in Alchemy followed in 1970. The Trilogy on the
Threefold Flame of Life was delivered by the Master as a transition
between the two, whereas The Alchemy of the Word represents his
tutoring of our souls by revelations and understandings
communicated during the past twenty-five years of our service
Saint Germain, by his own admission, has never ceased his
behind-the-scenes activity to contact souls of light not only in
Europe and America but throughout the world. His has been an
unceasing effort to prevent World War III, nuclear holocaust, the
dire predictions of Nostradamus, the perils of the Fatima prophecy
and a host of ills knocking at the doors of the nations whose
rumblings recall Jesus' vision of these end times recorded in the
Gospels and Revelation.
If the captains and the kings, the powerful and the weak-willed have
ignored this world spokesman for freedom—this alchemist of the
sacred fire par excellence—keepers of the flame of liberty in every
nation have not.
At one point in his career, having lost faith in the ruling classes
and any ability they might have had to change the course of history.
Saint Germain was heard to exclaim, "O for ten thousand scrubwomen
who will faithfully give to the cause! With these I will show you
how to change the world with Divine Truth."
And so it came to pass... Through the common people, whom the Lord
and Abraham Lincoln also loved, Saint Germain's mission to bring
individual freedom, peace and enlightenment to the earth continues
unchecked and without parallel in the history of mankind. His is a
message and a worldwide grass roots movement. He calls it his Coming
Revolution in Higher Consciousness!
Every lover of freedom on earth, every spirit quickened by freedom's
flame deserves to know his name, to make contact with his heart, to
study his writings and to support his cause—which is the cause of
all the people of planet earth.
To that end this little book, Saint Germain On Alchemy, is released
to the world with greatest joy this Thanksgiving Day 1985.
Praise God who sent beloved Saint Germain to free our captive hearts
in Jesus' name!
November 28, 1985
The Royal Teton Ranch
"where my heart is"