The Count of St. Germain (allegedly died February 27, 1784) was an adventurer, inventor, amateur scientist, alchemist, violinist, and a mysterious gentleman who haunted the royal and imperial Courts of France, Germany and Russia. Since his death, various occult organizations have adopted him as a model figure or even as a powerful deity. In recent years several people have claimed to be the Count of St. Germain.
St. Germain never revealed his actual background and identity, leading to many speculations about him and his origin and ancestry. Some of these include the possibility that he was the son of Francis II Rákóczi, the Prince of Transylvania.
What we do know about him is that he always wore black or white, never ate or drank in public, could speak at least twelve languages and several sources, including documents signed by his own hand, suggest that his apparent death in 1786 was faked. He evidently worked as a spy for several European governments, and Frederick the Great called him ‘the man who does not die’.
He visited Marie Antoinette and her intimate friend, Madame d’Adhémar, who later wrote the story of his abilities as an Adept, and that he had warned of the coming debacle and death of the king and queen.Theosophists consider him to be a Mahatma, Master or adept. Aleister Crowley identified with him. Helena Blavatsky said he was one of her Masters of Wisdom and hinted at secret documents.
Many groups in occultism honor St. Germain as an Ascended Master. As such, he is believed to have many magical powers such as the ability to teleport, levitate, walk through walls, influence people telepathically, etc.
Some esoteric groups credit him with inspiring the Founding Fathers, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, to draft the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, as well as providing the design of the Great Seal of the United States.
There were rumors of him alive in Paris in 1835, in Milan in 1867, and in Egypt during Napoleon’s campaign. Annie Besant said that she met the Count in 1896. Theosophist C. W. Leadbeater claimed to have met him in Rome in 1926, and said that St. Germain showed him a robe that had been previously owned by a Roman Emperor and that St. Germain told him that one of his residences was a castle in Transylvania.
Theosophist Guy Ballard claimed that the Count had introduced him to visitors from Venus and published a book series about his channelings; Ballard founded the “I Am” Activity.
In the books The Chronicles of Saint Germain, writer Chelsea Quinn Yarbro turn the man into and humanist vampire, then in subsequent books placed the same character in various times and settings, ranging from Ancient Babylon to Nazi Germany.
According to her own vampire mythology, blood provides physical sustenance only in a very limited manner, if at all, and is far more important for its intimacy with the life of the victim. ‘Thus, it is not the blood itself, but the act of taking it that gives the vampire nourishment.’