Supernatural being, or Masonic intriguer? Which was the mysterious Monsieur le Comte de St. Germain?
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Mystery of Comte de St. Germain”, published to YouTube on April 4, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 5 minutes and 48 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Writing in 1912, Isabel Cooper-Oakley reported that at that time no coherent, detailed account of Monsieur le Comte de St. Germain had appeared. At least as of 1912, details about St. Germain lay “buried in the secret archives of many princely and noble families.” 
Even now, more than one-hundred years later, no hard-nosed biography seems to be available and books are limited mostly to the bias of the late Elizabeth Clare Prophet.
It has been ascertained, at least, that the Comte de St. Germain is NOT the same person as Count Robert de St. Germain, a Jesuit born in 1708 who served as Minister of War under the French king, Louis XVI. 
There are two perspectives: (1) that represented by followers of the late Elizabeth Clare Prophet, who actually pray to St. Germain; and (2) skeptics such as the late Nesta H. Webster, who considered le Comte de St. Germain to be a clever magician who appeared soon before the French Revolution.
The supernatural perspective is supported, for example, by the Landgraf von Hessen-Phillips-Barchfeld, who once told an amazing story about Monsieur le Comte de St. Germain. Was he, in age, of supernatural years? The Landgraf noted that St. Germain was mysteriously acquainted with details of bygone times about which only contemporaries of those periods could possibly know. 
Could it be that St. Germain was hundreds of years old, had discovered an elixir of youth, and constantly appeared to be a middle-aged man? Was the Comte 1500 years old? The Abbe Barruel interpreted this to mean Masonic years, in other words, according to the degree reached in Freemasonry one is said to have attained several years, so that “it might be quite possible for an exalted adept to attain the age of 1,500.” 
——- Sources ——-
 The Comte de St. Germain, by Isabel Cooper-Oakley (1912). Republished by ForgottenBooks.org
 Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, by Nesta H. Webster. Brooklyn: A&B Book Publishers, 1994