The Immortal Count of Saint Germaine: Ascended Master of Ancient Wisdom
The Count of Saint-Germaine claimed many times to be immortal, apparently already three hundred years old by the time of his appearance in the 1700s. However, there is another more peculiar version of the story of Saint-Germaine revealed in historical records. It is believed by many that Saint-Germaine was an Ascended Master of Ancient Wisdom, the head of a theosophical belief system which thought people could be reincarnated to acquire wisdom that would eventually unify the spiritual and material aspects of the universe. These Masters supposedly achieved the same kind of ascension as did Jesus of Nazareth in the Bible. This theosophical faith continues to this day, and Saint-Germaine is still considered to be one of its masters. His followers think that the historical man was actually reincarnated over and over again before his birth as Saint-Germaine, as various prominent figures in the historical timeline. These figures were all people of supreme importance, and all had a resounding, lasting effect on the history of the world.
The first supposed incarnation of the Count of Saint-Germaine is that of a High Priest of the Violet Flame temple, over fifty thousand years ago. It is said that he brought enlightenment to the people of that culture, bringing to them the concept of the cosmic consciousness, but that they abandoned that path for worldly delights instead. When this happened, the man who would be Saint-Germaine then left the tribe to succumb to their sins. He is recorded next as the prophet Samuel from the Old Testament, who chose Saul to be king of the Israelites only to have Saul deny him. Then, Saint-Germaine was supposedly born as Joseph, Mary's husband and Jesus of Nazareth's earthly father. One of his most intriguing supposed incarnations, however, is that of the counselor, and possible wizard, Merlin of the court of King Arthur. Evidently, there was a thin line between science and magic for certain followers of Saint-Germaine.
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Some believe Merlin the Magician was an incarnation of Saint Germaine ( Andy / flickr )
The most widely accepted previous incarnations of Saint-Germaine began in the third century AD. He is considered to have been Saint Alban, the first British martyr for the Christian faith, who was beheaded for not giving away the position of the monk Amphibalus to Emperor Diocletian. He was viciously tortured before being killed, and is highly respected for enduring his torments patiently.
The martyrdom of St Alban, from a 13th-century manuscript, now in the Trinity College Library, Dublin ( Wikimedia Commons )
Shortly after his time as Alban, Saint-Germaine was reputed to have become Proclus Lycaeus, head of Plato's Academy in Athens. He began his adulthood as a successful lawyer before becoming disillusioned and traveling to Athens seeking philosophical tutelage. He next came to be known as Roger Bacon, a Franciscan and philosopher born in the thirteenth century. Roger Bacon was a firm believer in the Philosopher's Stone and an elixir of life, he amassed large groups of followers based on his passion and intellect alone.
Roger Bacon's circular diagrams relating to the scientific study of optics. By Roger Bacon also Saint Germaine, late 13 th Century. ( Wikimedia Commons )
His place of study became a pilgrimage site after his death, and legend spread that he was more than just a philosopher, but also some sort of wizard who had tricked the devil. By the nineteenth century, however, he came to be considered an eccentric scientist more than anything else.
Saint-Germaine’s final and most powerful form was said to be that of Sir Francis Bacon, a member of Queen Elizabeth I's court. Francis Bacon is now considered as the father of empirical science, as well as the possible true author of most of William Shakespeare's play, although this is hotly contested. Most interestingly, however, some followers of Saint-Germaine believe that Francis Bacon faked his death on Easter Sunday in 1626, and then traveled in secret to Transylvania where he made his home until he ascended to Master on May 1, 1684.
Frans Pourbus the younger, Sir Francis Bacon is also said to be an incarnation of Saint Germaine. By Artist Paul Van Somer, 1616. Held at the National Portrait Gallery. ( Wikimedia Commons )
It was after this alleged ascension that Bacon requested one final form and returned to the world as the elusive Count of Saint-Germaine until his "death" in the eighteenth century.