Monday, September 14, 2015

Research Help - Vienna & Venice

Do you live in Austria?  I need some research help.  I have two big problems stopping me from some very specific research:
  1. I live in Alaska and what I need is in Austria.
  2. I do not speak German.
 I'm looking for information on the Count in Vienna.  I know he was in Vienna in 1745 and 1746, also from 1775-1780.  In Vienna, his portrait was part of Franz Gustav's "Recollections of Vienna" collection.  He also had a factory at some point during the 18th century - I need to find my notes to be precise.

Between 1775-1780 - True date unknown.  The Count met up with Franz and Rudolph Graffer, two brothers in Vienna.   The Count relates a new prophecy to the brothers: "You have a letter of introduction from Herr von Seingalt; but it is not needed.  This gentleman is Baron Linden.  I knew that you would both be here at this moment.  You have another letter for me from Bruhl.  But the painter is not to be saved; his lung is gone, he will die July 8, 1805.  A man who is still a child called Buonaparte will be indirectly to blame.  And now, gentlemen I know of your doings; can I be of any service to you?  Speak."


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Do you live in Italy?  I need some research help.  I live in Alaska and what I need is in Venice.

I'm looking for information on the Count in Venice.  He spent a lot of time in Venice from 1723-1731, possibly in 1766 or 1767, 1769, 1770, .  In 1769 the Count set up a factory in Venice where he mass-produced synthetic silk from flax.



I'm hoping for some old business records or pamphlets or something. If you think you can help me out, send me an email jessiedesmond@rocketmail.com  I'm willing to pay $100 for found primary sources.  You have to contact me first.  I will give you research credit in the book I am writing.

Tom Slemen

I had a chat with Tom Slemen a few days ago and he sent me this.  I thought I'd post it.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Have You Seen The Count?

If you think you've spotted the Count, send in a picture and let me know.

I found this on Flickr.  The photo was taken in Paris by Arcanamundi (Click Here To See).  Could this be the Count?

At Above Top Secret, Bronco73 suggests that actor Kevin Pollack is the Count.  Click here.



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

St.Germain in 'Casanova'

I caught Count St.Germain in a new television series on Amazon called 'Casanova'.

The show is pretty good, but paints the Count to be a bit of an ass.  There's only one episode so far, so maybe it will feature more of the Count.

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01347VO0K?ie=UTF8&gccRef=1&redirectToAsin=B01347VO0K&ref_=Dvm_us_js_sl_B01347VO0K&tag=us-ckatext-20&titlDesc=Casanova

What do you think of the show?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Music of Count St.Germain

A few months ago, J Dean sent me this email pointing me to a website with some information on the Count's music.   You can visit the website to hear the actual music and to read more.

The Music of Count St Germain

(Below is an excerpt of the article from Anthroposophical Music)

An associate of Handel and also the composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, Saint Germain was praised for his ability to compose and perform exquisite musical pieces. 

At Versailles he gave concerts on the violin (it was said that he played the violin “like an orchestra”) and on one occasion he conducted a symphony without use of a score.

Saint Germain’s compositions were quite popular in London as well. The newspaper of London said of Saint Germain, “With regard to music, he not only played but composed; and both in high taste. Nay, his very ideas were accommodated to the art; and in those occurrences which had no relation to music, he found means to express himself in figurative terms deduced from this science.”

Charles Burney, the composer of “God Save the King,” writes in his History of Music about a time when one of the several songs Saint Germain had composed was used every night of the Opera season as the encore performance of the “first woman” of the opera—Farsi, Handel’s prema donna and the one who sang all of his oratorios for him including his Messiah. So popular was Saint Germain’s song—“Per pieta bel idol mio” (For pity’s sake, beautiful idol of mine) that the manager of the opera house had the first few lines of the song, including both staves and words, painted as a huge mural on the wall of his home in London. 



Another beloved piece by our adept was “That Maid That’s Made for Love and Me.” Another called simply “A New Song,” was also known by its first line, “O wouldst thou know what sacred charms.” This song was sung by a famous tenor of the time who performed only the best musical compositions. The piece was printed in New Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians as well as The London Magazine in 1747 and The Gentleman’s Magazine in that same year. The music is in 3/4-waltz time, which is the rhythm Saint Germain has always promoted as being healing for the heart, as it is its natural rhythm.

Some of Saint Germain’s compositions were meant for the amateur singer to perform in local salons. Others were formal works intended for the large orchestras of the day. He also provided new arrangements for several popular songs.

Most of Saint Germain’s musical compositions were published by Walsh, a well-known music publisher in London, who was given exclusive rights to publish a set of Italian Arias by Saint Germain through a note signed by the Secretary of State on November 27, 1749. This publication consisted of 42 arias and was 135 pages long! Saint Germain also wrote art songs in English, which Walsh published around 1747.

Many of Saint Germain’s most well liked songs were reprinted in popular magazines of the day. At one time Peter Tchaikovsky held one of Saint Germain’s compositions in his private collection. Today most of these collections are in the British Museum or in private collections. In our “Products that Transform” section we sell a few of Saint Germain’s compositions as sheet music and also offer a cassette tape of a piano version of his some of his music.

After doing extensive research to round up all the above information on Saint Germain’s musical career in eighteenth-century London, Theosophist Jean Overton-Street concluded: “Clearly Saint Germain was a composer of considerable competence and merit.”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Signing of The Declaration of Independence Painting

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As noted in the last post, I recieved an email from Mr.R.W. who suggested that the Count might have been painted into John Trumbull's The Signing of The Declaration of Independence.

The person in question is to the right of Ben Franklin's elbow, sitting against the door.  Some people might ask: How do we go about investigating this?  56 people signed the Declaration of Independence.  In this painting, there are 47 people.  That leaves 9 people unaccounted for which means that the theory is still UNVERIFIED.

I took a look at some other famous paintings of the signing, but none of them have the full 56 patrons.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Count St.Germain Sighting?

I received an email about a new sighting of the Count.  It happened in the 1940s at Bohemian Grove, California and comes from the private journals of writer and storyteller Mr.E.B. (name abbreviated upon request).  Mr.E.B.'s grandson, Mr.R.W. sent me the following email:

"By trade my grandfather was a writer, a story teller, but in all his stories he had a sense of truth. For this story my grandfather, whose name was Mr.E.B., had written in his private journal, with receipts, lists of dates, people and places, timelines and other indications that this was more than just a story; a true tale that he was telling me.

"The story is… My grandfather said that while at Bohemian Grove (in the 1940s) he met a man who was like a man out of time. He was mysterious, kind, extremely well liked, yet other people didn’t know who he actually was.

While at the Grove, my grandfather asked the man, whom he had people call him Marcus S. Garmin (coincidence in almost an anagram?) if he would have dinner with him; to which “Marcus” replied kindly that he only eats alone. Then my grandfather asked if he would rather have a drink? Marcus agreed to that but only drank spring water, to which my grandfather said he added “flavoring” from a small glass bottle he kept in the inside breast pocket of his outdated, but still new looking jacket.

"They talked for a while about art, science, weather, politics, literature and of my grandfather’s writings. Then the man told my grandfather a story about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He said Marcus recounted the event as if he were actually there. He said that the men who were to sign this Declaration were all afraid of being punished for treason. (He stated that this took place at Carpenters Hall in August of 1775.) Upon hearing this from the cowardly men, the man (Marcus) said, a stranger stood up and revolted…. “The Gods gave America the freedom to be.”

"This story has stuck with me since my grandfather told me this in the early 90’s. It brings me to the point I am writing to you today. I have been reading into the men in black phenomena, and I have come across an entry in one of the books by Jim Keith that mirrors the man Marcus’ story. The book, Casebook on the Men in Black, has a passage in chapter 2, pages 28-29, that has the men that signed the Declaration of Independence in the State House in Philadelphia… they are afraid their lives will be forfeit for their audacity…a voice rang out… and they noticed a stranger… he cried out, “God has given America to be free.”

I know what you’re thinking; that my grandfather or the man Marcus just read the book or heard the story before and just recounted it. But the book by Keith wasn’t written until 1997, when my grandfather was ill and shortly before his passing. I heard the tale from him in the early 90’s as well. The man Marcus could have heard the story, but why would he change the place and date of when and where the Declaration was signed?

"One last thing. I looked up the painting of The Signing of the Declaration of Independence on Google. I searched the faces, finding the most common men that we are taught in history class. But then I noticed someone… someone I believe to be the Count de St. Germain. If you are at all interested in what I have told you today, look up the famous painting on Google. The first photo, which is the largest, is the one I looked at. You can find this man to the left of Mr. Franklin, he is seated in front of a door, in an odd position."

John Trumbull's The Signing of The Declaration of Independence
Bohemian Grove, if you've never heard of it, is a men-only private club outside of San Francisco, CA that has members ranging from politicians, artists, writers, actors, business leaders, media heads, and people of considerable power.  There have been attempts in the past by regular folk to break in.

What are your thoughts?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Voltaire's Letter

I received an email from Warren, a guy who needed some help finding Voltaire's letter to Frederick of Prussia that mentions the Count, and decided to write a post about it.  Below I have the letter in French - as found- followed by a literal English translation.  You will get the gist from the literal translation.

This comes from:
 Frederick II. "Correspondance avec M. de Voltaire." Oevres Posthumes de Frederic II. Tome XIV. Amsterdam, 1789.  Pages 255 -  257.
Voltaire


French:


Lettre CCXLIII

De M. de Voltaire.

Ce 15 avril 1758

Puisque vous etes si grand maitre
Dans l’art des vers & des combats,
Et que vous aimez tant a l’etre,
Rimezdonc, bravez le trepas;
Instruisez, ravagez la terre.
J’aime les vers, je hais la guerre,
Mais je ne m’opposerai pas
A votre fureur militaire;
Chaque esprit a son caractere:
Je concois qu’on a du plaisir
A savoir comme vous saisir
L’art de tuer & l’art de plaire.

    Cependant ressouvenir vous de celui qui a dit autrefois:
Et quoiqu’ admirateur d’Alexandre & d’Alcide,
J’eusse aime mieux choisir les vertus d’Aristide.

    Cet Aristide etait un bon homme; il n’eut point propose de faire payer a l’archeveque de Maience les depens & hommages de quelque pauvre ville Grecque ruinee.  Il est clair que V.M. a encouru les censures de Rome en imaginant si plaisamment de faire payer a l’Eglise les pots que vous avez casses.  Pour vous relever de l’excommunivation majeure, je vous ai conseille, en bon citoyen, de payer vous-meme.  Je me suis souvenu que V.M. m’avait dit souvent que les peuples de *** etaient des sots.  En verite, Sire, vous etes bien bon de couloir regner sur ces gens-la.  Je crois vous proposer un tres-bon marche en vous priant de les donner a qui les voudra.

Je m’imaginais qu’on grand homme,
Qui bat le monde & qui s’en rit,
N’aimait a dominer que sur des gens d’esprit,
Et je voudrais le voir a Rome.

    Comme je suis tres-fache de payer trois vingtiemes de mon bien, & de me ruiner pour avoir l’honneur de vous faire la guerre, vous croirez peut-etre que s’est par ladrerie que je vous propose la paix: point du tout; c’est uniquement afin que vous ne risquiez pas tous les jours de vous faire tuer par des croates, des houssards & autres barbares qui ne savent pas ce que c’est qu’on beau vers.
    Vos ministres auront sans doute a Breda de plus belles vues que les miennes. M. le duc de Choiseul, M. de Kaunitz, M. Pitt ne me disent point leur secret.  On dit qu’il n’est connu que d’un M. de Saint Germain, qui a foupe` autrefois dans la ville de Trente avec les peres du concile, & qui aura probablement l’honneur de voir V.M. dans une cinquantaine d’anneess.  C’est un homme qui ne meurt point, & qui sait tout.  Pour moi, qui suis pres de finir ma carriere & qui ne sais rien, je me borne a souhaiter que vous connaissiez M. le duc de Choiseul.
    V.M. m’ecrit qu’elle va se mettre a etre un vaurien;voila une belle nouvelle qu’elle m’apprend la! & qui etes-vous donc, vous autres maitres de la terre?  Je vous ai vu aimer beaucoup ce vauriens de Trajan, de Marc-Aurele & de Julien: ressemblez-leur troujours; mais ne me brouillez pas avec M. le duc de Choiseul dans vos goguettes.
    Et sur ce, je presente a V.M. mon respect, & prie honnetement la Divinite qu’elle donna la paix a ses images.


English Literal Translation:
 CCXLIII Letter
M. de Voltaire.
This April 15, 1758
Since you are so great masterIn the art of verse & the fighting,And you love has to be,So rhyme, brave the death;Educate, ravage the land.I like to, I hate war,But I will not opposeAt your military fury;Every mind has its character:: I make it a pleasureI know as you enterArt & killing the art of pleasing.
However you recollection of one who once said:And ALTHOUGH admirer of Alexander & Alcide,I would prefer to choose Aristide virtues.
This Aristide was a good man; he had no offers to pay to the archbishop of Mentz the homage of the expense & some poor ruined Greek city. It is clear that VM has incurred the censures of Rome imagining so pleasantly to charge to the Church pots you breakages. To relieve you of the major excommunication I advise you, as a good citizen, pay yourself. I remembered that VM had told me often that *** peoples were fools. In truth, sir, you are very kind corridor reign over these people's. I believe offer a very-cheap begging you to give the who wants them.
I imagined that great man,Beating the world & that laughs,Loved to dominate as like minded people,And I'd like to see in Rome.
As I am very angry-pay three twentieths of my property, and to ruin me to have the honor to war, you perhaps believe that was by stinginess I offer you peace: not at all ; it is only so that you do not risked every day you get killed by Croatian, the Hussars & other barbarians who do not know what it is that beautiful line.

Your ministers will probably Breda has better views than mine. The Duc de Choiseul, M. Kaunitz, Pitt did not tell me their secret. It is said that it is known that a M. de Saint Germain, who formerly dined in the city of Trento with the fathers of the council, and which will likely have the honor of VM in a fifty years. This is a man who does not die, and who knows everything. For me, who am almost finish my career and who know nothing, I am merely a wish that you knew the Duke of Choiseul.

VM writes that she will begin to be a scoundrel, here is a good news that she teaches me! And who're you going, you other masters of the earth? I saw this much you love Trajan rascals, Marc-Aurele & Julien: troujours look like them; but does not scramble me with the Duke de Choiseul your singing trio.
And with that, I present a VM my respect, and pray honestly Deity she gave peace to its images.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Immortality, Is it possible?

With it being the new year, I feel like its a good time to talk about the topic of Immortality.  I want to layout how I perceive it and the evidence I find for my claim.

What do I think immortality is and how do I think it's achieved?
I believe immortality is a two-part combination of long life and youthful appearance, but it's also a little misconstrued - people can still die after achieving "immortality", for example: if a person was impaled or if they had their head chopped off or even by a deadly car crash.  I believe that achieving immortality is done by consuming a special concocted food and drink, but the catch is to ONLY consume that food and drink for as long as you want to maintain your immortality.

What is this food and drink that creates immortality?
In Greek mythology there are two substances that gives immortality to man: Ambrosia (food) and
Nectar (liquid).  In some myths, ambrosia appears as liquid and nectar is food.  According to the Greeks, a persons blood becomes ichor, a golden fluid that allows a person to glow.  Its important to note that ichor is toxic to mortals.  Ambrosia and Nectar have been associated with honey, mushrooms, wine, propolis, mead, and grapevines.

In other cultures, there are similar substances to Ambrosia and Nectar (probably the most famous).  The elixir of life, aka the philosopher's stone, is pretty well known but often misunderstood.  The elixir of life spans throughout time from ancient Egypt to modern days.  It is supposed to be a gold liquid or white drops of liquid.  Amrita/Amrit is the Hindu/Indian version of the elixir of life and is often referred to as "nectar".  It is reported to be sweet tasting like honey or sugar water.  Once it permeates the heart, it quenches all hunger and thirst.  Amrita/Amrit is very similar to an earlier form called Soma, the liquid from a pressed plant.  The question is: which plant?


Some fruits have been associated with immortality.  Peaches (Chinese) and Apples (Nordic).  Consuming these are thought to be associated with immortality and in modern days they have become symbols of long life.

In the bible, Jesus mentions a "water of life" which is thought to be associated with immortality.  There is also the Holy Grail, a provider of immortality.  The idea of a "fountain of youth" has crossed over from many cultures, religions, and countries.  Some think that it is in Florida, the Amazon, the Middle East, etc.

Is it always made or created?
All of the stories about the divine giving man immortality make mention of the food and drink having to be prepared.  This is one of the reasons why alchemists are known for spending time in home laboratories.  In fact, Nicholas and Perennial Flammel are well known for becoming immortal and disappearing from their everyday lives.  Count St.Germain also reportedly became immortal through alchemy.

In ancient China there are many stories of medical men attempting to brew up an herbal, mineral, and metal elixir that would bring eternal life for their emperors.

Who has achieved immortality?
The list is fairly long actually and most of the people reside in mythology.  Most of the time, these people are heroes or teachers.  All of them tend to bestow wisdom upon their fellow man before disappearing for great lengths of time.
  • Eight Immortals of China
  • The Chiranjivi, seven immortals of Hinduism
  • Egyptians: Thoth, various pharohs, some sorcerors, others
  • Greeks: Tithonus,  Achilles, Helen, Ino, Memnon, Menelaus, Peleus, others
  • Bible: Adam, Noah, Seth, Enosh, Enoch, Kenan, Mahalalel, Methuselah, Jared, Lamech, The Wandering Jew, the three Nephites, John the Apostle
  • Sir Galahad
  • Nicholas and Perennial Flammel
  • Count St.Germain
  • Li Ching-Yuen
  • Wikipedia's list of people who claim to have lived over 130 years
  • Merlin
  • The Ahau, nine immortals of the Mayans
  • Nunnehi, Cherokee immortals

Do you agree with my views on immortality?  What else would you want to add to this basic information?  Leave a comment and we can discuss it further.

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Update

I'm putting links in with the timeline so everyone can see just who the Count was around.