The Count of St. Germain has been variously described as an adventurer, charlatan, inventor, alchemist, pianist, violinist and amateur composer, but is best known as a recurring figure in the stories of several strands of occultism, particularly those connected to Theosophy, where he is also referred to as the Master Rakoczi and credited with near god-like powers and longevity.
Guy Ballard, founder of the I AM Activity, claimed that he met Saint Germain on Mount Shasta in California in August of 1930, and that this initiated his training and experiences with other ascended masters in various parts of the world.
A book titled The Great Secret, Count St. Germain by Dr. Raymond Bernard purports that St. Germain was actually Francis Bacon by birth, and later authored the complete plays attributed to Shakespeare. He also contends, as does the Saint Germain Foundation in Chicago, IL., that Francis Bacon was the child of Queen Elizabeth and Lord Dudley but that it was kept quiet. Francis was raised by the Bacon family, yet throughout the Shakespeare Plays, there are numerous hints that he knows of his true birth as revealed in the plays itself, the numerous explicit hints in the text, as well as the cipher code he employed.
Saint Germain is the central figure in the Saint Germain Series of Books published by the Saint Germain Press. The first two volumes, Unveiled Mysteries and The Magic Presence, written by Godfre Ray King, describe Saint Germain as an Ascended Master who is assisting humanity and the Earth. Godfre Ray King is the pen-name for Guy Warren Ballard. In these first two books, he discusses his personal experiences with Saint Germain and reveals many teachings that are in harmony with Theosophy.
C. W. Leadbeater claimed to have met him in Rome in 1926 and gave a physical description of him as having brown eyes, olive colored skin, and a pointed beard. Leadbeater said that Saint Germain showed him a robe that had been previously owned by a Roman Emperor and told him that one of his residences was a castle in Transylvania. According to Leadbeater, when performing magical rituals in his castle in Transylvania, Saint Germain wore a suit of golden chain mail once belonging to a Roman Emperor over which is worn “a magnificent cloak of purple with a clasp of a seven pointed star in diamond and amethyst”.
Theosophists consider him to be a Mahatma, Master or Adept. Helena Blavatsky said he was one of her Masters of Wisdom and hinted at secret documents. Some esoteric groups credit him with inspiring the Founding Fathers to draft the United States Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as well as providing the design of the Great Seal of the United States.
Alice A. Bailey’s book The Externalization of the Hierarchy gives the most information about his reputed role as a spiritual Master. His title is said to be the Lord of Civilization and his task is the establishment of a new civilization. He is said to telepathically influence people who are seen by him and as being instrumental in bringing about the Age of Aquarius. Bailey stated that sometime after AD 2025, Master Jesus, Saint Germain, Kuthumi, and the others in the spiritual hierarchy would descend from the spiritual worlds and interact in visible tangible bodies on the Earth in ashrams surrounded by their disciples.