[This is a detail box attached to a longer story in the same issue, titled "Merlin the Magician at the Temple Beautiful."]
THE COMTE de Saint-Germain died in 1784, but various followers of the occult believe he is still alive, and have adopted him as a model figure or even as a powerful deity. There were rumours of him alive in Paris in 1835, in Milan in 1867, and in Egypt during Napoleon’s campaign. Theosophist CW Leadbeater claimed to have met him in Rome in 1926. In recent years several people have claimed to be the Count of St Germain.
Theosophist Guy Ballard claimed that St Germain had introduced him to visitors from Venus, and published a book series about his channelings. Ballard founded “I Am”.
In Guy Ballard’s Godfre Ray King and Law of Life books, it is said that St Germain’s previous incarnations included Joseph, foster father of Jesus, Merlin the magician, Roger Bacon, Christopher Columbus, Francis Bacon and Prince Rakoczy of Transylvania. (These beliefs are also promulgated by the Church Universal and Triumphant, which believes that St Germain’s past lives also embraced the Prophet Samuel, Saint Alban and a high priest of white magic in Atlantis.)
Ballard claimed that his book The Magic Presence was channelled to him from St Germain. (The official I Am edition is printed in a violet typeface on lavender paper.)
As an “Ascended Master” of the occult, St Germain is believed to have many magical powers, such as the ability to teleport, levitate, walk through walls, influence people telepathically, etc.
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