St. Germain’s Hermetic Garden
Walk in St. Germain’s footsteps in his last home, temple and laboratory. He lived at Louisenlund in the later 1700s with his patron Landgrave Karl von Hessen-Kassel (1744-1836). They conducted experiments and initiations in the Hermetic Garden, among the megalithic stones and in St. Germain’s Gothic alchemical tower. Despite legends to the contrary, he most likely died there in 1784 after contracting pneumonia, as local church records show:
“My dear Philochatus, you are about to penetrate into the sanctuary of the sublime sciences; my hand is about to raise for you the impenetrable veil which hides from the eyes of common men the tabernacle, the sanctuary wherein the Eternal has lodged the secrets of nature. . .kept for a few that are privileged, the few Elect whom His omnipotence created that they may SEE, and seeing, may soar after Him in the vast expanse of His Glory and deflect upon mankind one of the Rays that shine round about His golden Throne.” –St. Germain, The Most Holy Trinosphia
Tales of the Round Tower & Gnostic Serpent
Circle Watch Towers
Round towers are linked historically to The Watchers and ancient serpent/dragon cults. The “Shining Ones” were star watchers — astronomers. The “watch tower” is a symbol of internal psychological ascent, the axis mundi – a ladder or gateway to heaven and the inner observatory of the Third Eye. The Axis Mundi of Earth pointed to Draco. The star door is the entrance or Phoenix Gate to the enlightened trance state. Typically, towers have an underground cave, mine, or passages and are close to a sacred spring.
In Egypt the ben-ben bird is called the phoenix and linked to the Ben-Ben Tower at the Temple of Heliopolis. Towers are both phallic and vaginal in their outer and inner essential nature, uniting male and female. Towers are a notable part of Templar buildings and function as giant storage batteries for virtual energy. Irish round towers were known as “snake houses.’ The round temple, microcosm of the world, was a key architectural feature of the Knights Templar, which eventually gave rise to both the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons.
Templar Tower, Hyeres and Temple Church, London
The Masonic pillars Joachim and Boaz are central to all their temples. The legendary mason Hiram is linked to the serpent, being from the tribe Naphtali or Dan, whose emblem is the serpent or basilisk. According to the Rabbis, Solomon’s Temple was prefabricated by a giant serpent who could cut stones, perhaps with serpent-wisdom.
Symbolically, the Temple of Wisdom is built by the serpent, Kundalini energy — a human electro-biochemical reaction. One’s humanity is transmuted into gold through enlightenment. Thus, initiation is experiential and involves dangerous ordeals of life, death [of the ego] and catharsis. We awaken to a whole new world within us.
Rituals of secret societies have their origins in ancient rites of serpent-worship which literally and figuratively went underground in these groups with esoteric, gnostic and mystical leanings. The round tower is also related to the djed pillar or backbone of Osiris — the kundalini serpent energy. Globally, many round towers have astronomical alignments.They also drew on the arcane knowledge of the serpent-worshipping Druids and Templars.
Architect gods, such as Thoth and Hermes, are linked to the serpent wisdom cult. Thoth consecrated the linked species of dragons and serpents. The healing version of Thoth was symbolized by the serpent. Round towers are also huge resonant systems — gateways to the other world.
Healing abilities of megalithic stones such as those found at Louisenlund are attributed to the serpent seen in the Phoenix Portal. The serpent/dragon is the symbol of eternity and immortality. The labyrinth — the womb of the Mother Goddess — is a stylized symbol of the initiatory serpentine way from death to resurrection. The path to the center leads to the hidden treasure — the original self, the clear light or primordial awareness without content. In this state, time stops or is utterly suspended from its ever-cycling nature. The true temple is within.
Portals or gateways to the “land of serpents” were places of mystery and rebirth. One enters the serpent and goes through it to be resurrected, much like Osiris. Abraham’s name is derived from Ab Ram, “exalted snake,” and the same can be said of the magus Abramelin and Hiram, Ahi-Ram. Brahmin is not unrelated as a title, rather than a personal name. When Hiram was slain, his jewel was found and placed on a triangular altar in a secret vault under Solomon’s Temple.
This shows Europe at the height of the Habsburg Empire, which stretched from Spain (the figure is on its side) right over to the Balkans. As you can see, Spain is portrayed as the head wearing a crown and right in the center—in the solar plexus—is Bohemia. Clearly, Bohemia was seen in some sense as the power center of Europe. The map, dating from the 17th century, is reproduced in the book Opus Magnum (The catalogue of a remarkable exhibition of the same name, which took place in Prague in 1997.)
Phoenix Portal, Louisenlund
Saint Germain’s Scrying Glass
Hermitage with foot-triggered hermit & skull: initiatory scene
St. Germain Tower, Louisenlund
Vase of the Great work, Julien Champagne, 1910
Louisenlund Hermetic Garden
His last years St Germain lived under the patronage of Prince Charles of Hesse-Cassel in Schleswig, Germany. At that time, he had spent most of his fortune, sold his precious diamonds, and he suffered from rheumatism. St German died on February 27th, 1784, according to the church register of Eckernförde. He was known under the name of Comte de St Germain and Weldon, sometimes written Welldown, Wethlone, Welldone, or Woeldone. His tombstone in Eckenförde read, “He who called himself the Comte de St Germain and Welldone, of whome there is no other information, has been buried in this church.” The original manuscript of St Germain’s Trinosophia, a work on cabalistic, hermetic, and alchemical mysteries, is in the Bibliotheque de Troyes. ‘Sonnet sur la Création,’ a modest poem attributed to St Germain, was published in 1795. In 1836 appeared a book of memoir, Souvenirs sur Marie-Antoinette by Comtesse d’Adhémar, which claimed that St Germain was seen in Venice some years after his death. However, the work was a forgery, written by one Lamothe-Langon, whose specialty was to produce forged memoirs. Baron de Gleichen tells in Souvenirs de Charles Henri, baron de Gleichen (1868), that according to his acquaintances, St Germain had in 1710 the appearance of a man of fifty years old. De Gleichen’s information is just hearsay.
Saint-Germain and Landgrave Karl conducted alchemical experiments and initiations here.
There was an initiatory path through the Hermetic Garden with lake, grotto, cave, labyrinth, obelisk, pyramid, scrying stone, Masonic Pillar, Armillary Sphere and alchemical Tower with secret underground meeting room. Initiates were met at Nordic House, led along Half-Moon Lake to the grotto, and waterfall to the bark-covered Hermitage. Inside lay a wooden hermit on a stall beside a table equipped with skull and crucifix. When someone stepped on the hidden trigger, the guardian hermit sprang up in a menacing way. One of his enciphered manuscripts became the property of his esoteric patron, Prince Karl von Hesse.
Louisenlund Hermetic Garden