I'm a huge fan of alchemy, philosophy, the occult, and the treasured texts and theories regarding all three subjects. Which is why I was absolutely aghast when I began reading this book only to find (what seems at least to me) some sort of creepy and thinly disguised white supremesist cult propaganda. What in the world..!?
A quote from the introduction, page 7:
"When you have the inner degree of Alchemist of the Sacred Fire conferred upon you by your own Christ Self, you immediately become a candidate for admission to the outer court of the Great White Brotherhood."
'Saint Germain on Alchemy' greatly utilizes the theory of the God Self, or the I AM presence for illumination on any unclear points throughout its pages. By traditional Christian standards, this is to be viewed on the same level as religious heresy which does not see God as the one true God. In my opinion, while it's fine to have differing opinions, I fear that this book is dangerous to a person who is using it as their introduction to philosophy. To quote a certain famous fictional character, "I know what you would say, and it would seem like wisdom but for the warning in my heart." While much of the text seems to lead one on rather logically from point 1 to point 2, only a student who has some background in this subject of philosphy will be in any position to assert his own mind beyond this vaguely hypnotic and subversive text.
Instead of "Saint Germain", I would much more strongly recommend the beginner to the subject of this sort of philosophy in general to begin elsewhere- anywhere else. Good selections I recommend would include "The Book of Black Magic" by Waite, "Three Books on Occult Philosophy" by Agrippa, "The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy" by Cotnoir, "The Path of Alchemy" by Stavish, and "The Emerald Tablet" by Hauck; all of which are excellent resources.
If, however, you enjoy dissassembling somewhat disturbing portions of our heritage related to secret brotherhoods, Rosicrucians, and the occult, I'd *still* highly suggest "The Secret Science" by John Baines over this "Saint Germain on Alchemy". No matter how you cut it, I can't in good conscience give this treatise any more than a *one star* rating.
A book on the religious theories of Mark Prophet and Elizabeth Claire Prophet. Includes "Studies in Alchemy", "Intermediate Studies in Alchemy", "A Trilogy On the Threefold Flame of Life", "The Alchemy of the Word" and "The Mystical Origins of the United States."
The count saint germaine turned base metals to gold, removed the flaws from diamonds and discovered the elixiir of youth..he was the confidant of kings and a friend to the poor--he used his alchemical poweres to dissipate the poverty so prevalent int the 18th century...but his well-documented"miracles" were really the natural outgrowth of his practice of alchemy. his secrets may enable you to change base metals into gold..but the real purpose of alchemy is to change yourself..your nation..your planet
The authoritative guide from the alchemist who actually changed base metals into gold.