Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tea By The Count

Ever want to try St. Germain Tea?

St. Germain Tea
Senna 16 parts
Elder Flowers 10 parts
Fennel 5 parts
Anise 5 parts
Bitartrate of Potassium 4 parts (aka Cream of Tartar)

  1. Moisten the Senna previously cut; sprinkle it uniformly with the Bitartrate of Potassium and mix.
  2. When dry, add the other ingredients and mix them well together.

Russian Tea - created for the men at Leghorn, 1770
Black Tea
Orange Zest
Cinnamon Stick
Whole Cloves

  1. Put everything into a pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Strain into a tea pot and then serve.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Portrait?

I was sent this photo by O.M. who provided me with the information: "This was painted in 1759.  The Count was using the name Count Gronsveld.  It's in the small porcelain museum in the mayor's office in Weesp, Holland."

I went searching on the web, since I can't just make a trip half way around the world right now.

I looked up Weesp and I went to the address that is stamped on the picture.

"Bertram Philip Sigismund Albrecht of HRR Empire Graaf Van Gronsveld Diepenbroick Impel (1715-1772) The portrait was painted by GJJ the Spinny in 1759" is listed HERE.

Sorry O.M., but this is a portrait of Bertram Philip Sigismund Albrecht - just as it states.  Everything that I come across points to this.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Part 3 - Count Saint Germain podcast

Astonishing Legends podcast: "The Count of Saint Germain", episode 60
January 27, 2017

Blurb: There seems to be no doubt that the Count of Saint Germain existed, but how did he exist and for how long? There are levels to the incredulity of his story. It seems unlikely that one individual could possess so many varied talents, but the Count’s most unlikely talent was living into his 80s while still looking to be in his 50s. If you’re willing to go even further and believe the accounts of some of his contemporaries, then the Count was over 100 years old and lived well into the 19th century. Impossible you say? Then you might have even more trouble believing what many of those who had studied under him and some that continue to study his life believe, that the Count may have been hundreds or even thousands of years old, knew the ancient wisdom and secrets of life, and practiced the lost arts known only to the most enlightened beings. Whatever you choose to believe, a strong argument could be made that in his time and long after, he was actually the real “most interesting man in the world.”

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Part 2 - Count Saint Germain podcast

Astonishing Legends podcast: "The Count of Saint Germain", episode 59
January 20, 2017

"The Count of Saint Germain" Podcast

Blurb: If you wished you could do all the things the Count of Saint Germain could do, meet all the people he had met, and learn all the secrets of life he seemed to possess, and on top of it all, have several lifetimes to employ your skills, what then? The question is, what would you do with these gifts? Would you be content to merely be the life of the party, or would you try and make a difference in the affairs of nations and enlighten humanity, even if it cost you your freedom or your once immortal life? Depending on your answer, the bigger question might be, does it take the right person to seek the mysteries, or do the mysteries seek the right person?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Who is Andreas Rill? What Have I Dug Up?

Andreas Rill, born October 5, 1880 in Weil Landsberg Bayern (Bavaria).

Fought in WWI in the Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 12 (Neuburg/Donau).

Survived WWI and WWII, as telephone directory listings from the 50s and 60s have been found.   No death certificate found, but telephone listings were for Landsberg, Germany.  Appears that he remained in the same city that he was born in.

Freemason Lodge in Colmar, Alsace, France.

According to the article "Masonry & The Statue of Liberty", Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was an artist who was associated with the Freemason Lodge in Colmar and he designed the Statue of Liberty.

I'm not 100% sure on this, but I am leaning towards ties to Grand Orient de France.  There are a few different types of freemasons cloistered in the same area.

Capuchin Monastery at Sigolsheim, Alsace, France

Currently there is no Capuchin Monastery in Sigolsheim.  The closest Capuchin Monastery is in Luzern, Switzerland, 108 miles away.

Capuchin Website:

There is the Church of St.Peter and St.Paul in Sigolsheim.  It's been a national landmark since 1841.  Possible former Capuchin Monastery?  Still checking on this.
Church of St.Peter and St.Paul

Another Faked Death?

Frater Laicus Tertiarius translates to "Tertiary Lay Brother".  This was the "name" given to Rill, but it is not a name.  It is a position.  A "lay brother" is a brother to the church, but is not ordained as a cleric (like a priest or a seminarian).

The man Rill talked to in 1914 was reported to have died in 1917, one year before Rill made an attempt to make contact with him.