Published in HunterGatheress anthology, Joan d'Arc, March 2008
ST. GERMAIN’S TOP SECRET CODE REVEALED
The Triangle Book of St. Germain
By Iona Miller, 8/2007
MASONIC SECRET OF ST. GERMAIN: Longevity, Ye Olde-Fashioned Way
St. Germain had The Secret. That secret became a legacy of Manly Palmer Hall (MPH) and his Philosophical Research Society (PRS). It was his supreme treasure, which he kept safely hidden in his vault. The two parchment cipher texts now reside in the Getty Research Institute, likewise deep in their library vaults.
This wisest adept in Europe reserved his greatest gift for his wisest companions. St. Germain recorded his version of The Secret for health, wealth and long life in his legendary TRIANGLE BOOK, and apparently made copies for his closest circle of initiates. But it seems the entire secret was never entrusted to a single individual, as the copies of the book are curiously not identical, containing different illustrations.
We might deduce that to properly work the formulae in the book, one required the Emblems and Sigils it described. Is this why Manly Palmer Hall possessed two copies of the book, each with different glyphs? It begs the point, were there other copies with even more illustrations required to initiate the whole current -- to attain magical immortality?
What we know is that both St. Germain and Manly Palmer Hall lived to a ripe old age and remained mentally vibrant. Can this obscure arcane text -- one of the rarest occult manuscripts -- be the secret of their longevity? The book is alleged to be Egyptian in origin. Hall can be seen with the book in a portrait, which appears as frontpiece in his Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians.
Possibly the first time, the text translation appears publically here with the withheld 5 illustrations of the two copies. Even in the originals, it is difficult to make out the precise glyphs of the sigils, but arguably their magical potency is intact. Sigils and emblems often contain hidden meanings, since they are visual shorthand, which can be "read" for their symbolism. Carl Jung used this method as the traditional basis of his alchemically inspired psychology.
Secrets have a way of keeping themselves, even when hiding in plain sight. The quality of these reproductions is limited by the photographic slides of the originals. They were taken during the 1970s surreptitiously in the PRS vault, most likely for another famous 20th Century adept. We can only conjecture why he resorted to subterfuge but such shenanigans are commonly reported in occult circles. Today, PRS says the book is available to view as a photocopy or microfilm of the originals, which were sold at auction but no one seems to have seen them.
St. GERMAIN: “The Man Who Doesn’t Die”
St. Germain claimed to possess the secret of eternal youth, one of the two traditional goals of alchemy. He never seemed to age. They say, for an entire century he maintained the physical appearance of a man between forty and fifty years old. Baron de Gleichen tells in Sourvenirs de Charles Hemri, baron de Gleichen (1868), that according to his acquaintances, St. Germain had the appearance of a man of fifty years old. If so, this is precisely the effect promised by The Triangle Book.
The legendary Comte de St. Germain, “der Wundermann,” is an 18th century wonder-working adventurer. Little historical fact is known of this Hungarian Adept, a genius or charlatan, depending on your point of view.
The Rosicrucians claim he was Sir Francis Bacon in a previous, or perhaps even extended life. New Agers count him among the Ascended Masters. He is strongly linked with the Freemasons, Rosicrucians and Knights Templar. He could allegedly astral travel or bilocate and produced an elixir of youth.
The self-styled Count has shadowy origins and his birth and death dates are unknown, as is his true identity. Saint-Germain was thought to be the love child of the widow of Charles II of Spain, or a Sephardic Jew from Portugal, although Theosophists glorify him as the son of Francis Racoczi II, the prince of Transylvania.
His birth is estimated around 1690-1710. Some believe he still lives. But he either died around age 80-94, or pretended to die on February 27, 1784 in the German court of Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel, a fellow alchemist. His longevity is in close accord with the 100-year lifespan goal of The Triangle Book, give or take a decade.
Calling him “the man that doesn’t die,” many continued to insist that the jewel-trading Count was very much alive. Freemason documents indicate that he represented French Masons at a meeting in 1785. Madame de Genlis claimed to have seen him in Vienna in 1821. Several travelers in the 1800's were sure they saw the miracle worker in the Far East and other parts of the world.
Theosophist Madame Blavatsky said that she met the Count in 1896, incarnated as a "Master," or spiritual leader. In 1930 Guy W. Ballard, hiking in northern California, claimed to meet the Ascended Master on the side of Mount Shasta in his book Unveiled Mysteries (1934). He established the Saint Germain Foundation.
Fluent in all European languages, his aliases included: Christian Rosenkreutz, Prince Rakoczi, Marquis de Montferrat, Count Bellamare in Venice, Chevalier Schoening in Pisa, Cevalier Weldon in Milan, Count Soltikoff in Genoa, and Count Tazarogy in Schwalbach.
This polymath was a great entertainer, both as conversationalist and concert level violinist who composed music. Playing by ear, he improvised freely on the piano. The savant was a talented painter, linguist, diplomat and skilled pharmacist or chemist, as well as alchemist. He really enchanted his listeners.
Relating events of centuries past, the Count would deliberately lead credulous listeners to believe that he had been present. "These fools of Parisians believe that I am five hundred years old," he once remarked to a friend. "I confirm them in this idea because I see that it gives them much pleasure — not that I am not infinitely older than I appear." He attributed his youthful appearance in part to his sobriety and a diet mostly of oatmeal, (Magre).
In 1743 he was reported in London, accused as a spy for the Stuarts. He went to France around 1748, where Louis XV employed him as a spy several times. Around 1760 he was forced to leave France for England. There he taught Count Cagliostro the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry.
We can presume he would have learned all the cipher methods of Sir Francis Bacon during his London visits, both for his secret societies and for espionage. New American Cyclopædia xiv. 266 says: "He is supposed to have been employed during the greater part of his life as a spy at the courts at which he resided."
By 1762 he was in St. Petersburg, meddling in the conspiracy to make Catherine the Great Queen of Russia. After returning to Paris in 1770, he prophesied the French Revolution to Marie Antoinette and her friend, Madame d'Adhémar, who wrote a story of his abilities as an Adept. Then he traveled through Germany, eventually dwelling in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The Count was an international spy, ringleader of secret societies, enlightened visionary and proponent of U.S. freedom, urging on the Founding Fathers, including Washington and Franklin, in their faltering moments. He worked behind the scenes for a United States of Europe. He carried much of Bacon's agenda and political philosophy forward in a rapidly changing world, ratifying the magical current of Roger Bacon, John Dee, Sir Francis Bacon, and himself.
TALES FROM THE CRYPTOGRAM
THE CODE OF ST. GERMAIN begins with the very shape of the book itself -- a downward-pointing triangle which means 'water' in the alchemical language. When it describes the rite gives one the ability to raise all things submerged since the Great Flood, it may imply that this book itself is a kind of sea which contains sunken treasures that can resurface through magical means.
The other element missing from view has been the cryptographic key to the cipher text. It is highly possible that other secrets remain "buried" in the text for those astute enough to "dive deeply" or "mine" this metaphysical database, following the less literal and more psychological reading of the text. Surely the surface text is just the tip of the alchemical iceberg.
One might immediately suspect even the Latin title page itself, which contains the intention of the author that this is a great gift for his wisest companions. Even the French text itself may be riddled with undiscovered ciphers, for St. Germain is known to have encoded secrets in up to eight languages at once -- mixing them together freely to further conceal their treasure.
The cryptographic text could still potentially conceal a variety of ciphers that should be explored as possibilities: simple substitution ciphers, key ciphers, wheel ciphers, Hermetic and qabbalistic ciphers, number codes, etc. A plethora of crypto methods were in common use at the time the Count either wrote the book, or transcribed it from an ancient text in his possession. The later is certainly possible because of the claim of Egyptian origins and its preservation in Asia, as described at the beginning of the translation.
THE CODE OF ST. GERMAIN
The unusual triangular shape of the book itself implies the Three Principles of alchemy -- Salt, Mercury and Sulpher -- body, soul and spirit. The upright triangle is a symbol of fire; reversed of water; and interlaced of the union of opposites, also known as the Star of David.
The triangle form could also suggest a triple meaning for the contents of the book: alchemical, kabbalistic and Hermetic. It is a recipe not only for experiencing a symbol in one's inner world but also for manifesting it in reality, for becoming a living embodiment of Spirit.
The triangle is a 2-d representation of a pyramid, a virtual resurrection machine. There are 20 triangular faces in an icosahedron, eight in an octahedron, four in a tetrahedron, etc. The triangle, or tetrahedron is the geometric basis of all forms. Precious stones exhibit crystal structures. The atomic structure of the diamond, face-centered cubic close pack, is related to the alchemical squaring of the circle.
The Tetrahedron is the most basic shape to be found in the three dimensional universe of volume. The Merkaba Star Tetrahedron is actually two tetrahedrons interlocked to form a three-dimensional Star of David.
The configuration of the Star Tetrahedron is formed within the first eight cells of life. The Star Tetrahedron also models the energetic body of the human being, the blending of Heaven and Earth, Male and Female. It was called ‘Merkaba’ in the esoteric knowledge of Ancient Egypt.
SIGN OF THE WINGED DRAGON
In legend, the Philosopher's Stone is kept in the custody of the reawakened Dragon, the Adept who fully inhabits his or her Body of Light. Alchemy itself is a triple process of uniting the physical, psychological and spiritual. In Masonry, each line of the triangle itself symbolizes a kingdom of nature -- mineral, vegetable and animal. They stand for explorations the Master Mason needs for a complete education.
All these points may be clues to the nature of the "winged dragon" of the title page of The Triangle Book. In alchemy it is a symbol of the volatile elements. Appearing as a symbol of coagulatio in other alchemy texts, it suggests the pandaemonium of psychic images.
Psychologically, the dragon is the union of ordinary human reality with the Transpersonal Self and a passion for transformation. Some now say it is a symbol of DNA or the kundalini energy. Thus, it is a symbol of the Great Work.
This winged dragon is the symbolic superstar of The Triangle Book. In The Book of Lambspring. It represents the Anima Mundi, or Soul of the World, which is the sum total of planetary existence -- the holographic blueprint on which form is based, the informational level or primal source of being. It is said that medicine providing the gift of youth can be made from its venom.
So, the dragon is a healing power. The spiritual food of immortality signifies the ability of the ego to assimilate the previously unconscious aspects of the Self. This is the elixir of youth that creates the immortal body, equivalent to the Philosopher's Stone. The invocation with powerful godnames is combined with the dragon emblem to initiate the current. The rite couldn't be practiced without the Emblems and Sigils.
THE "I" IN THE TRIANGLE
In alchemy, things are never what they seem, having layer upon layer of symbolic and cryptographic meaning. Anyone who finds the surface content of THE TRIANGLE BOOK disappointing, likely hasn't gone deep enough. If escaping persecution wasn't persuasive enough reason to encode one's alchemical knowledge, it also provided a veil from the profane, the uninitiated.
To really Know, To Will, To Dare, and Keep Silent requires making the alchemical experiment oneself -- that is the meaning of the "I" in the Triangle. The secret is in the power and the power is in the secret, because it is an experiential process and cannot be conveyed in any other way.
In Jungian metaphor sunken treasure and buried diamonds or precious stones of the wise are submerged in our psyches, waiting to be drawn up to consciousness. Retrieval of these lost or hidden treasures means tapping the wisdom of the collective unconscious and its primordial images.
RECOVERING SUNKEN TREASURE
Water is transformative, the agent of metamorphosis linked to the alchemical operation of Solutio. The Earth is linked to the operation of Coagulatio. Therefore, we are reminded of the alchemical maxim "Solve et Coagula", the union of opposites. It is the formula for giving birth to a new life form, half organic and half spiritual. Only that which has first been separated can be properly rejoined.
Solutio, dissolving a solid into a liquid form, is a prerequisite for magical rebirth, a source of regeneration. In solutio, you reunite the powers of Above and Below, integrating spiritual powers for direction. It is continual meditation on the contents arising spontaneously from the depths of your psyche, then grounding them in day-to-day experience. This operation heals the split between the physical and spiritual. Only the best qualities of the ego survive. The Self, the Stone becomes the new center of personality.
MINING THE SUBCONSCIOUS
The Rosicrucian motto V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Visita Interiorem Terrae Rectificandoque / Invenies Occultum Lapidem) is a code that urges us to "Visit the interior of the earth and… you will find the secret stone." It suggests we mine our own depths.
This grounding is also a move into manifestation based in spiritual depth. Paradoxically, Vitriol was the most important liquid in alchemy. All other reactions are contained or take place in it. In chemical terms, it is sulphuric acid.
St. Germain's text suggests we mine diamonds, gold and silver. The diamond is a symbol of the perfected Self, the higher Self. It is equivalent to the sacred geometry contained in the Diamond Body -- the Merkabah of the Kabbalists.
The precious metals, gold and silver represent the alchemical opposites of Sun and Moon, respectively -- archetypal male and female energy, the yang and yin of alchemy. Sol/Gold stands for Light, Fire, Red, Sulpher, the Red Lion and The King. Luna/Silver is dark, left, water, white, mercury, The Queen and the White Eagle.
Luna is the Lesser Work of Alchemy – therapeutic clearing of the personality or work of the Soul. Sol is the Greater Work of the Spirit. The philosophical Gold, like the Lapis or Stone is a symbol of the goal of alchemical transmutation from mundane Lead of the merely physical body.
Thus, we have the injunction to perform the rite when sun, earth and moon are in conjunction, when Sun and Moon are one...or "married" in alchemical terms. It could indicate an eclipse of the Sun or the Moon, which sometimes occur during such alignments.
The alchemists wrote using symbols, the universal language. Great truths are often taught using symbolism, parables or metaphor, which can be interpreted on many different levels.
All of the outer procedures have an inner correspondent, so they describe inner experiences as well as those in the chemical laboratory. This is the Hermetic Law: "As above; so below. As without; so within." The first goal is to find the Philosopher's Stone or the Elixir of Life, the Key to Immortality. Then, the Stone is applied to the lead, or man himself, to change it into gold, or the immortal self.
The method is the harmonizing of duality. Alchemy is not a religious, metaphysical. nor ethical pursuit. It looks on the play of the powers of the Soul from a purely cosmological point of view, treating the soul as a ‘substance' to be purified, dissolved and crystallized anew.
The Triangular Book
of the Count of St. Germain
The Holy Magic revealed to Moses discovered within an Egyptian monument and preciously preserved in Asia under the emblem of a winged dragon.
1. To find things lost in the seas since the flooding of the globe. 2.
To discover mines and diamonds, gold and silver within the bowels of
the earth. 3. To preserve one's health and prolong one's life for a
century, and that with the freshness of fifty years, and the strength of
that age. You should do your operations for the first two objects only
when the sun, earth, and moon are found in conjunction in the same line,
and within the same plane. As for the third marvel, you may perform the
operation at any time, but it is necessary to carry on your person a
figure like that which you see here.
You shall take an appropriate vase (made of any material) and fill it
with fire which you shall exorcise in the following manner:
O Creature of Fire, I excorcise you by Him by whom all things were made
in order that you shall remove from yourself all phantoms.
Bless it, O eternal Father, for the glory of thy holy and immortel Name.
Thou who lives and reigns through all the centuries of the centures.
A Levite which you shall have with you shall respond: AMEN. Next, you
shall bless the incense and four lamps in the following manner: O
eternal God, sovereign Being, bless this incense and these lamps in
order that their strength and their virtue shall augment the fear of
their enemies, that they may not enter herein. Thou who lives and
reigns through all the centuries of the centuries. Your Levite
You shall pour this incense so blessed upon the fire and light the lamps
before your operations. The small concentric circle is the place which
you shall take during these operations. The other circle which is below
is the place to be occupied by your Levite; you shall be clad as in the
days of the sacrificial ceremonies. Upon entering your circle you shall
have in your left hand the following figure. Your Levite shall follow
you in carrying the characters of revelation.
When you shall have arrived at the destined place, you shall give back
to your Levite the figure with which you entered; then the Levite having
occupied his, you shall bless his circle in pronouncing these sacred
NOTAMARGATET, -- bless that circle -- bless it YANODA -- bless it MIOLE
-- bless it ALAG -- bless it AOTHIO -- bless it SORIDIS -- blesws it
APHAL -- bless it AGEMO, bless it THOBASSA -- bless it ARIF -- bless it
BADORA, Thou who lives and reigns through all the centuries of the
centuries. Your Levite shall respond AMEN.
Next you shall invoke the spirits to whom I have given the power to
preside over the hours of the night in commencing from the side where
the sun rises, saying: LEAMAN, LECIAB, LATRANAVIO, RIBRAL, TELARO.
From the side where the sun sets: ELANA, LEPAB, USTAEL, THAERRUB,
From the highest side of the circle: ELIA, ELINA, AMIGABIREL.
From the lowest side of the circle: PEDINBAD, FIALECHAM, CHARSIEL.
You shall then make the following invocation on the side where the sun
rises, prostrated upon the ground:
We invoke you YALATINA, and LEMIROT, LESIAB, and TELAR, HERIBAG and
ARNAVIO, TRABA and ARIOT, ANIEL and LEDIMAT, YANAEL and CALMAS, LEASO
and VIANOEL; we command you by Him by whom all things were made and by
all the other names of the ETERNAL, and by these:
IANODA, EL MIHOLES, HOLAE MEBOTH, NOLICSAZ, and NOTAMMARGATEL who is the
Lord God exalted before you and represented invisibly near this circle;
let me know by a just inspiration if you judge me to be dignified by the
purity of my soul -- the places where there are mines of diamonds, gold,
and silver, those who find precious things lost in the seas -- to
prolong my life in health and that for a century -- I request these
favors to be granted without incurring danger, risk, or peril, by Y and
V which Adam understood, by the name AGLA for the preservation of Lot
and his family from the fire of Sodom and Gemorrha. By the name Joth,
for the deliverance of Jacob from the persecution of his brother. By
those of SOIGAD, YANADA, THEOS or NOTAMMARGATET, and by the other names
of the ALL-POWERFUL who truly lives and reigns. Such is the WILL of Him
who created all, and Whose empire endures through all the centuries of
Your Levite shall respond: AMEN.
You shall place upon your head with your left hand the figure which you
gave to your Levite; then if your soul is pure, it shall be exalted.
You shall feel yourself to be inspired; you shall lend an attentive ear
to all that which the aerial spirits shall whisper, having care to trace
from right to left on a brass plate the inspired characters which; you
shall bless with these words:
Blessed Be PAO.
THEOS. You may communicate these things to no person because you would
render unworthy my divine bounty and you would not have the success for
which you have obtained hope.
You shall then take the figure which was upon your head with the same
hand; then holding it in both hands and prostrating in adoration you
shall pronounce these characters:
In the name of the Eternal my God, true master of my body, my soul, and
my spirit, go, go in peace; retire that you may accompany me always, and
be ever ready to come when I shall call you.
AMEN and AMEN.
Maurice Magre, 'Magicians, Seers, and Mystics' (1932),
Miller, Iona (2007) http://trianglebook.50megs.com
Translation of Triangle Book by Robert Word,
Excerpt from Iona Miller's KEYS TO SAINT-GERMAIN
St. Germain was an alchemist renown for his longevity and youthful appearance. Alchemy begins and ends in the quest for eternal life. It is a spiritual technology of rebirth using natural methods that in their effect transcend nature by amplifying that which is immortal within us. It does not exist in nature but must be prepared by Art. Art is a form of manifesting, making and objectifying the world - spiritual physics.
Artists and mystics are aware of their own internal space and thus able to enter it, playing the mindbody like a musical instrument. Looking inside, they see the true nature of reality and can express that literally and symbolically. We all possess the creative potential. All creative acts are a marriage of spirit and matter, reaching down into the body as the source of our essential being and becoming.
Today, we might describe this resonance as accessing energy that regenerates the mindbody. Healing is an aspect of creativity; nature is within and without us. The Magus does not dominate reality but develops embodied psychophysical equilibrium, clarity, wisdom and compassion.
Creative work originates in the body and is projected out into the world. The projections are then internalized into awareness. The bodymind of the artist is an alchemical vessel containing the creative flux and lux during the process of transformation.
Awareness and consciousness form a continuous alchemical movement. The creative gold is generated and embodied in the alembic of the mindbody. The mindbody is the same substance as the Cosmos and contains and reveals its mysteries.
Reality is a Brilliant Disguise
The real-world quantum vacuum is permeated by the unobservable zero-point field with its ceaseless electromagnetic waves. Since it is everywhere, inside and outside of us, permeating every atom in our bodies, we are effectively blind to it. It blinds us to its brilliant presence yet this cler light is our cosmic root.
A background sea of quantum light filling the universe exists. That light generates a force that opposes acceleration when you push on any material object. That is why matter seems to be the solid, stable stuff that makes up ourselves and the world. The underlying realm of light is the fundamental reality propping up our physical universe. The quantum vacuum contains all possible quanta and the laws of nature in a latent undifferentiated state, the undifferentiated plenum of all potential.
From the perspective of a beam of light the universe appears quite different. The laws of relativity are clear on this point. If you could ride a beam of light as an observer, all of space would shrink to a point, and all of time would collapse to an instant.
In the reference frame of light, there is no space and time…only virtual eternity. We are entangled with the initial point of Cosmic Zero. This is the mystical unified field theory. Consciousness is Light. In this sense we are truly immortal but rarely realize it.
Inner Light of Spacetime
Alchemy reduces all to this first state, the ground state of being - original experience that is timeless, infinite. The classical Void, the quantum vacuum is a carrier of information. It is an energy sea underlying all spacetime, which is the primary reality. Matter appears from interactions within this matter generating virtual energy field.
Living systems co-evolve with the quantum vacuum, the groundstate and source of matter. Life evolves in a sacred feedback system between interconnected entities and the subquantal field. Mind/matter evolved from the zero-point cosmic womb, and through this common source connects with all. We are in a resonant loop with our complex environment and not actually separate from it. Intentionality propagates and can receive subtle patterns.
The energy body or the field body, along with the scalars of our holographic blueprint, connect us directly with the negentropic potential of the zero-point field. Radiant light literally emerges from this mystic void. Primordial structuring processes are common to both psyche and matter, working in the gap or empty interval between intention and action.
So, alchemy refines the way the mindbody generates and processes inherent light as medicine. It refines the aspirant's ability for tapping and amplifying Medicine Light. This primordial state is the luminous ground of our being, hidden deep in the heart of things.
All other goals are subordinate to this prime directive which includes meditative techniques for continuing consciousness after death. This Philosopher's Stone is also the Universal Medicine, the regenerative Elixir of Life. The greatest mystery is Life After Death: we don't die but continue in transcendent form. This is the secret of man and nature.
The Diamond Body: Buckminster Fuller & the Kabbalah, 1992
THE DIAMOND BODY: A Solid State Mandala, 1981