Louis Claude Saint Martin
- Category : Writers-Religion-Philosophy
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (2)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 4
French visionary philosopher who was one of the leading exponents of illuminism, an 18th-century philosophical movement that attempted to refute the rationalistic philosophies prevalent in that period.
After practicing law for six months at Tours, Saint-Martin joined the army in 1765. Stationed at Bordeaux, he came under the influence of the Jewish mystic Martinez Pasqualis. He left the army in 1771 and began to propagate mysticism. After visiting England and Italy, he returned to France in 1788 and was introduced to the writings of the German mystic Jakob Boehme, under the influence of which he gradually broke loose from the influence of Martinez Pasqualis. He later came under the influence of the Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg.
He died 13 October 1803, Aulnay.
Admirers of his works formed groups of Friends of St Martin which later became known as Martinists. They were influential on the formation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.