Is there a language of angels? It was the 16th century and at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, in England, lived the astronomer and astrologer John Dee. He was very close to the sovereign and could enjoy his protection. Around 1580 he moved away from rationalism to begin to investigate the world of spiritism and the occult. It was during this time that he became close to Edward Kelley, occultist and alchemist. From the moment Dee and Kelley began to collaborate, they carried out many research and studies on the magical and esoteric world. More than anything else, Dee and Kelley are still known today for transcribing the language of angels, which was defined by Dee and Kelley as “Enochian”. Enoch is a biblical patriarch to whom is attributed an apocryphal text called “the book of Enoch”, considered “canonical” in the first centuries of Christianity.
The Sigillum Dei Aemeth is more widely known through the writings and artifacts of John Dee, and it also had to do with angels. It is a magical diagram, developed in the Middle Ages and perfected by Dee, which served to obtain the so-called “beatific vision”, that is the ability to see God and the Angels. The system of angelic magic of John Dee, known as Magic Enochian, is strongly rooted in the number seven, a number that is also strongly connected with the seven traditional planets of astrology. As such, the Sigillum Dei Aemeth is mainly built with eptagrams and heptagons with the various names of God and Angels.
Another famous work by Dee was the “Hieroglyphic Monad”, published in London in 1564. Monad, which means unique, represents the simple, indivisible, unextended substance of a spiritual nature that constitutes the last element of things. Dee summarizes the characteristics of the Hieroglyphic Monad in twenty-four theorems, which he states include the fundamental elements of esoteric knowledge. The Monad is composed of the Sun, the Moon, the Cross that symbolizes the four elements and the Fire that separates them. It incorporates the symbols of the planets and elements and respects proportions of great mathematical-esoteric importance. Dee thus tries to express in a symbol the homogeneity of the Universe and the Creator, each individual element being described as a component related to the Monad, represented as a Mercurial emblem combined with the point and the Binary Ascending.
These above are all the premises on which Athanor wine is based, premises born in the XVI century and treasure for the creation of a unique and – we could say – magical wine, supported by angels and performed by all the forces of the universe. John Dee certainly knew that wine is the result of an alchemical process, and that the winemaker is like the achemist who completes the unfinished…