In Ritual Magick and Wiccan traditions, an athame is a consecrated ceremonial knife symbolizing the element of air or fire, depending on the symbolism of the tradition. The athame itself is a very old idea, a tool represented in many old magical grimoires and witch-hunter’s manuals.
The ‘traditional’ Wiccan athame is a double bladed knife with a black handle, although modern Wiccan athames display a wide variety shapes, colors, and decoration. More about the Tools of Magick
|Athame from Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584|
Pronunciation: ah-thah-may • (noun)