AthameIn 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)

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Toni Jeffrey December 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

I have just come across this interesting website. After many, many years of saying I would never get a tattoo, I am considering getting one of a Athame. Does it matter if the blade is pointing up as depicted, or can it be pointing downwards?
Kind regards


admin January 12, 2018 at 5:22 am

It would make no difference.


Luna June 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

An Athame can be a wand or other magical thing that derects your energy.


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