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  • n. A ceremonial double-edged dagger, used in Wicca and related neopagan religions.


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  • Others say that the wand should represent South, the element of Fire, because wands are traditionally made of wood and wood burns - so therefore the athame should be the East/Air tool.

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  • I go with the wand is East and athame is South camp, not because of the wooden wand, but because to me, my athame is a symbol of my Will, and Will is part of the South/Fire correspondences.

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  • Your athame is your own - you may let other people touch your tarot cards and drink from your ritual chalice, but your athame should only be touched by * you*.

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  • The athame is a double-edged knife - double-edged like a dagger, rather than single-edged like your favorite kitchen paring knife.

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  • The illegible page in the front of Derithon’s book of spells had once held his notes on the making of an athame; they were rendered illegible when his master found them and impressed on his apprentice with a willow switch that the athame was a secret.

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  • With her left hand and a scream of blinding pain, Eris snatched up the athame that had been discarded on the floor.

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  • Zhan grabbed up the athame to slice through the bandage.

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  • I took up the athame and gestured the tip at the circle edge.

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  • His chambers were as I remembered them, from the round stone altar table that sat opposite the entry door, neatly arranged with candles, a bell, his athame, and various other ritual items; to the stacked stone walls and leather seating in-the-round with two plush, armed seats across from each other and two armless semicircular couches.

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  • Katie pulled her silver athame from her belt, aimed the dagger at the fading oil circle on the floor.



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  • A black-handled knife called an athame appears in certain versions of the Key of Solomon, a grimoire originating in the Middle Ages

    January 13, 2018

  • An athame is a knife or dagger, generally double egded and with a black handle, used in Pagan and Wiccan ceremonies and rituals. It should be noted that they are not used to draw blood, but to cut herbs, among other things.

    June 14, 2009