Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

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(a-tha-may or ath-a-mey): Wiccan ritual knife; a double-edged knife (usually dull) used for directing energy. A tool representing the God and rarely used for cutting in Wicca.



A double-edged knife with a black handle, usually used in ceremonial magick and traditional Wiccan practices. It is associated with masculine energy as well as the elements of fire and air.

Athame: Do’s and Don’ts

The athame is the Witch’s ceremonial blade. Its traditional physical form among many British Traditional Witchcraft lines is that of a cross-shaped, double-edged, black-handled dagger.

In this blog post, we explore 5 do’s and 3 don’ts of the athame in regular Wiccan/Neopagan practice

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