Our Wiccan Altar: The Athame
Inner Circle Sanctuary
To practice your magical art, you need a magical space. Many Wiccans set up an altar for their craft working, and this can be anything from a small end table to a 9-foot marble behemoth. Inner Circle Sanctuary is somewhere in between. We enjoy our craft and all the tools associated with our religion; therefore, we have a nice 6-foot table we like to use to hold all of our ritual accoutrement.
If you’ve ever been to our sabbats, you’ve no doubt noticed our big and beautifully decorated altar as the centerpiece to all of our rituals. It’s full of deity statues, seasonal decorations, and tools.
Lots of magical tools.
The athame is a witch’s most personal tool. It is an extension of yourself and your will, and once it has been consecrated, a magical bond will form. Through repeated ritual use, that bond only grows stronger.
The black-handled knife is double-edged so its movement is more aerodynamic. It is strictly used for projecting energy and cutting sigils in the air.
Using our blades, pentagrams are drawn during ritual to unlock the power of the elements.
For the Great Rite, the athame is used to symbolize the fertilizing and active part of the polarity that creates life.
We like our hilts to be black for two reasons. The first reason is magical: black absorbs. The energy we create is sent from our power hand, absorbed into the black hilt, and then directed down and out through point of the blade.
The second reason is practical. We draw sigils of power onto the hilt and it’s easier to do that on a plain black background. ICS has a magical and practical reason for everything we do.
In our tradition, we attribute the fire element to the athame, because we consider it a strong and powerful tool that is used for commanding energy.
It is interchangeable with the sword.
If you ever find yourself without your athame or sword, what could you use? Your Goddess given athame. Your pointer and middle finger together make the perfect athame.
by Lady Anwyn
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Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.