Our Wiccan Altar: The Sword
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 sword is a much larger version of the athame. In our tradition, they both symbolize the element of fire with all of its attributes like power, energy, will, etc.
They are ritually interchangeable, and the only difference between them is scale.
The athame is a witch’s most personal tool and is used for directing smaller amounts of energy.
A sword usually belongs to the coven and is used to direct larger amounts of energy like when casting a magic ring. That’s not to say you can’t cast a ring with an athame; we all have. But, it’s a bit easier and more impressive with a sword. Listening to that steel cut through sand and rock is very evocative of protection and power.
Inner Circle Sanctuary believes that everyone has Goddess and God energies within them. Because of this, wearing a sword helps to bring those God attributes to the forefront.
The sword is more formally authoritative than the athame as well. The leader of the ring is the one who usually wields the sword. “With this in thy hand, thou art ruler of the ring.”
In the pictures below, one priestess is standing guard at the doorway and proving she’s the one in charge. In the other photo, the priestess is using the sword to cast her magic circle and create the temple where we will celebrate our sabbat.
by Lady Anwyn
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Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.