In most Wiccan traditions, the athame represents Fire and the masculine/ positive force of nature. There is good reason for this. Think about the process used to create a knife. Before the technology of iron smelting, knives were fashioned from flint. When the flint was rubbed with another piece of flint, it would produce a spark. Whether the knife was fashioned by hand with flint or forged into shape from an iron smelting process, the element of fire was involved, leaving an indelible impression of its essential masculine quality within the blade.
Traditionally, the athame is a small double-edged dagger. It measures about nine inches in length and has a black handle. The athame is considered to be an extension of one's magickal strength and power. It can be used for casting the magick circle, directing energy, or for banishing negative spirits.
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