Athame

Occult Dictionary

The athame is usually a black handled, double edged knife used in rituals. It is symbolic of the element of fire and it can be used while laying down circle boundaries and for inscribing candles. The term is of obscure origin and has a large variety of pronunciations such as "ATH-ah-may", "Ah-THAM-ee", "ah-THAW-may", "ath-AY-mee", or "ATH-a-mee".

 
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