“When this card appears know that the matter at hand is about change and transformation. It is time to create or carve out your own mini-world. Be the designer and shaper of your own future. The athame is the channel through which its counterpart (the energy of fire/air) manifests its objective. The card also speaks of the strength and conviction of your will, and of your personal power. How are you using them, and how are you not? Are you aware of your intentions and direction? The work is in your capable hands, and it is time to act now! Don’t be a victim – instead be the designer of your own destiny.”
“The athame is the primary ritual dagger that is used to direct the personal will. As a metal knife it was forged from minerals blended in the fire, which transformed them into a blade. hence in some traditions the athame is considered to be a tool of elemental fire. The old saying ‘a will of iron’ is rooted in the concept of a forge. In other traditions the athame is associated with air. The air association arose during the eighteenth century among such magical societies as the Golden Dawn. It is founded in the notion that the blade ‘cuts the air’ as it moves.”
“Traditionally the athame bears a black handle that represents the powers of night, and the procreative energy of generation/regeneration. The blade is traditionally made of steel, and is double-edged to represent the powers of light and darkness. A magnet is repeatedly stroked across the blade in order to magnetize it, which adds the power to attract. Once it is fully charged the ritual blade is used to cast magical and ritual circles. Traditionally the athame is never used as a mundane cutting tool, nor should it ever draw blood.”
“The card depicts the athame nestled in a black cloth. Black is the presence of all colors absorbed into one place, and again is the procreative energy of generation/regeneration. here the athame is cloaked and protected against outside influences. The chest symbolizes that the elemental nature is self-contained, and is not reliant upon other elements for its existence and unique function. the latch lock is fashioned to represent the fire of the forge, and therefore the ability of the athame to transform.”
“The Crone of the cottage sets a small chest before you. She opens it and presents an athame to you from within the chest. The Crone instructs you that this is the sword of the spiritual warrior. Here is the symbol of your reason. You look upon the dagger and see its decisive edge. In this you realize that illusion can be cut away as surely as reason transforms foolishness. If none can take away your level-headedness, then none can lead you astray.”
Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide to The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.