There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.
And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)
Today’s question is:
My favorite item on my altar is… I got it…
That’s easy. My athame.
Well, okay. One of my athames. (I seem to have a thing for knives.) My first one, the one I use the most (when I bother using tools at all these days), and most definitely not a traditional blade.
It’s a Depression Era glass cake knife, and I got it at a flea market (in Hazen PA) long before I’d ever even heard of Wicca (let alone the rest of Paganism). It was the last weekend of the season and the guy let me buy it for way less than he had it marked for. I’m pretty sure I ended up paying $7.00 for it. It survived about three moves, wrapped in light blue paper towels held on with a rubber band, before I started on this path and “knew” that that was why I had bought it all those years before and carried it along on so many moves.
It’s strange. I never held it like I would a normal knife when using it for a ritual. And when a friend used it (with my permission – we were doing a house blessing for his new apartment) he held it the same way I do, and afterward he commented that it seemed to want to be held that way.
(I also have a really old black-handled paring knife that I use in the kitchen, and I do a lot of kitchen-witchcraft, so I think it probably also counts as an athame.)