THE ATHAME represents the Element of Air and is the Pagan/Wiccan Ritual knife, the first of the four major sacred tools. It symbolizes the God, Lord of Manifestation. Traditionally the Athame has a double edged blade,so that you may both Cast and Open a Magick Circle without turning your knife over. The double edge also is symbolic of the duality of nature, the Goddess and God, yin and yang etc. Traditionally the Athame is not used to cut or for any other mundane work and is only used as a ceremonial tool to direct energy.