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Ritual Daggers/Knives

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.paranormal.spells.magic,alt.occult.methods,alt.magick
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Re: Ritual Daggers/Knives ('Athames')
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 00:47:45 GMT

50031227 vii om Tweendays!!!

sri catyananda :
> As for symbolism, i don't resonate with using a symbolically
> sharp instrument that has been deliberately dulled. However, i
> personally use a Tibetan purbu (a triangular-bladed so-called
> "demon dagger") -- and those are made with dull edges, so i am at
> least sticking to the "as-made" paradigm.  

is its primary focus distribution, directing, pointing?

> In addition to my purba, which i have owned and used as an 
> athame for 30 years now, i also class as an athame the "magic
> screwdriver" we use in the Lucky Mojo lab for many of the things
> listed above (not package opening, though) and which also has the
> added use of packing herbs, seeds, and roots down into
> small-mouthed bottles. 

I've enjoyed using that screwdriver also, and noted its power
and form in similarity to my letter opener.

> Nice ASCII art!

thanks! :>

> The naming of one's ritual tools is an old-time tradition
> associated with weapons that Tolkien mentioned in LOTR and the
> Hobbit and that fans of Tolkien from the science fiction /
> fantasy community certainly popularized in then-nascent
> Neo-Paganism in the 1960s.

and Arthurian swords and magical chalices? there's the Spear
of Destiny, the Book of Power (in a variety of manifestations),
and of course the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. :> post-Tolkien
DnD players placed a good deal of emphasis on names and distinct
personalities of magical objects, weapons and gems in particular,
and this was also a reflection of the 'eyes' or amulets of other
fictional mages.

>> right now my athame has fudge all over it.
>> I suppose this might imply XI' workings. :>
> LOL! You Scorpio! 



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