You do not need an Athame to practice the Craft. If you are uncomfortable with the thought of using a sharpened blade in your practices (or you have children present), you may choose to keep your blade dull or perhaps use a wand, a stick or even your finger. When not in use, your Athame should always be sheathed.
Your Athame should never be used in battle or as self-defense. Using a ritualistic tool in this manner can be likened to a Catholic Priest using the Communion Chalice to drink beer at the local pub -- a big no-no!
Consecration of an Athame
If your practices require you to cast a circle, do so now.
Light incense of your choice, a candle.
Have a small down of purified water and a bowl of salt ready.
Before these assembled spirits I bring this Athame to be dedicated to the service of the Lady and Lord.Pass athame three times through smoke of the incense.
By the power of air, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of thought and to harmlessness that all intentions for which thou art used may harm none and be for the good of all.Pass tool three times through or over the flame of the fire candle.
By the power of fire, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of desire and to harmlessness that all goals which thou doest help achieve may harm none and be for the good of all.Take a few drops of water and sprinkle or dab on instrument.
By the power of water, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of emotion and to harmlessness that all that thou shalt be used in a spirit of harmony, harming none and for the good of all.
Touch instrument to the stone or salt in north quarter
By the power of earth, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to steadfastness and purity of purpose, that my will be achieved without wavering, with harm to none and for the good of all.Present your consecrated Athame to the Lord first, then the Lady.
Be sure to close your circle if you have cast one.