Consecrating Your Athame

Needed:

  • Athame
  • Magnet
  • Wine
  • Holy water
  • Chalice
  • Vial of personal oil
  • 5 candles
  • Incense
  • Wand
  • Pentacle

Do not eat a heavy meal for quite a while before this rite.

Light the candles and the incense, and seat yourself before your altar to center yourself. When you are focused, cast your circle as you have been taught. Then go to the gate of the Earth, raise your arms, and summon the powers:
“Come ye, of the Northern Winds,
Place of storms and the deepest Night,
Place of silence most profound,
Guard this circle set outside of Time.
Acknowledge the purpose of this Rite!
Open for me the Gate of Earth!”

You will then describe the seal of the invoking pentagram of Earth.

Walk deosil to the gate of Air, raise your arms, and summon the powers:
“Come ye, of the East Winds,
Place of first Sun and rise of Moon,
Place of Inspiration,
Guard this circle set outside of Time.
Acknowledge the purpose of this Rite!
Open for me the Gate of Air!”

Cast the seal of the invoking pentagram of Air. Walk deosil to the gate of Fire, raise your arms, and summon the powers:
“Come ye, of the Southern Winds,
Place of the highest Sun,
Place of Creation manifest,
Guard this circle outside of Time.
Acknowledge the purpose of this Rite!
Open for me the Gate of Fire!”

Go deosil to the western gate, raise your arms, and summon:
“Come ye, of the West Winds,
Place of the setting Sun,
Home of the Island Remembered,
Place of Wisdom;
Guard this circle set outside of Time.
Acknowledge the purpose of this Rite!
Open for me the Gate of Water!”

Describe the invoking pentagram of Water.

You are then to take the consecrated water and sprinkle it, deosil, around the perimeter of the circle.

Return to your altar.

Take up your dagger and wipe it all over with consecrated water; hold it tightly to your body; fully will your power into it! You will then kiss your athame on both sides of the blade and the hilt.

To cause your athame to awaken to the powers of Earth, you will place the athame on the pentacle, raise it up, and say, slowly:
“By the Dance
And in the Darkness
By the Door and by the Drum
By Enchantment
The Eye of Midnight,
The Inner Shield
I bid thee come!”

Wait until you sense the field, then say:
“The Element of Earth infuse my Blade!”

To cause it to awaken the powers of Air, refuel the censer, hold your athame in the smoke, and slowly say:
“By the Bridge that spans the River;
By the Book — the Shadow Tome;
By the Breath, the Sword of Wisdom,
By Tuatha‘n Bow
I bid thee come!”

Wait until you sense them, and then say:
“Element of Air infuse my Blade!”

To cause your athame to awaken to the powers of Fire, you will hold it with the blade passing in and out of the flame of the altar candle and slowly say:
“By the Seed beneath the Snow;
By the Finger of the Flame;
By the Forge, the power of Shaping;
By Stellar Fire
I bid thee come!”

Wait until you sense them, then say:
“The Element of Fire infuse my Blade!”

To awaken your athame to the powers of Water, place the tip of your athame into the consecrated Water and slowly say:
“By the Queen of Ancient Magick!
By the Rainbow in the Storm!
By the Lake, the Isle Remembered!
By Sea of Space
I bid thee come!”

Wait until you feel them infuse your dagger, and say, lastly:
“The Element of Water infuse my Blade!”

For the consecration to be complete you are to do two more things: 1) With much passion and focus, place the tip of your athame into the chalice of wine and charge it with the concept of conjunction (symbolic sacred sexual union.) Place your athame in your lap wile you drink from the cup. 2) Gently oil the blade with your specially prepared oil.

Take your athame, go deosil around your circle honoring each element in their turn, and using your will, extended through the blade, describe each banishing pentagram. Extinguish the candles.

Open the circle by drawing the energy of the force field into the blade of your athame. Then place the point into the ground to discharge it into the earth.

Put all your ritual things away before you do anything — then have something to eat to ground yourself.