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A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby firebirdflys » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:15 pm

A great deal of energy passes through ones Athame, and it is an extremely personal tool, when a witch crosses over into the Summerland, what do you think should be done with his/her magical blade??
Do you pass it down in the immediate family ,or within your witch family? Do you throw it in the lake, the ocean? Do you bury it? Burn it then bury it? Bury it with the deceased? Have it re-forged? Is there any other options?
I feel like this is something you should take care of before you "go" so the ones that are left behind don't have to make this decision.
What do YOU think?? Blessings....FirebirdFlys
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby magus » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:28 pm

I think it should be passed down the ancestral line because that is where the magic will continue.

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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby Greek_Male_Witch » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:08 am

Firebirdflys I don't mean to pry but you don't think of killing yourself do you? I ask this because your question might implied that, I didn't say it is, but it might, anyway if there is any kind of problem talk to me before you do anything, if there is not a problem and this is just curiocity, then its fine.

To your question now,I agree with Magus, I think all tools are meant to be given to the next witch of the family, who will that be. its your choice.
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby Symandinome » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:49 am

That is a really good question!

Ultimately I think its the deceased choice. They may wish to be buried with them like many of our ancestors were buried with their tools. I also think that passing them down is a great option because it starts a linking chain of your ancestral line. Some tools though are only meant to have one owner though which is why our magickal tools find us as opposed to us finding them.
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby JBRaven » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:25 am

I think it is a personal choice of the witch. All of which will be correct. I would think that it should be kept within the family in the same way as my book of shadows. Not really used but kept as a link to me.
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby firebirdflys » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:43 am

Oh goodness noooooooooo, I don't intend to off myself, I personally would like to be buried with it. I don't know that anyone else should ever use it. My bio family may not want it, what would they do, save it in a glass case? Would you want to cleans all the energy from it so your witchmate can have it?
I ask this question so that you all would think on this if the unexpected should happen. Tell someone what you would like to have done with it. We had 2 in our coven pass without instructions, they both had lingering diseases with plenty of time to make arrangements, but we didn't think of that then.
Thanks for taking the time to view this topic...
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby Kitty » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:48 am

the first thing I immediately though of was buried with it
when i die i want all my pretty things with me though :D sooo not practical though
but like JBraven said, it's all a matter of choice - your coven might want to start a tradition of keping the athames of those who pass as a sort of commemoration thing
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby witchmoon21 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:12 am

throwing it in a lake or sea might harm someone if they step on it.
One could leave it for their family if they are of the same religion and they will treat it as it should be treated. I had to think about death at some point (health stuff) and the first thing i thought was "i want my friend (also witch) to have it all, even my book of shadows)
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby firebirdflys » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:00 am

Tossing it in the water was more along the line of an "Excalibur" train of thought. :| Leaving with the coven is a good choice, with directions...( ie. is it to be used? on special occasions? just as a object-o-art...to be viewed only, as a link to the deceased member? )
Just putting this bug in your head so that you will tell someone what you would like to have done with all your tools... not just the Athame, but the blade, in my opinion, is the most powerful and personal tool the witch will own. I also mention this so that you WILL make arrangements. Do you really want your magical items to wind up at some garage sale or thrift store?? Brightest Blessings, FirebirdFlys
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby Ula » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:51 am

I am being cremated so no bury for me. I don't know I could have it burned with me or not. I would like to think at some point I might have someone to pass it on to but for right now that's not an option. I have just done a ritual to name my athame and my attachment to it is pretty strong. I have been calling it "him" and by name lately. For right now if it could not be cremated with me I guess I would like it buried in its own ceremony.I don't think any family would do it though. I have a friend who would I could put that in the will.
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Re: A Question about Death and the Athame...

Postby SpiritTalker » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:28 pm

In G.B.Gardner's High Magics' Aid his witch character had inherited her 2 blades from her mother.
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