No, I am not talking about the Mankey that stole Ash’s hat in the early episodes of Pokemon. I acquired a copy of Jason Mankey‘s The Witches Athame this past week. As a Pagan of twenty plus years, I already knew what and how to use an Athame but that never stops me from reading new and old books. This book is just a year old and packs a good bit of information for its small size and young age. In all my years I never delved into the history of this particular tool. After reading this book, I now know a considerable bit more about the early references and uses of the Athame in witchcraft. The first half of this pocket book is dedicated to the history of the Athame and of ritual blades. A good 80% of the history is new information I have not come across. That in and of itself is something, because I have read lots of pagan 101 books.
The book also offers personal accounts from the Author and a few other notable Pagans. It is a great introduction to Athame rituals and uses in Wiccan practices. The second part of the book contains the uses and rituals for an Athame. If you want to make your own, the book covers the different materials and a few methods of making your own.
All in all this was an entertaining and surprising informative read. So if you have a quiet evening with nothing on your agenda, pick this book up and settled down for a couple hours. you will not be disappointed. Maybe you will but reading is good for the soul!
Until Next time, May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.