Athames (ritual knives ) Public Use Laws in Ritual Ceremonies US Version.
Witches abide in many worlds at once. In the world of United States of America, we must abide by their laws whenever possible. At times, for ritual and ceremony, we are called to enter the forests or groves by the sea. Bringing with us our intentions of healing mystical experiences.
Athames are a ceremonial weapon required to cast a circle of protection.
Some Witches dull their knives or Athames to protect themselves and others from its earthly will. Others choose to sharpen their knife with proper care and precision.
Either Witch could land in jail or a hefty fine if a human spots their ritual and reports to the local authorities.
How to protect your rights to practice your Witchcraft in public spaces?
Citizens can carry any folding blade knife, but a fixed blade, such as a dagger or dirk, must be open-carry in a sheath at the waist. This law does not permit knives disguised as other objects. Automatic knives that exceed 2 inches in length are not permissible in any location open to the public, including in vehicles.
Although some states are more lenient that others, the common law is to have all Athames covered by a sheath while in public.
You can still use the Athame to cast a circle, as long as this is placed in its sheath.
The article provides all necessary background on Wiccan philosophy and principles, particularly on the Wiccan Rede. The article next explores founder Gerald Gardner’s contributions to Wicca based on his views on self-defense, militia service, and ritual knife use. The article then considers arms issues in modern Wicca such as individual self-defense, military and police service, hunting, and contemporary ritual knife use. READ FULL Article here
How to Cast a Circle in Public Spaces
- Scope out public and BLM lands where you can expect to have hardly any other humans around. You can choose days in the middle of the week and/or call up your local forestry and ask what days and times are the slowest in that area.
- Visit this spot several times before coming up for your ceremony. What times of day or night are best for you?
- Wear everyday human clothing while hiking/walking to your desired spot.
- Bring a backpack with magikal clothing and witchcraft tools.
- Also bring light snacks and drinks.
- Flashlight and/or headlamp.
- Charged cellphone. Always let a loved one know the time, date location of your sacred place and the time you will be arriving home again.
- Jacket and / or all weather lightweight blanket.
- Bring your Athame and keep it incased inside of its protective sheath.
- Wrap a RED silk or satin clothe around the Athame to hold it together while in use.
- Setup your magikal spot in nature as you would at home.
Begin your ceremony.
Always clean up after your magikal ceremonies and leave a gift and offering to the land. This can be Moon infused water, a crystal, feather or a rock.
Try not to leave non native items in the area as offerings. Restore the land to its original glory.
Journal in your Witch journal, the experiences and location of this spot. Over the years, you will have more sacred spaces open up to you and your practice. Keep them a secret.