I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard of bolines and athames, otherwise known as the white knives and the black knives. They are apparently integral parts of Wicca and Witchcraft….and I don’t get it. Why is it necessary to have these two knives? Why not use one knife? Does it even have to be a special knife? Can I not just use a knife from the block in the kitchen?
Maybe it’s youthful ignorance, but I don’t understand why I’d need them. Or maybe it’s because I’m nineteen, unemployed, and therefore broke, and cannot afford such things. But in all seriousness, I’ve never used either. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t gotten incredibly serious up until now, but I still can’t see the need for them, since so far I’ve gotten along fine without them.
Cunningham and Buckland aren’t all that great at telling me why, specifically, I need them. I assume that I do not, since many books have told me I can use my fingers as the ‘knife’. But if I don’t really need them, then that means that the knives are only ritual theatre pieces….which could mean it’s the same for every other item I’ve been told I need.