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The boline is a knife that typically has a white handle and a curved blade, and is used more for cutting herbs, cords, and other magical items. This makes it somewhat different from the athame, which is generally used for symbolic or ritualized cutting only. Despite its practical applications, the boline is still considered a magical tool, and many practitioners choose to keep it wrapped up and out of the way when not in use. You may wish to consecrate your boline before you use it for the first time.

Keep in mind that not all traditions of Paganism use the athame or boline, and you are certainly not required to have them if your particular belief system does not call for its use.

If you wish to consecrate your boline or other magickal tool, cast a circle in the usual way. Bathe your tool in sage smoke and sprinkle it with salt water,  then say the following (or similar) words:

“I charge this wand in the name of Old Ones,
the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars.
By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of Water
I banish the energies of any previous owners,
and make it new and fresh.
I consecrate this boline (wand, chalice, athame, talisman, etc…)
and it is mine.

As I will, so mote it be!

Once you have consecrated your sacred tool and claimed ownership of it, put it to work. The sooner you use your magikal tool, the more it solidifies your blessing and intention.

May you always use your sacred tools for the highest good of all!


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