An athame is a dagger used ceremonially or ritually, it is not a weapon. An athame combines and directs magical powers. It symbolizes the element of air and is used to mark a sacred place by drawing a circle with it. Its place is to the east on the altar and symbolizes intellect and spiritual power. With the ritual dagger, the guardians of the east are summoned by the power of thought.
Historical use of jade
Nephrite is a green mineral that belongs to the jade group together with jadeite. It has been a popular mineral for decorative objects and tools since ancient times. Magical objects were already made in Babylon, and in China it was very popular for religious ceremonies. The green stone was also known in Central America long before the arrival of Columbus. Due to its toughness, the stone is easy to work with.
Nephrite is the most common Jade mineral. The other jade mineral jadeite is much rarer. The name is derived from the Greek word “nephros” which means “kidney”. This is because of the nephrite pebbles that can have a kidney-shaped appearance. Nowadays serpentine is also offered as jade. This is sometimes referred to as 'China jade', but that name is not correct. Serpentine is not part of the jade family. Read more about serpentine here .
Take nephrite on a trip
Nephrite jade is a fine stone for travel. Think of physical travel, but also an emotional, mental or spiritual journey. Nephrite helps to recognize negative energies and convert them into positive ones. It is also a good aura cleanser. Nephrite brings calm and tranquility and for when you experience hectic life.