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Someone who is agnostic feels that they do not have the knowledge to determine whether or not the Gods exist. Some agnostics feel that this information is impossible to know and can never be known.


A place where you do rituals, or spells. It is often a special table or shelf where your ritual tools are kept or displayed. Your altar does not need to be a permanent location, but can be set up when or where your needs suit.


The spiritual belief that all things in nature (plants, animals, rocks, etc.) have souls and/or spirits contained within them. These spirits are not necessarily connected into a single Deity.


An Egyptian symbol of a looped cross. It means 'everlasting life', and it seen in ancient Egyptian artwork usually held by the Gods. The ankh is shown held by the loop, and wielded like a key.


One of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. Asgard is the realm of the Gods (the Aesir). Deities such as Thor and Odin reside here.


An athame is one of the common altar tools. Traditionally, it's a double bladed knife with a black handle. Sometimes they can be difficult to find, so many modern Wiccans will use any kind of knife or blade as their athame.

The athame represents the element fire (or air, in some traditions) and is often used to cast the circle. Athames are not used for cutting or other mundane tasks, though they can be used to cut the cake at a handfasting.


The belief that Deities do not exist in any form.

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