The sword can be interchangeable with the athame and is a masculine symbol; when a female witch straps on
a sword, she can assume a male role in the ritual. The sword is a commanding tool; more formal and imposing than the
athame so adds gravity to an announcement or occasion. The only time the sword is used for cutting is to cut a hand
The Sword is associated with the element of Air, and is a masculine tool linked to the God.