I have been reading a lot lately, about casting the circle and all the tools, but as I increase the amount of sources, things start to get a little contradictory.
The one thing that has stayed in my mind and cannot clarify is that some sites say that you CANNOT (and like that, it's like terribly wrong) use the wand to cast the circle (that is mark it out); while other state that you can either use the wand or the athame... I'm a little confused by it.
Can you use the wand to mark out the circle edges? Or you do that JUST with the athame? and in that case, what do you use the wand exactly for?
Yeah, by marking it out i meant creating the energy circle, not actually marking it out with a line or something visible (although it's useful for me, because i tend to forget where i delimited my circle some times).
I use both because they are both for energy manipulation. I have heard those that say you can only use a sword or athame, while others claim you have to use a wand. Some people even have wooden athames (a step between a wand and athame).
I think it all depends on what you prefer, I find a wand less harsh, so I prefer to use this, but others will differ.
Honestly you don't need anything at all to cast a circle, so if hands are just as good as a wand or athame, I would say they were interchangeable.