The scourge is one of the eight tools in Wicca.

When combined with the wand, it recollects the combining of the crook and flail that symbolised the authority of the Pharoah in ancient Egypt. As well being used to scourge, it is combined in this way by the High Priestess when Drawing Down the Moon, and then later held in different positions[1] as the Drawing Down progresses.

That the scourge has 8 tails, which each have 5 knots, clearly calls to mind the Five-Fold Kiss. That the kiss and scourge are often mentioned in the same breath (reflecting mercy and severity perhaps) adds extra weight to considering this significant.


  1. Farrar, Janet & Farrar, Stewart. 1981. Eight Sabbats for Witches. London. Robert Hale. ISBN 0709185790