Okay let's have a show of hands here, how many people use:
a) an atheme
b) a wand
c) neither/bare hands
d) other (please explain)
Personally, I was originally drawn to the idea of a wand, then quickly decided i'd prefer to stick with my bare hands for a multitude of reasons including, but not limited to, the fact that i was not "out of the broom closet," i did not have access to a pagan community much less a store to provide me with any real tools, and also a general dislike for needing any external elements, which i felt was backed by the part in the charge of the goddess which states that you can not find what you are seeking unless you know to look inside.
Lately I've been sort of challenging this particular habit of mine, especially after having read quit a bit about atheme's the other night.
*Note: Please feel free to include as much or as little extra text along with your choice as you like. Heck I did :P