Modern Tools for Ancient Arts

Modern Tools for Ancient Arts
Though the mortar and pestle were definitely useful to our forefamilies, most of us today just don’t have the time to sit around grinding herbs. Most of us don’t have time to wait several weeks for magickal herbs to dry or for ritual oils to fix. Even if we did, who wants to?
Today, we use many types of modern kitchen conveniences to ease our lives. The days of slaving over a hot stove are gone. Gone, too, are the incessant “When is dinner going to be ready?” questions and those “I’m starving” whines. We just yank something out of the freezer, pop it into the microwave, and in a matter of minutes–presto!–dinner is served. We make fancy salads in seconds with the help of the food processor. The blender is a multi-faceted kitchen wonder, and I know of no working person alive who can manage without a crockpot.
With the high availability of such wonders, we would never dream of going back to consistently cooking on a wood stove or, even worse, an open fire. To even suggest such a thing would be absurd. What’s more, we use these devices to best serve the needs of our most precious commodity–our families.
Why, then, don’t we use them to increase our magickal efficiency? It is probably because we get so caught up in the “ancient” part of the magickal arts, that it never crosses our minds. We continually seek out obscure objects to use as magickal tools because we think we are supposed to. The fact is that magickal implements don’t have to be ancient to be useful. They don’t have to look like the ritual tools of old. The only pre-requisite for magickal tools is that they work efficiently for the jobs we designate.


Today’s convenience items have the capacity to increase efficiency in the magickal household and cut preparation time in half. Using these time-savers will not decrease magickal power. Spending less time on a working does not mean putting less of yourself into it. Saving time does not mean cutting corners. Instead, it means increased productivity and more time for magickal work. If you are still concerned about using today’s technology for use in the magickal arts, here is some food for thought. The mortar and pestle was once a modern convenience, too.
When the Earth was young, grinding grain and herbs was a painstakingly slow process. The only way to accomplish such a feat was to rub the substance between two rocks and hope for the best. Much later, someone invented the mortar and pestle, a vast improvement over the earlier method. It allowed portability, grinding ease, and a greater amount of productivity. At the time, folks probably viewed the mortar and pestle as a modern convenience. Did our forefathers scoff at the new device? Did they refuse to use it because the ancient way was better? Did they think it would hamper their magick? No. Obviously, they acquired it and used it. If they hadn’t, we wouldn’t think of it today as one of our most valuable ritual tools.
If you decide to use modern appliances for magickal purposes, please remember that they then become magickal tools. In other words, using the same appliance for mixing love sachets and frozen margaritas isn’t a good idea (unless you are counting more on magick than drink ingredients to pack the intended wallop). Use appliances for magickal purposes only and consecrate them as such. If you don’t have extras and don’t want to give up your kitchen appliances, check at your local second-hand store or thrift shop. You can usually find appliances in good condition there for a very nominal charge.
“Everyday Magic”
Dorothy Morrison
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3 thoughts on “Modern Tools for Ancient Arts

  1. I’m good with using modern tools for metaphysical purposes and often do so myself. I think the mortar and pestle was a major improvement over rocks, but I don’t know as I’d go beyond that.

    I think the mortar and pestle is still the best tool for grinding things and breaking them down though. Preferable to a blender or cuisinart, because the only uses I can think of for this are ones where a certain amount of time, personal effort or “elbow grease”, and contemplation would be important to the process. Flipping a switch wouldn’t have quite the same effect

    Hope this helps


    • Thank you for visiting my blog, Catherine. Before I get to the subject at hand, it just hit me. My mother’s name was Catherine and she spelled it the same exact way. Everyone around here thought her name was unusual because she spelled Catherine with the “C” instead of the “K.” Also I have a daughter that I named after her but I spelled her name with a “K.” I just grew up with the spelling of Catherine being with a “K.” I wanted to name her with the “C” but I had convinced my husband to name our daughter after my mother and his. I figured I would leave well enough long and spell it his way. So it is very nice to meet you.

      Now as far as the mortar and pestle goes, this is material that I pulled from my old group. I was actually able to break into that account yesterday. Long story on that one but I want go into it now, lol! In that group there was alot of new ones to the Craft and like most today, they didn’t have that much money to go and track down a mortar and pestle. So if was just a modern idea for them to use instead of the old fashion ways.
      I have a very old mortar and pestle that I use myself. Like you I prefer the old ways of doing things but we have to face it, we are living in a century were these items are hard to find.

      Thank you again for visiting my blog and responding to the post. I hope you will visit often and also keep in touch.

      Blessings to you and yours,

      Lady A

  2. Thanks. At our place, we’re into adapting everyday items for magickal purposes :)


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