Halloween: The Cauldron

MC900436211 Amid the pagan religions, the cauldron serves many purposes from symbolic, ritualistic, to practical purposes. Its an ancient symbol of the witch, often seen where she stood stirring her potions, but this originated in times where all manner of superstition and lies arose from the Inquisition.

Cauldrons come in many shapes and sizes, with or without legs, and with and without covers. Some include handles, while others stand on legs. Some might have both. They are generally cast iron, but sometimes are found ceramic or copper, and some care should be done to keep the cauldron in good shape.

Should you buy a cast iron cauldron, like cast iron pans, you’ll need to season it.

For a New Piece:
1. Wash the piece in hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely
right away (Do Not Air Dry, standing water will rust).
2. Apply a thin coating of a vegetable shortening, vegetable oil, or lard
with a soft cloth or paper towel.
3. Put the piece into a 225 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove and wipe it
out any large pools of grease.
4. Place the piece UPSIDE DOWN in a 350 degree oven for an hour with a foil
covered baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any further drips.
5. Turn the oven off, but do not open. Allow the piece to cool (several hours).
6. To clean after cooking, boil hot water in it. Let it soak for several
minutes and clean with hot water and a plastic scrub brush. Do not use soap or
dishwashing detergent. Dry completely right away.
7. Reheat the piece and apply just enough grease to wet the surface before storing.
Wipe dry. Never store cookware with lid on; cast iron cookware needs air circulation.
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You can often find the larger cauldrons often have only two legs. This is not a mistake. The idea is to set the cauldron on a fire, propped by the other two legs to stabilize the contents.

As with many containers such as goblets and bowls, the cauldron represents the womb or the Divine Feminine. Generally, its a cast iron container used to hold anything from potions, foods, and even fire. Some cauldrons might be used as incense burners, while others are used for scrying (divination by staring into flames, water, or a black mirror).

Cost varies for cauldrons. I found mine at a Renaissance Faire for $15 twenty years ago, but you find all sorts of sized, shapes, and prices online.

Here you can find one at Amazon.com: Cauldron 32 Oz

Personally, I prefer using bowls for most of my ritual needs. Cast iron will rust if you use standing water, and burning items in a cauldron also makes it dirty. Even candles leave wax, incense leaves ash residue. I’m lazy and don’t want to put in that much care for a single ritual item.

In practical terms, most pagans do not use a cauldron to brew potions. They prefer a regular pot or pan. Some might have cast iron pots for this purpose, but I’m content with stainless steel myself.

Cauldrons uses:

  • Boil brews or potions
  • Holds water with flowers or floating candles
  • Sand to hold incense
  • Burn a ritual fire in it.
  • Burn candles in it

Any other uses? Post in your comments.

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