The use of Wiccan cauldrons
Cauldrons have a huge history of different worships related to witchcraft, paganism, and occultism. Throughout history, these cauldrons have been used for many different things, since normal cooking from rituals and sacrifices offered to many different gods and deities, that not to mention the huge number of spells and potions that can be prepared by using a cauldron.
A cauldron is a pot for cooking or boiling by using an open fire, such as a bonfire. The first registers of cauldrons in the history of humanity happened during the Bronze Age, which was very big, having a capacity of 70 liters.
Many cauldrons include lids, which protect what is being cooked inside and also protect the person who is cooking. It also has metal handles, in order to carry them, no matter if they are full or empty. Metal handles allow carrying a heavy cauldron in an easier way.
Due to its resistant material, a cauldron can withstand high temperatures without melting or rusting. Cauldrons are made of cast iron. This material is designed to last a very long time before being damaged or rendered useless. If the cauldron is cleaned after use and kept clean and dry, it can last for many years.
History of cauldrons
The commercial production of cauldrons began during the twelfth century in Northern Europe. The common use lasted until the eighteenth century. In Medieval England, the cauldrons were manufactured in many cities, such as London, Bristol, Salisbury, Norwich, and Nottingham. Many braziers, craftspeople, and potters who knew how to work with brass were the ones in charge of manufacturing cauldrons.
Cauldrons were a very common object in every single house of medieval London. It was the main utensil in the cook of any family or any household. These were mainly used for cooking in kitchens, ovens, and even hearths. In poorer houses, this became an indispensable utensil, since it was often the only appliance with which it could be used for cooking.
Since poor people also used cauldrons, some of them were of lower quality, being manufactured with poorer materials so that they would be cheaper to buy. Some of the common low materials used to fabricate them were metal alloys, ceramic, and even clay. These cheaper cauldrons often had low levels of tin and high levels of lead alloy, making them weak and brittle. Therefore, when a cheap cauldron was placed in a fire source for a long time, it was very likely to break thanks to the oxidation caused by the high lead content.
People of higher social class were able to afford better cauldrons with higher levels of copper and thin. This is why these cauldrons were of better quality and were more likely to last for a long time. Many of those cauldrons pass from generation to generation within families, giving it an important significance. Cauldrons are very significant in English culture.
Rituals and symbolism
In many different beliefs and religions related to witchcraft, cauldrons are a very important element. It is a symbol and an artifact that represents the rituals and the mystic side of the religion, and it is also used in order to cast spells and, again, different rituals that are offered to many gods and goddesses.
The cauldron is the most iconic symbol of the Witch Cult. The origins of this symbolism come from Celtic mythology were it appears linked to different magical transformations. The most common story related to a cauldron is about a deity called Dagda, who used to overflow around always carrying with a magic cauldron with food, which could never be emptied.
In the specific case of the Wiccan cult, the cauldron is an elementary symbol of the creative forms and ways of transformation and creation. Furthermore, the water and fire elements are also an important image in both processes, because fire and water are some of the main ingredients when making a potion or casting a spell by using a cauldron. Also, the rounded shape of the cauldron is associated with the Moon goddess.
The uses of the cauldron in the Wiccan cult
Throughout many centuries, cauldrons were always used in order to prepare different potions and to carry out many rituals and sacred events associated with the gods and the goddesses of the Wiccan religion. It was used because it allows to safely handle fire, and also ingredients are cooked and burned evenly.
Nowadays, rituals can be accomplished without using cauldrons, or it is not completely necessary or mandatory to have a cauldron in order to reach a religious Wiccan rite. Nevertheless, it is still being a significant and important symbol of the ship and the Witch culture. Most of the followers, parishioners, and witches from our days are still including cauldrons when carrying out their rituals just to keep with tradition and ancient customs. Although they don’t make potions or concoctions, they use the cauldrons to burn incenses or to put some light candles.
An example of a ritual with a cauldron
Fill a cauldron or large black iron pot halfway with fresh water. After that, you need to add a handful of Buttercup or Marigold petals. Once this is done, sage incense (also used for protection) is lit or you can also burn some thyme.
Next, the cauldron must be gently stirred three times while performing the following chant: “In the threads of time, I throw my thoughts, to take a look at what will be! O Gods of Asgard, bring to my mind the beautiful gift of prophecy!”
As a final step, you should look deep into the cauldron and wait a few moments until the visions begin to appear. There, the ritual will be complete.
This is a simple example of a ritual that can be done by using a single cauldron and some elementary ingredients easy to find. Many other rites will require more dedication and some other elements, everything depending on the intentions that you have or the god you are praising.