There is very much a stereotype for cauldrons.
They are typically big, black cast iron pots. You may also picture them sitting in a fireplace or outside over a campfire. Most often with a witch brewing something in them.
Not all cauldrons fit into this stereotype. In fact, some can be quite small. Depending on what you want them for a small one can be perfect.
You can use a cauldron for many modern magickal practices. They also have ties into Celtic mythology and through that into Wicca.
When Do I Use It?
A lot of magic can still be made in a cauldron. You can use it to blend herbs in, burn incense, or mix up black salt.
Cauldrons are also used to burn loose incense using a charcoal disc. There are various reasons this is done.
You can cleanse the air, offer protection, eliminate negativity and seek clarity. There are many more options, only limited by your imagination.
Before you use a cauldron, you may also want to season it.
There are two main reasons to do this, first is to prevent rust. Second is to help create a non-stick surface.
Both help to prolong the life of your cauldron and help to make it easier to clean. To season it, you want to do the following:
- Clean with warm soapy water. Dry completely.
- Coat with a thin layer of oil, vegetable oils work best. Apply by pouring a bit of oil onto a cloth and then rub it in.
- Heat your oven to a low temperature. Place a tray below to catch any oil that drips. Bake the oven for an hour.
- Turn off the oven and leave the cauldron in.
- Once it has cooled remove your cauldron.
Cauldrons: How To Use It?
- Set up where you want to work, making sure it’s a fire-proof surface. Some people will use an altar tile that they cover with an altar cloth.
- Take a charcoal disk and hold it with tongs, light it. Once it is lit, place it in the centre of your cauldron.
- Once the entire surface of your charcoal is glowing add your incense. You may have your own custom blend of herbs that you prefer but rosemary and sage are always nice, cleansing herbs to start with.