Symbolizing the feminine divine, the mysteries of creative force, and magic of womanhood, the cauldron embodies all the power of the Craft in one little cast-iron pot.
Let the ideas below inspire you to use yours to its full advantage!
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Try scrying in it.
If you’ve never tried scrying (the art of seeing visions in black mirrors) and you want to give it a go before investing in a real scrying mirror, fill your cast iron cauldron with water and put a few drops of black ink in it. Instant, perfectly smooth scrying surface!
Use it for this banishing ritual.
The dark void of the cauldron imitates a black hole. Throw something into it and watch it disappear into the cosmic abyss.
Perfect for fire festivals.
For solitary rituals, building a huge bonfire isn’t always practical. Please be mindful of fire safety as you would any other ritual involving fire and NEVER let children or minors do it themselves!! Build a mini fire in your cauldron exactly as you build it in a fire pit, with dry leaves and grasses to ignite it, and thick, broken twigs on top. Throw in some herbs appropriate to the festival and watch it roar.
Make moon water.
Every once in a while, a tool proves both practical and symbolic. The cauldron checks both boxes for making moon water. Take advantage of this perfect vessel and brew up a batch for the coming full moon.
A squat, tri-legged cauldron doubles nicely as an oil burner. Pop a tea candle underneath, then experiment with different blends and come up with one that works for your ritual purpose.
Get kitchen witchin’.
Please note: not all cauldrons purchases at specialty and occult shops are food safe. Check to make sure yours is before you cook with it. But if your cauldron is actually a cast iron kitchen utensil, or you know for sure it’s okay for food, it’s a cool way to add something special to your kitchen witch recipes.
Experiment with custom incense blends.
Get yourself a pack of charcoal disks. Then go digging around your herb rack and bust out your burnables. Play around with different combinations (like lavender and cinnamon—amazing for the full moon). Experiment, create, and if you come up with a good blend, share it with us in the comments.
Leave your cauldron outside to gather rainwater for use in spells and purification. For added magick, toss in a couple of appropriate gemstones. Then refrigerate until it’s ready for use.
Include it in fertility spells.
In modern witchcraft, the cauldron represents the womb. This makes it perfect for fertility spells, abundance magic and spells to draw forth hidden potential.
Send your desires to the heavens.
Write your wishes, things you want to let go of or hopes for the future on a piece of natural parchment. Light it, toss it in the cauldron with some wishing herbs, and watch the smoke rise to the heavens. Bury the ashes and let fate have its way.
This is great. I don’t have a traditional cauldron, but I have a gorgeous teal cast iron pot that I thought would work just as well.
Definitely! Use what you have!!
I happened upon two small cast iron cauldrons at a resale shop in my town. They’ve both been used immensely. I snagged them up immediately! Hubby and I (myself especially) had always wanted a cauldron to add to our list of witchy tools.
Thank you for this post…..I love the idea of burning incense into it. Great idea.
I actually have a cast Iron Cauldron with the hanging wire to put over a fire and I love it I use it for everything that has to do with burning, smudging, inscemce, herbs, making magik oils, rituals and purification, but not my witchy cooking.
I found my cauldron about 20 years ago when I was just a kid. I’ve loved it for all these years. My dad took me antique-ing and we found it. I need to start putting it to more use!
I just bought my first small cauldron. I’m excited to have her by my side in all my magic workings! ??
Yay! That’s exciting!
I love the ideas! I got a small cauldron and washed it, it got a bit rusty so I won’t use it for any food-related issues… But I don’t want to take it out and I’m trying to use it more, I’ll burn some oils inside! Thanks
Rust is easy to remove from cast iron! Just use olive oil and an abrasive rag until it disappears. Add salt to make it a scrub if it’s stubborn..and you get to cleanse properly as well. Cast iron shouldn’t touch water unless absolutely necessary. All oils/scents can be wiped clean with a carrier..such as olive oil as well.