A witch’s cauldron is one of the most versatile tools a witch can have on hand. Aside from it dating back centuries as being the center point of a witch’s hearth for both warmth and cooking food, it has been used in modern years as a vessel for magickal workings. Commonly recognized for its womb-like structure, cauldrons are connected deeply with the Divine Feminine and represent creation, alchemy, and transformation making it the perfect tool for any spell or ritual.
Traditional cauldrons are usually made of black cast iron and form the shape of a round bowl, but in modern days we have other vessels that can be used as cauldrons just as well! Take a regular cooking pot for instance. It has the womb-like structure to place items and ingredients in for magickal workings just like the traditional cauldron. A tea kettle is another great alternative to the traditional cauldron along with crockpots, dutch ovens, and even coffee cups!
So now that you know what a cauldron is and what it symbolizes, you’re probably wondering how you’d use one in your magickal practice. You’re in luck because we're sharing 5 uses for the witch’s cauldron, all of which can be accomplished by beginner witches and experienced witches alike.
1. Burning Candles
Many witches use their cauldrons as candle holders when casting candle spells. Not only does it keep the melted wax contained but it also invites in transformative feminine energy into your spellwork. You can also add crystals and herbs to the bottom of your cauldron to amplify the magickal properties of your candle spell.
2. Magickal Brews
Brewing herbal concoctions in your cauldron is a wonderful way to cast spells or increase certain vibrations in your home. Simply simmer herbs on your stovetop to emit their magick into the air. We especially like to brew our Happy Home Brew Mix every week or so to keep the vibrations lifted and positive.
There are multiple ways to use your cauldron for divination purposes, but it also depends on the type of cauldron you’re using. Coffee cups are great for tasseography - tea leaf reading - while a traditional black cast iron cauldron filled with water would work well for scrying - gazing into a reflective surface to see messages from the Divine.
4. Fire Spells
If you’re using a fire safe cauldron then you can easily cast fire spells using your cauldron. A simple fire spell you can do while using your cauldron is to write a petition on a scrap piece of paper and fold it up then cupping it in your hands, infusing the petition with your will and intent. Strike a match and let it burn in your cauldron to cast the spell!
5. Kitchen Magick
Using your cauldron for cooking magickal meals is likely the most obvious way to use your cauldron, but it’s worthy of noting! Simply using your cauldron for its intended purpose such as brewing tea, making soup, or even simply to boil water are all things that can be done with magickal touches. Placing your intent into your cooking is the purest and most powerful way to practice kitchen magick.
Now that you have some ideas on what you could use as a cauldron and how to practice magick with it, it’s time you get started!