Witch Cauldron Basics
Maybe you are looking to buy your first witch cauldron or you would like to add another piece to your collection (everybody knows that a witch never has enough of them!), in either case, you came to the perfect place!
If you are a beginner, you might be wondering what a witch cauldron is and where the tradition came from. A cauldron is a pot normally made of cast iron that was and still is used for cooking traditional recipes over a fireplace. For a very long time, fire and the act of cooking were the most essential elements in the heart of a home. Because of this, cauldrons are a must-have for the kitchen and hearth witches, although it’s still a very useful tool for all witches, no matter the path they are in.
Cauldrons were used by healers to create their concoctions and elixirs and are present in many myths from different cultures and civilisations.
How to buy a real Witch’s Cauldron
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Being totally honest, any heat-resistant vessel (for example, a regular pot from your kitchen) will be more than enough to act as a cauldron. In the end, what counts the most is the intention of your spell or meditation. So if you are on a tight budget or don’t want to add yet another object to your home, I’m sure there’s something you can use instead! (just remember to be extremely safe whenever any flames are involved)
But nobody can deny the charm of a proper cast-iron cauldron! Here are my 2 tips to consider before purchasing one, so you can make the best decision for your situation:
1. Think about what you plan to do with it
You can find witch cauldrons in all shapes and sizes, so in the end it all comes down to what uses you want to give to it.
For example, they can be used to simply burn incense, place small offerings or burn little pieces of paper. On those cases, you can buy the smaller versions, which not only are practical for apartments or small spaces but also are incredibly cute!
On the other hand, if you plan to prepare magical recipes, teas or potions, you will need a large cast iron cauldron that is suitable for cooking.
Another modern alternative would be to look for a Dutch oven such as these:
2. Make sure it’s made of Cast Iron
Some metals and other materials can be toxic to ingest, so you wouldn’t want to cook anything on them. Others can melt very easily, so they won’t be very useful and secure, even if you only want to burn candles in them… The safest and most durable option is to go for real cast iron cauldrons. They aren’t as expensive as you think and with proper care, they will last you a lifetime!
Nowadays, you can easily find them in the most popular marketplaces such as Amazon or you can have a look at your local esoteric store. You may even find vintage cast iron cauldrons on eBay, just make sure that there isn’t too much rust in them, as it can weaken the material and cause leaks.
How to Use a Cauldron in Witchcraft
You had your eyes set on a beautiful cauldron and are impatiently waiting for it… but how do you use it? and how do you even take care of it?
How to Season and Clean your Cast Iron Cauldron
First things first! You want to clean your witch cauldron not only from actual dirt but also from unwanted energies. There are many ways to do this, such as leaving your cauldron under the rain or using water from other natural sources, such as springs, lakes or the ocean. Alternatively, you can use the smoke of incense or herbs to cleanse it.
Once you have “reset” the energies of your new cauldron, it’s time to season it. This is a very important step if you plan on putting any liquids inside or use it for cooking, as it creates a non-stick barrier and prevents rust from appearing over time.
To do this, use soap and water to clean your cauldron thoroughly and make sure it’s completely dry. After this, apply a thin and even coat of vegetable shortening or lard all over it, including the outside, bottom and legs.
Heat your oven at 300º F (around 150ºC), place a tray at the bottom to catch any possible residue and your cauldron inside for 1 hour. Then, turn the oven off and once it’s completely cool, wipe the excess oil. Repeat the same process one more time, but placing the cauldron upside down. For optimal maintenance, make sure to do this every season!
Remember to clean your cauldron immediately after every use by scrubbing it with salt and hot water and make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. Traditionally, using soap isn’t recommended.
Uses of your Witch Cauldron
A witch cauldron has infinite possibilities, apart from the obvious ones like cooking potions and casting spells. Here are some examples:
The list could go on forever, as there isn’t only one right or wrong way to use it, really (except for keeping liquids for long periods of time, which is a big no-no), so feel free to use your imagination and make the most of this special piece in your witch’s toolset!
Witches Cauldrons for Sale
Do you need help finding the perfect cauldron for you? Currently, there are cauldrons with all kinds of finishes and symbols, so there is almost anything for everyone.
Keep scrolling and have a look at this little selection: