What is a cauldron? Also known as caldrons, the name has its roots in Latin from 2 words meaning cooking pot and suitable for warming. That is just what they were designed for .. cooking.
The cauldron is also one of the most common symbols of Witchcraft, and one of the first altar tools the eager new witch wants to acquire.
Once found sitting by the fireplace in most homes, the cauldron was used to cook the family meals. Most ritual cauldrons have 3 legs, said to represent bounty and blessings.
Based on certain Celtic myths in some traditions, the cauldron has also come to represent the concept of reincarnation and the cycles of birth, death and rebirth.
Ritual cauldrons can be used to represent the water element on the altar and have also been used for scrying. Cauldrons are also sometimes used to represent the fire element, and small fires can be lit in some, to burn incense and for spellcasting. It all depends on the size of the cauldron, the material the caldron is made from, the particular use, and the witches intent.
Every witch needs a mixing bowl with which to combine energy and essences of nature. Many Witches have cauldrons in several sizes for different uses. I have even heard of people using the great big plastic cauldrons* (the halloween type) for mixing up large batches of magickal liquids, or herb blends.
*Sorry, we do not carry the plastic cauldrons, at this time.
Although every Wiccan should have a cauldron in their metaphysical supply, many Pagans of different paths use the ritual cauldron, too. They also make really cool incense burners or smudge pots. Some, even use the cast iron as scrying bowls, candy dishes, pencil and paperclip holders, too!
If you have a small altar space or are still keeping your altar tools hidden from prying eyes, you might like to use a small ritual cauldron. We have cauldrons in many sizes, for almost every type of use. You will find cauldrons made of brass, ceramic, and cast iron, as well. If you want a good all-around utilitarian cauldron, then we recommend one of the cast iron cauldrons. They can be used for just about any purpose and will last for years to come.
It is not necessary to purchase a ritual cauldron for use on your altar, one designed specifically for ritual use. Many pots make fine ritual tools. You may already have a cast iron pot in your cupboard that would do a great job. However, if you do not have a suitable cauldron for your altar or you want something a little different, we may have just what you are looking for!