The Cauldron


The cauldron is the one ritual tool that is positively charged by being the centre of domestic life and
can replace the altar as a focus for less formal magick spells. If you can obtain a flameproof cauldron
with a tripod, you can, on special occasions such as Hallowe’en, light a fire out of doors and heat up a
brew of herbs and spices in the cauldron. When not in use, you can keep your cauldron filled with
flowers or pot pourri.
If your circle is large enough, you can place your cauldron in the centre. Then, if you are working in a
group, form your circle of power around it, so that the altar is within the outer consecrated circle and
you make a human inner circle with the cauldron as the hub. If you are working alone, you can have
your altar in the centre with the cauldron in front of it. Alternatively, you can have a small pot or
cauldron in the centre of the altar.
Experiment with the different positions both for group and solitary work and walk or dance your way
around to work out the logistics. Some practitioners do not use a cauldron at all.
In your rituals, you can light a candle in front of the cauldron, fill it with sand in which to stand
candles, or surround it with a circle of red candles to represent Fire. Wishes written on paper can be
burned in the candles. Water darkened with mugwort may be placed in the cauldron, especially on
seasonal festivals such as Hallowe’en and May Eve, and white candle wax dripped on the surface to
create divinatory images that offer insights into potential paths.
You can cast flower petals into the cauldron water to get energies flowing. For banishing, add dead
leaves and tip the cauldron water into a flowing source of water. You can also burn incense in the
cauldron if this is the focus of a ritual.
The cauldron is a tool of Spirit or Akasha, the fifth element

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