The History of Cauldrons and Why they are Used

Not everyone dabbles in the ancient beliefs that there are witches that walk among us, for a few years back in the early 80’s I thought I’d try and see if maybe I could actually be a witch. I went out and bought a spell book, candles, and even a cauldron, and after a few botched spells it occurred to me that in fact I wasn’t a witch. I still have my cauldron it now rests on a shelf as part of my home decor.

For those of you that don’t know or have never heard of cauldrons the best way that I can describe them is this, a cauldron is a round pot made of cast iron with three stands to hold it over an open fire. It has handles or a curved hanger that the user can use to carry it or put it on the fire place. Its design varies from region to region but a majority of the cauldrons are rounded, bear some artwork and have some design symbols which have defined cultural value and meaning.

Dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, cauldrons were deeply associated with wicca or witchcraft and are still considered to be a witches tool in some parts of the world where witchcraft is still practiced to date. In most of the witchcraft rituals, the cauldron is used to process spells by boiling them in the hood from a centrally located fire place in the ritual circle.

A Cauldron is also Known as a Potjie Pot

“Or simply put a Witch’s Pot”

Origin Of Cauldrons – Even in the ancient times, the cauldron was still associated with some supernatural powers

According to Celtic goddess mythology, these were used during wars to give life back to soldiers who had been killed in the battle ground but they lacked the soul and they lost their speech as well. By pouring spells processed through the Celtic goddess on to dead bodies, soldiers would come back to life and get back to the battle field until they were killed again.

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Its round shape that mimicked the shape of the womb was considered to be a place of creation or rebirth not only for a warring army but also in any other instance where a rebirth or creation was needed, this was performed through sacred rituals addressed to the Celtic goddess.

Witches Pot and Witchcraft

The cauldron is crafted into a round shape and once the spells, the herbs, incarnations and other witchcraft items are put inside and placed on an open fire, the witches intent is conjured. The boiling that takes place signifies development of the spell in the womb of the goddess and finally gives birth to what they want. In most cases this pot is set and heated from a central point to garner enough energy from those surrounding it.

When Burning Spells are Needed it’s Best to use a Heat Resistant Pot

Witchcraft refers to a cultural way of using supernatural powers to influence occurrence of a given phenomenon, transforming means of livelihood or even cancelling out some challenges and powers that affect people in their lives.

While in some parts of the world such powers are considered to be mere superstitions, such occurrences in places where witchcraft is practiced are part of their real lives. For instance, taking ones hair strand to a witch may be enough to ruin his or her state of mind or worse.


Processing of such spells or portions is always performed through witchcraft rituals which bring in the aspect of using cast iron cauldrons. Being a piece that is highly heat resistant, witches find it ideal for heating the herbs, witchcraft samples such as hair or nails, burning incense, processing written wishes and other items used in witchcraft. Additionally, the cauldron is also considered to be very symbolic in the performance of witchcraft rituals and is considered to be a link to the Celtic goddess.

Did You Know: Almost everyone associates these pots with witches and only on Halloween, not to many people have given this amazing pot any other thought. I adore the shape and style of the potjie pot it has a look like nothing else.

Baking The Pot – Cake pops would be perfect for any Halloween party

I came across this video by accident and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. The best part is these are simple to make everyone will think you spent hours being this creative.

 Casting Spells that Symbolism in the Wicca Practice

It’s also common to find witches staring at images as they perform their rituals, when filled with water it easily provides a place where the witch can view images of the ones she/he is bewitching. While in the common man’s mind the water in the cauldron will only give a reflection of the viewer, witches believe and do claim that these give them a place to view those they are eyeing in the rituals.

Some of them even have the power to throw a spell directly on the images that they see on the surface of the water which eventually affects the culprits in real-life. The intense heating through the cauldron is also symbolic, by burning incense the fragrance helps witches remain focused on the objective and intent of the witchcraft ritual being performed. Additionally, the steam rising in the air as the spell is prepared is believed to be going to the place of interest and cause desired effects.

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Nonetheless, the cauldron only has specific areas of application, its use is only associated with specific rituals that match the attributes of the Celtic goddess. Some of the specific rituals performed with the cauldron include:

Rituals that are performed to transform one’s life, some of the rituals are basically performed to improve one’s life. For instance, one may be interested in protecting his or her wealth, her family or even seeking prosperity in his or her means of livelihood. Such rituals are believed to be deeply associated with the fertility and protection attributes of the Celtic goddess.

Performing rituals related to reincarnation, immorality and inspiration, the cauldron is believed to be very effective in casting spells related to reincarnation, immorality and inspiration. If a spouse is suspected to be unfaithful, such a spell made through the cauldron is believed to have the power to stop his immorality acts. It can also be used to lure someone into love with ease through love potions or even change the way a spouse treats his or her partner.

“I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses”

Quoted By — J.K. Rowling

You Don’t Have to be a Witch to Own One of these Useful Pots

There are many uses for them and cooking is just one. Since mine is only a small one and not worth trying to cook in it, I use it as a change holder than when it becomes full I just roll up the coins.

But remember you don’t have to be a witch to use one, I found out that I have no special powers and I still enjoy using mine as a coin collector but heck that’s just me. Depending on the size or even the style will determine how you use yours.

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The pot you see in the pictures does come in larger sizes and can even be taken on camping trips, this is a great way to cook up any size meals for the family. If your anything like me and my family we get tired of eating hotdogs and hamburgers while were away for a week camping. With this pot you can easily cook up a stew or chili for the entire family or even invite your camping neighbors over for dinner.

No Magic was used for the making of this article I simply put my cauldrons on a glass patio table causing the reflection seen in pictures

Cultural Artwork

In some parts of the world, however, the cauldron is viewed as a cultural artwork and has nothing to do with witchcraft.

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This has made them creep into the market and people who are interested in maintaining a traditional look in their homes buy the decorative ones. Although some of them have been modified into other designs and they are not made of the traditional cast iron that was used to make the witchcraft cauldron.

But all in all, the original shape and the artwork patterns used still resemble the ancient cauldrons.

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