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« Topic Start: May 09, 2007, 02:54:27 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I received a cast-iron cauldron for a Yule present this year, but I'm almost afraid to use it.  I don't want to mess it up.  It's so pretty!
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« Reply #1: May 09, 2007, 03:25:40 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I received a cast-iron cauldron for a Yule present this year, but I'm almost afraid to use it.  I don't want to mess it up.  It's so pretty!

Nice present Smiley
I don't have one, maybe one day.
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« Reply #2: May 09, 2007, 04:47:06 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I received a cast-iron cauldron for a Yule present this year, but I'm almost afraid to use it.  I don't want to mess it up.  It's so pretty!

Mine is made of copper - and it is totally messed up by now  Undecided
But I use it for Candlemagic mostly, so it does not really matter.
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« Reply #3: May 09, 2007, 05:02:35 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I received a cast-iron cauldron for a Yule present this year, but I'm almost afraid to use it.  I don't want to mess it up.  It's so pretty!

I can't wait to hear how others use theirs--I'll bet the uses are as diverse as the membership on this message board!  Please forgive the length of this, but I love cauldrons!  If it's too long, I'll gladly take a few lashes from a moderator. 

First, you can't mess it up unless you put it away wet and forget about it for months.  Rust can be remedied unless it eats a hole and that takes a long time.

FIRE:  I put fire in mine and scry or burn herbs and magical writtings that need burning, etc.  If your cauldron is big enough, it's a great and safe place to burn candles.  As long as the cauldron is properly seasoned, the wax will peel right out when you're done.

WATER:  Water in a black cauldron is one of the best scrying mirrors I've seen.  I love to take mine outside and "capture" the moon's image in the water.  (Easy way to make blessed water for ritual use.)  Just dry it out and heat it up afterwards in the oven to get it completely dry.

EARTH:  Earth or sand in your cauldron makes a slate for writing on.  You can practice making symbols, figure out sigals, doodle as you think, etc.  This is LOADS of fun for me because I can quickly rub out my work if my husband walks in (as if he would care--there's just something childishly fun and perfect about hiding what I'm doing sometimes.) Wink

If you put salt in cast iron, be sure to clean it out really well with oil and paper towels before storage or it will rust terribly and you'll have to use steel wool, onion, or another remedy.

AIR:  I often think of any act of stirring in the cauldron as reinforcing the concept of Air as in...

If, for example, I'm using my cauldron to gain insight into an issue, I've already given the problem a lot of thought (Air stirring).  I've tried to become as aware as possible of the factors involved--tried to sort out where my logic (Air) ends and my emotions (Water) begin, etc. 

When I'm ready, I might go outside for dirt or potting soil, a few stones or sticks to represent obstacles, a stick to "write" with, and maybe a leaf or a feather for no particular reason.

Back inside, I'd fill my cauldron with Earth of some kind and stick a small candle (Fire) upright in the dirt to light my surface and symbolize my Will.  I'd smooth the dirt surface and place the obstacles as I understand (Water) them at this time and call my Spirit Guides to help me gain greater understanding of my issue.

Here comes the fun part.  I'd use my stick to draw paths around my obstacles until I felt ready to confront them by moving them around, kicking them out of the way, reordering them, etc.  Sometimes I realize that a bunch of issues are actually one issue so several of the obstacles can leave the cauldron.   

If I got stuck and the ideas stopped flowing, I might just shove the stones to the edge and use the center to "stir" by drawing spirals (like walking a labrynth).

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« Reply #4: May 09, 2007, 05:15:05 pm »

If it's too long, I'll gladly take a few lashes from a moderator. 

The Cauldron has no length requirements on posts.  As long or as short as does the job is all we care about.

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« Reply #5: May 09, 2007, 05:29:20 pm »

As long as the cauldron is properly seasoned...
How does one do this?  I've got a small cast iron cauldron that I'd like to get more use out of, but I should probably season it first.

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If, for example, I'm using my cauldron to gain insight into an issue, I've already given the problem a lot of thought (Air stirring).  I've tried to become as aware as possible of the factors involved--tried to sort out where my logic (Air) ends and my emotions (Water) begin, etc. 

When I'm ready, I might go outside for dirt or potting soil, a few stones or sticks to represent obstacles, a stick to "write" with, and maybe a leaf or a feather for no particular reason.

Back inside, I'd fill my cauldron with Earth of some kind and stick a small candle (Fire) upright in the dirt to light my surface and symbolize my Will.  I'd smooth the dirt surface and place the obstacles as I understand (Water) them at this time and call my Spirit Guides to help me gain greater understanding of my issue.

Here comes the fun part.  I'd use my stick to draw paths around my obstacles until I felt ready to confront them by moving them around, kicking them out of the way, reordering them, etc.  Sometimes I realize that a bunch of issues are actually one issue so several of the obstacles can leave the cauldron.   

If I got stuck and the ideas stopped flowing, I might just shove the stones to the edge and use the center to "stir" by drawing spirals (like walking a labrynth).
This sounds like a lot of fun.  I might have to try something similar.

Right now, my cauldron is sitting on my shrine to Brighid, 'cause it's the only thing I could find that seemed to have anything to do with smithing - it being iron and all.  I foresee replacing it with something more to the point, so it'll be available for other uses soon.
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« Reply #6: May 09, 2007, 05:46:47 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I received a cast-iron cauldron for a Yule present this year, but I'm almost afraid to use it.  I don't want to mess it up.  It's so pretty!

I burn things for magical workings.  Rarely though.
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« Reply #7: May 09, 2007, 06:01:15 pm »

I burn things for magical workings.  Rarely though.

I think rarely is key to why a cauldron would be nice-to-have but is not very high on the list.
Darn it though, it'd do wonders for my image to have one Wink

Actually, i do need something to burn charcoal in... hmm...
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« Reply #8: May 09, 2007, 06:12:41 pm »


However, if you think something might be a rules violation, can you please ask the moderators FIRST instead of just saying it might break rules in the post? thanks.

Thanks.  Will do! Smiley
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« Reply #9: May 09, 2007, 06:56:42 pm »

How does one do this?  I've got a small cast iron cauldron that I'd like to get more use out of, but I should probably season it first.

Cast-Iron seasoning prep:  First, you'll want to get off all the rust.  You can use steel wool to scrub.  Many people wouldn't do it, but I've used an S.O.S. pad to scrub it.  You wouldn't want to do this very often, but to salvage a badly rusted pot, you might need to do it once or twice. 

An onion cut in half and rubbed on the rust works well too, but it may not break up all of the rust.  After rubbing on the onion, towel it off with something like newspaper.  Keep rubbing onion and toweling off the yuck until your towel comes off clean.

When the rust is gone, you can wash it in soap and water before you season it. 

To season:  hoist that cauldron and rub her down with a vegetable cooking oil--outside and inside.  More rust or blackness may come off on your towel as you rub.  Keep rubbing and oiling until she's clean enough for your purposes. 

Turn on the oven to about 325 F degrees.  Make sure she's greased well, but not gooey with oil as that will just make her get greasy/sticky.  Bake her for a few hours.  How long depends on how neglected she was.  You can even take her out every couple of hours for another rub-down with oil and paper towels.  She'll just get cleaner and cleaner with each rub-down.  Her surface will get finer and begin to look "sealed."

In somewhere between 3 and 10 hours, she'll be seasoned.  Rub her hot body down with toweling, let her cool, and store her where it's DRY.   From then on, if she's got candle wax in her, scrape it out and rub her clean.  If she's held, say, dirt or water or salad, rinse her well, heat her up, and oil her down.  If she's touched meat, eggs, milk, etc., she'll need to be washed in soap and water and re-seasoned before storing.  With practice, you'll know when to re-season.
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« Reply #10: May 09, 2007, 08:47:58 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I have a little cast iron one with three legs, about 5 inches across. I use it in every ritual as the Center or what some call Spirit, the representation of the combination of elements, earth (iron), Fire (well, duh) Air (smoke) and water (shape of Cauldron).

Usually I fill mine about half way with rock salt (to protect the cauldron), and place a few thumb size chunks of firestarter in it. The firestarter stuff is sold at any hardware store, made of usually cedar chips and wax, make to light quickly to get a fireplace log fire going. I use three, maybe small four chunks for a lovely non-smoky fire that burns itself out in about 45 minutes. When the ritual is done, I use rock salt poured over the remants to be sure all is out. I clean the cauldron the next day, after everything is nice and cool. I always put an altar tile under it as well, in my case one I make of a beautiful large slab of agate with a pentacle on it. It's a great hot plate holder.

Occasionally, if really working with one element, I will use dry ice for a "Water" fire (great for scrying), or denatured alcohol (usually steeped in herbs) for a lovely blue "Air" fire. These are trickier and require some practice to keep going and of course with all fire related work I take all precautions necessary, especally if there are cats or small kids or even just clumsy adults around *juniper raises hand*.

The cauldron is the center of the circle, the place of transformation, so I often write things to be begun or ended on flash paper and toss it in the cauldron as part of many rituals. This is so popular it has become a tradition in my family for Yule, we write wishes for the New Year and take turns tossing them in the cauldron. The flash paper does a small explosion as it hits the fire and is a fun theatrical effect. My 5 year old grandson in particular thinks it's the coolest thing ever, he always has LOTS of new wishes for the coming year  Grin

I've been using that little cauldron for, oh 18 years now? It's in still great shape, good 'ol cast iron thing it is. I can't imagine doing a holiday celebration or magical working without the cauldron's flame helping things along.
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« Reply #12: May 09, 2007, 09:27:49 pm »

I don't have a cauldron, but I use a couple of dif. cast-iron skillets that used to belong to my grandma.

I use mine mainly for burning stuff in, only thing with a skillet is that you have to remember to put a trivit under it cause it can get very hot.
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« Reply #13: May 09, 2007, 11:16:14 pm »

Cast-Iron seasoning prep: 

Thanks so much for this!  My cauldron is so pretty I didn't want to ruin it.  It's about 6" in diameter with a pentagram on the front and it's just been sitting on top of the mantle on my fireplace since Yule.  Now maybe I can start using it!
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« Reply #14: May 09, 2007, 11:34:31 pm »

Do you have a cauldron and what do you use it for?

I received a cast-iron cauldron for a Yule present this year, but I'm almost afraid to use it.  I don't want to mess it up.  It's so pretty!

I actually have two.  One I use for burning things.  The other I use for food items.

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