Wiccan Ritual Tools: The Cauldron
The cauldron is perhaps the most well known and beloved of the Wiccan ritual tools. The cauldron has been used for ages in mystery and magic and has much associated lore and tradition. It is more than just a vessel for cooking and brewing. It is also a conducer of transformation; the Holy Grail, so to speak, of Wiccan ritual and magic.
In Wicca, the cauldron is a symbol of the mother Goddess and of fertility and femininity. It also represents the element of water and usually takes a place on the Wiccan altar near the Goddess symbol. It is also used profusely in earth/seasonal rites. It can be filled with water, fires lit within it and many more symbolic ritual actions.
The cauldron is traditionally made of iron, with three legs and the opening being smaller than the widest part. Needless to say, most of us have seen the stereotypical witch's cauldron in fairy tales for years and years. The tale of the Goddess Cerridwen and her cauldron is a most famous tale that has much impact on modern day Wicca.
Cauldrons are not the easiest of the Wiccan ritual tools to find. Getting your hands on even a small one can prove a challenge. I have seen gorgeous cauldrons at flea markets and antique stores, although they were well beyond my budget. If you are similarly constrained, you can still find a good quality cauldron at a reasonable price. There are many Wicca supply mail order and online stores that carry smaller cauldrons for around thirty dollars. If you are unable to find one in any other way, this could be a viable option.
A cauldron can be found in any size. Some are only a few inches wide while others are massive iron vessels stretching several feet across. If you are on the hunt for a cauldron for your Wiccan ritual and magical purposes, don't feel as though you must buy a huge and expensive one for regular use. My cauldron serves me well and is only six inches in diameter. I never feel the need for anything larger and I am able to perform all of my spells and Wiccan rituals with this small cauldron. Plus, it fits nicely on top of my altar with my other Wiccan ritual tools.
Once you have found a satisfactory cauldron for your needs, you should make sure to consecrate it for magical use. It should be dedicated as a Wiccan ritual tool and used for this purpose only. There are many wonderful published tool consecrations rituals or you may choose to write you own. What is most important here is your intent and the purification of the tool for use in Wiccan ritual.