Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Honing Your Magickal Senses
With our senses honed and intuition enhanced, we’re ready to put them to good use! We’re exploring another favorite witchy tool this week
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
A Witch’s Cauldron
The cauldron is the tool of the Witch par excellence . It is an ancient culinary container imbued with mystery. In many magical traditions, it is the vessel in which Magical transformations take place . Wiccans see the cauldron as a symbol of the Goddess, the manifest essence of femininity and fertility. It is also a symbol of the element Water, reincarnation, immortality and inspiration.
From Spells8: Spellcasting Tools: Cauldron
Cauldrons come in many shapes, sizes, and styles- they may be made of various types of metal or glass and have anywhere from one to four legs (three legs common in Wicca witchcraft, with each leg being symbolic of one phase of the Triple Goddess). The one feature all cauldrons used with fire or heat must have is that they are made of sturdy, fireproof material.
A cauldron has many uses in rituals including indoor or outdoor ceremonial fires, scrying, holding ingredients necessary for the ritual, or burning items during a ritual.
From Spells8: Tools of Wiccan Witchcraft
Like all magickal tools, a cauldron serves their practitioner in whatever way best suits their needs and style of magick! There are many styles and types of cauldrons and even more ways to use them within the Craft.
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This week’s challenge is all about cauldrons - how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!
So are you ready? Because it’s…
From Spells8: Free Cauldron Printable Page
This challenge is all about cauldrons - but as always, how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!
Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.
Have a cauldron of your own? Feel free to show it off and share all about it for your challenge entry this week!
You might share a little about:
- How you choose your cauldron (or how it chose you!)
- What materials it is made from
- How you use it in your practice
A cauldron’s primary use is to assist its witch in their spellwork. From brewing blends to providing a safe container for candle spells, there are many ways to put a trusty cauldron to work.
Consider exploring spells that involve a cauldron, or perhaps write your own spell!
No cauldron? No worries! A cauldron is waiting for you to use to cast and brew potions in the Spells8 Virtual Altar. Give it a try!
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Once upon a time, cauldrons hung over the hearth- the heart of the home. While many of us cook on a stove these days, the kitchen remains a heart within one’s dwelling and a place where wonderful (and delicious!) magick can be worked.
Cauldrons have traditionally been associated with transformations, creation, and rebirth.Contemporary witches sometimes use them to brew potions, combine materials for spells, steep teas, and more. Your pots, blender, and kettle are considered witchy tools.
From Spells8: Tools of a Kitchen Witch
Consider getting creative with the vessels you have available- whether it’s a pot or blender, you can make it into your brewing cauldron!
Related discussions and resources:
Want to enchant a useful household item to make it magickal? Consider enchanting a fireproof vessel to imbue it with magick and turn it into your cauldron! You might also consecrate it (designate it for specifically magickal uses) and cleanse it from time to time to remove negativity too.
For more information about enchanting, consider viewing the Coven’s entries in the previous Making Objects Magickal Challenge
More consecration spells and ideas can be found in the Coven’s entries to the previous Consecration Challenge
More cleansing methods and negativity removal spells can be explored in the Coven’s entries to the previous Cleansing in the Craft Challenge
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Feeling called towards research? For your entry this week, consider delving into magickal history to explore the history of cauldrons and how they came to be associated with magick. We’d love to hear what you discover!
The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore cauldrons in another way, please feel free to do so!
As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme
Video shared in How to Burn Herbs with Charcoal Disks and a Cauldron
Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.
In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it!
Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry
You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!
Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)
Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.
A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways