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Malia

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I Got a Cauldron..?
« on: July 22, 2012, 10:42:52 am »
So I bought this cast-iron cauldron (almost said skillet; o_0?) at a church rummage sale. It's a good cauldron-- well-made, funtionally sized, (thankfully) undecorated--but I do not know what, as a Druidess, to do with it. I know that it symbolizes earth in Wicca, but in Druidry?

(I also have a painted stone goblet that I got at a church rummage sale, and an alder wand I crafted myself. Don't know what to do with those either.)

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I Got a Cauldron..?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 10:59:33 am »
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It's a good cauldron-- well-made, funtionally sized, (thankfully) undecorated--but I do not know what, as a Druidess, to do with it. I know that it symbolizes earth in Wicca, but in Druidry?


Obviously, there are practical uses for a cauldron in magic, both as a vessel for various liquids or for fire, like when you need to burn something small.
 
I'm not a druid, but, if I understand correctly, many druid altars include representations of land, sea, and sky.  Assuming it's a good size to put on an altar, I'd think a cauldron of water, maybe with some shells, would be an excellent "sea" symbol.  Or maybe put some soil and/or rocks in it -- with or without a plant -- as "land" symbol.  Or, again depending on size, it could hold one or more candles.

The chalice you described could be used similarly (although maybe not for candles).

A cauldron could represent certain deities, Cerridwen, f'ex.  It could also be used for scrying in water or ink.

Or it could be a kick-ass candy dish.  ;-)
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Re: I Got a Cauldron..?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 08:08:00 pm »
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So I bought this cast-iron cauldron (almost said skillet; o_0?) at a church rummage sale. It's a good cauldron-- well-made, funtionally sized, (thankfully) undecorated--but I do not know what, as a Druidess, to do with it. I know that it symbolizes earth in Wicca, but in Druidry?

(I also have a painted stone goblet that I got at a church rummage sale, and an alder wand I crafted myself. Don't know what to do with those either.)

 
It's really dependent on what kind of Druidry you're practicing.  In ADF Druidry, a cauldron isn't specifically called for, but can be used in a number of ways.  There are three main 'tools': Fire, Well, and Tree.  You could use a cauldron as the Well, though if it's permanent you're going to have rust problems.  I use a pretty large one to build a small fire in when out of doors.  You could even use it to pot up a small bonsai Tree (which would be adorable and gives me fun ideas!).

I know the Henge of Keltria uses three cauldrons in their rituals, though I'm not familiar enough with their practices to tell you about them off the top of my head.  The New Order of Druids doesn't use any specific ritual tools that I know of, though as Aster mentioned, the cauldron could be a nice representation of Sea in a tripartite view of the world as Land, Sea, and Sky.  Other orders of Druids I know even less about, so I won't attempt to talk about them, but the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids or the Ancient Order of Druids in America might have some ideas for you.

If you're interested in a kind of free-form Druidry and aren't looking to join the various organizations, Philip Carr-Gomm, who is the head of the OBOD, has written a good number of books that might be a good place to get started.
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Re: I Got a Cauldron..?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 10:09:42 pm »
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So I bought this cast-iron cauldron (almost said skillet; o_0?) at a church rummage sale. It's a good cauldron-- well-made, funtionally sized, (thankfully) undecorated--but I do not know what, as a Druidess, to do with it. I know that it symbolizes earth in Wicca, but in Druidry?


I'm not Wiccan either but I do have a little cauldron.  I've put a little bit of sand in it and burn incense in it (lid has to be off of course)while meditating etc.  I've a few seashells on the same altar/shrine, so it represents, for  me, the elements of earth sea and sky.

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Re: I Got a Cauldron..?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 08:09:17 pm »
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So I bought this cast-iron cauldron (almost said skillet; o_0?) at a church rummage sale. It's a good cauldron-- well-made, funtionally sized, (thankfully) undecorated--but I do not know what, as a Druidess, to do with it. I know that it symbolizes earth in Wicca, but in Druidry?


As others have said, in ADF-style Druidry, cauldrons can be used for a variety of things: as a representation of the Well (in the Well/Fire/Tree gateway triads), as an incense holder/burner or even to hold a pillar candle.

Our Grove uses a small cast-iron cauldron as a vessel for offerings and sacrifices. It holds everything offered until the end of the rite, then we bury its contents in our backyard shaft. With some of the offerings being food, we scrub it out after every use, of course!

Hope this helps, Malia!

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Re: I Got a Cauldron..?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 06:04:38 pm »
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So I bought this cast-iron cauldron (almost said skillet; o_0?) at a church rummage sale. It's a good cauldron-- well-made, funtionally sized, (thankfully) undecorated--but I do not know what, as a Druidess, to do with it. I know that it symbolizes earth in Wicca, but in Druidry?

 
To me, cauldrons symbolize Dadga. His treasure was the Undry Cauldron; in The Cath Maige Tuired, it is described as "the Cauldron that no company ever went away from unsatisfied." I have one on my altar, and as well as representing Dadga (I really think he likes it!), I use it to burn things in.
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