.........cauldron. In days gone by a cauldron was one of the main tools a witch used. She cooked meals in it, she brewed potions for healing and she would have also made potions for other purposes. The cauldron would have been housed on the hearth, the centre of the home.
Nowadays we have shiny electric or gas cookers (or if we are lucky enough we have agas and other stoves) and microwaves where most of our cooking gets done. If we need something for healing purposes we go to the GP or buy something over the counter in the pharmacy. Some of us might visit an alternative health practitioner to, but rarely do we use our cauldrons and concoct our own remedies.
Of course there are those of us who do have a cauldron and do use them as they are intended. And it could be argued that the pots and pans that we use to create meals are our cauldrons. The cauldron though is frowned upon by many as a thing that can bring misery, by evil witches casting spells upon the innocent.
But all a cauldron is just a piece of equipment that allows us to cook or create. It is not an evil item at all.
As I have said in a previous post, I have a huge mortar, (and pestle), which sits underneath my altar shelf. It symbolises my cauldron, but rarely gets used as it is so big. I do have a smaller mortar and pestle which are better suited for use. I also have a small dish that sits in a stand and I use this to burn stuff in for spell purposes and for that reason I refer to that as my cauldron.
I don't really make an awful lot of potions, though that is something I may change in the near future. I doubt very much that I would go out and buy a specific cauldron as advertised in new age shops. Most are just for decorative purposes anyway,and those that are fully working can be really expensive. With this in mind I am highly likely to use an old pot, most likely sourced from a charity shop or car boot sale.