Dionysus-Zagreus slain by other gods who were jealous, torn into pieces by the Titans who threw the remains of his body into a cauldron. As we will see in Eleusinian Mysteries Dionysus will play an important role in resurrection rites. A greek inscription from Syria of Trajan’s time (early 2nd century A.D.) has the phrase “apotheotheis en to lebeti,” having been made a god in the cauldron, and is dedicated to Leukothea, the white goddess who appears in the sea. What’s more regenerating than our Mercurius? What’s more simile to Mercurius than a white substance extracted from the huge sea of Primitive Mercurius? Might it be possible the same substance we use to extract and regenerate a metal Soul in a new body could extract and regenerate a human Soul in a new body?
In the Delphi Temple the Pythia descended into the innermost shrine to sit on a cauldron lid, in imitation of the god Apollo. The cauldron was supported by a tripod. Although Plutarch mentioning emanations, there is no archaeological or geological evidence for fumes, only solid rock. We know that devices to provide artificial fictional fumes had been discovered in the nearby of the cauldron. Of course nobody could claim for a real miracle on the spot, but it is very interesting the intention for a seething function, as one may expect from a real cooking cauldron. The tripod function is also to be pointed, as well as the solar god par excellence Apollo presence. And finally our cauldron as a means to foresee, or time traveling. Marcelin Berthelot in his “ La Chimie des Anciens”, or the chemistry of ancients, points out in Codex Marcianus that the word πόντος, or sea, was used to define the distillatory cauldron, or chaudière distillatoire. What’s more dissolving than our alchemical sea or Secret Fire? How ancient must be Alchemy if a simple seething pot had been chosen to represent a concept so huge and important, indeed the most important of all, which is immortality in a new body? The more simple the symbol, the more ancient the concept.
In greek myth we also have evidences of travels by sea and sky by means of flying or floating cauldrons. In Aeneide cauldrons were offered as a symbolical present to travelers. In Odyssey XIII: 13: King Alkinous proposes that Odysseus should be given presents, a big tripod and cauldron from each man. The same Apollo is often represented sitting on a tripod cauldron which has wings.
Homer, Iliad XVIII:369 ff., describes the manufacture of tripod cauldrons: they are for action in the sky. There was a copper cauldron on the roof of the temple of Zeus at Olympia, and another at Delos. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that the tripod and cauldron, with a crown of fire, were an attempt to represent, and to establish communication with a god in the sky, elsewhere described as a seething pot facing north. Ancient Jews used to perform a ceremony intended to assist in the rejuvenation and resurrection of the slain Adonis, and for this reason a cauldron was placed with its face towards the north.
Can you imagine to aligne a cauldron northwards? You can turn a pot in every direction, but very hardly one will be able to give it a precise position. Since a pot is just a pot. A metaphor, indeed. For something which can be alternatively oriented. So despite the fact that a cauldron may appear as the very place to destroy the four elements of a body, we know that very hardly a human being was really slain to have his/her head boiled to extract first Spirit of Life and then Soul (3).
There’s a legend claiming that every cauldron have a territoriality of influence field. That’s to say that every cauldron is tied with a geological area. Let pots to cook minerals.