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"Remember gentlemen, spells are much more than a series of arcane words. But the power you bring into those words makes the magic."
— Behold Chablis

Magic is the ability to influence the course of events via supernatural or mystical forces, passed down via genetics as a family trait; those born with the ability to use magic are known as witches and warlocks, respectively. A number of magical powers and abilities have been showcased throughout multiple seasons of American Horror Story, namely Coven, HotelRoanoke, Apocalypse and Delicate. This is a partial list of those powers and spells to date.

Some magical abilities are inherent to certain witches; that is to say, they are naturally born with these abilities and do not need to focus or concentrate on them in order to perform them. Oftentimes, witches will inherit their magical powers from relatives who possessed these powers themselves; as a result, a witch descended from a unique bloodline may possess powers that cannot be replicated by other witches who do not possess these same powers (Queenie's Injury Transference and Mallory's Tempus Infinituum are two examples of this). Other powers can achieved by all witches regardless of their bloodline via reading the reading of incantations or performance of rituals.

It is not rare for a witch to manifest more than three powers, though in order for them to claim the title of Supreme Witch, they are required to possess all seven of the Seven Wonders, though this witch does not necessarily need to exhibit every possible magical power that exists.

If witches who share the ability to perform a certain magical power are in the same vicinity as each other, they will be able to perform this particular ability collectively, giving it much more intense effect than if they were to use this power singlehandedly (for example, Misty, Cordelia, Queenie, Zoe and Madison were able to combine their telekinesis, resulting in all of them being able to fling The Axeman away from them by several yards).

Some magical abilities may be triggered by certain events and substances. The ability to negate magic was instinctively activated by Zoe with no prior knowledge of the skill, and Fiona had an uncontrolled clairvoyant event while undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital, remarking that she never possessed the ability before. During times of crisis, witches may experience a spike in their power, which manifests in the form of newly-developed abilities.[1]

According to Cordelia Goode, witches draw their power from light,[2] though evidently, there are other witches lurking in the shadows of their benevolent counterparts who draw their power from dark forces, and look less human as a result.[3]

Voodoo and Witchcraft practitioners share certain powers.

The Seven Wonders[]

The Seven Wonders are a category of magical abilities which the Salem witches use to determine who will be the Supreme Witch, a title they use to refer to the most powerful witch among them who will lead their coven. Although witches will typically manifest one to three of the Seven Wonders throughout their lifetime (or more if they are particularly powerful), they will not qualify as the Supreme Witch unless they demonstrate that they possess all seven of the following abilities:


The ability to manipulate objects with the power of the mind, allowing witches to move or levitate people and objects without physically touching them. This seems to be the most common power, as it has been displayed by many witches, and can be used both offensively and defensively.


The ability of a witch to impose their own will onto another person or animal, allowing the aforementioned witch to control many parts of an intended victim's mind (such as their thoughts, actions and memories). This power can be resisted by humans with strong willpower, though doing so will cause these individuals to experience an increase in intracranial pressure, leading to permanent brain damage in these individuals if they do not give in to being controlled by a witch. As a result, if exercised properly, a witch with this power can bend the strongest of wills to her personal desires. It is more commonly known as Coercion or Mind Control.


The ability to create, control, and manipulate fire with the power of the mind.


The ability to move instantaneously from one location to another without physically occupying the space in-between, also known as Teleportation. Warlocks refer to this power as "Salire per spatium".

Vitalum Vitalis[]

The ability to tip the scale from one life force to another. Witches can transfer their own life force into people or animals that are sick, injured or on the verge of death, thereby restoring living things to perfect health and healing their injuries.[15]. Common side effects on witches with this power are fainting and dizziness, due to the strain a witch experiences from giving up part of their own soul to save someone or something else's. Contrarily, witches can also abuse this power by using it the opposite way, draining the life force of living things in order to temporarily reverse their own aging and become younger, though they will very quickly return to their true age.[4]


The ability to descend into the netherworlds of the afterlife. Witches are able to project their souls directly into Hell, which takes the form of their worst fears. If a witch is stuck for a certain amount of time in Hell, their physical body will disintegrate into dust and their soul will be trapped there for all of eternity. To use this power, witches commonly chant an incantation.[2][15]

Spiritu duce, in me est. Deduc me in tenebris vita ad extremum, ut salutaret inferi. Descensum!
— Incantation

A counter-spell was used by Cordelia Foxx in an attempt to guide Misty Day back from the netherworld.

Sequere lucem, venite ad me.
— Incantation


The ability to obtain direct knowledge of an object, person, location, or physical event through means other than the user's physical senses. This power can be activated by just being around a person,[4] focusing on specific tasks,[1] or touching objects.[6]

Uncommon Powers[]


The magical ability to resurrect oneself and other individuals from death. Unlike Vitalum Vitalis, which requires a witch to give up part of her own soul to restore a person or animal back to perfect health, resurgence works by a witch reaching into the space between life and death, drawing a soul back from the precipice of the afterlife before restoring it to the deceased's body.[4] Misty Day and Siobhan Corbyn are thus far the only known witches to possess the power of resurgence. It is considered to be more difficult than any of the Seven Wonders.[10]

Resurgence requires the deceased's body to be mostly intact, even if great damage was inflicted upon it. When the Salem coven was tricked into believing Fiona Goode's body was disposed of in the Louisiana swamps, Misty remarked that even she could not bring someone back "once they're gator shit."[1] Similarly, individuals who have been dead for a considerable amount of time are harder to resurrect. Misty had to combine her powers with Zoe Benson's in order to expel the death from Madison Montgomery's decaying corpse before she could bring the latter back to life.[22] Misty had no trouble resurrecting Myrtle Snow, however, as she was able to locate Myrtle's charred body almost immediately after the witch was burnt at the stake.[26]

Any damage inflicted on the deceased's body when they died cannot be undone by resurgence, thus resurrecting badly decomposed or damaged bodies (i.e. someone whose throat was slit in life) will result in that person still baring the wound that resulted in their death after being resurrected. As a result of this side effect, Misty had to employ the healing properties of Louisiana swamp mud to graft Madison's dismembered arm back on to her body, and likewise used the same method to restore Myrtle's burnt body to its former state.[22]

Misty used resurgence to resurrect herself after being burnt at the stake.[8] She also brought animals, such as birds and alligators, back to life.[4][8] Myrtle Snow, Madison Montgomery, and Joan Ramsey were all individuals who were resurrected by Misty through resurgence.[26][22][10]

Tempus Infinituum[]

The immensely rare and powerful magical ability to manipulate the flow of time. This power is especially unique in that it can be performed by a witch in two different ways: on a localized scale, such as reversing the time of a specific object or organism (i.e. reversing a fully-grown deer's age to turn it back into a doe), or on a larger scale, which involves the witch going back in time herself to alter the course of history from that point onwards, changing or reversing past events as if they never happened and, as a result, creating a brand new timeline separate from the original timeline's series of events. Unlike resurgence or Vitalum Vitalis, which bring people or animals back to life after they've been injured or have died, Tempus Infinituum can erase an organism from ever having been injured or died. It is such an uncommon power that the Salem witches assumed it to be fictional for generations.


The magical ability to live forever and never age, allowing those afflicted by it an immunity to all aging, disease, and death. It would appear to be an exceptionally rare and complicated ability, as even most Supreme Witches seem unaware of its existence; as a result, this power may have its origins in ancient or forgotten Pagan skills not practiced by modern witches. Immortality seems to come with a steep price, as it appears it can only be bestowed to a witch by malevolent deities, such as Satan or the Old Gods, and either requires the aforementioned witch to perform annual human sacrifices during specific times of the year, taking the lives of innocent people in order for the witch to preserve her own, or to serve the will of the Devil as one of his loyal servants in exchange for eternal youth.

Black Widow[]

The magical ability to induce brain aneurysms during sexual intercourse. Individuals who have died and were resurrected are immune to this power, as Madison Montgomery and Kyle Spencer were both able to pursue a sexual relationship with Zoe Benson after being brought back to life following their respective deaths.[18]

Power Negation[]

The magical ability to cancel out someone else's magic or Voodoo curse. Despite having no prior knowledge that she possessed this ability beforehand, Zoe was able to instinctively use this power when Marie Laveau sent an army of zombies to kill the witches of Miss Robichaux's Academy, breaking the Voodoo Queen's spell and resulting in these zombies falling to the ground as inanimate corpses. According to Zoe, this power was activated out of her sheer panic and alarm rather than intentionally.


The magical ability to control plant life. During her preparation for the Test of the Seven Wonders, Misty cut off a flower's petals and used this power to speed up their growth in a matter of seconds, resulting in the flower completely reforming itself much faster than it would naturally.


The magical ability to manipulate water and other liquids.


The magical ability to control weather through water molecules present in the air, allowing a witch to create snow or rain in the surrounding environment, even indoors.

Enhanced Agility[]

The magical ability to perform motions, or movements, at a speed and effortlessness that surpasses that of a normal member of the user's species, possessed of enhanced speed, balance, endurance, flexibility, and reflexes.

Illusion Manipulation[]

The magical ability to create and manipulate illusions, causing others to see, hear, touch, smell, and/or taste things which do not actually exist, or cause them to perceive things differently from what they truly are.


The magical ability to read the minds of others and project one's own thoughts into them, also known as Telepathy.

Lectio Animo[]

The magical ability to listen to a person's soul to extract the truth, allowing a witch with this power to hear individuals' true hidden intentions as if hearing their thoughts out loud. It is somewhat similar to Lie Detection, though it is a variation of Clairvoyance.

Telekinetic Earthquake[]

The magical ability to telekinetically create small seismic shocks. A variation of Telekinesis.

Telekinetic Incision[]

The magical ability to telekinetically cut into a person's skin without causing any hemorrhage. A variation of Telekinesis.


The magical ability to propel oneself into the air, granting them flight. A variation of Telekinesis

Memory Manipulation[]

The magical ability to manipulate another person's memory in order to either implant false memories into them or erase their memory of specific events. A variation of Concilium.


The magical ability to entrance a victim and make them do anything the user wants them to do. Unlike Concilium, which merely requires concentration on behalf of the witch using it and does not require any talking to achieve, Hypnosis requires the witch to verbalize their commands, at which point the victim will not talk back unless commanded to do so by the witch. A variation of Concilium.

Lie Detection[]

The magical ability to detect lies. A variation of Divination.

Magic Detection[]

The magical ability to sense another witch's magic. Misty describes it as "[her] heart starts racing, [her] teeth start vibrating, and something is calling to [her]". A variation of Divination.

Life-Force Detection[]

The magical ability to detect a person's life-force (or lack of it). Witches with this power use it determine whether or not a fellow witch is alive or deceased, without ever needing to find the missing witch's body as confirmation of their fate. A variation of Divination.

Evil Detection[]

The magical ability to sense evil like a perfume. A variation of Divination.

Danger Detection[]

The magical ability to detect imminent danger. A variation of Divination.

Aura Detection[]

The magical ability to detect auras, allowing a witch with this power to distinguish one individual's personality traits from someone else's. This may not be a variation of Divination, as Madison Montgomery possesses it but is still not powerful enough to be classified as Supreme Witch.

Calorie Detection[]

The magical ability to detect how many calories a specific food has. A variation of Divination.

Gluten Detection[]

The magical ability to detect if food has gluten in it or not. A variation of Divination.


The magical ability to see things such as messages, visions, and prophecies on a reflective surface. A variation of Divination.

The Sight[]

The magical ability to see significant visions or premonitions of the past, present, and future[1] through touch. It is described as the greatest ability to have and the most painful to live with. Cordelia Goode describes these visions as vibrating with light. A variation of Divination.

Astral Projection[]

The magical ability of a witch to separate her soul from her own body, thereby allowing her soul to travel to different locations via the Astral Plane, a dimension between life and death where witches can spy on different locations without needing to physically travel to them. Witches and warlocks use this power to see areas which would otherwise pose dangerous to them if they were physically present there. A variation of Descensum.

Instrumental Crafts[]


Affinity for an extensive knowledge of "Green Magic," including conventional herbalism as well as more sophisticated botanical science and potion brewing. While Cordelia usually uses her knowledge in this field for protection and healing, Myrtle uses her knowledge to brew a poisonous potion to take down her enemies by putting the poison on foods.


Spells — it's much more than a series of arcane words. It's the power you bring to those words that makes the magic.
— {{{2}}}

Affinity for casting spells and performing rituals.

Spirit Board[]


Zoe, Queenie, and Nan using a spirit board

The spirit board is an object used to communicate with the spirits of the dead. It is a rectangular-shaped board inscribed with letters of the English alphabet and the numbers 1-9.

Zoe Benson found a spirit board hidden away in a closet while going through Madison Montgomery's things. Enlisting the help of Queenie and Nan, Zoe attempts to contact Madison, whom she believes to be dead. Queenie recounts an event when her grandmother played around with a spirit board and had half of her face burnt off by a bad spirit she accidentally released. Zoe assures Queenie that three witches are more than capable to face any malicious ghosts. Using a glass as a makeshift planchette, the girls make contact with the spirit world. However, instead of Madison, the spirit of the Axeman communicates with the witches, revealing his identity to them. Queenie quickly puts an end to the communication, warning Zoe to find out who she is talking to if survival is important to her.

Later by herself, Zoe once again reaches out to the Axeman, promising him release should he reveal Madison's whereabouts. In response, the Axeman directs Zoe to the attic through the spirit board.[22]

Louisiana Swamp Mud[]

The mud from Louisiana swamps are rich in Spanish moss and alligator dung, granting it extraordinary healing properties. After being burnt at the stake and resurrecting herself, Misty Day used Louisiana swamp mud to restore her burnt body.[8][10] Following Myrtle Snow's own gruesome death at the stake, Misty revived her and healed the witch's charred body with Louisiana swamp mud.[22][10]

After Zoe Benson and Madison Montgomery brought Kyle Spencer back to life using the body parts of several other corpses, Misty applied Louisiana swamp mud to Kyle's wounds. However, the mud was unable to fully heal a deep wound he had near his neck.[5]

Zoe had Misty use Louisiana swamp mud to graft Madison's dislocated left arm on to her body back before resurrecting her.[22]

Cordelia, Madison, and Myrtle buried themselves in Louisiana swamp mud to hibernate for two years and became immune to the fallout.[25]

Spells and Rituals[]

In addition to the inherent (sometimes reflexive) abilities, there are some spells or rituals featured that require more preparation. A spell may require ritual actions, an incantation, material components, or any combination of these.

Lock Enchantment Spell[]

A spell to enchant locks on doors and prevent anyone from entering. Although she never used it, Cordelia threatened to enchant the locks after Fiona left the house.[4]

Memory Spell[]

A spell to alter or implant false memories onto someone. The caster requires their target to consume their spit. This spell was used by Fiona to alter the memories of the two detectives investigating Zoe and Madison.[8] She later used a more elaborate version on The Axeman to convince the rest of the coven that she was dead. It was able enough to fool Cordelia's Sight.[6]

Fertility Ritual[]

A ritual to boost to female fertility. Performed in a candle-lined circle by Cordelia Goode, and involving coitus with Hank Foxx inside the circle. Unfortunately, the ritual did not work for her.

Jam tibi impero et praencipio maligne spiritus! Ut confestim allata et circulo discedas, absque omni laesione cujuscunque creaturae vel rei et ad locum a justissimo, Deo tibi deputatum in momento et ictu oculi abeas. Krec Kreteo Mas Mav Kaetan!
— Incantation

Resurrection Spell[]

A reanimation of once-living things. The ritual was performed on Kyle Spencer, with anatomical contributions from other cadavers, by Madison Montgomery and Zoe Benson. Ritual components involved inhalation of burning sage ("salvia officinalis"), the blood of a dove ("colomba sanguinem"), a circle of salt formed around the corpse, a lock of the deceased’s hair ("litus de pilis dilecti"), and a reversed pentacle drawn with spellcaster's blood on the corpse's chest, as a sacrament.

Calpriziana Offina Alta nestra fuero menut. Azazel we submit to you body and soul. Lord of the Underworld we offer you our obedience and everlasting devotion until death sanctifies this unholy union. Berald Beroald Gab Gabor Agaba! Return to the mortal coil! Arise!
— Incantation

Truth Enchantment[]

An enchantment on the tongue to only speak the truth when questioned. Cast by Myrtle Snow on Spalding, which led him to cut off his tongue to thwart it.[9]

Veritas, Honorum, Justitia, Sapientia, Scientia. I conjure and command thee, dark lords to the vernacular, summon truth from lying tongues. Fire upon the wicked who dare to throw sand in our eyes. With force I command thee, let truth be spoken!
— Incantation

Banishing Spell[]

An exorcism of evil spirits. Performed by Nan, Queenie and Zoe to banish the Axeman's ghost from the Academy.[22]

Solvo Liberatum Spirito Malus Nequam Pessimus Peior Cantum sufficare non levsusne milte illuc ubi mal spiritus sunt mortem cadaver putridum repraesent infur imperator requiru a choro.
— Incantation

Preservation Spell[]

An enchantment that allows an object or thing to be preserved. Myrtle Snow has achieved such a spell, enchanting the tongue of Spalding for safe-keeping.[18]

Restoration Spell[]

The magical grafting of a body part back onto a living host. This ritual was performed by Zoe Benson to restore Spalding's tongue to his mouth[18] and was presumably used by Myrtle in Cordelia's transplantation of the eyes "donated" by Cecily and Quentin.[23]

Infernales, curare hominem. Restitue eum ad naturam. Infernales, curare hominem. Restitue eum ad naturam.
— Incantation

The Sacred Taking[]

The witches of [[Miss Robichaux's Academy]] attempt The Sacred Taking.

A ritual that allows the ascension of a new Supreme, requiring the selfless suicide of the current Supreme. A ritual requires the witches to wear red robes and black lace veils. The ritual usually proceeds with all the coven members gathering up to form a circle, they will then put their hands on opposite of each others' and will tilt up their head, having their body in a bending position facing upwards. An athame will then be passed on from one witch to another, each of them will cut the tip of their index finger for a small portion of their blood to be spilled. After all coven members slashed their fingers, they will all together put in the middle pointing and meet at the center.[10]

Cordelia made a raw version of The Sacred Taking as a last-ditch effort to alter the Apocalypse. After telekinetically stealing the knife of Michael's hand, she then stabbed herself straight in the heart and let her body fall down the stairs so that it will immediately kill herself, allowing her power to pour swiftly to Mallory's body, transforming her as the new Supreme, and with enough power Mallory can be able to execute Tempus Infinituum with no failure. Before Cordelia, only three Supreme witches invoked The Sacred Taking, making her the fourth to do it in the Salem witches history.

Protective Berries Spell[]

A spell to make plants come to life and grow berries used to protect the people that eat them. This ritual was used by Cordelia Goode and Misty Day to make the plants from the greenhouse come to life and grow berries to protect the other witches in Miss Robichaux's Academy.[23]

Plant Revival Spell[]

A spell to revive plants. It was used by Misty Day and Cordelia Goode. It required a potion made of asafoetida herb, bay leaf, various other herbs and mud.[23]

Bazabi lacha Bachabe, Lamac cahi achabahi, Karrelyos. Lamac Lamac Bachalys, Cabahagy sabalyos Barylos.
— Incantation

Sleep Spell[]

A spell used to help a person sleep. It was used by Fiona on Marie Laveau to help her fall asleep after her tribe was attacked.[19]

Bankruptcy Spell[]

A very powerful spell used by Fiona and Marie Laveau to make Delphi Trust go bankrupt. The spell components were a maze, a set of white candles, mice, and fresh-wrapped bills. Once the maze is surrounded by candles and bills, the mice (previously enchanted with an unidentified mixture of herbs) are left free to run in the maze until they are captured by traps, thus causing the chance of bankruptcy as the mice represent the inspectors dismantling a business corporation represented by the maze.[19]

Note: This spell requires an enormous amount of power, because Fiona fainted after the spell was complete or maybe because she's already fading when they proceed with the ritual.

Come to me, Hecate. Mother of Angels Cosmic World Soul. Comminuet, infirmabitur, submergetur. Praecipita, strangulare percusserite in corde suo proposito. Comminuet infirmabitur submergetur. Praecipita strangulare percusserite in corde suo proposito. Bring them to me in a weakened state. Make me strong and cunning, so that I may destroy them.
— Incantation

Scrying Spell[]

A spell used by Zoe Benson to know what happened to Nan. Light a few white candles around a bathroom and hold a lighted silver candle above a bathtub full of water and say the incantation while touching the water. The images will then appear in the water.[34]

Elementum recolligo huic locus. Commodo mihi vestri vox.
— Incantation

Analgesic Spell[]

A spell used by Myrtle Snow on Cordelia in order to alleviate the pain for cutting out both eyes.[34]

Spirit Contacting Spell[]

Queenie is seen performing a spell to contact Nan's spirit during her preparation to the Seven Wonders Test.[6] 

Descensum Reversal Spell[]

A spell that supposedly guides back the soul of a witch who attempted descensum. Cordelia tried to use this spell to save Misty Day after she was trapped in her personal hell during the test of the Seven Wonders. However, the spell failed to work and Misty's body disintegrated into ash from being unable to return from hell.[6]

Sequere lucem. Venite ad me.
— Incantation

Winning Enchantment[]

An enchantment on a ticket to win lots of money. Cordelia Goode enchanted Queenie's ticket for the Price is Right to ensure she will win big.[27]

Eternal Servitude Ritual[]

A ritual used by Scáthach to control others via stealing their souls.[13][31]

Surrender thy soul... to me
— Incantation

Pyrokinesis Spell[]

A spell that can generate fire when recited multiple times.

Igneme accende.
— Incantation

Molecular Rearrangement Spell[]

A spell that can manipulate the molecules of an object, thereby transforming it from one thing to another. A group of warlocks at the Hawthorne School used this spell to transform a set of diamonds into a single metal orb.[2]

Ex forma mutata. Summa partes. Ex forma mutata. Facti sunt figura novi.
— Incantation

Rose Color Enchantment[]

An enchantment that changes the natural color of a rose to how they want.

Transformation Enchantment[]

An enchantment that temporarily transforms matter from one thing to another. Mallory used this enchantment to transform rose petals into butterflies.[2]

Warlock Blessing[]

A blessing for a warlock undergoing the test of the Seven Wonders. The blessing requires salt from the earth, water from the sea and a warlock's blood. A ring of fire is conjured around the warlock.[15]

We gather at the cusp of the Blood Moon to anoint and protect our brother before he undergoes the rigors of the Seven Wonders. Let the blessings begin. Salt from the Earth. May all hindrance and malignity be cast forth hence, and let all good enter. Water from the sea. To cleanse all impurities and uncleanliness. Blood from the body. To protect the soul. Let the fire illuminate our hearts and spirits and minds so that all darkness and cold retire herein. I conjure the circle of power to be a place of protection, a circle to confer the blessings of all warlocks. May you be imbued with wisdom, perseverance, strength and courage. To our champion!
— Incantation

Disarming Spell[]

Soon after having his tendons slashed by Miriam Mead, John Henry Moore attempted to cast an unknown spell, most likely in order to disarm her but she slit his throat to make him not finish it.[15]

— Incantation

Spirit Revealing Spell[]

A spell to reveal the spirits who concealed themselves from the human eye. The spell is performed surrounded by candles and a bowl filled with unknown ingredients and the witch or warlock's blood. This spell is meant to have the users pierce the veil separating the mortal and spirit realm, enabling them to interact with the spirits who initially wished not to be seen by people. Madison and Behold Chablis used this spell to be able to see the ghosts of the Murder House who wished not to be seen.[7]

Monstra te spirituum. Ne ascondas.
— Incantation

Ghost Repelling Spell[]

A spell that can presumably cast a spirit away. As appeared, the caster points their hand towards the ghost and says:

Be gone!
— Incantation

If done properly the spell will somehow repel the ghost away. The intented effect of this spell was not seen as Behold Chablis was interrupted by Billie Dean Howard.[7]

Ghost Binding Spell[]

A spell to bind a ghost and prevent her from leaving a specific area. Behold alleged to be able to cast this spell as to find an easier way of getting Moira out of Constance's sight.[7]

Cordelia's Resurrection Spell[]

A spell that resurrects the people who died by burning to death. The spell is performed surrounded by candles and a bowl in the center. The witch or warlock's hand burns and a fire emerges from the bowl. Cordelia used this spell to resurrect Myrtle.[21]

Cinis est anima, oriri ex igne, revertere ad me, revertere ad me! Revertere ad me! Reverter
— Incantation

Mouth Removal Spell[]

A spell to remove a person's mouth rendering them unable to speak. Cordelia used this spell on Ariel and Baldwin.[21]

Perpetuum clausis
— Incantation

Soul Concealment Spell[]

A spell to hide a soul in an afterlife to prevent another witch or warlock from finding them. Cordelia used this spell on Miriam Mead's soul to prevent Michael Langdon from descending into Hell and resurrecting her.[35]

Aura Shield[]

A spell to protect a location. This will prevent any human, demon, or other being to find it impossible to enter. Cordelia used this spell to protect Miss Robichaux's Academy and the witches from Michael Langdon. However it was negated by a Dinah Stevens counter-spell to allow Michael and Miriam Mead into Miss Robichaux's Academy.[24]

The Guardian's Chalice[]

A boundary spell to protect a location. According to Zoe Benson, this spell is considered a bear trap for bad juju. The Guardian's Chalice is stashed in or around the space the witch or warlock wants to protect. The spell puts all the power into jars of junk (like stones and nails). Zoe and Queenie taught this spell to the young witches in Miss Robichaux's Academy, before they all have been slaughtered by Michael Langdon and Miriam Mead.[24]

Any unwanted spirits and negative energy, you must leave now. Any evil presences, leave this space. Only light and healing energy is allowed in here. Negative energies, you must leave now. Evil presences, leave this space. Only light and healing energy is allowed here.
— Incantation

Romanov Protection Spell[]

A spell to summon a barrier to protect the caster from the other side of the spell. Purple mist rises from the ground as the spell is being cast, in order to form a magic barrier capable of protecting from any physical attack. Anastasia Romanov attempted this spell to protect herself and her family from being executed, but was not powerful enough to keep the spell going. After Mallory went back in time to change the past, Mallory and Anastasia attempted this spell to change her fate, but Mallory's time travel spell did not last long. It can also be noted that Anastasia needed her pendant to channel her magic.[24]

Repellendum malum minatur, ut nobis.
— Incantation

Time Travel Spell[]

A powerful, dangerous spell to send a witch or warlock back in time to change past events and alter history. In order to achieve this feat, witch or warlock must place themselves in a different state of mind, shed their egos, and disengage from this realm. The witch or warlock must focus their energy on a jewel to get back to a certain period in time. Myrtle and Cordelia used this spell to send Mallory back to try to save Anastasia Romanov from being executed.[24]

Balneum infinitum. Dona salui conductus.
— Incantation

Concilium Spell[]

A spell to control the mind of another person. Myrtle used this spell on Wilhemina Venable to get her key to the room of Jeff and Mutt.[25]

Meus animus tuum dominatur.
— Incantation

Immobilization Spell[]

A spell to immobilize a person. Myrtle used this spell on Jeff and Mutt to drop the gun and immobilize them.[25]

No loquaris mini quaper.
— Incantation

Identity Spell[]

A spell to conceal another person's identity and prevent them from learning their true identity. This spell was used on Mallory and Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt.[2] According to Cordelia Goode, this spell is more powerful than any sort of voodoo spell.[25] Witches under this spell are not detected by the Michael Langdon's gift of Night Vision of the Soul. [36]

**Uses a yarn to surround the targets of the spell, burning of sage to cleanse the surroundings of bad energies and a powder that will render them in a trance-state

Memoria unda temporis est.
— Incantation

Combustion Spell[]

A spell to make an object explode. It is unknown whether the spell causes a direct explosion or a malfunction in a cyborg's body. Cordelia used this spell to make Miriam Mead explode and destroy her.[25]

— Incantation

Immolation Spell[]

A spell to generate fire. Myrtle Snow used this spell to set Brock on fire and kill him.[25]

— Incantation

Potions and Powders[]

Coma Inducing Potion

A potion brewed by Cordelia Goode that was supposedly a "restorative", but really put the drinker into a deep coma for a couple of days, or weeks. Cordelia tried to trick her mother Fiona Goode into drinking this potion, however Fiona upon smelling the potion, realized it was harmful and instead poured into the water bowl of Cordelia's cat. Cordelia then disposed of the poisoned water.[4]

Healing poultice 

A concoction mixed by Cordelia Goode in order to improve the Queenie nearly-death state. However, unfortunately Queenie ended up dying from her injuries and was brought back by Fiona Goode.[9]

Sight Recovering Potion

A magical mixture prepared by Cordelia Goode in an attempt to amplify or regain her gift of Sight.[34]

Blindness Dust

A powder to make another person blind. Scáthach used it on Cricket Marlowe.[20]

Truth Revelation Powder

A powder that reveals the truth when blown to one's face. Madison used it on Violet to make her realize that Tate saved her mother from the flames.[7]

Witch Killing Powder

A powder to kill witches or warlocks by making them hemorrhage from every pore in their body. Agnes Sampson created a powder to kill warlocks, but was killed before she could use it. In the erased timeline, Baldwin Pennypacker planned to use this power to kill the witches at Miss Robichaux's Academy before being caught and sentenced to death.[24]



  • Several of the chants used in the TV series are reinterpretations of actual rituals and spells drawn from Medieval, Renaissance or Modern Age grimoires, or magic handbooks.
    • The Fertility Ritual used by Cordelia is actually an exorcism called Dimissio Jesuitarum ("Jesuit's Discharge") taken from the Verus Jesuitarum Libellus (also known as The True Petition of the Jesuits), and it is used to force a given spirit or demon to bring wealth to the conjurer.
    • The Resurrection Spell used by Madison and Zoe to bring Kyle back to life is known as Ritual of Infernal Necromancy found in several grimoires, but present in its complete form in The Book of Ceremonial Magic, by renowned occultist A. E. Waite.
    • The Plant Revival Spell used by Misty Day is an invocation to the Devil from a 13th-century French miracle play called Le Miracle de Théophile. The chant is also part of a ritual known as Eko Eko Azarak, a Wiccan canticle that appeared in High Magic's Aid, a novel by Gerald Gardner inspired by a ritual of Basque origins.
  • Witches and their magic are somewhat hindered by blessed silver, a weapon of choice used by witch hunters.
  • Cordelia stated that the light from which witches draw their power was extinguished by Satan himself at the Hotel Cortez and likened it to a Hellmouth.[2] This statement also disproves any possibility of witches' magic coming from Satan. Furthermore, Queenie considers the belief about witches marry Satan ignorant and offensive and states that witches are born this way and their power comes through bloodline.[27]
    • However, the ancient witch Scáthach's magic comes from the Old Gods, who are as dark and bloodthirsty as Satan.
  • The witches are shown to be more capable to achieve and/or perform at least six of the Seven Wonders, strengthening the claim that witches are more gifted in harnessing magic compared to men.
  • It was also implied that the warlocks can only do a few but never all of the four abilities included in the Warlocks' evaluation. As Ariel Augustus once mentioned to his brother warlocks "Everyone in this room can do some of what he (Michael Langdon) did. Not a single one of us can do it all." this statement further reduces the status of the warlocks compared that to the witches.
  • The magical capabilities of a witch grows naturally over time through experience, practice and study, making them capable on performing more than one or two magical feats.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Episode: Go to Hell
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 Episode: Could It Be... Satan?
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Episode: Chapter 7
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 Episode: Bitchcraft
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Episode: The Replacements
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 6.31 6.32 6.33 6.34 6.35 Episode: The Seven Wonders
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Episode: Return to Murder House
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 Episode: Boy Parts
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 Episode: Fearful Pranks Ensue
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 Episode: The Sacred Taking
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 She was a Supreme, therefore she had to have this power because it is one of the Seven Wonders
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 She was a Supreme, therefore she had to have this power because it is one of the Seven Wonders
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Episode: Chapter 3
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Episode: Forbidden Fruit
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 Episode: Boy Wonder
  16. 16.0 16.1 Episode: Dollhouse
  17. Episode: Rockabye
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Episode: The Dead
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Episode: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Episode: Chapter 4
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 Episode: Traitor
  22. 22.00 22.01 22.02 22.03 22.04 22.05 22.06 22.07 22.08 22.09 22.10 22.11 22.12 22.13 22.14 22.15 22.16 Episode: The Axeman Cometh
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 23.7 23.8 Episode: Head
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 Episode: Fire and Reign
  25. 25.00 25.01 25.02 25.03 25.04 25.05 25.06 25.07 25.08 25.09 25.10 25.11 Episode: Apocalypse Then
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 Episode: Burn, Witch. Burn!
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Episode: Battle Royale
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 Episode: Ave Hestia
  29. Episode: The Auteur
  30. Nora Benson reveals in Bitchcraft that Zoe's great-grandmother had "the same genetic affliction" likewise her, which means that this specific Zoe ancestor was a witch with the same power.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Episode: Chapter 9
  32. In Ave Hestia, Dexter Harding, Sr demands Delicates erase Dex's memories, implying this is one of their powers.
  33. Episode: [[{{{1}}}]]
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 Episode: Protect the Coven
  35. Episode: Sojourn
  36. Forbidden Fruit

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