Some abilities are inherent or reflexive to certain witches, that is to say, that they do not need to focus or concentrate. Other magics are achieved through the reading of incantations and performance of rituals inscribed on ancient tomes. This is a partial list of those powers and spells associated with the witches of American Horror Story. It is not rare for a witch to manifest more than three powers, though a Supreme is required to have at least the seven prescribed by the Seven Wonders, though not necessarily all possible powers. It is said that the reason that a Supreme is so powerful is that she is the physical embodiment of many and/or all powers.
Witches are shown to be able to use their powers collectively (Misty, Cordelia, Queenie, Zoe, and Madison all telekinetically sent the Axeman back several yards when he attacked as well as Zoe and Madison's resurrection to bring back Kyle, etc.).
Some abilities may also 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 manifest in the form of newly-developed abilities.
Voodoo and Witchcraft practitioners share certain powers.
The Seven Wonders
The ability to manipulate objects with the power of the mind. This is the most commonly seen power, displayed by many witches. This is a very versatile power that witches use in many offensive and defensive ways.
- Madison Montgomery
- Fiona Goode
- Myrtle Snow
- Marie Laveau
- Zoe Benson
- Misty Day
- Cordelia Goode
- Anna Leigh Leighton
- Prudence Mather
- Marianne Wharton
- Mimi DeLongpre
- Stevie Nicks
- Ariel Augustus
- Behold Chablis
- Baldwin Pennypacker
- John Henry Moore
The ability to impose one's will onto another, allowing it to control many parts of the mind (such as actions, thoughts, memories, and etc). It can be resisted, though doing so causes increasing intracranial pressure to the point of explosion. If exercised, it can bend the strongest of wills. It's more commonly known as Coercion and Mind Control.
The ability to create, control, and manipulate fire with the power of the mind.
The ability to obtain direct knowledge of an object, person, location, or physical event through means other than the user's physical senses. This can be activated by just being around a person, focusing on specific tasks, searching for information , and touching objects.
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".
The ability to balance the scales between one life force and another. Witches can transfer their own life force to nearly dead living things in order to heal them and can even resurrect the dead. Commonly seen side-effects are fainting and dizziness due to the strain. Can also be used to drain life force as well. On rare occasions, some witches are able to reverse injuries and the aging process, even those that resulted in death.
The ability to descend into the netherworlds of the afterlife. Witches are able to project themselves directly into hell, which takes the form of their worst fears. If a witch is stuck for a certain amount of time, they will never be able to leave and their body disintegrates into dust. To use this power, they commonly chant an incantation. Witches and warlocks have been shown to project themselves into other people's personal hells.,,
|“||Spiritu duce, in me est. Deduc me in tenebris vita ad extremum, ut salutaret inferi. Descensum!||”|
A counter-spell was used by Cordelia Foxx in an attempt to guide Misty Day back from the netherworld.
|“||Venite ad me, sequere lucem.||”|
The magical ability that can manifest as the power to read the minds of others and project one's thoughts into others, commonly known as Telepathy.
The magical ability to resurrect oneself and other individuals. Unlike Vitalum Vitalis, resurgence works by reaching into the place between life and death, drawing a soul back from the precipice before restoring it to the deceased's body. Misty Day was the only known witch to possess the power of resurgence. It is considered to be more difficult than any of the Seven Wonders.
Resurgence requires the deceased's body to be mostly intact, even if great damage was inflicted upon it. When the coven was tricked into believing that Fiona was killed and had her body disposed of in the Louisiana swamps, Misty remarked that even she could not bring someone back "once they're gator shit." Similarly, individuals who had been dead for a considerable amount of time were harder to resurrect. Misty had to combine her powers with Zoe's in order to expel the death from Madison's decaying corpse before she could bring the latter back to life. 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.
Any damage inflicted on the deceased's body could not be undone by resurgence. Misty employed 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.
Misty used resurgence to resurrect herself after being burnt at the stake. She also brought animals, such as birds and alligators, back to life.  Myrtle Snow, Madison Montgomery, and Joan Ramsey were all individuals who were resurrected by Misty through resurgence.
The magical ability to sense another witch's magic. Misty described it as her heart start racing, her teeth started vibrating, and something was calling to her.
The magical ability to detect another witch's life-force (or lack of it).
The magical ability to detect lies.
The magical ability to see significant visions of the past, future, and present through touch, applies to people and objects in a series of visions or premonitions. Described as the greatest ability to have and the most painful to live with. Cordelia Goode describes the visions as vibrating with light.
The magical ability to cancel out someone else's magic or voodoo curse. Zoe was able to use this power when Marie Laveau sent evil undead creatures (zombies) to Miss Robichaux's Academy, although she had no prior knowledge that she possessed the ability before-hand and it was activated out of sheer panic and alarm.
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 telekinetically create small seismic shocks. This is a variation of Telekinesis.
The magical ability to propel oneself or objects in the air. A variation of Telekinesis.
The magical ability to live forever and never age, allowing those afflicted by it an immunity to all aging, disease, and death. It can only bestowed upon by a higher power and usually requires annual sacrifices.
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.
The magical ability to see things such as messages, visions, and prophecies on a reflective surface.
The magical ability to control the weather through the water molecules present in the air.
The magical ability to detect if food has gluten in it or not.
The magical ability to detect imminent danger.
The magical ability to sense evil like a perfume.
The magical ability to detect auras.
The magical ability to listen to a person's soul to extract the truth.
The magical ability to detect how many calories a specific food has.
The magical ability to telekinetically cut into a person's skin without causing any hemorrhage. This is a variation of Telekinesis.
The magical ability to control and manipulate air.
The immensely rare and powerful magical ability to manipulate the flow of time. A witch gifted with this power can reverse time on a localized scale, thereby allowing creatures who have died to come back to life. A more advanced use of Tempus Infinituum involves the witch going back in time herself, where she can change the course of history from that point onwards.
The magical ability to hypnotize people and put them in a trance. This is a variation of Concilium.
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.
Affinity for casting spells and performing rituals.
- Cordelia Goode
- Zoe Benson
- Myrtle Snow
- Fiona Goode
- Joséphine Bonaparte
- Behold Chablis
- Madison Montgomery
- Bubbles McGee
- Anastasia Romanov
- 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.
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
- 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. 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.
- Fertility Ritual
|“||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!||”|
- 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!||”|
- Truth Enchantment
|“||Veritas, Honorum, Justitia, Sapientia, Scientia. I conjure and command thee, dark lords to the vernacular, summon truth from lying tongues. Fie upon the wicked who dare to throw sand in our eyes. With force I command thee, let truth be spoken!||”|
- Banishing Spell
|“||Salvo Liberatsum Spirito Malus Nequam pessimus petor Cantum sufficare non levsusne milte illuc ubi mal spiritus sunt mortem cadaver putridum repraesent infur imperator requiru a choro.||”|
- 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.
- 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 and was presumably used by either Myrtle or Cordelia in the latter's transplantation of the eyes "donated" by Cecily and Quentin.
|“||Infernales, curare hominem. Restitue eum ad naturam. Infernales, curare hominem. Restitue eum ad naturam.||”|
- 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 ther 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 be spilled. After all coven members slashed their fingers, they will all together put in the middle pointing and meeting at the center. Followed by the selfless suicide of their current supreme.
Cordelia made a raw version of The Sacred Taking as a last-ditch effort to alter the present Day 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 witch, and with enough power Mallory can be able to execute Tempus Infinituum with no failure.
- Protective Berries
A ritual used by Cordelia Goode and Misty Day to make the plants from the greenhouse come to life and grow berries used to protect the people that eat them. It is used in conjunction with a potion.
- Plant Revival Spell
|“||Bazabi lacha Bachabe, Lamac cahi achabahi, Karrelyos. Lamac Lamac Bachalys, Cabahagy sabalyos Barylos.||”|
- Sleep Spell
- Bankruptcy Ritual
A ritual used by Fiona and Marie Laveau to make Delphi Trust go bankrupt. Ritual components were a maze, candles, mice, and 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 bankruptcy as the mice represent the inspectors dismantling a business corporation represented by the maze.
|“||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.||”|
- 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.
|“||Elementum recolligo huic locus. Commodo mihi vestri vox.||”|
- Analgesic Spell
- 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.
|“||Sequere lucem. Venite ad me.||”|
- Winning Enchantment
- Eternal Servitude Ritual
|“||Surrender thy soul... to me||”|
- Pyrokinesis Spell
A spell that can generate fire when recited multiple times.
- 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.
|“||Ex forma mutata. Summa partes. Ex forma mutata. Facti sunt figura novi.||”|
- Rose Color Enchantment
An enchantment that changes the natural color of a rose to how they want.
- Transformation Enchantment
An enchantment that temporarily changes rose petals to butterflies. Mallory used this enchantment to transform rose petals into butterflies.
- 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.
|“||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!||”|
- Spirit Revealing Spell
A spell to reveal the hiding ghosts of a haunted place. The spell is performed surrounded by candles and a bowl filled with unknown ingredients and the witch or warlock's blood. Madison and Behold Chablis used this spell to be able to see the ghosts of the Murder House who wished not to be seen.
|“||Monstra te spirituum. Ne ascondas.||”|
- Ghost Repelling Spell
A spell that chases a nasty ghost away. The caster points their hand toward the ghost and says:
- Ghost Binding Spell
A spell to bind a ghost to the closet and prevent her from leaving. Behold alleged to be able to cast this spell as find an easier way of removing Moira from the Murder House.
- Truth Revelation Powder
- Cordelia's Resurrection Spell
A spell that resurrects the dead that 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.
|“||Cinis est anima, oriri ex igne, revertere ad me, revertere ad me! Revertere ad me! Reverter||”|
- Mouth Removal Spell
A spell to remove a person's mouth rendering them unable to speak. Cordelia used this spell on Ariel and Baldwin.
- Soul Hiding 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.
- Aura Shield Protection Spell
A spell to protect a location and prevent any human, demon, or other will 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.
- 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.
|“||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.||”|
- Anastasia's Protection Spell
A spell to protect a person rom harm or danger. 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 wasn't 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 didn't last long. It can also be noted that Anastasia needed her pendant to channel her magic.
|“||Repellendum malum minatur, ut nobis.||”|
- 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.
|“||Balneum infinitum. Dona salui conductus.||”|
- Concilium Spell
A spell to control the mind of another person. Myrtle used this spell on Wilhemina Venable to get her to let her talk to Jeff and Mutt.
- Immobilization Spell
|“||Meus animus tuum dominatur.||”|
- 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. According to Cordelia Goode, this spell is more powerful than any sort of voodoo spell.
|“||Memoria unda temporis est.||”|
- Explosion Spell
- Myrtle's Pyrokinesis Spell
- 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's 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 G. Gardner inspired by a ritual of Basque origins.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 2.00 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 Episode: Could It Be... Satan?
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Episode: Bitchcraft
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Episode: The Replacements
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 Episode: The Seven Wonders
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 Episode: Return to Murder House
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 Episode: Boy Parts
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Episode: Fearful Pranks Ensue
- ↑ 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 Episode: The Sacred Taking
- ↑ 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 10.13 10.14 She was a Supreme, therefore she had to have this power because it is one of the Seven Wonders
- ↑ 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 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 She was a Supreme, therefore she had to have this power because it is one of the Seven Wonders
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Episode: Chapter 3
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Episode: Forbidden Fruit
- ↑ 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 Episode: Boy Wonder
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Episode: The Dead
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Episode: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 Episode: Chapter 4
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Episode: Chapter 7
- ↑ 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 19.11 19.12 19.13 Episode: Traitor
- ↑ 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 Episode: The Axeman Cometh
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 21.8 21.9 Episode: Head
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 Episode: Burn, Witch. Burn!
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Episode: Battle Royale
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 25.00 25.01 25.02 25.03 25.04 25.05 25.06 25.07 25.08 25.09 25.10 Episode: Apocalypse Then
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Episode: Chapter 9
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Episode: Protect the Coven
- ↑ Episode: Sojourn
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