|“||Alexis is no back-alley palm-reader. She's an expert cipher-patterns, trends, cycles...||”|
— Lucien on Alexis' prophetic abilities.
Seers are a type of Witch specializing in divination. They seem to be gifted with this ability; divination, as they do not usually access it via spells like other witches therefore this makes them extremely rare.
This being said, not all witches gifted with divination are called Seers as the term "Seer" is more of a titular name for the occupation of divining, but all Seers are gifted with divination.
Trained Seers seem to have control over their visions and can call them at will, however there have been other witches who have had visions without specialized control as their abilities were not developed. Ruben Morris, Alexis and Ariane are currently the only Notable seers so far, of which the last two are now deceased.
- Ruben Morris: Ruben Morris was the seer hired by Marcel to help him and Rebekah Mikaelson find out the identity and history of Rebekah's host body. After discovering that the host body belongs to Eva Sinclair, Ruben attempted to kill Rebekah's host body with poison, not realizing Rebekah was possessing her, as he saw a chance to kill Eva before she started to kill and abduct young witches again for her sacrificial spell, and also to protect his own son. Overpowered by the two, Ruben's life was spared after being knocked unconscious.
- Alexis: Alexis was a seer in the service of the vampire Lucien Castle. He used her for business practices such as predicting the stock market, as well as for foretelling potential threats. She was the one who foretold the prophecy of the Mikaelson Family's demise, which drew the Trinity and the Strix to New Orleans. She was killed via poisoning by the vampire Aurora just as she was about to reveal a new portion of her prophecy that would explicitly show the fall of Klaus Mikaelson.
- Ariane: Ariane was a member of The Sisters, a coven loyal to the Strix vampire Aya. While not trained in the ways of a seer, she did possess a great enough talent for Aya to induct her into the Sisters. She foretold the prophecy hinting at the weapon capable of killing an Original by using Elijah's mind as a focus. Due to this, she gleaned all of the information in his mind, and he killed her to prevent her from revealing any of it.
Other Seers/Witches with similar abilities
- Bonnie Bennett: In the initial seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie showed a notable affinity for Divination that suggested she was rather gifted with it and used this ability to foresee the deaths of Damon's victims before it happened. She also was able to foresee Elena's future (with Damon) as she saw a crow (which was Damon's trademark symbol at the time) on touching Elena at the bon-fire night. Furthermore she was able to know where hidden things were located without using any spells, and was able to scan Mason Lockwood's history on command, which lead her to find where the moonstone was. As the seasons progressed Bonnie was able to have dreams that foretold the return of Kai and his plan. Bonnie also stated that she predicted Obama becoming President and Heath Ledger's death, but this might be coincidence. Bonnie initially identified herself as psychic, but this could simply be because she did not know the proper witch-term for her gifts.
- Sabine Laurent: Sophie stated that Sabine had visions from time to time, and even considered it dramatic, however, Sabine indeed received a vision about Hayley's baby; Hope, and foretold Hope as bringing death to all witches (probably the witches of New Orleans). It is however important to note that Celeste was already possessing Sabine's body, thus we cannot be entirely sure if this is Sabine's power or Céleste's.
- Davina Claire: Throughout most of Season One of The Originals, Davina possessed this ability to a very significant level due to having all the powers of the other dead Harvest Girls inside her. She was able to use it to spy on every single Witch in New Orleans that used Ancestral Magic wherever they were. This was how Marcel was able to keep the witches under control, as Davina made it known to him every time Ancestral Magic was used and what witch was using it. Furthermore, she was able to also see events before they happened as she was able to foresee the coming of Céleste before it happened. However, since she wasn't a trained seer or even meant to have the power she wasn't able to control her visions. After she was sacrificed and came back to life, she has since not displayed this ability meaning it went back to where it came from.
- Josephine LaRue: This Regent was seen also predicting either the coming of Dahlia when she touched Hayley (since Hayley was Hope's mother and Hope is connected to Dahlia) or she simply was foreseeing the misfortunes that would happen to Hayley before it all happened. Since she was Regent, we do not know if she was channeling an Ancestor's ability or if this was her own innate power.
- Traveler Prophet: An unknown prophet of the Travelers that foretold the unique properties of blood from the last pair of doppelgängers to strip away magic.
Powers and Abilities
Divination: This is the ability to analyze patterns and use this to uncover history (past) or to foretell the future usually through visions. Seers have been shown to exhibit Divination in all its variations; Clairvoyance, Psychometry, Intuition, and Premonitions. With the Notable Seers especially Alexis and Ariane, prophecies usually manifested as cryptic riddles, though it was noted that visions become more and more precise as the event in question drew closer. In other Seers or witches that have been shown gifted in divination, the visions could appear direct or indirect depending on the context. It is usually initiated by making some form of a connection with their subject, this could be physical contact or being in the same environment or having history with the subject. Alexis did this via having them feed on her blood, Ariane did this by viewing the entire of her subject's history, using water as a conductor, Bonnie usually did this by touch or via dreams.
- There have only been three notable Seers: Alexis, Ariane and Ruben Morris.
- Seers, unlike regular witches, seem gifted in divination and have a deep connection with their gifts.
- Not all witches have a gifting or affinity for divination else there'd be nothing special or rare about Seers.
- The term "Seer" seems more like a titular one or rather an occupation than simply a gifting, however every witch that has been called "Seer" has been said to be gifted in the art.
- Trained Seers like Alexis seem to have more control over their abilities, while untrained Seers like Bonnie and Sabine do not have as much control.
- Both Ariane and Alexis worked for vampires and are now deceased.