One of the many ways witches perform magic are through spells and rituals. While spells are simply words and incantations used to achieve a magical effect, rituals are physical actions employed (often accompanied by spells) to do the same.
A Seance is a ceremony to contact the dead. The ritual calls the ghost of the deceased to the summoners' presence in order to communicate with them. It is unknown if a seance can only be used to contact ghosts on The Other Side.
In the episode History Repeating, Elena, Caroline, and Bonnie perform a seance in the Gilbert House to contact Emily Bennett who has been haunting Bonnie. They successfully summon Emily's ghost who reveals herself to them before possessing Bonnie.
Classification: Traditional Magic
Requirements: A cluster of candles burning in the middle of a darkened room
When Niklaus Mikaelson made his first human kill as a vampire, he inadvertantly triggered the werewolf gene making him a vampire/werewolf hybrid. Nature wouldn't allow such an imbalance of power so Esther, the Original Witch cursed him by making his werewolf side dormant. The spell was bound within the Moonstone using the blood of the Original Petrova: Tatia.
spell : unknown
To make her family immortal, Esther called upon the Sun for life and the White Oak Tree for immortality. As Nature demands balance, every strength the Originals had also had a weakness. The Sun which gave life also burned them. The White Oak Tree, the source of the Originals' immortality, could kill them. Thus, the Originals burnt the tree. However, the ash of the White Oak Tree was saved by witches who forged silver daggers with which the ash could be bonded to "kill" an Original. As long as it remains in the heart of an Original, they are for all intents and purposes "dead". The only exception to this is Klaus, who is part werewolf and thus immune to the silver daggers. The Brotherhood of the Five were the original wielders of the daggers but after they were all killed by Klaus, he used them to neutralize his siblings whenever they betray him.
The Original Witch found a way to prevent burning from the sun. She enchanted Lapis Lazuli jewelry, with an unknown spell, so the Vampires were not slaves of the sun.
Spell: Place the ring/medallion in a place where sunlight can shine upon it and focus. Chant unknown.Emily Bennett to save a person from death that was caused by a supernatural being and not accidental. John and Grayson Gilbert had one ring each, but John gave his to Isobel Flemming, since he was in love with her and she was researching about supernatural activity in Mystic Falls. Through the years, Isobel gave this ring to her husband, Alaric Saltzman. John Gilbert took his brother's ring after he died, but then gave it to Jeremy, in order to protect him from vampires. When John returned to Mystic Falls in Season 2, he demanded Alaric to give him the ring back, or else he would tell Jenna- Elena's and Jeremy's aunt and Alaric's girlfriend- the truth about his wife not being dead. Alaric finally gave him the ring, in order to protect Jenna. Then when Alaric got the ring back, in season 3 he became a murderer and the ring turned him evil, because he was brought back too much times.
A device that Jonathan Gilbert invented to be used mainly as a "weapon" against vampires. It wouldn't have actually served it's purpose, but unbeknownst to him Emily had enchanted it to make it work just like his other devices. The device emits a low pitched sound that only vampires can hear, or so they thought for both Mayor Lockwood and Tyler who were werewolves were also affected by the device. The device worked for an estimated time of 5 minutes.
It was proved to be so painful that Stefan said that "it's as if needles were piercing my skull"
Bennett secretly enchanted Jonathan Gilbert's invention that would help track down vampires. The pointer would point towards the direction of the nearest vampire. It is now in the possession of Elena Gilbert.
Tomb SpellBeneath Fell's church lay an unknown tomb which contained 26 vampires. The church was set ablaze by the Founder's Council, thinking the vampires would burn to death. Emily Bennett cast a powerful spell over the scret tomb, entrapping the vampires inside, protecting them from the blaze. She used her amber crystal as a key for unlocking the tomb and lifting the spell, that and the comet that passes over Mystic Falls every 145 years. And as soon as the comet returns again, the crystal would be empowered and the spell could be lifted. as long as the crystal is present, the tomb can be opened. The tomb was also sealed to allow a vampire enter but prevent them from coming out.
Bennett Talisman Destruction Spell
A ritual that Bonnie performed when she was possessed by Emily after the seance. It was held above the ruins of Old Fells Church. She drew a pentagram around her and cast the spell that cause fire to erupt from the pentagram. Emily threw the crystal into the air and flames shot up and destroyed it
The Significance of the Pentagram:
The Pentagram is among the most powerful symbols utilized in modern and ancient witchcraft. Despite its negative connotations by modern Christianity, at one point the religion utilized such symbol as a representation of the Five Wounds of Christ . The Pentagram in wicca and witchcraft religions represents spirit/free will over the elements, air, earth, fire and water. Spirit being the top point of the encased star.
It is also worn among witches and believers alike as a talisman of protection.
In Satanism and Black Magic the pentagram is inverted, symbolizing the power of the elements over the power of spirit/free will.
Reversing the Tomb SpellThis was done by Sheila and Bonnie Bennett to lift the Tomb Spell cast by Emily Bennett because the original spell was impossible to break unless one knew exactly how it was done by her. The spell was proved to be exhausting and powerful when they had to lift the seal and not just open the door of the tomb.
The pentagram on the stone door is inverted (upside down), symbolizing that Evil lies within.
Requirements: four torches that are named Earth, Air, Fire, Water and a bottle of water.
Spell: Phasmatos Sal Vis Nas Ex Malon, Terra Mora Vantis Quo Incandis, Et Vasa Quo Ero Signos!
Altering The Intensity Of The Flames
Bonnie cast a spell that lowered the intensity of the flames in the basement of the Old Gilbert Building so that Stefan could save Damon . Once sensing they were safe, she then doubled her concentration to bring the flames back to full force so that all the others within could perish.
Spell: Ex Spiritum Intaculum, In Terrum Incendium, Phasmatos Salvis Adisdum!
Room Isolation Spell
Pain Reducing Spell
Spell: Asinta Mulaf Hesta Eros Mitle Denz Sho Bala!
Requirements: 2 candles, a map, the blood of a relative.
Spell: Fes matos tribum nas ex viras, Sequitas saguines, Ementas asten mihan ega petous.
A spell that requires the caster to write the message on a piece of paper, ball it up in their palm and hold it over an open flame which would send the message through space and time.
Requirements: a strand of hair of the person, piece of paper (with the message), and a candle.
By burning the personal item of the specific person into ash, the ash can only incapacitate that person, and that person alone.
Requirements: personal item of the person.
Spell: Terra Mora Vantis, Quo Incandis!
Requirements: Strands of the person's hair, the person's picture, the seeker's blood, candles.
Spell: Phesmatos Tribum, Nas Ex Veras!
De-Spelling A Talisman
Bonnie and Luka worked together to remove the spell from the Moonstone , but it turns out that Luka pretended to remove it. The spell was cast with dozens of candles surrounding them and causing the moonstone to levitate and explode into sparks.
Requirements: candles, full moon
Spell: Phesmatos Tribum, Nas Ex Veras, Maquis Dumisa Rotenem!
By lighting dozens of candles, placing body of the subject into a trance and applying wet fingers to their temples, you force them to answer questions. Similar to hypnosis.
Requirements: candles, bowl of water.
Disempowerment SpellJonas Martin cast a spell on Bonnie to remove her of all of her powers a way to keep her from becoming involved any longer.
Spell: Phesmatos Tribum, Exum Sue, Redem Supas Quo!
Astral Projection Spell
Spell: Phesmatos' Tribum, Nas Ex Veras, Estas Sue Sastanance, Trasum Viso! Mastenas Quisa, Nas Metam!"
Jonas Martin used this incantation to try and revive his son, Luka Martin , after he was burned alive, but it was too late. Luka had already died and the incantation did not work. Bonnie also used this spell in the episodes As I Lay Dying and with the help of Emily Bennett was able to resurrect Jeremy.
Requirements: incantation, body of the subject, candles
Spell: "Victas Fasmatis, Ex Saleto, Revertas Fesmatis! U Victas, Victas Fesmatis, Ex Saleto!"
Body Switching Spell
The warlock Maddox performed this ritual over Alaric Saltzman's mind so that Klaus could possess his body. It requires the body of the subject and vials of blood being pumped into their system while the witch chants.
Requirements: body of the subject, vials of blood, connecting rope, incantation
Spell: "Somno Retium Per Dax Ritum"
Power Channeling Spell
A powerful piece of magic performed by Bonnie before her battle with a Klaus -possessed Alaric . This spell ensured that should she die during the confrontation from channeling too much energy, she would be revived from death by being placed in a circle of lit candles at the site of the massacre in the house of the Witch Burial Ground .
A spell that was cast by Maddox to safeguard Klaus ' essence while he was within Alaric's body. The effects of the spell seem to cause the body to quickly recover from damaging magical attacks by a witch, such as Klaus being able to fix the broken limbs inflicted upon him by Bonnie during their battle.
Body Returning Spell
A ritual performed by Maddox and Greta Martin , which had them kneeling in a semi-circle of lit candles, with Alaric's body standing upright near the leather compartment holding Klaus ' body. At the end of the chant, Alaric's body fell unconscious to the ground, and Klaus regained his own consciousness and stepped out of the compartment, alive and well.
Requirements: candles, bodies of the subjects
Spell: "Phesmatos Tribum, Nas Ex Veras, Uenes Fes Matos Et Sonos! Ex Totum Exum Maleo Matos!"
Circle of Fire Spell
A powerful spell cast by Greta Martin which enchanted three, enormous rings of fire she had created to entrap Jules, Jenna, and Elena during the Sacrifice Ritual. She spelled the fire circles so that they were blocked by a barrier and the flames would rise in intensity if they moved closer.
Circle of Fire Counter-Spell
This spell was cast by Greta Martin to extinguish one of the fire circles.
Spell: "Namia Exum Solvos!"
Werewolf Transformation Deceleration Spell
Breaking the Hybrid Curse
A ritual performed by Greta Martin . The moonstone is dropped into a stone censer and set afire. Afterward, Klaus removes the heart of the werewolf . The witch (Greta ) chants while pouring the blood of the heart into a stone censer of blood and water as the full moon goes past its apex before Klaus has consumed the blood of the Petrova Doppelgänger.
Spell: "Fes Matos Tribum, Salve Sorce Das! Fes Matos Eliximo Nominum, Etrinox Sorce Sotero Callux Oxtara!"
Life-Force Binding Spell
A spell cast by Bonnie to bind Elena's life-force (soul) to John Gilbert's so that she would be revived after the Sacrifice Ritual and not transform into a vampire. However, the spell results in the death of whom it was cast on after the dead person awakens.
Spell: "Phesmatos Tribum, Nalvas Raddiam, Onu Pavadus Ponemus!"
Invoking the Forces of Nature
A extremely powerful spell cast by Bonnie Bennett that summons the forces of Nature to do her will. The spell calls on the rage of thunder and lightning, the heat of fire, the substance of the ground, the life force of the trees and the ferocity of the wind to trample within Klaus, causing his entire system to break. His bones and tissues are broken and ripped from the inside, stopping his transition into a hybrid and making him experience the pain of a thousand men. The spell requires the power of a hundred dead witches acting in one channel, Bonnie, to direct this enormous amount of energy, enough to kill an Original, such as Klaus, if Bonnie continued.
Spell: "Infero eseri gratas! Disasustos Vom! Mas pro jeta sue te! Victas et melam, Phasmatos viva d!"
A spell cast by Bonnie which allowed her to be temporarily possessed by the spirit of her ancestor, Emily Bennett.
Spell: "Phesmatos Vanex, On di mox, Fero Audio!"
Thought Extraction Spell
A spell casted originally by Gloria herself in the episode Disturbing Behavior in which after completing the spell Gloria was soon killed by Katherine. The spell is rather old school compared to some of the "New Age" spells modern Witches tend to favor as Gloria clearly had pointed out. The purpose of the spell is to extract the essence (in someways the soul) of the person it is worked on although the effects of the spell are not all currently known Gloria used this ceremony on Stefan to extract information as to where the Original Witch's necklace resides to later find that Elena is still alive.
Incantation: No incantation was used.
Requirements: Although no incantation was provided with this particular ritual there was however a great deal of tools used during the ceremony itself which included a great deal of candles laid out on the floor in a circular pattern enclosing the caster and the subject the spell is to be worked on (who is laying on a bed of sorts often with a spell to prevent them from moving with their arms extended), a table with various ritual tools such as a ceremonial knife, herbsm oils, various other tools, three burning black candles, and two red candles (however it seems that a few red candles were lit before the blacks were lit they are seen standing on a pool of red wax).
On the floor, inside the circle, are two bowls to catch the blood where the knife meets the skin cutting a long thin line vertically across the wrists (if it is used on a vampire it seems that nails are inserted to prevent regeneration or healing).
The herbal mixture consists of diviners, sage, witchhazel and Gloria's personal favorite vervain.
This mixture is than rub unto the hands of the caster and than placed onto the target to extract the information. This is often done more than once.
Diviners- the herb has been traditionally used to divine for water and burned as an incense to bring about psychic vision. It can than be assumed that Gloria used this herb in particular as a form of divination herb to help see what she needed to see.
Sage- Sage has a variety of magical uses in the occult world, often considered the Native American herb for cleansing and purification of the self and/or a place it has a long rooted history in European Witchcraft as well. Sage is a plant of immortality and life and with its properties as a purification herb it makes only sense to use this in the mixture to abstract information by allowing the essence to flow into the pots. Sage is also strongly associated with wishes and able to make it come true.
Witchhazel- like the diviners herb, witchhazel has strong association with divination as a divining rod and in so it was most likely used to help boost the potential of the spell. The bark and twigs are also used to protect against evil influences. It is also said to heal a broken heart and cool the passions. Therefore, witchhazel was more likely used to aid in the divination that was done but also to put the vampire side of Stefan aside so she could see into what his soul really carried.
Vervain- Vervain has a long history in witchcraft that it even has the common name as "Enchanter's Plant" and in so is a powerful herb used in witchcraft even today. Vervain has a very cleansing property (hence in folklore sometimes vampires are sensitive to the plant) and is very common in protection and love mixtures. It is also used to chase off evil spirits and in so often mixed with sage and rosemary to help rid a place of evil spirits as an incense. Also used to bring about calm emotions and peace throughout the hosue. Often used in prosperity spells and to encourage other plants to grow. It also represents everlasting youth. Also considered a healing herb. And oftentimes used to figure out liars. It can be safely assumed that this particular herb was added for Gloria's spite against vampires (as she has showned in fragments), but also for its divination aspects as well for its ability to detect lies and some of its other properties.
Talisman Destruction Spell
The spell was used in, Ghost World, by Bonnie Bennett and her grandmother, Sheila. They wanted to destroy the Original Witch's Talisman, so that the doorway to the "Other Side" could be permanently closed. The Original Witch used her talisman her only physical power source to wedge the door open. Repeat the spell as long as it takes for the talisman to be destroyed.
Incantation: "Universa Ruina Intenebras Radamus Infinitum De Lan Demex Nahalda Six."
A spell used by Bonnie and Abby Bennett in Bringing Out The Dead in a successful attempt to open the coffin. It took a while for the spell to work, but eventually, the coffin opened.
Incantation: "Sigalis Intransium, Exalis Exalis, Omnas Quisa Operum, Sigalis Intransium, Exalis Exalis! Omnaben Libras, Sigalis Intransium, Exalis Exalis! Omnas Quisa Operum, Exalis Exalis! "
Basic Opening Spell
A spell cast by Bonnie in her dreams to unlock the coffin she was trapped within, although it did not work.
Incantation: "Phasmatos Tribum, Melan Veras, Et Vasa Quisa, Exu Quisa! "
Blood Linking Ritual
This spell was used by Esther to bind the lives of her family together. If one dies, the others will also die.
Requirements: Doppelgänger's Blood, All persons included need to consume this blood. Blood of one host who shall be linked to the others.Incantation: "Phasmatos Integrum Callos E Malon Elijas Accodum Quosan Nabendox Celijas Semalon Gedouconagis Sarul Famadon Dissendium Vinum Fes Matos Integrum Callos Quosan Nabendox. "
This spell was used by Bonnie to unbind the lives of the Originals so that if one dies it will not kill any of the others.
Requirements: Blood of the Orignials.
Incantation: "Phasmatos Ex Solves Exis Pa Unis Animotos Di Conjuncto Sol Facto Fes Matos De Vos Male!"
Weapon Binding Spell
This spell was used by Esther to bind the magic from the protection ring to the White Oak stake to create an indestructible weapon.
Requirements: Protection Ring
Incantation: "Vescaram Anta Intacurum, Vescalis Dissendis Divinitum! Ex Tutum Tatum, Dimentum Talos! Dox Toxem, Dox Malum! Dox Divinitum! "
This is a spell used by Esther to keep vampires from leaving the boundaries of the high school.
Requirements: Salt, a powerful binding agent for a witch's spell.
This spell was used by Bonnie to counteract the effects of Esther's Boundary Spell.
Incantation: "Meramis En Nevalta, Confrenum Signos. Omas Quisa Dentum Exalis, Meramis En Nevalta, Confrenum Signos! Omas Quisa Dentum Exalis! "
This was the spell originally used by Abby Bennett Wilson to dessicate the vampire Mikael and later by Bonnie Bennett to dessicate Klaus. This spell is considered dark magic. In order to stop a vampire's heart, the witch must also stop a human heart.
Requirements: A human.
Incantation: "Ocoros Mecante, Aleora Subsitos! Ocoros Mecante, Aleora Subsitos! Olo Santire, Dis Et Brav! Ocoros Mecante, Aleora Subsitos! "
This spell was cast by Bonnie which temporarily causes the death of the witch who casts it. When this spell is cast the witch will temporarily be on the other side.
Requirements: Candles, dark magic.
Incantation: "Phesmatos Tribam, Mihan Veras Ractas, Mas Anima Mal vita Caturam Hors. Suus Phesmatos Oproctum, E Tiamis Mihan Ractas, Somus Suster Gana, Phesmatos Tribam, Mihan Veras Ractas. Mas Anima Mal Vita, Caturam Hors. Revertas Phesmatos Ut Victas, Revertas Phesmatos Ut Victas, Phesmatos Tribum, Mihan Veras Ractas! Mas Anima Mal Vita, Caturam Hors!".
Spirit Transference Spell
This spell was cast by Bonnie in order to switch the consciousness of Klaus and Tyler back to their own bodies.
Incantation: "Phesmatos Tribum, Nas Ex Veras, Radamis Phesmatos Ex Sonos! Resustamen Ex Veram Vatas! Radamis Phesmatos Ex Sonos!".
Silas Tomb Raising SpellThis spell was used by Bonnie Bennett to open the tomb to the world's first immortal Silas . It requires the witch to draw in the power of the Hunter's Mark and focus. The aftermath of this spell was powerful enough to cause huge portions of the cave to crumble.
Incantation: Not needed.
Expression cleansing spell
This spell was used by a coven of Witches that were called to cleanse Bonnie's soul from Expression, she was laid in the center of a pentagram with 11 Witches surrounding her channeling power to one Witch who was performing the cleansing inside the pentagram's center with Bonnie
Requirments: A Coven of witches, a Pentagram drawn on the ground, torches for each point of the Pentagram
Incantation:"Phasmatos Tribum Nas Ex Veras Necara Animus Scarvus, Phasmatos Tr'ipales Retaxium Excalatium Anium Animas"
This spell calls on the power of all magic expression, spirits and darkness to undo the will of nature, to bring back someone who died of natural causes.
Requirements: a witch with spirit, darkness and expression magic
Warning! This spell requires so much strength that it wears down your body, in most cases the over course of magic kills.
Incantation: "Phesmatos Raveros On Animun, Phesmatos Raveros On Animun."
Anchor Switch spell
This spell was casted by Qetsiyah to make Bonnie the Anchor of the Other Side. Qetsiyah needed to draw power from something powerful, like a doppelgänger. She drew blood from Katherine, Elena, and Amara for her spell.
Requirements: A powerful witch, candles, and something powerful to draw from.
Incantation:"Ina Prankuus Sectee Gem i Qatarkay Rrasataam I Patarsay Rrasataam, I Patarsay Rrasataam! "
Mind Connection Spell
Incantation: "Yeget Acem Dareet Atza!"
An incantation performed by a witch of the 12 Century which created The Brotherhood of the Five by binding them by fire
Requirements: A dying witch
Incantation: "Phasmatos Sintu Corpora, E It A Rero, Quest Ero Immortalis. Phasmatos, Victoris, E Insipio Exu Ne Moris. Sintasia Sintu Corpora, Quest Ero Immortalis!"
This spell was used by Qetsiyah to reach into Silas's chest and squeeze a major vein in his heart so he would desiccate
Incantation: "A Vita Exahi! Isespotro Adismasero!
Advanced Locating Spell
A spell preformed by Qetsiyah to find the location of her mystical anchor through visions.
Requirements: Qetsiyah's Talisman
Incantation: "Viteto Broshe Tarem Carmanifestofe"
Sun-Bound Isolation Spell
This spell was cast by Silas on Qetsiyah's Cabin to keep her trapped until sun down since the spell was bound by the sun. Created by Qetsiyah who taught the spell to Silas.
- The primary language all spells are spoken in seem to be Latin, or something similar to the language.
- Most spells invoke the Spirits through the latin incantation of "Phasmatos Tribum", which translates to "Ghost Tribe" - a reference to the Spirits themselves.
- Expression doesn't require verbal spells for a witch to use, as it's already pre-existing powers simply needing to be tapped into.
- The only exception to this is when Expression is combined with other forms of magic that require verbal spells.
- It has been shown and proven that powerful spells are bound to something even more powerful e.g. the moon, a comet, a doppelgänger.