Bulbs are dormant in the winter. That's natural. But, when you're a witch, you can change the natural.
Mildred teaches Fiji about being a witch in Riders On The Storm

Witches are a species of supernatural creatures introduced in Midnight, Texas. A witch has the power to affect a change of the physical world around them with their intentions and emotions, commonly referred to as magic or witchcraft.


The origins of witches and their practice remains unknown; however, Fiji references the teachings of Wicca, though it's unclear if all witches follow its teachings.[1]

Historically, Delilah is considered the original "White Witch" whereas Theophilus, also one of the original witches, is also one of the founders of Black Magic[2], causing a division among witches, between those being either "light" or "dark" witches. This division however has been classified as a "historically adversarial one". Furthermore, a witch's lineage is said to have descend from either one or the other.[3]

Physical AppearanceEdit

Witches appear no different than that of ordinary humans. However, subtle difference can be noted, such as Fiji Cavanaugh's eyes glowed bright red while she performed magic, specifically, telekinesis to levitate a police car.[1]


  • Spell Casting: The ability to effect a supernatural change and to control events through the use of incantations, whether they be words, phrases or long verses. While some spells use incantations, Mildred describes that you have to "feel something" when casting the spell.
  • Telekinesis: The power to move people and objects of various size and weight at a distance through mental prowess.
  • Elemental Control: The power to manipulate and control the basic four elements of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire; these are colloquially referred to as Aerokinesis[4][5], Hydrokinesis, Geokinesis, and Pyrokinesis[6], respectively.
    • Advanced Elemental Control: The power to use the basic elements in a more devastating and more precise form, as well as to combine two or more to affect other physical changes. This includes projectile pyrokinesis or burning someone from the inside-out and even Chloro- or Biokinesis, the control and manipulation of plant life.[6]
  • Emotions: A witch's power comes from their emotions. Aunt Mildred explains that a witch needs only to make her feeling into intentions to affect a change.


  • Mortality: Witches are still human, thus they are susceptible to mortal ailments and afflictions, physical injury, and death.
  • Pharmaceutical Impairment: Witches are not immune to drugs, such as Fentanyl patches, and thus can be rendered unconscious or physically and mentally debilitated, unable to practice magic for as long as the drug persists.[4]
  • Emotions: Powerful witches need to guard their emotions, to keep them in check, otherwise they can lose control of their magic and harm the ones they care for. This is evident as when Fiji lost control and yelled at Manfred, she caused light bulbs to explode in the Cartoon Saloon. When she first learned about her magic, she lost control when she was being intimate with Jeremy and, as a result, burned him from the inside out with her magic, unintentionally killing him.

Witches' ToolsEdit

  • Personal Artifacts: Items, such as hair, that belong to an individual that can be used along with and to focus spells.[1][7][8]
  • Herbs: Sage and other herbs are incorporated into spells for various, though unknown, reasons.
    • Sage: For reasons unknown, is incorporated into cleansing spells.[7]
    • Ashwagandha: A member of the nightshade family, it's used to treat depression.[8]
  • Devil's Net: A wood-based totem bound together in twine to form a makeshift pyramid adorned with a small bird-like skull. It's used in exorcisms to capture evil and, in the hands of the witch, allows her to measure malevolent energies. However, it does not appear capable to capture demonic entities, though when in the presence of, the totem will mystically be covered in blood.[7]
  • Grimoires: A collection of spells, ritual and other sacred texts in order to pass down knowledge from one witch to the next. Contents contained therein varies among witches, though, presumably, Fiji's is leather bound, inscribed with "Wiccan Rede" on its cover.[1]
    • Vrykolakas: An old, leather bound book in Fiji's possession that contain information about vampires. Several pages depicted humanoid figures with large bat wings. Other pages include: "Lamia Cerebrum Historia et...", which roughly translates from Latin to "The History of the Vampire Brain", illustrates various vampiric skulls from various locations i.e. Romania, Sumerian and others. "Invocation III Metamorphosis" illustrates another, albeit upside-down, humanoid vampire with wings as well as with additional sketches drawn over. Another image shows a figure of a women with bit marks upon her neck and a single drop of blood, while another page, titled "Et Praxim Vampirism" relates to "The practice of Vampirism".[7]
    • Mildred's Dark Grimoire: A medium sized book bound in what appears to be fur that contains dark spells and rituals. It's mentioned that within its pages, it contains an ancient witches' spell to get answers. Whether or not this witch was directly related to Mildred or Fiji Cavanaugh remains to be seen.[6]
  • Tinctures: A fancy word for potion, tinctures are a basic form of herbal chemistry or medicine and can vary by design. This particular tincture, combined with basil and other herbs would remove a Succubus' perpetual glamour, revealing its true form while preventing them to seduce their prey of choice.[9]
  • Athames: A ceremonial dagger used in Wiccan rituals, typically used to direct energy.[8]
  • Cauldrons: Typically a large metal pot used by witches in order to concoct spells and potions.[8]
  • Glyphs and Runes: Various symbols engraved on stone or drawn on to an object or area to aid in spell casting. Classically, they are used to offer wisdom and counsel on the past, present, and future.[10] This is evident in the spell Fiji and Manfred created to seek an answer in exchange for a sacrifice. Mildred's dark witchcraft grimoire's container was also inscribed with glyphs, though there purpose remains elusive.[6]

Spells and RitualsEdit

  • Cursed Cookies: A spell or potion that is incorporated into food and, when ingested, will reveal whether or not the person who ingest them has "poisonous" intentions.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Food (Sand Tarts)
    • Used by: In the Pilot, Fiji baked this spell into Sand Tart Cookies and left them for Manfred to determine his intentions for moving to Midnight. As Fiji described the outcome, her spell confirmed that Manfred had no ill intentions for moving to Midnight.
  • Exorcism Cleansing Ritual: A spell used to cleanse the home, so that it becomes inhospitable to the dead, both ghosts and vampires.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Devil's Net, Mirror, Bell
    • Used by: In Bad Moon Rising, Fiji mentions to Manfred that she cleansed her home of spirits prior to moving in. She plans to perform a similar exorcism on Manfred's house to rid it of unwanted spirits and evil entities that he summoned when he conjured Aubrey. She brings a Devil's Net to capture evil as well as it lets her measure malevolent energies. While performing the exorcism, she also utilizes a mirror, as she cannot see the dead like mediums, such as Manfred, can. While the exorcism successfully expelled the unwanted spirits in Manfred's home, it did not remove the demonic entity, not until Manfred's intervention.
  • Gathering Air Spell: A spell used to gather the air within an enclosed location to the casting witch. When performed, it will localize in a bubble-like manner.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Concentration
    • Used by: In Unearthed, Fiji performed this spell when Peter Lowry sealed her and Bobo into a cargo container. As time passed, Bobo noticed that the air became thin and he couldn't break them out. Fiji gathered and conserved the remaining air in the container to by them time until Lemuel could break them free.
  • Veil Breaching Spell: A spell used to breach the veil, opening a portal to hell via a mirror.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Concentration, Mirror
    • Used by: In Blinded by the Light, in an attempt to stop the angel, Bowie, Fiji, using the mirror from their past exorcism, performed this spell and opened a portal to Hell. Before Bowie could be sent through, she used her Angelic Light to destroy the mirror, effectively closing the portal.
  • Telepathic Influence Protection Spell: A spell used to develop a potion to block the undue influence of a demon and to protect the mind.
    • Incantation: No more undue influence. Not from the veil, not from the demon. Everything you feel is what you should. No more, no less.
    • Requirements: Concentration, Personal item (i.e. hair), Cauldron
    • Used by: In Last Temptation of Midnight, Fiji prepares this spell, using the personal items she's collected of the Midnighters, to prevent the demon Colconnar from influencing them with horrible thoughts, like suicide for Creek and for Lemuel to turn Olivia.
  • Nature Spell: A spell used to accelerate the growth of dormant bulbs and other plants.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Concentration
    • Used by: In Riders On The Storm, Aunt Mildred explains that, in the winter, bulbs are dormant, which is natural but as a witch she could change the natural. She proceeds to show Fiji how to perform the spell and causes a tulip to grow and bloom. She offers a tulip bulb to Fiji and tells her to think "spring" and "rebirth". She struggles with the spell and begins to state synonyms such as "flowers" and "trees" to get the bulb to grow but nothing happens. Aunt Mildred instructs her to focus on her feelings and not just the words. Seeing the boy she's crushing on, she begins to let her feelings take control and causes the tulip to bloom as well as several other shrubs to grow and sprout leaves, bursting through the roof of the greenhouse.
  • Spell of Rebirth: A spell used in an attempt to bring back someone from the dead.
    • Incantation: Rebirth. The Sun is out. Living things are reborn.
    • Requirements: Concentration
    • Used by: In Riders On The Storm, Fiji lost control of her magic and Jeremy was internally burned, killing him as a result. Fiji attempted to bring him back, trying to make her feelings of rebirth into intentions. Aunt Mildred found them and she never finished the spell as the sight of his corpse overwhelmed her with grief.
  • Spell of Revelation: A spell created from a gypsy curse and an ancient witch's spell to get answer. The spell is built upon dark or black magic that requires a sacrifice of a life to obtain an answer to a question.
    • Incantation: We offer this life for an answer.
    • Requirements: Concentration, dark magic (sacrifice of a life), various runes, herbs and sticks, pentagram, candles, blood of the witch
    • Used by: In Riders On The Storm, Fiji and Manfred combine Witch and Gypsy dark magic to create a spell that would allow them to find out how to stop the demon Colconnar. In exchange for the answer, a life would have to be given; Mr. Snuggly volunteered. However, the spell took another life, Manfred's; albeit his death was temporary. Ultimately, the spell worked; Manfred, having died and went into the spirit realm, was able to seek out the shaman who closed the veil a millennia ago and he was able to obtain information to close the veil and stop Colconnar. Once he obtain his answer, he was revived.
  • Demonic Depossession Spell: A spell used to remove a demonic entity or residue from a person.
    • Incantation: Any fowl or evil force may now and forever return to its source.
    • Requirements: Potion splashed upon the afflicted
    • Used by: In Head Games, Fiji performed this spell in the hopes to removing any residual residue of the six demons that possessed Manfred. The spell had no effect on Manfred and Fiji even admitted that she wouldn't have recognized it as demon residue if it wasn't for Colconnar and did not have any other spells to try without first researching for them.
  • Spirit Untethering Spell: An ancient spell that governs the barrier between the living and the dead that untethers a spirit from the mortal world and forces them into the next.
    • Incantation: Ignis spiritum liberat.
    • Requirements: Goat heart, sage, and the bones of the deceased
    • Used by: In The Monster of the Week is Patriarchy, Fiji performed this spell at the request of Manfred, Kai and Patience Lucero. Manfred initially suggested that Fiji could make Crystal Desert inhospitable to the dead; however, Kai denied this, that he needed balance for his work. Life cannot exist without death and energy has to flow; no dead zones and no vacuums. With the spell and ingredients at hand, Fiji successfully untethered the spirits of Bruce and Carolyn Baker from Crystal Desert, their spirits going up in flame as they crossed the barrier into the next life.
  • Daisy Chain Spell: A spell to connect two or more people to draw on their combined strengths.
    • Incantation: Domina e clam.
    • Requirements: Fiji's Wicca Class
    • Used by: In To Witch Hell and Back, Fiji used this spell to link her Wicca class together so that she could draw on their combined strength so she'd be strong enough to contact the spirit world to find out what's happening between her and Bobo. When Manfred stepped in and participated in Fiji's daisy chain to "take a peek", he saw Mildred and heard one word from her; "Hexennacht".
  • Intention Spell: A spell to determine one's intentions and to see if they're trustworthy.
    • Incantation: Let the light from this flame reveal your true intentions.
    • Requirements: Target's hair, candle
    • Used by: In To Witch Hell and Back, Fiji performed this spell, at Manfred's request, to determine with Patience was being truthful to Manfred. Once the spell was cast, Manfred burned the strands of Patience's hair. The resulting smoke was white, meaning that Patience was trustworthy.
  • Hexennacht Doorway Spell: A spell to open a doorway to Hexennacht, Witch Hell.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Doorway, leaves, 12 candles
    • Used by: In To Witch Hell and Back, Fiji and Manfred performed this spell together to open a doorway into Hexennacht. While Manfred read out the incantation, Fiji concentrated and called out to her aunt Mildred. Once the spell was completed, an ominous wind blew out the candles and the leaves, leading up to the doors were set ablaze in blue fire that did not burn or spread. Once Manfred stepped into Hexennacht, Mildred was able to temporarily leave and her spirit took on physical form.
  • Cavanaugh Love Curse: An 800 year old curse that ultimately destroys the one person that a Cavanaugh woman truly loves.
    • Incantation: Unknown
    • Requirements: Dark Witches, Black Magic
    • Used by: In To Witch Hell and Back, Mildred revealed that an unknown number of dark witches cursed their family 800 years prior for an unknown reason. The spell has happened for generations with no known way to break the spell. Mildred attempted to break the curse by turning to black magi; however, even that was to no avail and it eventually killed her as a result. In order to protect the one she loved, she turned Jedediah into a cat, Mr. Snuggly, breaking her heart in the process.

Notable WitchesEdit


  • Witches, or specifically Fiji, are not susceptible to a ghost's possession, otherwise known as "Hijacking".[7]
  • Witches cannot see the dead, though Fiji mentions that mirrors can be used to see into other dimensions; such as the spirit realm beyond the veil to see the dead.[7]
  • Through an unknown source, "Black Magic" can be gained by offering (or sacrificing) something personal from oneself; Manfred mentions that Hightower offered his left eye in exchange for black magic, seemingly and specifically for telekinesis.[4]
  • Black magic dates back to at least 800 years prior to current events.[11]



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