Control over the elements of nature via magical means
|“||The Devil was real. He could affect changes in the physical universe. He could tempt women into sin.||”|
— Katherine Howe in Salem:Witch War
Elemental Control is the act of controlling and manipulating the elements of earth, air, fire and water. This name, therefore, includes a wide range of spells that allow witches to have power over the natural elements on a small and large scale.
Unlike Puritans, witches don't perceive the earth and nature as wicked places of evil and they are able to connect themselves with the natural energies to cast their spells. The knowledge of the Old Ways allows them to control and manipulate these elements with sympathetic magical spells and rituals. It has been proven that the control over the elements is the basis of magic and the main gift given by the Devil to his witches. If they turn themselves from him, he can strip said witches of these abilities in a ceremony known as the Reckoning.
The act of causing shifts in space and hovering in the air, canceling the force of gravity and assuming control over the wind. To achieve Levitation an inexperienced witch can use a spell known as "Light as a feather stiff as a board" in which the body of the chosen witch is lifted in the air due to the constant chanting of fellow witches. This power is also the side effect of other powers and abilities. For example, when a witch performs dream walking the unconscious body of the witch can hover in mid-air. The elemental power of air is represented by the witch's breath.
Further Information: Elemental Control/Earth
Since witches can affect living things, they can also manipulate plants, branches and roots to act as agents of their wickedness. Their witchcraft can also allow them to grow plants at a supernatural speed and conjure thorns from their own blood drops.
Further Information: Elemental Control/Fire
As one of the most heartfelt feelings by witches is anger, they are able to arouse and manipulate fire and flames as they please. Witches can light candles or cause major fires, even to emit fire from their hands, resorting to the recitation of incantations, the use of magic sticks or the sheer willpower depending on the situation and their position within the hive, as knowledge and experience are useful to get more power.
Further Information: Elemental Control/Water
The element that gives life and that can easily take it off, water is the hallmark of the Countess Von Marburg, who has obtained the epithet of Water Witch because of her preference to use that element in her witchcraft. Witches can manipulate the water in many ways. Combined with weather spells they can bring the rain, but they can also manipulate the surrounding water to magically drown their victims or use it as a vehicle to transport their specter even a mile away.
- Spells to achieve control over the elements seem to require some specific ingredients: bringing the rain requires the shedding of tears, while earth and fire related spells seem to strengthen with offerings of blood. Producing feats of levitation and telekinesis, however, seem to require only mental concentration and willpower.
- When a series of elements are combined and unleashed together, they create a series of natural phenomena such as storms or earthquakes. See Weather Control.