Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

Useful alpha list of scientific words for magical abilities

Agathodemoning – asking good spirits to do our magical bidding

Alchemy – changing the fundamental substance of elements (or matter)

Angelspeak  – communicating with lesser deities and messengers (angels)

Apotropaism & countercharms – defense against demons, ghosts, and evil sorcerers using magic

Apportation or bilocation (psychic ability to be in two places or more at once)

Astral projection – to travel beyond the living realm and into other dimensions

Astral travel – to leave a mortal body and enter the universe as a free spirit

Astrology – charting or plotting future events by studying signs in the heavens (star signs)

Cacodaemoning – appeasing bad spirits / provoking or invoking good spirits

Chaldean Meteorology – to change or improve the weather by magic (done in World War 2)

Hamingjan Fortuning – changing or improving ones chances using magic (i.e. blowing on a dice)

Chronomancy – choosing the right time (or day) to do something, using magic

Enchantment – to trigger desired effects in others through trances or spells

Enochian Communication – talking with demons, elementals, aliens or angelic beings

Exorcism – healing demonic possession 

Faith healing – miraculous healing (by the laying of hands)

Fate control – to provide (or take away) general “luck” or good (bad) fortune, using magic or charms

Genethlialogy – predicting the future of a new born using magic

Glossolalia – speaking in tongues (or translating tongues)

Haemony – to heal, cure or perform wonders with magical herbs

Haruspication – interpreting omens and signs

Invisibility – to disappear or use cloaks or make a vanished person or entity appear/disappear

teleportation


Psychokinetic control – to subvert a dominant worldly power using supernatural means

Jinxing and hexing – placing curses / removing curses

Levitation – to use holy (or witch)  flight or levitation

Magical entrapment – freeing a person (or entity) or trapping a person (or entity) using magic

Magical exoticness – to gain or use supernormal powers

Metamorphosis – turning from human archetype to superhero or even angel (or demon) and perhaps back again

Necromantic projection- to travel into death

Oneirocriticism – to decipher or interpret dreams

Perceptionism – to gain or use supernormal, otherworldly or magical & exotic senses

Postcognition – perceiving past events as if one was actually there (by astral travel ‘back’ to an earlier time)

Predestination- to improve wealth & opportunity / remove wealth & opportunity using magic

Prophesy – reading the future

Psychokinesis – influencing or moving solid objects (matter) without any physical interaction

Psychokinetic teleportation – moving or displacing objects (matter) by mind control

Psychoscopy – The ability to obtain information about a person or object purely by touch

Purification – making or using spells to purify or cleanse a sinful heart (or soul)

Pyrokinesis – controlling (or commanding) flames with thoughts or magic

Revenge magic – win fights, provide strength to a weaker side or sap the strength of enemies with magic

Runecraft – reading or translating mystical runes

Sciomancy – talking with ghosts

Spellcrafting – making or brewing love spells & protecting self or others from love spells

Suffumigation – sending messages into heaven using holy smoke or holy flames

Talismanism – to create and or use magical signs, cures (and amulets)

Telepathy – vicarious communication without any physical interaction

Therianthropy  – the ability to shapeshift  from human to animal form (or vice versa)

Do you have any more? Agree? Disagree? Ideas or comments? Tweet me @neilmach

Neil Mach is the author of “So You Want to Write Fantasy?” and host of the Myth & Magic fantasy writer’s podcast

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