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Although this article is based on canonical information, the actual name of this subject is conjectural.

Tell the captain to lift anchor, and once he has made his way out of Boston Harbor, I will send a stiff wind to speed our way to Salem.
— Countess Von Marburg

Weather Control is the supernatural ability to manipulate atmospheric events via magical means.

Description

The supernatural ability to influence the weather, ranging from bringing the rain to breezes, to unleash violent storms and unfavorable winds for sailing. A witch can harness the winds resorting to a bewitched knot, a string tied in particular ways that magically bind the winds. When a witch requires to bring down the rain, however, they should resort to feelings of sadness; The act of crying, in fact, will bring down rain from clouds they are even able to conjure out of sunny days. The similarity that connects tears to rain is based on so-called “sympathetic magic.“ The ability to control the weather is dangerous and requires a great mastery by the witch, as it is very easy to lose control and remain victims of violent storms created by themselves. The power that witches have on the weather can be easily countered by destroying the triggering source; Cutting the witch's knot that binds the winds will lift the spell almost instantly. Furthermore, if a witch decides to use water as a conduit for their spell, a warning charm can be created by those wanting to counter their powers by using water contaminated by their magic.

Throughout the Salem Series

a mysterious German witch informs John Hale to have braked Increase Mather offshore.

To prevent Increase Mather to come to Salem, a German witch in league with John Hale used a bewitched knot to bind the winds until he was discovered and killed by the witch hunter. As soon as Increase Mather cut the knot, the winds favorable to sail were released and he was able to reach Salem within few days. (Our Own Private America)

Anne Hale inadvertently cause the rain as she cries

Anne Hale, lost in the woods after using her father's mask, started to cry out of despair. An act that immediately caused a gentle but persistent rain, which ended as soon as the girl began to laugh. (The House of Pain)

Countess Von Marburg said to be able to command winds favorable to sail during a conversation with her son, Sebastian. This proved to be true since the ship arrived in Salem few days after she performed her magic. As Salem citizens were gathered in the meeting house, a violent storm fell on the town. While the citizens believed the storm was a message of God sent to quell their dispute, Mary Sibley interpreted the storm as the announcement of the Countess's imminent arrival. (Ill Met By Moonlight)

During the exorcism practiced by Reverend Cotton Mather on John Sibley, the latter began to manifest side effects, speaking archaic languages and vomiting swarms of insects, as well as sparking a violent storm that darkened the skies of Salem in a few moments. (On Earth as in Hell)

Spurred by her brother, Sebastian to quell the violent fighh between the Countess and Mary Sibley at the meeting house, Anne appeared inside the church to extinguish the fire with the rain caused by her own tears inside the burning building, after Mary mocked the Countess for her inability to shed tears in order to extinguish the fire herself.(The Witching Hour)

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Notes

  • The German witch in league with John Hale sent a magical message by making the text appear on the bare back of a prostitute; “Windstille - er sucht mich aber ich bleibe versteckt“ which Magistrate Hale translated as “We are becalmed — he searches (me) but I stay hidden.” [1]
  • Historically, witches were accused in several trials, especially in Europe, to cause storms and hailstorms to ruin the crops, thus causing famine. According to some historical witchcraft spells, rain can be caused by creating ripples on the surface of a puddle or lake, or by throwing pebbles behind invoking spirits.
  • Throughout the series, both Anne and the Countess are probably the most prominent examples of witches using weather control. Both strongly identified with the element of water and have been known to use it in their spells.

Trivia

  • The naming of the page is based on “Elemental Control,“ a term used by Adam Simon [2]
    • Sci-fi jargon will identify it as “Atmokinesis,“ but such terminology is ill-suited for an historical setting heavily influenced by records of witch trials.

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