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Celestial Spirit Magic (星霊魔法 Seirei Mahō) is a Holder Magic, Caster Magic and a type of Spatial Magic used by Celestial Spirit Mages that involves the summoning of Celestial Spirits.


Celestial Spirit Magic is a type of Magic in which the user summons Celestial Spirits by opening their gates through the use of Celestial Spirit Gate Keys.[1] These Keys are separated into two classes: the more common Silver Keys and the rarer Gold Keys.[2] The Keys for Celestial Spirits are counted in Units (collectively without regard of Gold or Silver).[2] On rare occasion, a Celestial Spirit Mage can summon a Celestial Spirit without the use of a Key if they are in a world with an overflowing amount of Magic Power like Elentear.[3]

Contracts and Rules

When a Celestial Spirit Mage receives a Key and opens its Celestial Gate for the first time, they have to set up a contract with the respective Spirit. This contract consists of asking the Spirit which days it can be summoned by its contractor.[4] This simple agreement leads to a dedicated and serious bond between the Spirit and summoner.[5] However, under certain circumstances, i.e. during a battle, and a Spirit is summoned for the first time, the making of a contract may be suspended on a later date.[6] Contracts can be broken if the Mage gets arrested, releases the Spirit by themselves, or dies.[7] When a Celestial Spirit Mage summons a Spirit, it appears directly next to them, as that's where the gates to the Spirit world had been opened. It's impossible to summon spirits elsewhere.[8]

All Celestial Mages must make contracts with Spirits...

...but the contract is broken when the summoner dies

The Spirits must also abide by certain rules enforced by the Celestial Spirit King. The only rule that has been introduced in Fairy Tail so far is that a Spirit may not directly or indirectly kill its summoner under any circumstances.[9] When the Gates are closed, it is required from both the summoner and the Spirit to agree upon the gate's closure.[10] However, Spirits can also be "forced closed" in battle, which means they can be forced back into the Celestial World by the summoner's will, though not every Celestial Spirit Mage is capable of doing such.[11]

Celestial Spirits also have different categories of sorts that fall under the basic summoning conditions from their owner. For example, Loke summons himself most of the time without Lucy Heartfilia doing so herself;[12] Virgo has also summoned herself various times,[13] as have Gemini, Aquarius, Taurus, Plue, Horologium, Capricorn and the Eclipse Celestial Spirits. Also, if the trust between the Celestial Spirit and the owner is not an issue, contracts can be temporarily dissolved.[14] It also seems that if the Celestial Spirit is strong enough, they can employ their own Magic to stay in the Human World, when/if the contract is not in action.[15] Additionally, a Celestial Spirit may grow stronger if their summoner grows stronger in terms of Magic Power.[16]


Golden Keys

Silver Keys

Black Keys

Spells and Abilities



Force Gate Closure

  • Force Gate Closure (強制閉門 Kyōsē Hēmon): Closing the gates requires a mutual agreement from both the summoner and the spirit. However, some Celestial Spirit Mages have demonstrated the ability to force the gates to close in battle, compelling the Spirits to return back to the Celestial Spirit World.[11]

Multiple Spirits Summoning

  • Multiple Summons: Summoning more than one Celestial Spirit uses up a lot of the summoner's Magic ability which may even lead to their death. However, some Celestial Spirit Mages have shown the unique capability to summon multiple spirits at the same time.[17] If one is capable of this feat, it provides greater flexibility as they are able to combine the strength and abilities of their spirits for more powerful attacks.[18] They can also use their own Magic in combination with another spirit to increase the power of an attack.[19] While in Elentear, a Celestial Spirit Mage can also easily summon many of their Celestial Spirits at the same time.[20]
  • Celestial Fireworks: By twirling any Gate Key, the user can make fireworks of a golden color.[21][22]
  • Recompense Summoning (代償召喚術 Daishō Shōkanjutsu): A technique that makes it possible for a Celestial Spirit Mage to summon the Celestial Spirit King, who does not have a physical key, but there are certain conditions to do so. The first condition is that the Celestial Spirit Mage must have enough Magic Power to summon at least three Spirits of the Zodiac at once. The second is that a Golden Zodiac Key must be sacrificed to do so. The final condition is that the Mage and the Spirit of the Key must have a high level of trust between them. Whichever Key is sacrificed to summon the King will then crumble to pieces, and will henceforth be unusable. As such, the Spirit of the Key will no longer be able to travel the Mage's world. Therefore doing so is considered the very last resort.[23]
  • Telepathy: On a couple of occasions, spirits have been shown to be able to communicate with their owner (via their keys) without being summoned.[24][25]
  • Self Summoning: On various occasions, some spirits have been shown to be able to summon themselves without the need of their owners. Notable spirits include Loke,[12] Horologium and Virgo.[13]
  • Star Dress Mix (星霊衣 合成(スタードレス ミックス) Sutā Doresu Mikkusu): A technique that makes it possible for a Celestial Spirit Mage to combine their star dresses into one, which manifests itself in the form of a dress and a crossed keys tattoo at the back of their hand with each key representing the Celestial Spirit Gate Keys of the Star Dress Forms that are being merged together.[26]

Video Game Spells

Lucy's Spells



  1. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 4, Pages 10-11
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 4, Page 7
  3. Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Manga: Chapter 69, Pages 14-16
  4. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 4, Page 11
  5. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 4, Page 12
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 62, Page 15
  7. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 72, Page 21
  8. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 3, Page 9
  9. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 74, Page 11
  10. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 144, Page 4
  11. 11.0 11.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 33, Pages 16-17
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 114, Pages 19-20
  13. 13.0 13.1 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 146, Pages 8-10
  14. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 202, Page 8
  15. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 72, Page 22
  16. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 46, Page 15
  17. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 74, Page 14
  18. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 271, Pages 6-9
  19. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 272, Pages 10-12
  20. Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Manga: Chapter 78, Pages 11-12
  21. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 102, Page 13
  22. Fairy Tail Anime: Episode 41
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 384, Pages 15-28
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 224, Page 19
  25. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 327, Page 13
  26. Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Manga: Chapter 31, Page 20