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American Horror Story: Apocalypse
American Horror Story is now in its eighth season and if you’ve been paying attention you’ve noticed all the easter eggs and intertwining mythologies that make for a truly horrifying series of stories. The Arcana Gallery explores a few of our favorite symbols.
The Lovers

The Lovers

The Lovers represent perfect, harmonious romantic love.

The partners in this relationship are equally balanced. They love and support each other and are a perfect match. There is a fated aspect to The Lovers’ relationship that means again and again, in any universe these two people would choose each other. These two are the ultimate #relationshipgoals.

“If you love someone, you should never hurt them.”

— Tate Langdon, Season 1: Murder House

Fan Theory

This season will be about Cordelia and the coven trying to stop whatever events lead to the apocalypse and the rise of Michael Langdon.

The Seer

The Seer

The Seer is a gifted clairvoyant.

He or She has a natural (supernatural) ability to glimpse into the future, read minds, tell fortunes, and/or commune with the dead. Since ancient times, cultures all over the world have celebrated those soothsayers blessed with psychic abilities. They may perform a séance, read tarot cards, or simply communicate their visions. When you encounter a true Seer, listen and heed their advice carefully.

“Fate. Destiny. Luck. The prisons of man.”

— Elsa Mars, Season 4: Freak Show

Fan Theory

Madison Montgomery (Coven) and Charles Montgomery (Murder House) are distant relatives.

The Mother

The Mother

The Mother is a loving symbol, but not one that is a clear cut “good” or “evil” symbol.

The Mother raises and protects her offspring at any cost, even if her offspring is evil. She will be extremely dangerous and exact untold revenge when her family is threatened. Toward those in her pack, she is a source of unconditional love and support. Toward those who oppose her pack, she makes a formidable enemy.

“Is there anything more wonderful than the promise of a new child… or more heartbreaking when that promise is broken?”

— Constance Langdon, Season 1: Murder House

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The Maiden

The Maiden

The Maiden represents the first major phase of a woman’s life, when she is young and inexperienced.

At the beginning of her journey to adulthood, The Maiden can be easily swayed by someone who is charming or cunning. As she gains knowledge and life experiences, she passes through the phase of The Maiden to The Mother.

“I’m not naive to the ways of men. Their need to objectify, conquer. They see what they want to see. Women, however, see into the soul of a person.”

— Moira O'Hara, Season 1: Murder House

Fan Theory

The seasons of AHS are supposed to represent the 9 circles of hell with each season representing one circle.

The Murder House

The Murder House

The Murder House is a malevolent physical place.

Death haunts the building and ruin comes to those who visit. Around every corner is a dark presence, waiting to lure unsuspecting visitors to join their eternal motley crew of the damned, the undead, and the destroyed. There is no redemption for a building so malevolent, it should be avoided at all costs.

“No matter how gruesome or horrible the murder, you can always find someone who’ll buy the house.”

— Marcy, Season 1: Murder House

Fan Theory

Season 8 is going to be about a demonic plague that takes over the the world and slowly infects all of humanity.

The Harlot

The Harlot

The Harlot is a young woman who exudes sexuality.

She is a confident and experienced seductress who can make anyone do her bidding. The Harlot represents physical longing, lust, that which is forbidden, and temptation. This femme fatale can use her looks to get what she wants but she is also clever and charming. The Harlot is an icon of physical temptation derailing a larger journey. It’s utterly important to remember that she is an obstacle to getting what you want, not the object of your affection itself.

“Don’t ever let a man tell you who you are or make you feel like you are less than he is.”

— Sister Jude, Season 2: Asylum

Fan Theory

The characters have good/evil doppelgängers (the characters they play in other seasons) and they will all come face to face in the apocalypse.

The Scarred Man

The Scarred Man

The Scarred Man is forever marked by the mistakes and misdeeds of his past.

His physical body shows you a map of where he has been – and it’s nowhere good. The vibes he gives off can best be described as ‘unsettling’. The Scarred Man’s storied past should warn you about the plans he has for the future – because his history is bound to repeat itself.

“The one thing about the dead is they’ve got nothing left to lose.”

— Larry Harvey, Season 1: Murder House

Fan Theory

All the AHS characters were at one point cursed and now they spend lifetime after lifetime stuck in a new hellish environment until they learn their lesson.

The Beast

The Beast

The Beast is an intimidating creature who looks as scary as his physical prowess actually makes him.

He is dangerous to anyone who encounters him because he strives to create chaos and cause damage, injury and death to anyone in his path. Not necessarily an intelligent being, The Beast relies on brute strength to accomplish his goals. Anyone in the presence of The Beast should consider themselves in extreme danger.

“All monsters are human.”

— Sister Jude, Season 2: Asylum

Fan Theory

The hourglass used in the promo for this season is the same hourglass the witches in Coven used in order to descend to hell. This means we’ll see people descend to hell again this season.

The Witch

The Witch

The Witch is a skilled sorceress who is confident in her magical powers.

She is an extremely powerful person who can influence all events around her and bend each outcome to her will. The Witch is able to conjure all she desires. She is intelligent, logical, and talented. The Witch is the best outcome of anyone’s life journey, she is who people aspire to be.

“In this whole wide wicked world, the only thing you have to be afraid of is me.”

— Fiona Goode, Season 3: Coven

Fan Theory

Michael Langdon will open the gates of hell, which is how Misty Day and Madison Montgomery will come back.

The Apocalypse

The Apocalypse

The Apocalypse is the ultimate end for the living and the dead.

The Apocalypse is the true end for all. It is the cessation of every living creature on Earth. It means that even the dead on Earth will be destroyed. The Apocalypse is final, there is no new beginning waiting in the wings. There is no lesson to learn from the struggle, there is just the finality of the end of times. While many will try, no one survives the apocalypse.

“The world is a filthy place. It’s a filthy goddamn horror show. There’s just so much pain, y’know?”

— Tate Langdon, Season 1: Murder House

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American Horror Story, September 12th on FX
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