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It's a craft... witchcraft, which means you have to figure out how to access and control it
— Harry Greenwood giving helpful advice to the Charmed Ones[src]


Conjuring a spell

Mel Vera casting a spell, one of the basic elements of magic

Magic, also referred to as Witchcraft, is a supernatural force that can alter the fabric of reality at fundamental levels. Witchcraft is both genetic heredity and a studied technique, and one needs to be trained to properly hone their skill in magic. Magic is capable of changing and controlling the natural world (including events, objects, people and physical phenomena). Humans who are born with and practices magic are usually called a "witch". However, aside from witches, there are many other magical beings that exist such as demons and whitelighters.

Overview

In humans, magic is an inborn trait, inherited from parent to child. The use of magic is dependent on a witch's skill and strength. A great deal of knowledge must be obtained by the witch in order to practice magic efficiently and safely as it can be deadly in the wrong hands.

Deities and other Higher Beings

Some advanced spells require witches to call upon deities and other higher beings as part of their incantations. Some of the higher beings that can be invoked are:

Universal Laws and Limits

Although magic itself is considered amoral, it can have complications and some spells are subject to certain universal and moral laws.

  • Personal Gain: Spells rely on a system of balance. So when magic is used for personal gain (e.g. say to wallow in the superficialities of the Greek system), there will be personal consequences.
  • Death: Magic cannot bring people back to life, even by indirect means (such as changing the past).[4]

Methodology

Spells

See main article: Spell Casting

Power Unbinding Spell

One of the defining characteristics of a witch is their ability to cast spells; a "spell" typically being the word used to signify the means employed to carry out a magical action. This allows users to magically alter reality to a wide number of effects or to evoke forces to change their surroundings. A spell could consist of ritual action, a set of words, a verse, or any combination of these. For reasons unknown, the majority of spells used by practitioners of witchcraft are spoken in Latin.

Potions

See Main Article: Potion Making

A potion is a concoction of ingredients that have magical properties when mixed in the correct fashion. Magical potions can use a variety of ingredients, both herbal as well chemical, for those witches versed in modern science.

Powers

Telekinesis

See Main Page: Power

Magic can manifest as a specific supernatural ability or power (e.g. telekinesis, mind-reading, cryokinesis, freezing time and teleportation), which allows one to perform specific magical feats without the need of a spell or potion. Powers vary with every magical being; with witches they are usually a reflection of their personality. Powers are normally accessed by one's emotions, mind or instinct.

Users of Magic

References

  1. Exorcise Your Demons
  2. Other Women
  3. Jingle Hell
  4. Necromancers are able to perform the ritual of resurrection, but the spirits will demand a great price for it.