Spell Casting is the power to cast spells and/or perform rituals. It is one of the basic powers possessed by all witches. Although a basic power for beings like witches, it is rare for other beings such as demons to possess this power, as it is usually only possessed by powerful upper-level demons.
- Main article: Spells
Spells can contain a spoken component, or incantation. Incantations can be in a foreign or undecipherable language such as Latin, Spanish, Romanian, and Russian, or in plain English. Incantations in English are often cast in the form of rhyming couplets, but this is not always the case. According to Charity Callahan, a witch normally needs a voice to speak a spell. However, an experienced witch can cast spells with merely a hand gesture or even a thought.
Hexing and Cursing
Hexes and curses are dark spells that are used to cause negative effects to occur upon the target. A hex is generally an incantation which can affect the target for the caster's benefit or just for the target's detrement, generally to bring them bad luck or trouble. Despite being a form of dark magic, all hexes are not necessarily evil as Jada used a hex to punish sexual predators and a businessman who engaged in money laundering and tax evasion by forcing him give his wealth to charity. A curse is an encompassment of ill intentions which can cause harm to another person. In a nutshell, a hex is viewed as a childish version of harm on someone, while a curse is a full on attack on someone with the illest of intentions. However, the Elders forbade witches from using hexes and presumably curses upon mortals.
- There are rituals that can be performed by mortals who don't have magical powers. For example, in "Manic Pixie Nightmare", it was shown that a dark ritual exists for the fulfillment of desires for those of non-magical origins.
- In "Safe Space", Macy was shown incanting a door sealing spell whereas Mel performed the ritual component needed with a potion, showing that at least some spells can be cast conjointly.
- In the original series, most spells were often written in iambic pentameter or as a rhyming couplet. However, other forms of poetry, such as Haikus, could also be used.