Metaphysic Study

Charmed Series Book of Shadows: To Separate a Witch from Her Powers

….To Separate a Witch from Her Powers is an entry in the Book of Shadows. It describes how a witch, with the use of a potion and a spell, can separate and call for the powers of another witch.

n 2000, the Charmed Ones were visited by Gail Altman, a friend and coven mate of their grams, who they considered an aunt. She had come to ask the sisters about a demon who had been skinning people in her neighbourhood and if she could look him up in their Book of Shadows. Gail, in fact, was using this as a list to get her hands on this entry so that she, together with her two friends Helen and Amanda, could strip the Charmed Ones from their powers and give them to the demon Cryto. She took her chance when she was left alone with the Book and ripped out the entry, folding it and pocketing it in her purse.
Helen Brewing Potion

Helen, Gail, and Amanda with the potion.

Gail persuaded the sisters to help her with the demon and had them come to her house in Santa Costa. When the Prue, Piper, and Phoebe arrived she served them tea, which was in fact the potion. When the sisters decided to investigate the area they felt dizzy and sick. At that moment, Gail and her friends were chanting the spell, calling the Charmed Ones' powers. The powers flew back to Gail's house and were absorbed by Cryto, who they had previously summoned into a mannequin covered with human flesh.

Regretting her decision to bring Cryto to life, having lost her friends who were killed by Cryto, Gail returned the spell to Phoebe before being killed herself. The sisters devised a plan to get their powers back and tricked Cryto into coming after them in Gail's home. Prue and Piper went down into Gail's basement while Phoebe remained in the hall. When Cryto arrived they forced him to astral project himself to Prue and Piper. Phoebe then fed his unconscious body the potion. When Cryto's projection returned to his body she kicked him into the basement where he was frozen by Piper. Phoebe joined her sisters and together they chanted the spell to get their powers back and vanquish Cryto.

Mabel, Mitzy and Margo Stillman, three evil witches, found the spell in the Book of Shadows and cast it on the Charmed Ones. They had previously cast an Identity Theft Spell that gave them the Halliwells' identities, so, after stealing their powers, they had effectively become the new Charmed Ones.

The Stillmans learned that it could not steal Paige's powers due to the fact she was half-whitelighter and not just a witch. However, Margo cast an anti-orb spell.

The spell was later used by the Halliwells to reclaim their powers, and the Stillmans were imprisoned.

After impacting the Charmed Ones' confidence, the Book of Shadows lowered its defenses, allowing Zankou to claim the tome for himself. With the sisters still attempting to stop him from taking in the Nexus, Zankou used a potion from this spell to steal their powers. He gained Phoebe's powers, and later Piper's, granting him near full access to the book's magic. However, by astral projecting themselves, the sisters managed to lure him away long enough to take back the book.

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