SOURCES OF THE CHARMED ONES POWERS Dec 4, 2006 19:54:53 GMT -5
Post by vandergraafk on Dec 4, 2006 19:54:53 GMT -5
SOURCES OF THE CHARMED ONES POWERS
1. THE WARREN LINE OF WITCHES
Melinda Warren prophesied that each succeeding generation of Warren witches would grow more powerful until there arrived three sisters who would be the most powerful witches of all time.
It's in their blood, so to speak. But, and this is a very important proviso, it is not found in the blood as the muddled biology of Astral Monkey suggests. That episode screws up just about every bit of haemotology possible.
2. THE POWER OF THREE
Whatever their individual powers, powers that grow as time marches forward and their experience with command and control of these powers grows apace, the sisters' powers are magnified because of the bonds of sisterhood. Phoebe's initially paltry powers were all the more powerful when she participated with her sisters in power of three spells.
3. THE BOOK OF SHADOWS
Pure power, without the necessary knowledge of how to employ potions, spell and powers, against demons and warlocks remains naked. The ever-changing Book of Shadows is a repository of knowledge as well as a portal into a whole library of knowledge, knowledge that made their powers and potions more effective.
4. THE NEXUS
The very physical location of the Manor provided some enhancement to the sisters' powers as long as the NEXUS remained subject to the constraints of good (by virtue of Good controlling the Manor).
5. THE EMOTIONAL STATE OF THE SISTERS
The power of the Book of Shadows is tied to the sisters' emotions and vice-versa. Let self-doubt creep into the sisters' psyche then their powers and the powers emanating from the Book of Shadows will become weakened. Zankou marvelously exploited this in Something Wicca.
Another side of this argument can be seen in Bride and Gloom, although the details of that episode themselves are not very convincing. Simply put, if a dark priestess can use dark magic to turn one of the sisters evil, then an infection will spread to the other sisters via the Book of Shadows. Prue turning evil turned the Book of Shadows. Suddenly, spells that ought not to have been there appeared. Piper read them and succumbed to the temptation and gradually became a warlock. Phoebe did too, although she more or less followed Piper's example.
Certainly, the example of Bride and Gloom shows that the sisters' powers can be expanded via the Book of Shadows (blinking, which is clearly the power of a warlock, despite Melinda Warren's speculation in Season 1 when she thought erroneously that Matthew had stolen this power from a witch). Of course, they may expand in a way that no longer entitles them to a whitelighter, as they evolve toward permanent residence on the dark side. (Presumably, this would have tilted the NEXUS towards evil as well.)
In a similar vein, though again I find the episode's details a bit disappointing, Power Outage shows what can happen when the sisters have a major, major tiff and turn their powers against one another. They lost them, as the Triquetra was severed.
6. POWERS BESTOWED BY THE ELDERS
Initially, I was quite happy to place this in the category of sources of the Charmed Ones powers. Now, I am not certain. I fail to see how the Elders did anything to boost the sisters' powers. Yes, they could explain that this was a power boost. But, they never ever really admit that they were the ones instrumental in boosting these powers.
True, the Elders were guardians of the powers of the Greek gods (Oh My Goddess). When these powers were dispensed by Leo to the sisters in order to defeat the Titans (and thereby save the Elders from extinction), this was done in contradiction to the rules of the Elders who had made it clear that never ever were these powers to be dispensed.
7. The MANOR
I can't even begin to sort this one out. Do the sisters have to remain in the same home forever, as Grams scolded the sisters during Season 6 after Paige moved out and Phoebe found herself in Hong Kong? Is it the Manor or the Manor's location atop the spiritual NEXUS, or is it that living in the same house keeps the sisters close physically and spiritually? I haven't a clue. However, Season 8 did seem to answer some of these questions, although once again some fans hammered Phoebe for abandoning Piper. Oh well!
Let's be fair to Phoebe. We are led to believe that at the time Phoebe made her decision to buy the condo the housing boom is still full on. Given the prices for homes in San Francisco and the rapid turnover rate (at the time), it would only make sense for Phoebe to make her decision as quickly as possible. The girls always knew they would move out, although Piper jokingly told Paige that maybe after 20 or 30 years time. To read into Phoebe's decision to purchase the condo and move out (did she really ever leave the manor?) anything more than her desire to strike quickly seems to me to be excessive. Do you really think Phoebe was abandoning Piper (or Paige, for that matter)? I don't think so.
Earlier, in the Charmed Cafe, I offered this assessment. Make of it what you will:
Well, part of the confusion here stems from the inability of Grams or Leo - for that matter - to know exactly how much a role the Manor - and the sisters residing in the manor - contributed to the power of three. As I have indicated elsewhere, the sisters' collective powers - the why of why they are so powerful - have many roots: the Nexus, the Book of Shadows, the Elders, the Warren lineage, the Manor itself. Is it any wonder that Grams was so worried less they suffer a decline in power if they each went their separate ways.
Yet, when the Nexus was temporarily rendered useless - at the conclusion of Season 7's Something Wicca - their powers do not seem to have dropped off any. Indeed, one could argue that the disparate roots of Charmed power gave rise to an entity which developed a life of its own. Thus, given time and maturity, it was easily imaginable for the sisters to live their own separate lives. Yet, they would always be the Charmed Ones for that was a bond that had been forged through constant struggle and the will to survive and overcome.