Witches are humans born with the power to naturally effect change by use of magical powers and abilities, they practice the essence of magic know as witchcraft. Which they can be either male or female and are born with these magical traits, which they can pass them on to their children. Witch can be either be good or evil are both male and female, though female witches are more common. Witches are related to Wizards and Sorcerers.
Among the basic wiccan powers are the abilities of Spell Casting, Potion Making and Scrying. Additionally, witches are also able to sense and communicate with spirits and other magical beings, which are usually unseen by mortals. Powerful witches often also possess one or more active powers.
Good Witches are the protectors of the innocent and are not allowed to use their powers for personal gain. If they do, they risk their spells backfiring and causes unintended consequences. Good Witches follow the Wiccan Rede and are protectors of the Greater Good.
Evil Witches are oath breakers who have renounced the Wiccan Rede. These Witches use their powers for personal gain and evil purposes. When a witch becomes evil, they no longer have a right to a Whitelighter. Evil Witches only serve their own dark goals and The Greater Evil if they desire.
Phoenix Witches are a coven of assassin witches risen from the ashes of the Salem witch trials. Powerful, agile and cunning, these witches will stop at nothing to collect whatever bounty they have been hired to find. Such witches are born with the birthmark of a phoenix on their bodies as proof of their heritage. Phoenix-Witches are a clan of assassins, however, some abandon their heritage and turn to the side of good.
Unlike most witches, they have the power to strip away other people's powers, which can kill the victim if they are interrupted. They also possess several powers most often seen as demonic, such as the powers of Shimmering and the power to throw Energy Balls. Although not all Phoenix Witches with possess such powers of Shimmering if they are born with wizardry inheritance seen with Adria McNamara.
Witch Practitioners are mortals who practices magic without being actual witches and tend to treat witchcraft as a more spiritual or religious experience. On rare occasions, these practitioners are able to perform weak spells and scry, however, they will never be as powerful as magical witches.
Warlocks are most often former witches who sold their souls to evil or killed a fellow witch and stole their powers. However, one can also be born as a Warlock or be converted to a Warlock through a dark ritual. Unlike evil witches, Warlocks no longer possess a soul and are generally considered a separate species. A Warlock's main goal to acquire more powers through killing witches.
Whitelighter-Witches are the crossbreed between a Whitelighter and a Witch. They can possess the powers and abilities from both species. This union between these two species were originally forbidden by the Elders, though these relationships were eventually allowed.
Wizard-Witches are the crossbreed between a Wizard and a Witch. They can possess the powers and abilities from both species as be granted with exceedingly long longevity and the memories of of their lineage by a important Wizardry Ceremony. And can access Wizard powers without the use of a wand or staff due to their half-witch side.
Firestarter-Witches are Witches who as well became Firestarters They can possess the powers and abilities from both species but not considered to be Hybrids. Unlike a pure Firestarter, they also possess the basic abilities of scrying, spell casting and potion making. They are not to be confused with witches and other magical beings who can shoot fire out of their hands.
Not all magical beings considered to be Firestarters who possess the gift of Pyrokinesis, the difference is that, the males have a pyrokinetic symbol of a trident surrounded by a chain weapon. On the backside of the shoulder and the females have the same pyrokinetic symbol lower down on the back.
Empath-Witches are future Destined Empaths and possess the magic and abilities of both species. These hybrids are unique as they are full witch and full empath. Due to the mixture of their witchcraft and empath magic, they become far more powerful than they previously were and far more powerful than a average empath due to their abilities allowing them to control other people's powers by channeling their emotions.
Ghost-Witches are the spirits of a deceased witches. They do still keep their powers in their afterlives, but are also granted the additional abilities of whispering and possession. Powerful Ghost-Witches can become corporeal through a spell or ritual, thus becoming solid again.
Darklighter-Witches are the crossbreed between a Darklighter and a Witch. They can possess the powers and abilities from both species. However, some abandon their dark heritage and turn to the side of good. Which was revealed by Billie in the episode The Discovery and the Sisterhood.
Valkyrie-Witches are the crossbreed between a Valkyrie and a Witch. They can possess the powers and abilities from both species, Due to being considered as a rare breed, it's unknown how many these unique hybrids exist worldwide. Only known Valkyrie-Witch is Kahlan which was revealed in The New Beginning, Part 2.
When Witches and Wizards get married in the purest form of true love, their lives will become tied together. The wiccan spouse will be blessed with exceedingly long Longevity, as well their children. However, if they should get divorced and would no longer be tied together, the wiccan spouse will retain the power of longevity.
- It's been revaeled in the episode The Drop from the Sea of Secrets. That Witches are able to conceive children with many different species, which would create Hybrids. Although. If Warlocks or Witches should ever try to conceive children together, it would result into a biological parasitic infection it will at first slowly be absorbing all energy from a living being, drying them out and killing them. Which would cause the women to puke up blood.
- It's been revealed that Evil Witches aren't considered as equals by another Forces of Evil. They are just renewable resource or acceptable loss.