Phoebe invoking the power of the moon.

Seeking Shadows is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of Charmed.


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Now that his return seems immanent, the sisters and Leo desperately seek a way to prevent Adam from escaping purgatory. Meanwhile, Leo telling Piper about his upcoming promotion brings up another problem in their relationship and Paige faces a personal crisis when Evan surprises her.


Main Cast
Guest Starring

Magical NotesEdit


To Summon the ShadowEdit

  • This spell requires a circle of black candles and a white candle in the center. The caster must be in the circle.
By power of the burning light,
Bring the shadow to my sight,
In darkness it can hide no more,
Hear these summons I implore.

Purification RitualEdit

  • This ritual requires the moon to be present, a circle of black candles and a white candle in the center. The caster must be in the circle.
Under the glow of a celestial moon,
I call the spirits to commune,
Cleanse this evil of its fright,
Return this shadow to the night.


  • Flight: Used by the shadow as means of transportation.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see Adam nearly returning to earth.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Phoebe.
  • Orbing: Type of teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Density Control: Used by the shadow to assume a solid form to push Leo.
  • Shadow Manipulation: Used by the shadow to merge with the shadows of the trees and to grab Piper and Paige.
  • Molecular Immobilization/Combustion: (failed) Piper attempt to either freeze or blow up the shadow.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • The title is a reference to the Shadow.
  • Following up on events from the previous episode, the sisters learn Adam is about to return.
  • Leo tells Piper about his promotion, resulting in a fight and revealing there is a problem in their relationship.
  • Phoebe mentions Cole once used a shadow as well during his time with the Triad.
  • Paige mentions she thinks the Book of Shadows changes its content, to which Phoebe remarks that it's possible.
  • Paige realizes she has commitment issues, resulting in her breaking up with Evan.
  • Leo mentions that Adam forcing his way back to earth is weakening the walls between planes. This resulting in Phoebe getting hurt through her premonition.
  • This is the only episode in Season 5 in which Melinda and Chris don't appear since their birth in 5.12 Monster Mommy.
Preceded by:
5.15 Good Witch Hunting
Charmed Reloaded Followed by:
5.17 Lessons Learned