To Switch Bodies With a Past Life was a spell written and cast by Phoebe Halliwell to travel back in time and enter the life of her past life, P. Russell. Because the only way to enter one's past body was to switch lives, it also allowed Russell to come forth and enter Phoebe's body.


When Phoebe was haunted by something from her past life, she used the Past Life Spell to observe her past life, an evil witch named P. Russell. Russell had been seduced to become evil by her warlock lover Anton and in order to prevent their evil from lasting for eternity, her cousins, P. Baxter and P. Bowen killed her and placed a curse on her future lives.

After learning the truth, Phoebe realized that the only way to stop the spell from killing her was to obtain the amulet Anton had given Russell, as it protected her from her cousins' magic. Phoebe then created this spell that allowed her to take control of her past life's body. However, Russell awoke in the present and reunited with Anton, who gave her the amulet. Prue and Piper managed to vanquish Anton and removed the amulet from Russell long enough for Phoebe to switch back, after which they placed the amulet around her neck and prevented the curse from killing her.[1]


To Switch Bodies With a Past Life[]

In this time and in this place
Take this spirit I displace
Bring it forth, while I go back
To inhabit a soul so black.

Return Spell[]

In this time and in this place
Take this spirit I displace
Bring me forth while she goes back
To a soul so black

Notes and Trivia[]

  • This spell allowed the swapped souls to keep their own powers, evident when Russell attacked Prue and Piper with her own power.