Undaunted by Spikes abduction/demands for a Love Spell, Willow continues with her studies of witchcraft – learning to summon the four elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth) and also spends time with Amy (at a witches coven); where they both help to cast protection spells. Later, Willow impresses Buffy, with her ability to levitate a yellow pencil (whilst explaining to Buffy that its all about “emotional control”).
All of this helps to contribute to Willows growing reputation of being a witch, and is cemented when Anya (an ex vengeance demon, later Xander’s girlfriend), requests Willows assistance in a spell to help her regain her necklace (the source of her vengeance powers). Keen to shake some of her nerdy image, Willow is glad to offer assistance (although Willow does not know that Anya has her own secret agenda). The spell gets out of hand, with Willow seeing glimpses of an evil world, eventually causing her to abort the spell and tell Anya that “this is a little blacker than I like my arts”.