Photokinesis is the devastating ability to emit burning light from one's body, mostly through the palm. This ability is rare and is limited to extremely powerful beings, such as angels and some high-tier demons. Sam Winchester is immune to the demonic version, and it is presumed the other Special Children share his immunity, however the angels' version could easily destroy them. Exactly how different the angelic version from the demonic version is unknown. Angels can also use this light in a smaller amount to heal wounds and for Astral projection. The ability can also serve a similar purpose to smiting, as the light is able to cause death to those who look at it, causing them to burn from the inside out.
Its strength can also be controlled, from harming a single being to destroying entire cities.
Characters with this ability
- Angelic Beings
- Lucifer - Lucifer once captured Castiel by disabling him with a burst of white light.
- Raphael - He "knocked Castiel into next week", leaving him bloodied and beaten on the ground.
- Michael - Obliterated Lilith in a flash of white light simply by flashing his eyes leaving behind only a pile of black ash.
- Castiel - After being lent 50,000 souls by Crowley, he has been seen using an advanced version of this ability against Raphael. Even without the soul enchantment and being in weakened state, he was going to use this ability in order to smite the King of Hell, Crowley but he fled. With 30-40 million souls, he was able to emit an enriched pulsating light from his vessel.
- Jack - When Jack was born, his birth caused him to emit a yellow glow of light that knocked a nearby Mary Winchester unconscious.
- Regular Angels
- Castiel - While he was possessing another angel's grace, he used this ability twice; once to blast a door open and again against Cain, although the latter was unharmed.
- Joshua - He had the ability to resurrect humans with a blast of white light.
- Naomi - Threatened to destroy Crowley with it, but he fled before she could.
- Metatron - Was able to hurt Crowley with this.
- Gadreel - Used this ability against 3 demons in order to protect Sam.
- Hannah - When she came to "rescue" Castiel, she used white light to break down a door.
The angels of Heaven were also able to combine their powers into one single focused smite to attempt to take down Amara. The skies began to swirl with thunder and lightning and rained down a beam of wrath and destruction upon the Darkness. This kind of light beam has such power that it can cause some kind of supernatural fallout which negatively effects humans that approach, it gradually gets worse as they get closer to ground zero, as Dean had vision blurred and got nauseous when approaching the area. It is called Smiting Sickness. The angels already used this kind of photokinesis -smite at least once before: in Sodom and Gomorrah. Castiel explains that if a human approaches the area that was smote, they will turn into salt, much like Lot's wife.
- Tinks - They emit a glowing yellow light from their body at all times, mostly to hide their nudity.
- Lily Sunder - While using Enochian magic, Lily was able to let off a blast of bright light to blind Ishim, Castiel and the Winchesters so that she could escape.