Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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You are not damned. You are blessed by the Holy Spirit.

You are not damned because you are a witch. You have been blessed by the Holy Spirit.

Historical Context: St. Paul the Apostle and King James I

St. Paul the Apostle wrote many letters to many people, such as the Romans, Corinthians, and Ephesians to name a few. This was after the death of Christ, and St. Paul never actually met him in person. Paul was out to arrest Christians when the ascended Jesus flashed before him, and he was blinded for three days. After, he became a devout follower. While some of his letters are considered apocryphal (not completely legitimate), the following quotes come directly from my English Standard Version Bible and are recognized cannon by the Catholic and Protestant Churches. 

King James the First was a paranoid man. He authorized the publication of the King James Bible, the most popular Protestant translation. He is also famous for the publication of Daemonologie which, if you studied the Burning Times, was the handbook used in the capture, torture, and murder of witches. It was King James that changed a key word from "Poisoner" to "Witch" in his translation and it has since stuck. Personally, I believe there are much better translations than the King James Version, but that's just me. I prefer the English Standard Version.

Why am I telling you this? 

For the simple reason "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (Exodus 22:18 KJV) is a very famous quote used primarily by Christians, despite being originally Jewish. It is also often used by witches/ Wiccans when justifying a long-standing dislike of Christians in any form due to the Burning Times. It is important to note that the Book of Exodus for those of non-Christian backgrounds is of the Old Testament, which is comprised of books from Jewish tradition and necessary for Biblical and Theological study.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit directly contradict the writings of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy (all Old Testament), and are therefore Christian Cannon. Next time a Christian decides to tell you you're going to Hell, know that you were blessed at birth by the Holy Spirit and you can even cite the quote from the Bible below.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ESV

"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mut idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus is accursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except in the Holy Spirit. 

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation fo the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills."

(cont) 12:27-28

"Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues."

Romans 12:6-8

"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness."

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Now that we know the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, we'll dive into them one by one.

Word of Wisdom

You truly know and understand the mysteries of God and speak these mysteries with eloquence. You know the true nature of God to some extent, and keeping faith may come easy to you. 

Preferred Craft: God/dess Work

Word of Knowledge

You can read the Bible and understand it as plain as day. You love helping people understand what a piece of scripture means as well as bouncing ideas off other interpretations.

Preferred Craft: Meditation on scripture

Faith

You are unmoving and unwavering in your belief. Satan (if you believe in him) could stare you down and you wouldn't even blink. You could sense an evil spirit and say "Get out" with the confidence and knowledge that it would leave. Come what may, the Divine is your rock and with that, you are invincible.

Preferred Craft: Prayer Magick

Gifts of Healings

You have a supernatural ability to make people feel better. Someone may come to you with a stomachache and with a simple kiss on the forehead or a rub of the hand, they're healed. You may have a sixth sense of herbs and their healing properties.

Preferred Craft: Kitchen/Green Witchcraft

Workings of Miracles

Strange and wonderful things happen when you're around. You consistently find lucky pennies, your friends get their dream jobs, people find money on the ground, and you have a longstanding aura of good luck. Most, if not all, spells you cast are successful and work very quickly.

Preferred Craft: Spell Work

Prophecy

Whether by divination or not, you know exactly what will happen. You have an eerie knowledge of the future, whether it's the next day or decades in advance.  People may describe you as calculated with your careful foresight. 

Preferred Craft: Divination

Discerning of Spirits

All around us are angels, demons, fairies, and gods. You are able to tell which is which. When you get a bad feeling about an area, people know to listen. You work best with spirits because you can discern with ease which can help you in any given situation. You may also be a medium, and spirits may come to you with the knowledge they will be recognized.

Preferred Craft: Spirit Work

Tongues

Languages come easy to you. You could probably watch a few episodes of Anime and learn conversational Japanese. Foreign words roll off your tongue and people constantly tell you how good your accent is and are astonished you pronounced their name correctly. When you enter a trance, it is not uncommon for you to start speaking inhuman languages. You may not know what you're saying, but you know you can speak it with ease.

Preferred Craft: Speaking in Tongues

Interpretation of Tongues

Speaking languages may not be easy for you, but you are known for knowing what people are saying, no matter the language. You may enjoy kPop, Gregorian chants, and foreign music because you know what the songs are about. When someone starts speaking in tongues, you keep up and can tell others what they're saying.

Preferred Craft: Old spells written in Latin, Ancient Greet, Gaelic, etc.

Service

Volunteer is your middle name. You will do anything to help others and you frequently work at soup kitchens or do volunteer work. Everyone around you knows if they need help doing something, they come to you.

Preferred Craft: Hearth Witchery

Teaching

You love helping people in ways of knowledge. You've been a tutor one way or another for as long as you can remember. You send people recipes, articles, and resources if they ever need anything. Even if you don't know everything, you know how to find out and tell people in the way they learn best.

Preferred Craft: Coven Witchcraft

Exhortation

You may have been called a loud-mouth, but everything you say is your inner truth. You have never been afraid of public speaking or voicing your opinion. You have a way with words that makes people stop and listen. 

Preferred Craft: Chanting, Spell Writing

Giving

You are the definition of "what's mine is yours." You constantly give to the poor, and lend out books and food without expectation or condition. Your friends will always come to you first if they ever need anything, and conveniently you will always have the right thing.

Preferred Craft: Charms and Sigils (anything that can be distributed)

Leadership

You are never the boss, but you are always the example. People look up to you. You have your people and you look after them. Should anything happen to your chosen family, you will make it right. You are both the protector and the warrior. If anyone has a question about the group, they come to you.

Preferred Craft: Priest/esshood

Mercy

You are kind to a fault. Whenever something horrible happens, you rush to pray and donate what you can. You are likely an empath, as your compassion is completely unlike anyone else's. When someone needs a shoulder to cry on, you are always first in line. If you can't be there for someone, you often are seen in their dreams. That being said, you often astral project on accident if someone is in pain.

Preferred Craft: Astral Projection

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Added to on May 27, 2021
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