7 Types of Spirit Guides + How to Communicate With YOUR Spirit Guide
There’s so many terms being passed around the pagan and new age communities. Spirit guides, guardians, familiars, allies. The list goes on. It can get pretty confusing. Here I seek to clear up the confusion and define six different types of spirit guides. PLUS teach you how to communicate with your spirit guides. Spirit guides don’t have to be elusive, hard-to-reach beings, because they are literally right beside you. Their main objective is to guide and protect you. Learn more here.
7 Types of Spirit Guides
1. Ancestral Spirit Guides
There are two types of ancestral spirit guides. The first is an ancestor or someone from your family (bloodline) that has died and is guiding you from the other side. The ancestral spirit guide could be someone you knew well such as a sister or grandparent, or it could be an ancestor that died long before you were born – back to ancient times! The second type of ancestral spirit guide is the mighty dead. Christopher Penczak speaks of the mighty dead often in his work. But essentially, the mighty dead are people who have led magical and powerful lives and have passed on. Now they seek to guide us on our witchcraft or pagan paths. An example of a mighty dead ancestor might be Merlin or Doreen Valiente.
Ancestral Spirit Guides’ Mission
What does an ancestral spirit guide do? It is a part of their other-dimensional existence to help guide you through life. They will watch over you and help you make positive decisions in life. You’ll feel their loving presence in times of sorrow and darkness, when you need someone the most. They are also around to protect and guide children in the family.
2. Animal Spirit Guides
Everyone has at least one animal spirit guide at any given time in life. You have one permanent animal spirit guide or guardian, and also animal spirit guide messengers and teachers. Animal spirit guide messengers bring messages needed at a particular moment in life, and then they disappear. Some might resurface at later points in your lives, while others are meant for that moment and that moment only.
How Can You Tell a Guardian from a Messenger?
Some of us instinctively know which animal spirit guide is our life guardian. If unsure, this animal spirit guide is ever-present in your life no matter the phase or age. We may have dreams of this animal or possibly even become this animal in our dreams or visions. Animal spirit guide messengers come into your life for a shorter period of time then leave when their message is received.
3. Ascended Masters
Ascended masters are one of the types of spirit guides you may have during your lifetime. They are spirits who have nearly transcended their earthly incarnations and are close to reaching divine perfection. Some people believe Jesus is an Ascended Master, along with Mary Magdalene, Isis, Osiris and the Buddha. They are guides to those who have a BIG spiritual purpose in life including enlightenment, healing, unifying, and purging old societal patterns. But, I believe anyone can call on them for guidance.
4. Lifetime Spirit Guide
We can’t talk about the types of spirit guides without discussing the most important one – the lifetime spirit guide. This is the spirit guide that’s with you your entire life. They often show up in dreams and meditations. You can learn how to communicate with your spirit guide easily. This spirit has lived more than one human incarnation, and they are fulfilling an experience of expansion by guiding you. This is the person in your dreams you feel you’ve known for years but can’t quite place.
5. Elemental Spirit Guides
What is an elemental spirit guide? This type of guide is an elemental spirit – meaning a nature spirit. Examples include gnomes, dragons, mermaids, sprites, pixies, selkies, etc. This type of spirit guide often attaches or links itself to a magical person who may have had elemental origins themselves. Elementals are also particularly fond of witches. There’s a long history between the fae and witches, after all. I met an elemental spirit guide through a meditation once, and he told me he also watches over my child.
6. Angelic Spirit Guides
Did your grandma tell you not to be scared of the dark when you were little because you had a guardian angel watching over you? Mine did. The angelic spirit guide is called a guardian angel by many. I believe everyone has a guardian spirit guide of some kind, and maybe some of us even have angels looking over us. Angels come from a higher spiritual dimension, some called it Heaven, and swoop in to save us when dangerous moments happen. They might also come when we call on them to stop nightmares or help us heal.
7. Starry Beings / Ancestors
Another lesser known type is the starry being or star ancestor. These are beings from another star system, planet, and other dimensions. They typically call on people who have starseed origins or light child origins to guide us in helping the planet ascend. The starry beings might seem frightening at first, because we’re not used to seeing them on this plane, but most come with a positive intent. Cleanse and shield your space and ask your starry ancestor guides to come to you in a vision or dream.
How to Communicate with YOUR Spirit Guide
Some of you might be thinking, “Okay, now that I know I have different types of spirit guides how do I contact them?” First, you don’t have to have a spirit guide of every kind. You might have one or two or potentially all of them. But first focus on communicating with one. Learning how to communicate with your spirit guide is much easier than it seems, and there are different ways to open the channels of communication. Be open-minded and willing to listen.
Ways to Communicate with Your Spirit Guide
- Dreamwork – learn how to lucid dream or simply focus on the intention to meet and talk with your spirit guide in your dreams at night.
- Meditation – do a guided meditation in order to meet your spirit guide (you can download these and play it while meditating)
- OBEs – out of body experiences can be used in order to meet and talk to your spirit guide though usually it takes a lot of practice in order to master this skill.
- Pendulums – use a pendulum to ask yes or no questions of your spirit guide. This method is an effective and simple method of contact.
- Automatic writing – put your questions down on a piece of paper and allow your spirit guide to come through your own hand and answer on paper.
- Oracle Cards – another means of divination to contact your spirit guides is by using oracle cards. Be sure to cleanse and bless them before use and speak directly to your spirit guides when asking the cards a question.
- Signs & affirmations – by far the easiest way of communication with spirit guides is to simply talk to them. Either in your head or out loud and ask them to give you signs. These signs might come through nature, random conversations, TV commercials, familiar songs, etc.
You don’t have to know them all.
Maybe this all seems overwhelming – how do I go about communicating with ALL my spirit guides? How do I know which one is which? Don’t stress about it. One guide might make himself/herself known to you and you’ll communicate well with him/her while the others stay silent for most of your life. It’s not a necessity to know all of your guides by heart or by name. Start talking to them and see what happens and who comes through.