When a psychic advisor—even a famous one—taps into a client’s energy field (aka logs on) during a reading, it’s not uncommon for them to rely on spirit guides as one of their forms of assistance. If that sounds a little too otherworldly for you, let us explain. In a nutshell, a psychic spirit guide is an entity that has become somewhat of a metaphysical soul in order to serve as a guide or guardian for a living human being.
While spirit guides are one of the biggest mysteries of the spiritual world, they do in fact exist and we all have them—in fact, several! They are categorized into major guides who help you out regularly with major life issues, and minor guides who assist with smaller, daily concerns and struggles. There are several different types of spirit guides, so let’s explore some of the most popular ones so that you’re in the know before your next psychic reading.
- Guardian Angels
Have you ever heard of the phrase “there’s a guardian angel on your shoulder?” While these light beings can be seen anywhere from paintings to frescos to churches, they are also in our lives to help us get through a hard time such as death or loss.
Full of wisdom and love, animals are representative of our inner feelings and needs, which makes them extremely relatable. Along with human-animal beasts (think centaur, mermaid, sphinx, faun, fairie), a deity such as a Ra (human body, falcon head), or Ganesha (human body, elephant head), etc., spirit animals are also included in this category. This means your deceased pet could serve as one of your guides—particularly when you need nurturing during an arduous time.
- Deceased Loved Ones
It’s not uncommon for a loved one to serve as a spirit guide—especially a grandparent—because they want to watch over you from the other side. This can be extremely comforting for those who are having a hard time dealing with loss.
Unlike deceased loved ones, you may not know who these spirits are because you never had a chance to meet them. Still, they are connected to you by virtue of your bloodline. With that said, they can still be extremely beneficial to you as a spirit guide—especially when exploring past lives.
- Mythical Beings
Remember the book Where the Wild Things Are? Well, this type of spiritual guide is a bit hard for some people to wrap their heads around because it encompasses mythical creatures such as elves, fairies, dragons, sirens, beasts, and more. While that sounds a bit wild, it’s not uncommon for psychic advisors to tap into such guides.
- Ascended Masters
This type of spiritual guide previously lived on earth and was reincarnated into something else after being enlightened. Ascended masters are the ultimate educators and are considered the gateway to the divine. Some examples include Confucius, Jesus and Mary, Buddha, Kuthumi, and many more. Their role is to teach anyone who calls upon them how to achieve a greater sense of completeness and balance in their life.
- General Spirit Helpers
Like a living volunteer in a soup kitchen or a hospital, this type of spirit guide is not someone you know through a past life or bloodline, yet they have taken it upon themselves to aid you in a time of need—most likely because they are an expert or have experience in the area(s) where you need support.
- Gods and Goddesses
Both worshiped and feared, Gods and goddesses have been present in various religions and cultures around the world since the beginning of time. History books (and movies) have made us familiar with greats such as Apollo, Quan Yin, Lakshmi, Athena, Ishtar, Tiamat, Zeus, Oden, and Durga, to name a few.
Leafy green plants may not be the first thing you think of when considering various types of spiritual guides, but the connection goes back to the Shamans who believe that everything in the world is comprised of dynamic, living energy—much like plants. The
Ayahuasca plant from Peru is noted for its ability to connect with the spirits of nature, which gave it the nickname “the vine of the souls.” Looks like it’s time to get a house plant!