20 Things You Need to Know About Spirit Guides

Your Spirit Guides are your Support Team in Spirit. This list is your crash course in learning who they are and how they work.

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana

Your Spirit Guides are the core of your Spiritual Support Team on the Other Side.

They are your cheerleaders, your friends, your pathmakers, and road pavers. They help and guide you through this life, even if they never receive a thank you or a job well done. And yet, they continue, with complete love, compassion, and never ending support.

They work to support you on your Path, for the entirety of your life here on Earth. They’re your support vessel on the high seas, and your strategically positioned water and snack break stand while you run along this marathon of life. They help provide you with guidance, windows of opportunity and even some of the grand realizations that have transformed who you are and how you live.

Whether you’re just finding out about Spirit Guides, or you’ve decided you’re ready and interested to begin meeting yours, or you’re already actively working with your Guides, it’s important to take pause, and be reminded of the important work that they do, in all forms.

Spirit Guides are a diverse, eclectic, and at times, complex bunch, so we ask,

What do you need to know about this team of yours?

I’ve compiled a list of the 20 most important things to know about Spirit Guides, and I’m sharing them with you today.

To find out what they are, keep reading!

Your Spirit Guides are your Support Team in Spirit. This list is your crash course in learning who they are and how they work.

20 Things You Need to Know About Spirit Guides

1. Your Spirit Guides are always looking out for you.

We’ve all had times where we’ve felt unguided and alone. Including me. And sometimes, periods of aloneness are important for our soul’s growth and development. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, and you feel alone in the physical world, you’re always supported and guided in the spiritual world. Your Spirit Guides are always looking out for you and sending you their love and compassion.

2. You have more than one.

Most people have 7-10 on a full time team, with 3-5 permanent members of the team, and 5-10 rotating members, which brings me to the next point.

3. Some Guides are forever Guides, some only stay to help with certain lessons

It’s true that not all Guides stay with us forever, though, some do. Just like friends and relationships here on Earth, some Guides, just like people, are brought to us to help guide us through a particular problem, to help us navigate and learn a critical and often hard lesson, or to provide with much needed help and a crucial period of soul development. There are Guides that join your team to help with specific things, and then they move on to help another. And yet, there are other Guides that stay with us for the duration of our life, and these are lifetime Guides.

4. Many have been human before now and previously lived very similar experiences to yours now

They’re your Guides for a reason. You wouldn’t take parenting advice from someone who’s never had a child, and you wouldn’t take life advice from someone who’s never experienced your situation. You Guides are your Guides because they’ve been there - they have wisdom and experience, and they’ve come out the other side of it. They can empathize and understand what you’re going through.

5. You selected them yourself, before your birth

Yep. Before you were born, in between this life and your previous life, you selected the individuals that you’d like to help you learn the lessons of this life and navigate through your world. While you were a Spirit, you asked your now-Guides to help you follow your life path, and they agreed.

6. They’re some of the easiest Spirits to connect with

Because you selected them yourself, and you have a personal connection with each and every one of them, this makes them some of the easiest Spirits to connect with you. You already have a connection, as Spirits, before you became you in the physical. You just have to re-learn how to connect with while now in your physical body. The connection exists, all you need is a little elbow grease to make it shine.

7. They’re more than just people - they include fairies, animals, plants, and crystals too!

Spirit Guides can be any individual that has a Spirit. The only requirement, is that they have a Spirit and primarily exist as a Spirit right now, without a physical body. People have Spirits, of course, but so do other individuals - like fairies, gnomes, animals, plants, trees, and even crystals.

8. Spirit Guides can be ancestors or people you once knew while living.

It’s been said that Spirit Guides are typically not relatives or ancestors, or people you otherwise know or knew while alive. This is because it’s hard to give unbiased and unfiltered advice when you already have a bias and a filter - and most people that know and love you do!

They don’t want you to see hardship or feel pain, even if it was written into your life path. But, in some cases, ancestors can be guides  and so can deceased loved ones. In fact, it is often the case that those who have left us too soon, like children or young adults, often move on to take positions as our Guides and Guardian Angels, now crossed over on the Other Side.

9. They can become very emotionally attached to you

Your Guides have a soulful connection with you, transcending more than one life. You may even share past lives with your Guides. They’ve known you forever. They care about you and your well being. They feel sad, they feel proud, and they feel happy. They’re your friends, and they have feelings.

10. They WANT to help you

Your Spirit Guides are polite and don’t want to butt into your life unasked. But they do want to help. In fact, they probably think you don’t ask for their guidance enough (most do!). They’re here, and that’s what they’re there for - to help and provide guidance - to let them do it! That’s their sole job right now, and they WANT and love to do it.

11. Spirit Guides can be harsh and give tough love

Some can, and this is their way. This is perhaps a quality that you saw beneficial when you selected them as your Guide. It’s not out of mal-intention, and they don’t mean to be harsh. They support you and sometimes, all they can provide is a few short words and a rub on the back.

12. Their appearances and personalities are vast and numerous

Spirit Guides can take any form. From a Native American Motherly figure wearing a pink tee and a jean skirt, to a tall Eastern European man with a thick accent and neatly combed hair, to a fairy that resembles Peter Pan, to a huge walrus. Your Spirit Guide can be anyone with a Spirit.

13. They have specific jobs

Spirit Guides have certain roles that they fill, positions in your support team. Some serve protective roles, others provide wisdom, other joy, and others manage your gateway to the Spiritual World, and still others provide healing. There are many supportive roles needed throughout your life, and with each one, comes a Guide.

14. They can do more than one job at a time. They can wear more than one hat.

Those jobs? One Guide can fill more than one role. Your Gatekeeper Guide can be your Joy Guide, and your Protector Guide can be your Wisdom Guide. Isn’t it better to have one person that’s handy at more than one skill, than to hire a million people who can each only do one thing?

15. Spirit Guides can be vague about plans for the future - with a reason!  

Your Guides provide guidance, but not all the way. This is your life, and they want you to live and feel proud and empowered of your accomplishments. They want you to learn your lessons and contemplate the meaning. They want you to find the treasure at the end of the rainbow. Sure, they’ll give hints, but that joy is yours to have, not theirs! And sometimes they don’t want to spoil the surprises.

16. They can be “wrong” about the future.

Your Spirit Guides, and all Spirits, give best approximations in readings and in your personal communications with them. They give the highest probability outcome, statistically, to occur, given the current standings of all factors. But, you don’t live your life in a vacuum, and many other people and factors are involved in putting the pieces together in any one aspect of your life. Because of these things, statistical outcomes can and sometimes do change. And it’s no ones fault if things suddenly swing into left field.

17. Spirit Guides of yours can help your family members and close friends, too

They’re your Guides, and you have family and friends that you interact with and care about. Your Guides have to work with the Guides of these individuals, behind the scenes, and when asked, in some cases, they can pull some strings and help out a friend of yours in need.

18. They want to get to know you better

Again. They want to continue your relationship together, while you are on Earth, and they are in Spirit. These are your friends and mentors, and you know each other already. Sure, time passes more quickly and is a non-issue in the world of Spirit, but wouldn’t it be nice to get to talk with that long lost friend that you’re always helping, at least once in a while? Wouldn’t it be nice to see who they are now, what they like, and what they’re up to? It makes for better friends, and better guidance.

Afterall, isn’t it easier to buy a gift for someone you have a relationship with currently, than it is to buy a gift for that coworker that you’ve only seen in passing and aren’t really sure what they like?

The more you allow your Guides to know you, the more things they can do to help, in exactly the way you want to be helped.

19. You can learn to identify your Guides’ presence with certain cues, called calling cards.

Your Guides have had physical bodies before. They’re aware that it can be difficult to learn how to work with and sense the subtle signs of Spirit - and they want to make it easier for you. Each of your Guides has a specific signal, a cue, or a calling card, that is uniquely them. Think of it as a bird call or a secret word, once you know it, you always do and you know who sent the signal. 

20. They’re proud of you.

You’re doing a great job, continually. Overcoming hardships and learning previously unlearned lessons. Your soul is growing in this life, and all lives, and that’s always an achievement. Your Guides are proud of you.

Your Guides are always standing by, to provide you with support, love, compassion, and of course, guidance, whenever you need it. All you have to do is ask.


With love,


LAST UPDATED: October 14, 2014

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