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To take this a bit further, the possibility of a Spirit Guide being a guide and being "alive" in this world/time/reality, hinges directly on the concept of multi-dimensional beings. And in that scenario I do not believe that the portion of the essence that is living in a physical body would be aware of what the portion of the essence, the higher self perhpas, is doing as a Spirit Guide.
The added question also arises speculating that if this is the case, then could a person act as a guide for another through astral travel or astral projections? Personally, I don't see the spirit disconnecting, or astrally projecting, in order to go fulfill its duties as a spirit guide. At least not on a constant basis as a "full-time" guide. For one thing, the availability of contact and help would be extremely limited. I am willing, however, to consider that in an extreme case of "need" that a spirit can, and does astrally project in order to assist another spirit for some reason. And maybe the need doesn't have to be all that extreme either; consider the situation of a healer astrally projecting and doing healing work on that plane, for instance, or a mother who is psychically and closely bonded with a child and goes to that child's aid at traumatic times.
But this is all getting much more in-depth -- or esoteric -- than is fitting for a faq! So I'll leave the further speculations and ponderings to you. . . or another time. This entire question/answer is intended mostly to give you something to think about and then keep, modify, or discard as you feel impressed to do.
To this one, I'd answer a resounding yes to that possibility. A belief in reincarnation isn't necessary here, in my humble opinion, because even if you believe in living only once, the answer would still be yes, in my book. I do think, though, that any soul or entity who would be incarnating in the near future, would most likely be a "temporary spirit guide." Someone who has sort of popped in to help you with something specific for a short period of time, and then moves on to another phase of his/her own growth and development. I also think that our "permant" or "main" spirit guides would be entities that have "signed on for the duration" and would not be incarnating (or reincarnating) any time soon. Or at least not in this time/dimension.
Orders of Angels
The First Sphere - Divine counselors
encircle divinity to ensure its constant presence.
guardians of light and stars, channelers of Divine energy.
assigned to planets -justice and its dispensation.
The Second Sphere - Divine governors
leadership, said to assist guardian angels in looking after their mortals.
keep track of human history - birth and death and rebirth, keepers of akashic records.
the five elements and elemental magic.
The Third Sphere - Divine messengers (the ones who have the most dealings with us mortals):
oversee nations, cities and large groups.
overseers of human endeavors, help us work with and interpret divine principles.
beings assigned to a particular person, messengers of the Divine and the other choirs.
Some Helpful Angels
Inspires intellectual achievement, improvement of study skills and intelligence.
Anael: Grants romantic love and passion to mortals. Helps finding soulmates or healing existing romantic relationships. Also considered to hold dominion over the element of Air.
Helps and protects during childbirth.
Grants prophetic gifts to humans, helps with development of psychic abilities.
Increases growth and yield of vegetables and fruits and keeps them healthy. Sofiel is also an angel of gardens.
Unlocks prison gates - appeal to this angel when you are struggling for freedom or independence of any kind.
Protector of dogs, cats and other domesticated animals.
Angel of music - inspires people to sing, play musical instruments and compose music.
Kutiel: Presides over divination.
This angel helps humans communicate with the Divine, brings Divine inspiration and opens our hearts to better receive this guidance.
Angel of platonic love and friendship, helps us find close and like-minded friends or heals current relationships with friends.
The guardian of all who fight for just causes, especially people who defend the rights of those who cannot defend themselves, such as animals and children.
Presides over water and helps us to get in touch with our intuitive powers and deepest feelings.
Angel of peace - fills our hearts with tranquility and contentment.
Encourages humans to think positively and maintain optimism.
Protector of the forest and the trees.
Excercise for Meeting Angel/Guide
Write down your question(s) if you wish or plant them firmly in your mind.
Sit or lie in a comfortable position where you will not be disturbed.
Ground and center.
Become aware of each breath you take. Focus only on your breathing for a short time.
Picture a landscape that is comfortable to you: a cave, a beach, a meadow, a forest clearing - wherever your mind takes you is where you are supposed to meet your guardian. Not only see this landscape, but concentrate on the smells and the sounds around you. Continue visualizing your surroundings until they are firmly planted in your mind and you can see, smell and hear clearly everything that is around you.
This may take some practice, and you may wish to work only up to this point until you can become immersed in this world.
Picture a well or running water in the middle of this landscape; imagine all of your negative feelings being bundled into a black ball in the middle of your body. Push this black ball outside of yourself and throw it into the moving
water or well and see it leaving you.
Now picture a white ball of light hovering over your head. See this white light descend and spread over your body until it envelops you and fills you.
Call upon your guardian or spirit guide to be with you. You do not have to talk out loud. You will know when your guide is present - it may appear to you physically or you may hear voices in your head, you may smell flowers or perfume of some sort or you may simply feel a tingling sensation, especially on the back of your neck.
Greet your guide and ask your question(s) or simply converse with it. You may get an answer right away - it could be spoken, it could be a symbol of some type. You may not receive your answer until later, even days later, so after your exercise be very aware of patterns or symbols you come across in your everyday life.
When you are finished conversing, thank your guide or angel. Return to normal consciousness by becoming aware again of your breathing and the sounds around you.
Ground and center again.
Write down your experiences; whatever symbols you were shown or what you heard.
Day Candle (Monday-white, Tuesday-red, Wednesday-purple, Thursday-blue, Friday-green, Saturday-black, Sunday-yellow)
Offeratory Candles - 3 Violet Candles
3 White Candles
Athame to inscribe candles
Crystal ball or clear glass of water
anise, cardamon, and corriander.
jasmine, lemon, rose and sandalwood
Best done during the Mercury hour of the day, alth
ough any hour should work. Any moon phase is appropriate.
Breathe deeply and build a ball of protective light around you. While soaking in your ritual bath, meditate on the whole ritual: the steps you will take and what you wish to say to your spirit guide when you make contact.
Enter the circle in the Hour of Mercury. Light the incense. With the oil, dress the Altar Candle and the Day candle while concetrating on the purpose of the ritual. Light your Altar Candle and Day Candle and state your intent:
I am here to make contact with my Spirit Guide, and to acknowledge him or her.
With your athame, inscribe Violet Candle #1 with the word "Spirit". Dress it with oil. Light the Violet Candle #1, direct your energies into it and say:
Here do I light the first Lamp of Spirit. May its light reach out across the barriers from this world to the next. May it make contact with that World of Spirit into which we will eventually enter.
Take your censer or incense wand and swing it around, censing the whole area around the altar while rythmically repeating the word "Merge" and building up energy to focus. Replace the censer and pick up Violet Candle #2. Inscribe it with the word "Spirit" and dress it with oil. Put it back on the altar, light it and say:
Here do I light the second Lamp of Spirit. May its light also reach out across the barriers from this world to the next. May it make contact with that World of Spirit and help spread the light, illuminating the passageway between our worlds.
Again take the censer or incense wand and cense the entire area around while chanting the word "Merge." Build up your energy to focus. Take Violet Candle #3, inscribe it with the word "Spirit", dress it with oil, charge with your energy, light it and say:
Here do I light the third Lamp of Spirit. May the light from these three lamps blend and grow, dispelling all darkness and lighting the way that my Spirit Guide may come to me and speak with me here today.
Inscribe the three white candles with the word "Truth" and anoint each candle with oil. Light the three candles in the order of 1, 2, 3, and say:
Here do I build Truth. As these candles burn throughout this ritual, their power generating nothing but truth in all that transpires between this world and the next. Through these candles there is truth in all communications that come to me.
Again cense the altar area while chanting "Merge." Replace the censer and continue chanting. Sit comfortably while chanting, and gaze into the crystal ball, or the clear glass of water. Continue chanting until you feel it is right to let the chant taper off. Continue to quietly look into the crystal ball or glass, not trying to picture anything. Keep your mind blank, so whatever comes will appear and will come in it's own free will. Gaze into the center of the crystal, there is no need to try not to blink. Look into the crystal and blink naturally. Try not to notice anything in your peripheral vision, just the center of the crystal. Eventually a face or figure will appear. This may take a long time, or it may appear almost immediately. If it doesn't come at all within approximately 20 minutes, abandon this attempt, extinguish the candles in the order in which they were lit, leave the altar set up, and try this ritual again in three days. You should have results within a month at most. When a figure does appear, ask if he/she is your Spirit Guide. You will hear an answer, you may not hear it out loud, or even see the figures lips move, but you will be aware of the answer. This is how most conversations will proceed. You will ask your questinons mentally (or out loud) and the answer will be clear inside your mind. Ask if you have more than one Spirit Guide. If yes, ask them to appear also. You may ask anything you wish to know, but it is better to establish a connection first where your Spirit Guide may appear to you at any time, or at specific times, so that you can converse with any other spirits through him/her. When you have finished speaking with your guide, thank him/her, then sit for a moment with your eyes closed, meditating on all that you have learned. Extinguish the candles in reverse order to clear the circle.
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