can spiritual guides be ghosts who were once living? or something else? could they be family members who were once living? or not likely?
Yes, while this is not a prevalent concept in Wicca, it’s a big deal in Spiritualism, where the main belief is that the dead are not gone but they continue to live around us in the form of spirits (meaning “souls”) and that we can communicate with them for various purposes.
If you’re open to the idea of an afterlife, then your spirit guide could indeed be someone who passed from this plane. Perhaps an ancestor who loves you and has decided to become your guide/mentor/protector during your lifetime.
If you’ve ever been somewhere or near someone, and you felt your gut give you a bad feeling about that situation, that could have been a spirit guide sending you a warning or giving you advice.
It’s common to receive messages at random but willingly contacting your spirit guide can be a bit trickier. They may appear in dreams, during meditation, or you can try using different channels such as pendulums, tarot, or Ouija boards. All of these may or may not work for you. Go with your intuition and see what works best for you.
As a starting point, I recommend you this guided meditation:
thank you for the advice
You’re very welcome! This is a very interesting topic. I believe in past lives and, it’s a bit unrelated but there’s a great book called Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss that explores the topic of reincarnation.