This week’s question from the Pagan Perspective YouTube channel is about patrons, angels, and guiding spirits.
Topic for the Week of 10/14: “I don’t have a succinct question but I’d love to hear people talk about patrons, holy guardian angels, tutelary spirits, head spirits and that sort of thing. Do you think they’re all the same or are they different things with different roles? How many (if any) do you acknowledge and work with?”
Honestly, I am open to the possibility that they all exist. I am also open to the possibility that they are all the same thing and that people just relate to them differently I am also open to the possibility that they are NOT all the same thing, and that each is a different thing with a different role.
In my own personal practice, I do not work with angels, demons, patrons, gods, goddesses, spirits of the deceased, and have no idea what a tutelary spirit or head spirit is (although I did consult google briefly before this post, but… it wasn’t clearly defined in what I found).
What I do work with is energy. I work with (and revere) elemental energies, and I work with what I see as the core energy that is within everyone and everything, which I refer to as the “energies of creation, evolution, and balance”.
I also acknowledge 1) the existence of spirits of the deceased that occasionally linger or stay behind for some reason, and 2) Fae.
With the spirits of the deceased, I do not work with them. I do not want to work with them and feel that it is not a part of my wheelhouse. That’s not to say that I haven’t had experiences, but these are acknowledged and not explored. I have no interest in delving into that area of things, regardless of if I have potential ability to do so.
Concerning the Fae… It is much the same, but with a feeling of kinship and gratitude. I am familiar with liminal spaces, especially those that are very much connected to raw nature. I enjoy them immensely and feel very, very much at home within them.
In these spaces, there are Fae energies present and these are welcome in that sense of kinship and gratitude that I’ve mentioned, but I do not work with them in my practice or my spellcraft. For me, it is much the same as why I don’t work with animals in my practice and spellcraft. They are living entities with free will, their own motivations, and their own choices to make. I would never push my will upon them in that way, even if they stepped forward to volunteer for it. It just doesn’t feel right.