How to Contact Your Spirit Guide, Animal Guide, Etc
Now that you know what each of these things are, the next step is, of course, making contact. How do you know who is to guide you? How do you talk to them?
The first step is a simple protection ritual. Light a candle or a lamp, say a prayer to whatever deity you believe in or follow to bless your journey and guide you to your spirit guide with no harm come to you. This does not need to be complex, a simple blessing and asking of protection will do fine. This is done because you are, after all, reaching out to the spirit world and asking for guidance, and don't want to risk getting a guide who is not there to help you.
The second step, then, is meditation. If you don't know how to do this, begin by teaching yourself the basic techniques, and find one that works for you. There are countless tips on this site, and if you can't find something here that works, you can always turn to google for help. Try to find a peaceful quiet place in your mind where you can do work while meditating. For me, it is a peaceful forest grove. For you it may be by a stream, in front of a fire, your childhood bedroom, a tree fort, complete blackness...the possibilities are endless, it needs merely be somewhere you can envision and retreat to where you can shut out all other thoughts and focus on a single goal. Once you reach the ability to do this and sustain this for a good period of time, move to the next step.
The third step is asking. Sounds pretty simple, right? That's because it is. Ask your spirit guide to appear before you (and be polite, this is someone who will be helping you, not someone you get to order around like a slave!) or appear to you in some manner. You may get it right away. Or, you may sit there and nothing happens. Maybe when you fall asleep that night, you dream of your spirit guide. Or perhaps, nothing.
If you find your spirit guide right off the bat, congratulations! You can stop reading. If not, the next step is simply patience. Spirit guides will come on their own time, when they believe you are ready. You may realize, after time passes, that you keep seeing the same woman or man in your dreams, or hearing the same voice when you meditate or perform rituals giving advice. Once you figure it out, don't be afraid to ask what their name is, what they can teach you, what their purpose is, etc. They are your guide and guardian.
I believe that this is a journey best traveled by yourself. Asking for help may be necessary if you struggle, but most times it is in the overcoming the struggle that you find answers. I also remain very skeptical of people who offer to 'find your spirit guide' for me. I'm not saying it's not possible, however I would think that my spirit guide would reach out to me before it would appear to anyone else poking around. I have never known my spirit guides to reach out to anyone I've worked with in the pasts, they (I have two) tend to give their opinions to me, but never reach out to communicate with others. I doubt anyone could identify them for me. Animal guides may be a whole different matter, as they are fluid and not necessarily tied to you, but again. They are YOUR guide. Why would they appear to someone else before they appear to you?
Also, I put the protection ritual as the first step to remind you that when you work with anything in magic, there is always the need to protect oneself. This is why we draw circles before rituals and bless our houses. As you are only doing introspection (looking into yourself), there shouldn't be too much of a risk, but better safe than sorry.
Now, I found the following portion on a different website, and it seemed interesting and important enough to share. Any of the following signs are usually signs that what you contacted is not your spirit guide at all, but instead another entity having a joke at your expense. This doesn't happen often, but just in case, I figured I'd share.
This is called "How to know your spirit guide isn't really there to help."
"-You're the only person the spirit has EVER contacted, and you're really super special, which is why they're sharing their message with you and not two hundred other people.
-Your guide talks about magical doorways, secret portals to other worlds, or gates that you somehow managed to open, and nobody else ever has.
-The spirit doesnâ€™t mind you bragging about it to friends, but gets grumpy whenever anyone questions its existence or purpose. Not only that, it encourages you to isolate yourself from friends who think the spirit guide may well be full of poo.
-The spirit claims to be hanging around in order to protect you from some other spirit that you've never encountered. Weird stuff happens, and your spirit guide is handily there at all the right times to help you out.
-Your spirit guide claims to be from another planet or world that is as yet undiscovered by scientists.
-The spirit claims that it needs your help -- and only yours -- to help it do things like write, talk, etc., and basically wants you to become its instrument of operation. In exchange for this voluntary form of possession, the spirit will impart you with all kinds of nifty new wisdom, that only you will be privy to.
-The spirit seems to have no real purpose other than to share information with you, but the information you're receiving is of no real use, other than to make you believe you are way more enlightened than everyone else.
-The spirit informs you that people who love you and care about you are secretly plotting against you, and that the only one who truly understands you is the spirit itself.
-All the information you're being given by the spirit goes against common sense, logic, laws of science and physics, and basic human decencyâ€¦ and yet it all makes sense to you now, because you're the only one special enough for the spirit to talk to.â€