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1. Engineering any device that directs the motion of a tool or machine part
2. Spiritualism a spirit believed to influence a medium so as to direct what he utters and convey messages through him


a member of an organization for girls equivalent to the Scouts


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The majority of Spiritualist mediums have a guide. Many have more than one. The guide is a spirit who can serve as a “Master of Ceremonies” at a séance, introducing spirits who wish to communicate through the medium, regulating which spirits are allowed to come through and what form of communication is being used (clairvoyance, direct voice, etc.), and whether or not such physical phenomena as apports might be apparent, and so on. Some mediums have specific guides for specific purposes. For example, if they do healing they may have an exclusive guide who makes him-or herself known only for that purpose. This is often the spirit of someone who was a doctor or healer of some sort when on the earth plane.

“Control” is a term sometimes used to designate the guide. Descriptively, “Guide” is the better term. Nandor Fodor said, “The body of the medium is an instrument which requires considerable practice in efficient handling. The control is a communications expert who watches over the fluency of the proceedings … The easygoing, conversational aspect of the séances is largely due to his presence … They are patient and ready to produce the phenomena to the sitters’ satisfaction. But they do not take orders. [They] expect courteous treatment and appreciation for what they do and have their own caprices.” They are not all-knowing. Many times a guide will admit to ignorance of a subject, or the answer to a question, and will say that he will ask another who knows.

Not all guides are male, though the majority seem to be. It is not known why this is. Guides often have helpers for certain tasks, for example to prepare for the presentation of physical phenomena. These helpers can also assist in the explanation of incoherent messages.


Fodor, Nandor: Encyclopedia of Psychic Science. London: Arthurs Press, 1933


leader of wolfpack. [Br. Lit.: The Jungle Books]
Anchises Aeneas’
guide in Elysium. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Anubis “Pathfinder”;
conducted dead to judgment before Osiris. [Egyptian Myth.: Jobes, 105]
series of guidebooks for travelers. [Travel: NCE, 207]
Beatrice Dante’s
beloved’s soul; directs him in Paradise. [Ital. Lit.: Divine Comedy, Magill I, 211–213]
Cumaean sibyl
famous prophetess; leads Aeneas through underworld. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
transported blessed souls to islands of dead. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Appleton, 31]
Jack the Porpoise
led ships through treacherous strait off New Zealand. [Br. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 128]
Judas goat
a goat used to lead sheep to slaughter. [Eur. Culture: Misc.]
lighthouse at Pharos
400 ft. tall; beacon visible 300 miles at sea. [World Hist.: Wallechinsky, 257]
pilot of Aeneas. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
pillar of cloud, pillar of fire
Jehovah leads way to promised land. [O.T.: Exodus 13:21–22]
star of Bethlehem
guiding light to Jesus for the Magi. [Christian Symbolism: N.T.: Matthew, 2:9]
pilot of the Argonauts. [Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1085]
Dante’s guide in Hell and Purgatory. [Ital. Lit.: Divine Comedy, Magill I 211–213]


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We apply the guide, and make a few further inquiries of him.
The guide stares harder than ever, with every appearance of feeling perfectly scandalized by the question.
The guide steps forward, and respectfully closes the door for him.
Kroll does hope this guide is the end of the big changes for NPOs.
For example, the voter guide distributed at Crossroads Cathedral provides a near-textbook example of how the Coalition manipulates and twists the guides to favor certain candidates.
Therefore, a task force was formed to develop a guide for practitioners.
Before agreeing to distribute a voter guide prepared by another organization, a church must ensure that the guide is truly nonpartisan and does not endorse or oppose any candidate, either explicitly or by implication," reads Cerny and Lauber's memo.

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