1. When you say ancestors, I believe it’s not just blood-related family from the past, but I guess ancestors could also mean spirits that have a strong connection to our spirit, from past lives or from the time we spend in the spirit world, am I being mistaken here? That is why I use “my dead’ when making offerings or call out to them. That included any dead who might be working with me. 2. I could not find enough information on spirit guides, I wonder to what extent can they be trusted? Who are they and why would they have such a big interest in us, Unconditionally? I couldn’t emphasize this enough, Unconditionally. I never thought much about guides until I started with the spiritualist stuff. It’s big with them. They work completely in our best interest so yes they can. This group feels they are all humans who walked the Earth plane and are now in spirit. They can be family or just people who have chosen to be guides for others. Why do any spirits work with us? Plants, animals, humans all seem willing to help the living who respect them. Being a witch to me means working with spirit more than anything else. I don’t usually question why one comes to help as long as they are helping. We call out them in our work intentionally or not. 3. Before I start on any ritualistic spirit communication and astral traveling, I feel I have to learn more ways to protect myself, my surroundings and ways to banish those entities that might become harmful. Do you have any insights on this or reading material I could look into? It would be greatly appreciated. Also, I believe that even benevolent entities and spirits can harm us without meaning it, as their energies are so potent and their mere presence and touching could prove problematic sometimes, am I right or is this something that I shouldn’t ‘worry’ about? I started in Wicca and do the white light thing. I also energy clean the house on a regular basis. I have never had issues with negative beings or what you are talking about. I refuse to let them in. Just put my foot down and say no. Your gatekeeper guide should be helping you with this as well.