Definition: being in a leading position because of intimate knowledge of the way things are and of all its difficulties; conducting; directing

Compatible Quality: charismatic

Familial Qualities: confidence, leadership

People Who Exemplify This Quality: Docents: teachers, health care, end of life, etc.

• A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance. — Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls (1974-) British adventurer
• Spirituality can release blocks, lead you to ideas, and make your life artful. Sometimes when we pray for guidance, we’re guided in unexpected directions. We may want a lofty answer and we get the intuition to clean our bedroom. It can seem so humble and picky and that you don’t necessarily think of it as spiritual guidance. — Julia B. Cameron (1948-) American teacher, author, & artist

Comment: Pick your guiding principle(s). They may be mutual respect with self-respect or honesty with tact and tolerance. Depending on your circumstances it may even be long-suffering. Whatever you come to hold dear will be the light showing you the path ahead (even if you have to forge a new one).

Legendary Figure: Nestor, a wise king in Greece, the chief advisor during the siege of Troy

Mythological Figure: Mentor was a friend and tutor of Odysseus. Athena sometimes took his form as an advisor; a mentor, thus, is a wise and trusted counselor.