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Have you ever met someone and instantly felt a sense of familiarity, comfort or that deja vu feeling of “I swear I know you from somewhere”…?
If so, it’s likely you’ve encountered a genuine soul mate.
But soul mate doesn’t always mean that one perfect person that you were romantically destined to be with forever and ever. There are several types of soul mates- some can be found in friends, some can be found in family members, some can be found in lovers and even in your teachers.
Lets dive in and go over the 13 most common types of soul mates and how you can recognize them in your own life.
13 Most Common Types of Soul Mates
- Romantic Soul Mate
- Soul Tie
- Soul Contract Connection
- Past Life Soul Mate
- Soul Partner
- Karmic Soul Mate
- Twin Flame
- Friendship Soul Mate
- Kindred Spirits
- Soul Teachers
- Soul Family
- Soul Crossings
- Animal Companions
To better recognize each type of soul mate, let’s dive a little deeper. Keep in mind, some of these soul mate types can overlap with one another, meaning you may recognize one person to fit several of these descriptions. That’s ok! Just means you have a more powerful connection.
13 Different Types of Soul Mates and How to Recognize Them
1. Romantic Soul Mate:
With a romantic soul mate, you’ll experience an undeniable sense of peace and security. There will be a clear inner knowing of “I know in my heart this is right for me.” Romantic soul mates tend to make us feel completely ourselves, confident and safe to open up.
Romantic soul mate relationships often feel easy and natural. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any challenges or oppositions. These relationships do sometimes challenge us to grow in order to benefit the long run.
Afterall, romantic soul mates are commonly the ones we end up marrying or settling down with.
2. Soul Tie:
Soul ties are the type of soul mate connection that come with a specific and mutual spiritual lesson.
These relationships are often romantic and can feel very intense, like you stepped into a vortex with this person and re-emerged either a different person or with having gained spiritual growth, wisdom or insight.
There are differing opinions on soul ties- some think they are predestined and some don’t. I believe they can be either or and that we can create soul ties with anyone.
If you’re familiar with energetic cords, I believe soul ties to be similar. There’s an energetic connection present that will remain until the lesson is retrieved and the connection is severed.
3. Soul Contract:
Soul mates that we have soul contracts with appear in our lives for specific reasons. If you have a soul contract with someone, you have made a soul level agreement to do something specific together in this lifetime. This can look like a mentor/mentee relationship or business investor/new entrepreneur relationship.
Soul contracts can also be made with certain members of our soul family or other types of soul mates.
For example, you may be given a tough leadership role in your family but have a soul contract with one of your siblings who will support you through what you need to accomplish, making it all feel possible and worthwhile.
4. Past Life Soul Mate:
Past life soul mates are one of the most interesting types of soul mates. When you meet a past life soul mate, there’s an undeniable familiarity that you’ll observe. This is one of those soul mate connections that will feel very much like deja vu. You might even experience deja vu when you meet them.
Encountering a past life soulmate can be confusing. You can feel a strong emotional and energetic connection, yet still not be meant for eachother in this life. Both souls have to agree to continue or discontinue the connection.
Regardless of what happens between you, if you’ve met your past life soul mate, chances are some type of connection will be in order.
It’s likely the feeling of being near them will feel very familiar and strong. You may even feel a sense of accomplishment as if you’ve both been searching for each other and finally were successful or finally made it “home.”
That doesn’t mean all past life soul mates are meant to be together. Some are merely meant to be recognized as a wink on the journey of being an old soul.
Use your discernment to figure out the role of your past life soul mate in this life.
5. Soul Partner:
Soul partners are the type of soul mate that come into your life to support your path in significant ways. That can be through the means of being a business partner, a best friend, a spouse or any other type of partnership that supports your life emotionally or professionally. Soul partners can definitely be part of a romantic relationship, but they’re not always.
This type of soul mate is very common and tends to appear in our life without much effort.
They often play a big part in helping us achieve what our soul came here to do in this life whether that’s start a business, start a family or even get through traumatic events.
Most importantly, soul partnerships are those relationships that make us feel connected, supported and understood.
6. Karmic Soul Mate:
Karmic soul mates are another very interesting type of connection. With this type of soul mate, you are meant to connect with them in order to balance out some type of karma.
This doesn’t have positive OR negative connotations implicitly. A karmic soul mate is only in your life to push you further into the direction your soul is meant to go.
But as you know, initiating soul growth is not always pleasant and sometimes these connections can be painful or challenging. Karmic connections are often filled with intense passion but also intense turbulence. For this reason, they can be confused for twin flames sometimes.
At the end of a karmic soul mate relationship you will find yourself coming to understand a bigger lesson at play, almost as if a veil of passion is lifted and replaced with a critical piece of wisdom that helps to initiate an invaluable growth spurt.
7. Twin Flame:
The concept of twin flames comes from the idea of one original soul splitting into two parts. This idea stems from ancient mythology and is wildly popular these days.
To read about the roots of the twin flame story, read this article: History of Twin Flames
A twin flame is said to be your perfect mirror, reflecting the parts of you that you love and maybe even the parts of you that you shy away from. Twin flame relationships will often trigger you into healing your deepest shadows.
You may also like: What is Shadow Work? Identifying the Shadow Self and Learning How to Heal it
That being said, not everyone meets their twin flame in each life time.
Some say (and have experienced) twin flame soul mate relationships as the romance of a lifetime. It can be described as meeting someone who seems to “complete” you (complete in quotes because you are already whole!) or even someone who’s life seems to parallel yours in synchronistic ways.
A twin flame encounter will most definitely inspire growth and be a huge part of you finding your mission in life.
8. Friendship Soul Mate:
Also known as companion soul mates, a friend soul mate is a close friendship with someone who deeply compliments and supports your life in the most divine ways.
A soul mate friend will feel like a blessing in your life. Your friendship will be easy, supportive, authentic and raw. You may even experience a lot of similarities or facets of one another that are complementary or similar.
You may also like: How to Manifest Friends: A Guide for Soul-Aligned Friendships
9. Kindred Spirits:
A kindred spirit is a soul connection with someone who truly understands you and sees you for the unique soul that you are. Its a type of soul mate with a person who is similar to you in a way that resonates in an undeniable way and feels very validating and comforting.
They might have the same beliefs as you, same spiritual perspective as you, or same lifestyle as you.
They’re not always soul mates, but they certainly can be. Sometimes kindred spirits are just brief connections in our lives that let us know we are not alone in who we are or how we see things.
I find the more we look for kindred spirits, the more we find them. They are the type of soul connections that keep us inspired and awakened.
10. Soul Mate Teachers:
Soul teachers are one of those soul mate relationships that can often overlap with other types. Specifically, a soul teacher can be found in a mentor, healer or actual teacher that appears in your life at the perfect time with the perfect wisdom.
Soul teachers can be figures in our life that encourage us to go down a certain path that ends up changing our life for the best or aligns us with our purpose. They can also challenge us in ways that look like disagreement but really withhold the lesson of sovereign thinking and being.
Soul mate teachers are so sacred and special… we often can exist in both roles, both student and teacher in a beautiful connection of learning and growth.
11. Soul Family:
Another type of soul mate relationship that we can experience is with soul family members.
Your soul family is a group of souls that are linked in the spirit realm. Sometimes, these souls can reincarnate together and work towards a similar mission in life. Soul family can appear in our actual family, or in a group of people who are connected to a similar purpose.
Some say we are greeted by our soul family when we passover to the other side. I believe this to be true and find it quite comforting.
12. Soul Crossings:
Soul crossings are soul mate connections that happen for a brief time in our life. Maybe the connection feels absolutely divine but the timing or circumstances just don’t allow for things to work out long term. This can happen with lovers, colleagues or friends that you connect with for a brief but incredible period of time.
13. Animal Companions:
Last but not least, one of my favorite types of soul mates. Animal companions are soul mates that we bond with in animal form. This can be a dog, a cat, a horse or any other type of animal that becomes a companion in your life.
These souls come to us and often find us in divine ways. Maybe you weren’t planning on getting a pet but you come across this animal that you just suddenly can’t be without. A sense of belonging and connection occurs and you know this animal is meant for you.
Some animal companions are sent to us with a specific purpose. They can enter our lives and help us to heal grief or anxiety. Maybe even to protect us or help us with our magic.
Animal companions are one of the most special types of soul mates and should be honored and graciously enjoyed for as long as possible. If you’ve found an animal companion, consider yourself blessed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Soul Mates
How can you tell who’s a soul mate?
This is one of those answers that we don’t like to hear but- when you know, you know! A soul mate connection is something undeniable that you can feel deep down in your bones. You just KNOW. The feeling is nearly indescribable, but reading about the different types of soul mates in this article might help you distinguish whether or not the person in question is indeed a soul mate.
What are the signs that a soul mate is coming?
You can’t always predict when a soul mate is on the way- thats part of the fun. These connections tend to happen when we least expect them, but theres a few things you can look for and aspire to when seeking a soul mate connection.
-You’re going through massive changes in your life
-You start to feel misaligned in your current relationships
-You start to experience more alignment in your life, a sense of flow and things all coming together
-You start to notice more coincidences and synchronicities
-Your dreams become more vivid and you may start seeing/meeting a soul mate in the dream world
Are soul mates lovers?
Not always. They certainly can be, but there are many different types of soul mates and most of them do not involve romantic feelings. Most soul mates are here to either help you learn a specific lesson, guide you on to your path of purpose, support you with completing a life mission, or simply to provide comfort and connection in your life.
Can soul mates feel each other when apart?
In my experience, yes. Soul mates are some of the people we experience the deepest connections with. You might find yourself thinking of them right before they text you or right before you run into them. You might have dreams about each other on the same night. You might intuitively know when they are experiencing a big emotion or event. Soul mate connections are very intuitive by nature and I often find my intuitive abilities heighten when connected to a certain soul mate. (Keep in mind if the soul mate is romantic your intuition can do the opposite- become cloudy and inaccurate, but not always).
Hopefully this article helped you recognize the soul mates in your life. Are there any other types of soul connections I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments!