I have been trying to use spacemacs on Antergos (Arch Derivative) but when I start emacs it doesn't load spacemacs. it used to work before just fine but not anymore. I'm also very new to emacs so I would appreciate some guidance.
I would suggest first installing emacs using pacman:
pacman -Sy emacs
and then installing spacemacs using git:
git clone https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d
OR your can use the develop version of spacemacs which is more current and will have more feataures:
git clone -b develop https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d
I'm not sure how yaourt installs spacemacs; I would use the suggested method of installing spacemacs as described in the documentation.
What worked for me is that I deleted the entire .emacs.d directory and deleted the .spacemacs file in my home directory since I was reinstalling spacemacs. For some odd reason the .spacemacs file wasn't letting Spacemacs reinstall. After that the process that @haff mentions works perfectly fine.