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What Do Angels Look Like? 8 Characteristics: The Symbolism of Angels

What Do Angels Really Look Like?

Angels are incredibly pure spiritual beings of unconditional love and light… So what do angels look like?  What Do Angels Look Like?

In this post you're going to learn 8 Appearance Characteristics of Angels…

But First What Are Angels Really?

This is true whether you’re talking about guardian angels, archangels, or any other type of angel.

Angels differ from other spiritual beings like your deceased loved ones in Heaven, your Spirit Guides, and even the Ascended Masters… All who can seem very angelic!

What makes angels unique, is that they’ve not usually lived lives as humans.

Angels are on a much different evolutionary path than humanity. They’re not humans who have become angels after death… Those are your ancestors, spirit guides and the ascended masters.

Angels are just angels. They were created as angels without living a life as a physical being first.

Angels exist in a higher vibration than humanity. They vibrate in complete oneness with the Divine, and exist outside of any religion, dogma, or perceived separation.

They are one with Source and they serve to carry out Divine will for all existence.

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Whether you're fully aware of it yet or not… Everyone has angels!

That's right, you have at least two guardian angels, along with direct access to at least one of the Archangels who can most help you in your life.

There are also many different types of angels like; helper angels, guidance angels, protection angels, education angels, love angels, travel angels, warrior angels, wisdom angels, angels of compassion, angels of abundance… and so many more who will come in and out of your life experience depending on where you are and what you need help with!

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For every challenge, lesson, skill, or opportunity we have on earth, there is a unique group of angels ready and willing to help guide us through.

Angels always serve according to Divine will with the specific intention of empowering us to step into our light and power, and experience a deeper connection with the Divine including greater love, grace, joy, light and peace in the present moment.

Angels exist outside of time and space and so they can easily move up, down and through the many multi-dimensions of existence as they please.

Although they exist in the realms of spirit, angels are well known and loved by humanity.

This is due to their incredible unconditional love and the willingness with which they serve humanity, with and without being called upon.

The most beautiful thing about angels is that they’re always ready and willing to help out, guide and support you in a way that is 100% loving, compassionate and non-judgmental…

This is one of the things that makes angels unique is that their very nature, origin, and presence is pure and Divine light and love.

So now that you understand what and who the angels really are… I’m going to answer a question about the angels that I often I receive.

And that question is…

“What do angels really look like?”

It’s a good question because as you just learned, angels are spiritual beings. And yet, in books, artwork, movies, and stories, Angels are typically depicted as beautiful human like beings with wings, halos, and often glowing with light…

Have you ever wondered if this is an accurate depiction of the angels?

Do angels really look like beautiful humans with wings?

The honest answer to the question, What Do Angels Look Like? Is that it really depends!

Angels are pure love, light and spirit and when they’re present, their incredible love vibration is amazing to feel and experience.

Yet, although they’re pure spirit… They can appear to us in many forms.

Angels are energy, and so their appearance is not static.

For example, if you expect your angels to look a certain way (human like with wings and a halo for example) they will often take on this form so that you will recognize them.

The natural state of being for angels of course is much closer to an incredibly powerful sphere of light and energy presence which radiates with unconditional love, service and purity. Angels will sometimes appear as such, as pure light, an orb of a sacred geometric form, and other times, in a way that is completely different.

In addition, your perception colors how you will see and experience the angels.

This is true for all psychic information… It's perceptive.

What I mean by this is that you perceive the angels through your bias, through your personality lens, belief system and present state of mind.

How You Experience Your Angels Is Unique to You!

I know certain psychic readers who like to describe the guides and angels of the people who they're reading for… What they look like, dress like, what color their hair is, etc. While this is fine and it can often be fun, interesting and even helpful to get someone else's perspective on what your angels look like, just keep in mind if you have a reading like this, that this is only how the psychic reader sees your angel.

You may have a completely different experience of them, in fact, it's more likely than not, that you will experience your angels differently!

I have even had the same angels appear to me in many different forms on multiple occasions. This is why feeling, and tuning into the energetic signature of the angel is so important, because with this you can recognize their energy in whatever form they take.

The first time I connected with an angel, I was completely overwhelmed with their massive energy of love. Just being in the presence of an angel may bring you to tears, and if it does, don't worry… It's a naturally cleansing of your energy so that you can connect with them with an increased frequency and purity moving forward.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the most common symbolism representing the appearance of angels. Keep an open mind about how your angels will appear, but also know that these are some of their common characteristics:

What do Angels Really Look Like? 8 Symbolic Characteristics of the Appearance of Angels

  1. Brilliant light

As I mentioned above, the very nature of angels is that they’re beings of light and love. Because this is their nature, they can and often do appear as pure light.

You might see angels appear around you, in your home, or with someone you love as orbs of light, a slight shimmering quality in the air, a streak or flash of light or even just colored light that seems to stream in, hang in the air, or even appear out of thin air.

Whatever form angels take, they tend to have a bright quality, as if they’re glowing with brilliant light from within… because they are!

They may also appear as translucent beings radiating light, or simply as orbs of energy blocks of colored light, or as rotating light filled geometric shapes and symbols which shine with unconditional love and kindness.

Sometimes the light of the angels glows so bright and radiantly it’s impossible to miss, which is why this is one of the top signs of angels and guardian angels as well.

  1. Wings

Angels Symbolic Appearance Angels don't need wings to fly, but they will often appear with wings, especially if you think they are supposed to have them.

Angels appear with wings for your benefit because wings symbolically represent the ability to carry out Divine will.

Although I’ve often seen my angels with wings, I’ve never seen them use them! What I mean is they have wings, but they don’t flap them like birds to fly… Rather they have a way of simply floating or levitating, which is really, way cool!

The actual appearance of your angels wings can vary greatly, and may hold a meaning as to the qualities the angels are here to help you with.

In other words, a warrior angel may have sharper, pointy looking wings, while an angel of love’s wings will perhaps be more soft, rounded, and flowing. This of course is not a hard rule, just a reminder to pay attention because the appearance of your angels can bring you clues as to the energy they’re supporting you with.

  1. Balanced Masculine Feminine

Angels are light beings with an incredible love vibration. In other words, they’re neither masculine or feminine… But rather they perfectly balance the masculine and feminine energies.

Although angels definitely aren't human, they may appear to you looking very human so that you can relate to them, this includes appearing with gender.

Angels may appear to you as either gender depending on what will most serve you, or depending on the qualities they want to show you and exude.

For example, if your guardian angel appears to you as female, know that this symbolic of the feminine energy they are supporting you with. The Divine feminine energy exudes qualities of Divine grace, elegance, nurturing, and holding space. When angels appear as being masculine, it’s to support you through the more masculine qualities of action, creation, manifestation  and strength.

Again, angels are neither male or female either, though they may appear as such for your benefit, in alignment with what you need help with, what you expect, and depending on the circumstances of your situation.

  1. Ageless

Angels Age is a distinctly human concept. Angels are timeless. And so they definitely don’t age. And yet when they choose to appear in a human like form before you they will deliberately choose how they appear.

Everything about their appearance carries meaning, including their age. In my experience they’ve normally appeared as being fully mature, without showing any signs of aging, and rather positively shining and glowing with light.

They may however choose to appear as children or as being more childlike if these are qualities you need help healing or embodying yourself (or when they’re appearing to a child).

Alternately, angels may appear showing slight signs of aging to show wisdom, or again so you can more easily relate to them.

  1. Soft Flowing Clothing

Since angels can of course take on any form… They can of course dress however they like as well and their clothing will vary!

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They do seem to prefer soft, flowing garments that effortlessly move with them and fit perfectly. They may be adorned with gems, flowers, or simply just sparkles of light…

One thing is certain… Whatever your angels are wearing, they’ll look great in it and will shine! This is because their outward appearance always reflects their true nature which is that they are beings of unconditional love and light.

  1. Symbolism

Angel Symbolism Are you starting to see? Every aspect of how your angel appears is symbolic of the qualities of energy they’re sharing, and what they’re here to help you with.

When you see them, your angels may look just like the beautiful angels which are portrayed in artwork, they may take on a common archetype like a shaman, goddess, or warrior, or they may simply manifest in your presence as a huge energetic being of light, an orb of energy, a color, feeling, or even as a gentle scent or sound.

When you become aware of the angels who are with you, or when you actively call them in…

Pay attention!

Is there a certain color or characteristic you notice? What is their size? What do their wings look like? Are they wearing a specific type of clothing? What tools, weapons, amulets, or gifts do they carry?

I’ve had angels appear with roses, golden feather pens, swords, gems… and more!

All of these things are significant, representing both what the angels can help you with… But they also represent the skills, gifts and abilities you already carry within.

  1. High Vibrational

What Do Angels Look Like Angels are incredibly high vibrational beings… And so for you to see them, you need to first raise your vibration. Then, the angels will lower their vibration still to a point where you can experience them.

Most people don't see angels in ordinary circumstances, because angels are so pure and they vibrate with such a high and light energy signature that is just out of reach.

If you’ve ever been really down, sad, or depressed and an angel appeared before you… I can almost guarantee there was energetic shift beforehand with a moment of your pain, sadness, and negativity being lifted away… Your vibration being lifted so you could experience your connection with the angels.

When angels do appear, they tend to hover rather than standing on the ground or earth before you. This is because earth is so much denser than the angelic realm, and they can help more by maintaining and lifting you up into a higher vibration rather than lowering down further to meet you in yours.

  1. Seeing Angels as Real People

I mentioned above that angels usually do not incarnate as humans. I want to clarify this because although they are not human… From time to time, angels will take on the appearance and qualities of a human form.

Angels do sometimes appear as humans to help out in intense or life threatening situations. They may step in to save someone's life or to simply impact someone in a way that is real to them and which will most serve.

When nurses seem to appear out of nowhere with offering saving treatment and then disappearing…

Or when a person appears at just the right time to pull someone from a car accident, or push them out of the way of a moving train, and then they disappear and are gone forever, these are usually angels who have taken on a temporary human form.

In other rare cases, angels will incarnate here on earth as people, otherwise known as incarnated angels in order to carry out their purpose.

This is rare though, and most of the time angels will appear in a more spiritual than physical form.

See What Angels Look Like For Yourself!

Regardless of whether you are seeing angels now or not, you can learn to clearly see angels with your psychic and subtle senses.

Through removing your blockages and filters, and opening your chakras, you are able to elevate your vibration and open your minds eye so that you too can see angels. When you do, just keep in mind that Angels will appear in many different forms as they can choose how to portray themselves, depending on who they are connecting with, their objective, and what will most serve.

If you do want to learn to see your angels, try to release expectations of what your angel will look like, and just enjoy connecting and working with these beautiful beings of purity, unconditional love, and light in whichever form they appear. Based on my experience whatever form they take is beautiful, radiant, and inspiring.

You may not see your angels when you first connect and invite them into your presence. This is fine, so don't worry, it doesn't mean they're not answering, or even that they're not there. Just keep raising your vibration, removing filters, opening your chakras and releasing blockages and keep asking your angels for help.

When you ask, they will answer. Use all your senses to become aware of their presence… Before I ever learned to see angels I felt them, which is completely blissful and magical in it's own right.

When you're ready, meaning you're released filters, blockages, and limiting beliefs, you've elevated your vibration, and if you've asked, the angels will show themselves to you in the way which will most serve.

Learn more about How to Start Seeing Angels here! 

Have you seen an angel? What did they look or feel like to you? Leave me a comment below!

With love and light,

Melanie Beckler



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