Angels made their first appearance in bible texts. Typically, they featured in dream sequences and had one singular purpose; to impart God's messages. Angels acted as a kind of invisible postal service and were dispatched to deliver divine prophesies. They've been depicted in the greatest of Renaissance paintings and sculptures. The works of Leonardo da Vinci and Hieronymus Bosch are fine examples of both. Michelangelo's majestic frescoes that adorn the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel in Rome is considered to be the world's most iconic masterpiece.
Through the ages, angels were traditionally called upon in times of trouble. They are primarily linked with religious doctrine, especially the catholic creed. There are many types of angels ranging in rank and file and they all come with a unique set of skills. There are seven major Archangels who are commanders of the angel armies; Michael, Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel, Raguel, Sariel,and Remiel. The first four are the most renowned and they all serve a particular purpose.
History books tell us that Michael is the great protector and represents power and strength. Raphael is the Archangel pertaining to healing and health issues. Uriel is known as the Archangel of wisdom and intuition and Archangel Gabriel is said to be the overseer of life, truth and justice. The Archangels preside over God's celestial kingdom. As human beings living in a world that propagates war, disease, poverty and evil, requesting angel intervention has become a standard ritual among pray and meditation circles.
Thankfully, there are several ways of knowing if the right kind of angels are present in your life. Feathers of any color (particularly white ones) are a beautiful reminder that your angels are near, loving and supporting you from behind the scenes. Your angels may also draw your awareness towards clouds that look like hearts, as well as many other shapes and symbols. As angels can often be loved ones who have crossed over, they frequently emanate a beautiful scent. Finding a bunch of coins strewn at your feet is another sign, as are rainbows and unforgettable, vivid dreams.
To conclude, you don't have to be a religious person to invoke angelic activity in your life. They have an open door policy. Whether you are an atheist or agnostic, a devout practicing Catholic, a Muslim, Buddhist or belong to any other religious order, angels don't discriminate. Their purpose is to bring light, love, comfort and healing to the human race; commodities the world sorely lacks. In times of hardship and despair, angels can be relied upon to inject their positive energy into any unsuspecting weary soul.