14 Common Angel Symbols and Signs To Look Out For
You have almost certainly heard about angels watching over people. And, perhaps you have even thought that you've felt the presence of ‘angels' or unseen forces in your own life. However, you may not know exactly what angel symbols mean. Angels commonly send signs that help us in crucial ways, but few of us know what these are and so most of us miss these messages. In addition, signs from the universe can be hard to interpret. So, even if you're aware of angel communication you may struggle to see what angels are trying to tell you.
We’ll look at the true nature of angel symbols, explaining when you might expect to see them and exploring why angels choose to communicate when they do. In addition, we'll outline all the major angel signs and angel symbols you might see, providing examples that will help you make sense of these signs in your own life.
What Is An ‘Angel Symbol’?
An angel sign is a form of guidance that we receive from our divine guardians. There are different views about the nature of angels, but virtually all accounts agree that these are beings of pure love who give us messages to help us find our true path in life.
They don't directly influence our lives or cause things to happen, but they can offer help and insight when you're struggling to overcome a major obstacle or make a difficult decision. What's more, they are believed to know our heart's desires and all of our most private thoughts, which means that they can offer a type of guidance that even those closest to us may not be able to provide.
You can ask angels for assistance simply by focusing on a question, either by repeatedly saying it out loud or by writing it down. The response will come in the form of signs that will give you subtle clues about how to proceed. In other cases, angels who are watching over you will suddenly make their presence known without any prompting from you, as they'll sense that you need extra support or that you're about to reach a pivotal moment in your life's story.
Why You Are Seeing Angel Signs
You now have a rough sense of the kinds of times when angels might be expected to appear, and you are also aware that you can encourage them to appear when you need them.
However, there are also more specific circumstances that elicit responses from angels. Keeping these in mind will help to make you more aware of any helpful angel symbols that may be about to appear.
Signs from spirit guides and angels often appear in your life when:
- You are going through a spiritual awakening, developing a deeper understanding of yourself and the universe. Angels will be drawn to your heightened vibration.
- You've been feeling alone or isolated and could use a reminder that you play a part in a grand master plan.
- You are pursuing something that you were always meant to do; the universe wants to reinforce your self-belief so that you continue to move in the right direction.
- You're feeling vulnerable and in need of an indication that you have support.
- You've spent some time veering away from your true purpose and are now beginning to align with it once again. In extreme cases, angels will also provide signs when you're in the process of moving in the wrong direction.
- You've been through a trauma and have reached a stage at which you're ready to begin the healing process.
- An angel simply wants to communicate unconditional love to you and to help you reconnect with your own pure love for the universe. This can happen at times that you may not expect, or when love is an important theme in your personal development.
The key message here is that you're most likely to see angels when you're transforming into your most authentic self, or when you've been faced with hardship and need to experience extra care.
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14 Angel Symbols And Signs From The Universe
Angel symbols and signs can vary quite dramatically depending on your circumstances and on the angel or angels that you attract in your life. In addition, some of them can be surprising, and may not be exactly what you have in mind when you picturing being contacted by an angel or spirit guide. So, trust your intuition during times when angel contact is expected or desired.
However, the following fourteen signs are by far the most common. As we explore them, we'll also consider some of the most helpful advice that can help you to interpret these types of signs correctly.
1. Angel Numbers And Repeating Patterns
When you’re witnessing angels leaving signs, it’s most common to spot numerical patterns. Any time you keep seeing the same numbers repeated or they just catch your attention for some reason, this could be an angel sign.
Angel numbers can carry specific meanings, including the following:
- 0: Angels are ready to give you divine reassurance
- 1: Stay focused on the positive.
- 2: You're on the right course.
- 4: Angels are ready to help you heal.
- 5: Change is good for you right now.
- 6: You're focusing too much on material concerns.
- 7: You're especially lucky right now, so it's a good time to take a calculated risk.
- 8: You're attracting abundance and prosperity.
- 9: You are in the right space to act on your dreams.
- 11: Tune into your intuition to make the right choice.
- 13: You are in a place of spiritual growth.
- 22: Be patient; success is coming.
The more these numbers repeat, the stronger the underlying message. So, for example, 777 would indicate that you're especially lucky and 9999 would tell you that today is the perfect time to take some action you've been waiting to take.
2. Angel Shapes
On any angel symbols list, you’ll also find a range of symbols or pictures that convey useful messages. Repeating or particularly striking shapes can relate to angels trying to tell you to make a change or focus your attention on something. It's most common to see these angel symbols in abstract forms, such as in the clouds, in soap bubbles, or in tea leaves.
However, these shapes can be anywhere. For example, you might continually discover heart-shaped stones or see horseshoes in the snow. Any time something like this happens, try to connect the image with something you've been struggling with or wondering about.
3. Ringing Ears
Hearing angels is seldom like hearing an actual voice speaking to you. Rather, it's much more common to notice disruptions to your normal level of hearing, especially in the form of ringing.
If you suddenly hear a ringing sound in your ear, look at what's happening around you and notice what you're thinking about. Angels may effectively be trying to “underline” a particular thought or idea you're having. Of course, if you have repeated ringing in your areas then it's important to have this examined by a doctor. In apparently idiopathic cases, however, messages from angels may be the underlying explanation.
In terms of nature-based signs, remember that angels often lead to the presence of beautiful rainbows.
If a rainbow suddenly appears in your line of sight or near your home, this can represent the presence of angels who are taking care of you and want you to know you are loved. Often, this serves as a timely reminder when you feel alone, and rainbows can herald a period of better luck and deeper interpersonal connections.
In some cases, a rainbow can also be trying to point your attention towards something, such as a specific place worth visiting or returning to.
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5. Sudden Chills
If you've ever had goose pimples appear as if from nowhere or have experienced an inexplicable bodily shudder, you've had chills in the past. This can be a sign that angels are nearby, and are especially active in terms of their attempts to communicate with you.
As with many other signs, chills should prompt you to give more attention to what you're seeing or thinking. An experience of chills can also tell you that you're on the right path. For example, if you're interviewing for various jobs and get chills at one interview, perhaps this is the right opportunity for you.
6. Dreams Or Premonitions
Angels will often find it easier to communicate with you during sleep when your mind is maximally open and your subconscious is primed to receive messages. Look out for recurring dreams, or even repeated themes and images in dreams.
You may also experience waking premonitions, which will make you feel as though you can vividly picture what will happen in your future. Sometimes, angels use these types of signs to warn you of something that could be destabilizing or to remind you of what's important in life. Keeping a dream diary can help you interpret these types of signs and notice important patterns.
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7. Butterflies And Dragonflies
As suggested above, signs of angels on earth are often related to the natural world. This applies not only to the weather but also to animal sightings. If butterflies or dragonflies appear to be attracted to you or you see them in a large group, this may indicate that angels are nearby and are actively looking out for your interests.
Meanwhile, if you want to get the attention of angels yourself, collecting items with butterfly and dragonfly imagery can attract angels to you. These are messenger creatures that are intimately connected to the energy and intentions of angelic guardians.
Sometimes, angel symbols come in the form of flashes of light or shimmering waves of light. These may be bright white or colored, and you'll often see them out of the corner of your eye rather than in the middle of your field of vision.
Some experts believe that the color of the light you see can indicate something about what the angel or angels are trying to tell you. In particular, orange is thought to signal optimism or positivity, green is connected to an increase in power and blue or purple can be an indicator that you need to take time to relax.
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9. White Feathers
White feathers have long been linked to the presence of angels, so be aware of their potential presence no matter where you are. Feathers, in general, symbolize the protection of angels and can communicate love and support from the angels in your life.
It can be a good idea to collect them, revisiting them and holding one when you want to attract the attention of an angel who might offer guidance. White feather angel symbols on clothing, buildings or objects can also represent a sign from a protective angel, so don't only look for physical feathers.
10. You Feel Like You Are Not Alone
Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the signs of an angel watching over you is a general feeling that you’re not alone. Some people report being particularly aware of this at night when they have a sense of a presence accompanying them into sleep.
You may also get this feeling when you're dealing with stress; an awareness of someone walking with you and supporting you. Angels may be especially likely to give you this sign when you're feeling misunderstood, rejected or isolated. When there is a guardian angel in your life, you're never truly on your own, and you can draw strength from this knowledge.
11. Animal Messengers
As noted above, animals can carry messages and reminders from angels.
In addition to butterflies and dragonflies, you can expect to see one particular animal repeatedly appearing in your life. For some, this is a bird that always roosts in their window ledge or a cat that visits their house each day.
Sometimes, you will attract multiple iterations of the same animals. For example, perhaps you just seem to drawn crows towards you, or maybe you always find ladybugs on your clothing.
All of these experiences are suggestive of an angel watching over you and looking out for your best interests.
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12. Enhanced Perception And Intuition
Among the most powerful signs of angels are enhanced perceptual faculties and sharpened intuitions.
When people describe feeling angels around them, they often note that they simply feel more alive. Colors may seem brighter, the world may seem even more beautiful, you may feel like you can empathetically pick up on the emotions of others, and you will likely have increasingly reliable gut feelings about what to do next.
The presence of angels seems to help strengthen some of the underlying skills that we have that are often suppressed. Consequently, they can connect us with our spiritual side in a powerful and practically useful way.
13. Meaningful Messages
Another one of the most common signs angels are with you is a sudden influx of meaningful messages.
A book may open at just the right page to provide the kind of advice you need; you might notice repeating slogans in commercials; maybe you hear people saying the same motivational phrases. Angels can push these key messages to the fore, helping you to see and hear precisely the sorts of things that will help you grow and push you forward in life. You can also directly ask angels to send you such messages when struggling with a particular question or decision.
14. Unexpected Favors And Success
Finally, it's very common for the recipients of angelic attention to also receive sudden, significant success. For example, perhaps people will offer you more favors than usual. Or, maybe you'll be invited to take up an opportunity that you've been waiting for years to discover. Alternatively, you'll be promoted at work at the same time as meeting a new romantic partner.
When the stars seem to align for you in this sort of way, it's a strong signal that an angel (or angels) are watching over you and helping to support you in pursuing your most important dreams.
How To Embrace These Signs Of Success
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