The stories of cultures the world over are filled with powerful spiritual beings who have a benign interest in mankind, but few are as instantly recognizable as angels.  Although usually depicted in popular culture with large, feathered wings, actual reports of angelic encounters never mention them, and most of the time angels are described as appearing perfectly human--with a few notable biblical exceptions. An angel's purpose remains consistent regardless of its appearance, and by all accounts they exist as enactors of God's will.  This is often expressed in a concern for mankind's physical and spiritual safety, and many people believe that they have personal angelic protectors; referred to as guardian angels.