Angels are an intriguing idea. They’re ethereal beings who are like us, but maybe, just a little better than we are. They have our best interests at heart, they have wings, and they have a direct line to the supernatural, or the divine, or the universal forces beyond our control. So, that’s cool, but perhaps we’ve missed a step. What, pray tell, is an angel, exactly? Join us on this romp through the wilds of history, as we search for the answer to this seemingly simple question. From fierce, fiery warriors with four faces, to chubby winged-baby putti, there are a lot of different ways to understand the amorphous idea of the angel. We’ll examine angel symbolism and iconography in art through the ages, and discuss the origins of belief in guardian angels, specifically. We’ll also analyze the story of the Angel of Mons, a battlefield apparition that occurred during the Great War; its historical origins, and the incredible rapidity of its spread. We conclude with a discussion of the protective, guardian alter that sometimes appears in cases of Dissociative Identity Disorder.