The Meaning of Angel Numbers—And Why Seeing Them Everywhere Is Great News

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Have you ever noticed yourself stumbling upon repeating number sequences like 111, 444, or 888… basically everywhere? Like, let’s say you wake up from a nap at 3:33 p.m., then you buy a coffee for $3.33, then you watch a YouTube video that’s 3 minutes and 33 seconds long. If you’ve noticed such a pattern, it may not be a coincidence—it could be angel numbers. But what are angel numbers, exactly, and how can you interpret these messages from the universe when you receive them?

What are angel numbers?

According to numerology, angel numbers are repeating number sequences that hold spiritual significance and convey messages that the universe believes we may need to hear. “Angels speak to us in synchronistic ways, which basically means that we will see something over and over again, so much so that it goes beyond mere coincidence,” says celebrity aura reader, psychic medium, and spirit guide Megan Michaela Firester, who goes by Mystic Michaela. “One of these ways is through numbers.”

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While the chatter around angel numbers has increased in recent years, their origin traces way back to Pythagoras, the philosopher and mathematician who created the basis of numerology. “Within the field of numerology, the concept of numbers as messages from the divine and vibrational patterns that impact our lives were already established and in use for thousands of years,” says Novalee Wilder, a certified numerologist. “Depending on the systems of numerology one uses, they are at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old.” Fast forward to the early 2000s, when author Doreen Virtue modernized Pythagoras’ initial theory about numerology and coined the term "angel numbers."

Angel numbers work in accordance with the tenets of numerology, which upholds the notion that each number is connected to a certain vibrational energy or frequency that encompasses meaning beyond its sheer numeric value. Because of that, they serve as a thumbs up, of sorts, to continue along the path you’re currently on.

Angel numbers serve as a thumbs up, of sorts, to continue along the path you’re currently on.

“Seeing a repeating number is like your angel pointing to you and making you feel seen and heard,” says Firester. “They are trying to get your attention, and the numbers they send have meanings. Think of it like a little marker saying that you are on the right path in life, like a highway sign.”

As spirituality has become more mainstream in recent years, so have angel numbers. Wilder says angel numbers are an easy way to dip your toes into spiritual practices. “Getting messages from the spiritual realm is not reserved for psychics,” she says. “We all have a spiritual team that is supporting and helping us in any way it can. Using numbers as a way to catch our attention is one of the ways they work.”

And "people are realizing they are truly connected to the magic that exists all around them," says spiritual advisor and intuitive mentor Diana Zalucky, known as The Empress Advisor. "Angel numbers are a gentle and loving invitation to build trust in your own spiritual connection."

To help you better understand angel numbers, experts break down all your common questions, from what angel numbers mean to why you keep seeing angel numbers everywhere you go.

What do angel numbers mean? Specific sequences, explained by numerologists

You keep seeing angel numbers, but you have no idea what’s behind the repeating numbers' meaning. Whether it's 222 angel numbers, 333 angel numbers, 444 angel numbers, or other sequences, these numbers hold symbolic messages just waiting to be deciphered. “In numerology, repeating numbers are seen as an amplification of energy,” says Wilder. “The more a number shows up around a person, the stronger the vibration behind it, which is influencing that person's life. Seeing a number tripled means that the full potential of that energy is present.” Read on to find out what the universe is trying to tell you.


One is a powerful number for manifestation, which is part of why many make a wish when they see it repeated in a sequence, like 11:11 on a clock. “When you see 111, think of the universe as taking a screenshot of your frame of mind,” Firester says. “Whatever is going on—all your thoughts, visualizations, goals, and dreams—they are going to be replicated.” So when you see this sequence, ensuring your thoughts and energy are focused on what you want can help usher that energy into existence, according to numerology.

Wilder adds that ones also “speak about beginnings, creation, and a focus on yourself." When you see the angel number 111, your guardian angels are reminding you to pay attention to what’s starting to happen. “Seeing repeating ones is an indicator that you’re ready to respond and engage with the world. No need to wait—go share, teach, and pass on your knowledge. Trust your intuition,” Wilder says.


In this sometimes-rigidly goal-prioritizing world where we live, it can be easy to get tripped up on not being at a certain progress point, which can lead you to compare yourself to others. When you see the number two everywhere, Firester says it can be interpreted as an angel-number reminder to be present, enjoy the moment, and trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Seeing 222 angel numbers also speaks to relationships and heart connections, says Wilder: “It’s about giving and receiving in equal measure.” She also agrees with Firester about this number being a sign to be present: “Seeing lots of twos tells you to have fun and let go. Don’t overthink your next steps.”


This sequence is a prompt from the angels to bring more balance into your life. “They want you to look at the areas of your life that are not fully rounded out, and self-correct,” Firester says. “Get some meditation going, embark on that workout routine, and finally start that vision board you’ve been procrastinating on.”

According to Wilder, 333 angel numbers also deal with work, ambition, and luck. “They tell you to own your goals and expertise, to step through the door from student to master,” she says. Think of it like this: “If you believed you had luck on your side and could not fail, what would you do?” asks Wilder.


If you’re navigating a challenge, and have been trying to get guidance from your spirit guide or signs from the universe, noticing the number four all around you can serve as evidence that you’re being heard. “Your angels are guiding you, surrounding you, and answering your prayers of protection,” Firester says. In fact, 444 angel numbers are basically a spiritual hug from your ancestors—in good times and bad.

Angel number 4 also relates to change and transformation. “Seeing repeating fours is a sign that you have what it takes and will make it through," says Wilder. Focus on your support systems, build a foundation, and trust the ride.”


When you start spotting angel number 555, that means change is coming. Before you get worried, know that the change is a good thing, even if it might be uncomfortable. “Change can be seen as a negative thing, but with the right mindset and the right alignment to your goals, it’s actually your angel’s way of readjusting your life to fit with what you want to happen,” Firester says. “Life will look different when you get what you want.”

Wilder adds that seeing the angel number five is also indicative of inspiration, which “is coming through other people and your connection to them, however fleeting.” With this particular number, says Wilder, you might benefit from being open to messages from conversations happening around you as well as the lyrics to your favorite song.


Though this is often referred to as “the number of the beast,” numerologists say the repeating numbers' meaning isn’t actually anything to be afraid of. Seeing triple sixes is more of a reality check. “This is a strong message from your angel guardians to take personal responsibility in your own life, and ask yourself in all areas, ‘What do I need to do differently?’” Firester says.

Another way to conceptualize 666 is “love on the deepest level,” says Wilder. “This could be the angels pointing you to family or close relationships, that your ancestors are in the wings waiting to help, or that you need extra protection and guidance in the near future.”


Repeating sevens are basically the universe urging you to relax and let go of your fears for the future. “Give up your control of what’s going to happen next,” Firester says. Instead, embrace the present and trust that everything is always working out for you.

Wilder wholeheartedly agrees, calling this angel number “a message from our higher self.” If you see this angel number, Wilder suggests making time to daydream, meditate, and doodle. This might help you be more open to the messages the universe is trying to send you.


“The number eight is about infinity, or the endless loop of energy,” Firester says. “Seeing it means that you are effortlessly going with the natural flow and rhythm of what your angels have in store for you.” In other words, it’s like a pat on the back and a reminder to be grateful for how far you’ve come.

Eights also correlate with predestined things and karmic lessons as well as authenticity. “Seeing lots of eights means it is time to be bold and strike,” says Wilder. “There is nowhere to hide, so own your choices and speak your mind.”


You’ll likely see repeating nines when you’ve been working on something for a while, and it brings good news in tow. “This number means that the cycle of what you have been doing is reaching completion,” Firester says. “You are at the finish line of your end goals, and it’s time to start leveling up to visualize some new ones.”

A quick Wilder tip for making sure that your visions do, in fact, level up: “Look at boundaries, anger, temptation, and material things. Nines signify endings and sometimes that means being woken up to some harsh truth or injustice.”

Where can you find angel numbers?

One of the best things about these spiritual numbers is that they’re all around you. “Angel numbers can show up anywhere, in both ordinary situations and times of intense emotion or change,” says Wilder. “They can show up as timestamps, the numbers in our birthday, plays on a YouTube video, license plates, totals on receipts, passing conversations, times you see a specific sign... any repeated sighting of a number is a sign that there is a message there.”

That means you don’t need to go out looking for angel numbers. They’ll come to you. But if you’re not seeing them yet and want to, don’t worry—Wilder says it could be because you simply need a break. Perhaps your focus is somewhere else, or you need to "release control of how we connect with the other side."

But that doesn’t mean your time won’t come. “While seeing angel numbers can be an everyday occurrence for some, for others it’s tied to specific seasons and times of our lives,” says Wilder. If you suddenly go from 0 to 100, seeing angel numbers everywhere when you never did before, get ready: “This is a time of spiritual awakening that can come with more gifts coming 'online' for us,” she adds. (And, of course, more exciting opportunities to do a deep-dive into the repeating numbers' meaning.)

How to decipher angel numbers’ meanings with your intuition

Having awareness and noticing angel numbers pop up is the first step in working with them. The second is deciphering angel numbers' meanings. While looking up their meanings online can be helpful, they can't necessarily tell you the whole story. "A Google search of the numbers can give you a jumping-off point, but they won't tell you what they mean specifically for you," Wilder says. "That's all intuition."

1. Create quiet and stillness

To tap into your intuitive powers, Zalucky recommends getting quiet and asking what angel numbers mean to you specifically—then listening for the answer. Wilder adds this can be done through meditation or another mindfulness practice.

“Our intuitive gifts aren’t a one-way street where all we can do is interpret the symbols we’re given,” says Wilder. “You can meditate on a question or challenge, ask for specific signs, and engage with your intuition in whatever way feels right to you.”

2. Notice when the angel numbers show up

“We call them angel numbers because they signify that you’re being helped or guided from up high and to follow the impulses and path you’re on,” says Wilder. “Most of them are tied to a specific state or energy that's available to you in that moment.” Read: The angel number's timing is no coincidence.

That's why Wilder recommends noticing the context of when spiritual numbers show up. What's happening in those moments? Were you thinking about something specific? Did something happen before or after? Noticing those details can provide clues to their meaning.

3. Pay attention to how you feel

"Take note of how you feel in your body," Zalucky says of when you see these spiritual numbers come up. "It doesn't lie." Did your body respond in a certain way?

Wilder notes that this may be tricky for some people, especially if they've been disconnected from their intuition, but stick with it. It just takes some practice. Once you pinpoint the feeling, Wilder also advises cultivating more of that feeling, whether it's flow, love, trust, faith, or something else to help bring the messages to light.

Why do I keep seeing angel numbers?

If you keep seeing angel numbers everywhere you go, take it as a very clear message from the universe. “The numbers we see can hold general or specific meanings and messages. They are often confirmations and positive affirmations of where we are going and what we are currently doing,” says Wilder. “They can be immediate feedback on a situation or pattern we're experiencing. They could be a message from our specific angels, passed loved ones, or our higher selves. We see angel numbers when we are opening up to our inherent spirituality and if we are leveling up in some way.”

Another thing to note about angel numbers is that they’re not just messages but rather calls to action. Implementing and acting on the nuggets of wisdom angel numbers provide is how you can harness their power to improve your life, Wilder says.

If the action step is unclear, Zalucky recommends simply coming back to stillness and asking what you should do next. "You will be surprised how easily the answer comes to you," she says. "Many don't trust their own [intuitive] downloads because they believe it can't be that easy."

Furthermore, the message may not always be a specific thing you have to do, per se. Zalucky says maybe it's about changing your perception in some way or shifting your beliefs about something. "You get to choose how you use those messages," she says. (Isn’t intuition fabulous?)

How to ask for angel numbers as a sign from the universe

Not only are you the sole interpreter of the messages delivered by angel numbers, you can also petition the universe to see angel numbers as a sign (!!!). According to Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author and spirituality expert, you can ask for signs for confirmation or guidance on pretty much anything. She recommends being clear about what you're asking for:

  1. Decide what your sign will be (in this case, a repeating sequence of angel numbers)
  2. Specify when you'd like to receive the sign
  3. Wait for it to show up

Once you see the angel numbers as your sign, though, Wilder emphasizes that it's important to act on them as soon as possible. Don't ask for five more signs as a confirmation. Delaying action, Wilder says, isn't good for cultivating trust in your own intuition or for your spirit guides who are trying to help you.

Frequently asked questions about angel numbers

Are angel numbers real?

According to Wilder, if angel numbers feel real, then they are real. “Seeing angel numbers rarely happens in a vacuum, and communication with our angels is not a one-way walkie-talkie,” she says. If you’re in doubt, she recommends asking a specific question and stating what you would want to see as a yes or no answer. “If the reply is unclear, simplify your question,” she says. “Be open to the answer getting delivered in the easiest possible way.”

Are angel numbers related to the zodiac?

According to Wilder, angel numbers aren’t directly related to the zodiac. Unlike the zodiac, angel numbers aren’t connected to the date, time, and/or location of your birth. That means while your zodiac sign may give you insights on your personality, angel numbers do not. Instead, they provide encouragement as you make your way through life, giving you the assurance you may seek to continue on your current path.

Are angel numbers biblical?

Despite the name “angel numbers,” Wilder says they’re not biblical. “It's hard to know if they ever were considered or included in early Christian scripture, as in A.D. 364 at The Council of Laodicea, the Church explicitly condemned astrology and everything in the realm of divination,” says Wilder. “That being said, some people connect specific angel numbers to specific archangels, like Archangel Michael to angel number 11. But this is not widely used.”

Where can I learn more about angel numbers?

There’s so much you can learn about numerology and angel numbers. Now that you know the ins and outs of what angel numbers are as a whole and why repeating numbers are important, you can dive deeper into angel numbers' meanings.

We already covered the most common angel numbers above (such as 222 angel numbers, 333 angel numbers, and 444 angel numbers), but there are also lesser-known angel numbers to be aware of (like 911, 1212, and 72). Additionally, there are specific sequences you may be seeing, such as 1144 angel numbers (popular for love), 1234 angel numbers (which could tie into personal growth), and 4321 angel numbers (hello, new beginnings!). Even the calendar is something to pay attention to. Take the date 3/3, for instance, which could involve activities linked to learning and creativity, or the unique date 12/31/23, from which you might derive the fresh-start meaning of 123123.

If you have an interest in numerology and want to learn more, you can even take things to the next level by finding your numerology compatibility. There’s so much to cover, and this is truly just the beginning of your journey.

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