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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, 555, or 777… basically everywhere? Like, let’s say you wake up from a nap at 2:22 p.m., then you buy a coffee for $2.22, then you watch a movie that’s 2 hours and 22 minutes long. If you’ve noticed such a pattern, it may not be a coincidence. Angel numbers are recurring sequences of numbers that have spiritual significance, according to numerology.

“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.”

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

Angel numbers signs to continue along the path you’re on.

“Seeing a repeating number is like your angel pointing to you and making you feel seen and heard,” adds Michaela. “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.

Novalee Wilder, a certified numerologist, 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,” she says.

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 how to spot angel numbers and decipher their meanings, below.

The meaning of specific sequences of angel numbers, according to numerologists

“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.”

111

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,” Michaela 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.

222

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, Michaela 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 this angel number also speaks to relationships and heart connections, says Wilder: “It’s about giving and receiving in equal measure.” She also agrees with Michaela 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.”

333

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,” Michaela 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 also deals 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.

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444

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,” Michaela says. In fact, the angel number 444 is basically a spiritual hug from your ancestors—in good times and bad.

Fours also relate 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.”

555

When you start spotting 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,” Michaela 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.

666

Though this is often referred to as “the number of the beast,” numerologists say that the sequence of triple sixes isn’t actually anything to be afraid of. It’s just 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?’” Michaela 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.”

777

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,” Michaela 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.

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888

“The number eight is about infinity, or the endless loop of energy,” Michaela 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.”

999

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,” Michaela 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.”

How to decipher the meaning of angel numbers with your intuition

1. Create quiet and stillness

Having awareness and noticing angel numbers pop up is the first step in working with them. The second is deciphering the meaning of those numbers. 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.”

To tap into your intuitive powers to figure out the angel numbers’ meaning, Zalucky recommends getting quiet and asking yourself what the numbers mean to you specifically and listening for the answer. Wilder adds that you can do this 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 they 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 angel 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.

What to do when you see angel numbers repeatedly

Another thing to note about angel numbers is that they are 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.

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