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. (For more on this, you can read Kyle Gray’s Angel Numbers: The Message and Meaning Behind 11:11 and Other Number Sequences.) Where angel numbers come in, says Michaela, is with the prevalence of how often the number shows up. They 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. 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 direction 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. 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.”
While repeating sequences of the same digit are most obvious, and thus more likely to catch a person’s attention, some people may see a birthdate, a lucky number, or other meaningful digits again and again. To help you better understand the angel numbers basics, experts break down how to decipher angel number meanings below. Plus, Michaela also provides a cheat sheet of what common repeating digits mean.
How to decipher angel number meanings using 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.
2. Notice when the angel numbers show up
The angel number’s timing is also 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, according to experts
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.
How to ask for angel numbers as a sign from the universe
You can also ask the universe to see angel numbers as a sign. According to Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author and spirituality pro, you can ask for signs for confirmation or guidance on pretty much anything.
Here’s how she recommends doing it: Get clear about what you’re asking; decide what your sign will be (in this case, a repeating sequence of angel numbers); specify when you’d like to receive the sign; and 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.
What do specific angel numbers mean? A psychic medium explains common sequences, below
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.
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.
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.”
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. “It may be a time of struggle, but you are being led into the light by your guardians.”
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 mind-set 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.”
Are 666s showing up seemingly everywhere in your life? If so, the angels may be trying to give you a bit 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.
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. And instead, embrace the present and trust that everything is always working out for you.
“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.
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.”
Originally published on January 24, 2020.
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