Numbers are ancient, meaningful and powerful.
It was the Pythagoreans in the 6th century BC. who were among the first groups to propagate the idea that numbers are not just mathematical symbols, but they actually have spiritual meaning.
As Pythagoras is said to have said: “Numbers are the ruler of forms and ideas and the cause of gods and demons.”
Thanks to Pythagoras we have the system of numerology, the assigns different meanings to numbers.
But numerology is only one side of the coin: numbers have been given special meanings throughout history, religion and cultural mythology. From East to West, numbers have been important for millennia.
Numbers and Synchronicity
How often do you have repeating numbers like 11:11, 777, 1010, 4444, 999 and so on?
Seeing repeated numbers is a form of synchronicity—a phenomenon that psychiatrist Carl Jung defined as “a momentous coincidence of two or more events involving something other than the Probability of coincidence is involved.”
In other words, synchronicity is far more than coincidence (which involves luck and coincidence). Synchronicity is born from the unconscious and etheric realms. In other words, when we experience synchronicity, signs and messages are sent to us from our subconscious and higher selves.
For example, Jung once described a situation of synchronicity in which he realized that he was half human, half human Fish was a symbol. Then he was served fish for lunch. Someone then joked about making an “April Fish” out of another. In the afternoon one of his patients showed him a picture of a fish. In the evening another person showed him an embroidery of sea monsters and fish. The next morning, his next patient told him about a dream she had about a fish.
Synchronism can actually be quite unnerving, especially when it comes to certain symbols – and in this case, numbers – keep appearing.
If you keep seeing the same number over and over again, it is important that you try to explore the symbolism that such a number holds for you. The repetitive numbers, symbols, and words you hear all the time all have tremendous meaning in your life that you should pay close attention to.
Numbers and Spiritual Awakening
Since experiencing synchronicity and attuning to the meaning of numbers requires us to be present and aware, seeing repeated numbers is usually associated with one process of spiritual awakening. p>
When we experience a spiritual awakening, almost all of our priorities in life shift. We begin to ask big questions about our purpose, purpose and what the true meaning of life is.
As you undergo a spiritual awakening process, you may find that a certain repeated numbers like 1111 or 1212 appear in your life at moments when you feel lost and need spiritual guidance.
Such moments of synchronicity that inspire curiosity and mindfulness are often used as messages of your Soul, Spiritual Guide, Respected , or True Nature to “Wake You Up.”
Numbers and Symbolism
All numbers throughout history have different meanings in different cultures. Overall, however, numbers have acquired similar meanings.
Take the number four, for example. Native Americans believe there are four winds and four cardinal points. Similarly, the ancient Greeks believed there were four elements. In Christianity, four is the number of creation (i.e., on the fourth day of the week, God finished creating the material universe). As we can see, four has a very similar meaning across three completely different time periods and cultures.
Just a note. I want to emphasize that while it is beneficial to find out the general meaning of numbers, it is imperative that you find out your personal meaning.
Synchronism, symbolism and meaning Numbers are all very personal, so be careful about attributing meaning to a situation in your life that isn’t actually accurate or relevant.
It can be tempting to not put in the work and just stick to the traditional follow meaning of the number is. Please don’t do this. It’s far better to do a little work and figure out what the meaning of numbers means to YOU in the first place.
Here are some ways to find out what each number means to you and your context:
- Write down each word association with the number. For example, if you keep seeing the number 2, you could write: “male and female, relationships, yin and yang, duality, light and dark, up and down, material and spiritual…”
- What’s on your mind? After seeing a series of repeating numbers, you may immediately have a thought or idea of what the number means. Don’t ignore this immediate interpretation! Write it down or draw it. Often the meanings we first ascribe to the numbers we see are the truest because little mental effort is required. The more mental effort we make, the more we begin to fabricate meanings.
- Which interpretation makes you feel strong? Many people ask me how they can tell whether their interpretation of a number is correct. My answer is to pay attention to how triggering the interpretation is. For example, does your analysis cause feelings of excitement, awe, fear, jubilation, or even just tingling down your spine? This is a good sign that you have found the right explanation because your body is reacting in an amplified manner. However, if your interpretation feels cold, shallow, or distant, it probably doesn’t fit.
The meaning of numbers
Below I will share with you the general consensus , which mythology, religion, mysticism and esotericism have about every number.
As I mentioned before, it’s important that you find your own meaning, but it helps to know what each number means. Sometimes we really tune into the traditional energy, magic and meaning of each number:
Meaning of the number 0
Zero represents the original emptiness, the womb , the realm of possibilities. Zero is a circle symbolizing totality: that which precedes life, the eternal force. It’s nothing and everything, the beginning and the end. Zero is often a symbol of spirit or god and thus unity and wholeness.
Meaning of number 1
One symbolizes leadership, strength and self-confidence. Number one is like a straight arrow that reflects willpower and precision. One also reflects on individuality, self-discovery and self-empowerment. Unlike zero, which is feminine and receptive, one has masculine and headstrong energy.
Meaning of Number 2
Two is the number of dualities; the division we perceive in life between light and dark, inside and outside, yin and yang, male and female, good and evil, life and death, mind and heart, and so on. On the one hand number two symbolizes partnership, but on the other hand it also symbolizes conflict and opposition. In balance, two is a number of harmony, but in imbalance, two can be destructive.
Meaning of the number 3
Three is typically considered a special one lucky and powerful number. Three represents the divine principle underlying life such as mind, body and spirit; birth, life and death; beginning, middle and end; past, present and future and so on. Spiritual traditions such as Wicca and Christianity see the spiritual force as triune, e.g. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and Maiden, Mother and Crone. Three is a symbol of success, intuition and luck.
Meaning of the number 4
Four is a grounded and stable number that conveys a sense of calm and serenity evokes solidity. Four is very deeply rooted in the physical world and is about being present and in the ‘now’. For example, there are four seasons, four elements, and four corners of the earth. Four is about building a strong foundation and developing a down-to-earth perspective.
Meaning of number 5
Five is a number of adventure and freedom. Five is also a very sensual number (five senses, five fingers and toes) and it’s all about enjoying life, trying new experiences and seeking pleasure. This number is also associated with life changes (like marriage, divorce, new jobs) and important decisions.
Meaning of number 6
Six represents balance between the earthly and spiritual realms. Six is also associated with intuition, clairvoyance, and other extrasensory abilities (hence the “sixth” sense). In numerology, six is the number of the attendant; the person who cares for others and serves them compassionately.
Meaning of the number 7
Seven is a magical number associated with synchronicity, luck and perfection (seven chakras, seven colors of the rainbow, seven days a week, etc.) Seven is also considered a mystical number associated with spiritual awakening, introspection, and the development of wisdom. This number is associated with the pursuit of truth and connected to a desire for a deeper understanding of life e.
Meaning of number 8
Eight is associated with abundance, wealth and financial well-being. Resourcefulness, hard work, determination and inner strength are all characteristics of the Eight. Spiritually, the figure eight is seen as an equalizer or balancer (hence its shape), linking the conscious to the unconscious and the earthly to the spiritual. In other words, the eight is reflected in the saying, “You will reap what you sow.”
Meaning of the number 9
Nine is the number of fulfillment. Wisdom, self-examination, enlightenment and higher consciousness are all qualities associated with number nine. Nine is also associated with higher purpose and ultimate life purpose – this number encourages us to take a bird’s eye view of our lives.
Meaning of the number 10
Ten stands for completion: the end of a cycle and the attainment of wholeness. Ten is both masculine and feminine and reflects the unity that is possible once we integrate the fragmented parts of our inner selves.
Meaning of the number 11
Eleven is a powerful number that is often referred to as a “spiritual messenger”. This number carries both positive and negative associations. On the one hand, eleven can represent the need for an urgent change (hence the saying “the eleventh hour”), on the other hand, eleven is linked to one’s destiny. In other words, when you see eleven, you can learn a lot about your life path and which paths you should and should not take. I wrote more about number eleven in this 11 11 article.
Meaning of number 12
Twelve is the number of the cosmic order. For example, there are twelve months in the year, twelve astrological signs, twelve personality archetypes, etc. According to numerology, twelve is the number of creative and individualistic self-expression.
Understanding the meaning of numbers gives you that extra layer of insight when it comes to self-discovery and self-realization.
While the personal meaning you assign to numbers may not always match the descriptions above, it is important that you value your unique interpretations above all else. The explanations above are a stepping stone from which to develop your own insight.
For me, recognizing repeating numbers and exploring their meanings has helped me crystallize extremely important insights in my life. Many of these insights have actually changed the course of my life. So paying attention to the importance of numbers and synchronicity is no small matter!
Sometimes you’ll see a repeating number like 1010 or 555 that helps confirm a decision you were about to make. Other times, the repeated numbers you see warn you to be mindful of the choices you make. Pay attention because your soul and the universe can and does communicate with you through repeated numbers.
What forms of synchronicity have you had with numbers lately? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Feel free to also share this article with someone you think might benefit from it. 🙂