Seeing Repeating Numbers: What Do They Mean?

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Seeing repeating numbers can mean different things to different people, but I am one of those people who is set in my belief that numbers can carry significance and meaning.

I’ve had several phases of my life where particular number combinations have shown up everywhere in ways that I can’t put down to "coincidence".

In these times, I have felt guided and reassured, even if I haven’t been certain what, or who, by.

I believe that patterns and synchronicities like these can act as guidance in some of our lowest and our highest moments.

So if you want to explore the reasons and meanings behind seeing repeating numbers, you’re in the right place!

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Places you might be seeing repeating numbers

Seeing repeating numbers on clocks

If you find yourself asking “why do I keep seeing repeating numbers on the clock?”, you’re not alone!

Clocks are probably the most common place to see repeating numbers, probably because it’s a place we can guarantee we look at every single day.

When I have a period of seeing repeating numbers, I can almost guarantee that the first place I’ll notice this pattern is on a clock.

For me, it’s often 11:11 that I see frequently during one of these periods, but there are definitely other combinations too, which we’ll delve into later in this post!

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Number plates

Number or registration plates are another place where repeating numbers might jump out at you.

When you’re sitting in traffic, do you keep noticing number patterns in the reg plate of the cars in front of you that are almost impossible to ignore?

Maybe you’re simply walking down the street and a car drives past you with a registration plate combination that you just know is significant.

However these repeating numbers show up to you, this is definitely something to make note of!


You might not necessarily think of posters as a common place to see repeating numbers, but that’s what makes it all the more powerful when they do show up.

Posters are often word focused, so if there’s a particular number sequence that gets your attention, this is significant!

Repeating numbers in tarot readings

Did you know that each and every tarot card has an assigned number?

These numbers are significant and can give us even more insight into a reading using tarot numerology.

A tarot reader, like myself, can interpret any number pattern that might show up in your reading to give you further guidance and a more accurate understanding of a situation.

When a number shows up repeatedly in a tarot spread, this number is significant!

I always advise looking into the numerology of a reading so you don’t miss anything that might be trying to get your attention!

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Honestly, you can see repeating numbers anywhere.


During periods of seeing repeating numbers, I’ve seen them in the most obscure of places.

It seems like everywhere I look they are shouting out to me.

You might see them in pictures, videos, house numbers, and even your business analytics!

I could go on and on because if something is trying to get your attention, it will find a way!

Reasons you might be seeing repeating numbers

So, why do these repeating numbers keep showing up in your life?

Your Reticular Activating System

Firstly, to explain this phenomenon logically, we can look at a part of our brain known as your “Reticular Activating System”, or RAS for short.

I won’t go into too much detail about this part of your brain, because it’s way beyond my area of expertise.

However, this article offers a great explanation of how the Reticular Activating System works with the Law of Attraction to get what you want. 

But essentially, the RAS acts as a filter in your brain, to give you what it considers to be the most important information for you to take in.

We are constantly being exposed to new information all the time, commonly in the form of sights and sounds, but there is only so much we can pay attention to, otherwise we’d be all over the place!

So the RAS basically helps you filter out all the stuff that isn’t needing of your attention, and lets in the things that are, based on what you’ve paid attention to previously.

This explains the phenomenon of hearing a word for the first time and suddenly hearing it everywhere.


Or noticing a particular type of car everywhere you go. It’s because your brain is actively making note of seeing this car while ignoring the fact that it’s also seen hundreds of different cars today.

In some ways, this can explain why you might be seeing repeating numbers.


This is likely if, for example, you think you’re seeing 11:11 on your phone every day, but in reality, you’re on your phone all day and have looked at the time constantly throughout this.

However, there are definitely occasions where the RAS doesn’t really explain the phenomenon of seeing repeating numbers.

What if you are somebody who consciously doesn’t use their phone at all throughout the day, but gets a random urge to check the time to see it’s 11:11?

And what if this happens every single day for a period of time?

This is something that I know I have personally experienced on more than one occasion, and this isn’t something that can be explained away by the RAS like some other occurrences.

And while some people may put this down to “coincidence”, I explain in this post why I don’t believe that there is such a thing.

Instead, I believe that seeing repeating numbers is a form of synchronicity and that there are messages to be found in the number patterns that we are seeing.

Being in alignment and signs of manifestation

Have you ever experienced a time where everything in your life just seems to be falling into place?

Like things are lining up and good things keep happening to you?

This is exactly what happens when we’re in alignment with our higher purpose and everything we’re trying to manifest with the Law of Attraction.

During a time like this, we might be prone to noticing more signs and synchronicities around us.

These are essentially messages that we are able to receive because our level of consciousness is more aligned with the Universe.

Signs like these can, of course, come in the form of repeating numbers, especially since numbers are a universal part of life (just look at sacred geometry, for example).

If you begin to see patterns in numbers or, more specifically, repeating numbers you can definitely take this as a sign that you’re in alignment right now.

And what this also means is that this is the perfect time to manifest!

Seeing repeating numbers can be a definite sign that manifestation is coming or something big is about to happen, because when we’re in alignment that’s when the magic happens!

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Some numbers are greater signs of manifestation than others, but we’ll get to this soon.

Related: 6 Clear Signs That Manifestation is Close

A message from angels or your guides

If you believe in angels or spirit guides, seeing repeating numbers might be a message that these guides are trying to communicate to you.


They may also be messages from ancestors if this is more in alignment with your personal or cultural beliefs.

These messages often fall into two categories - reassurance or warning signs.

By paying attention to the specific numbers and their meanings in numerology, you can make sense of the guidance that you are receiving right now and apply that to your own life.

But how can you decipher these numbers?

What does seeing double numbers mean?

Double digit angel numbers might be more difficult to spot than some other combinations, because they don’t trigger the same kind of pattern recognition in our brain as, say, a triple number combination.

Plus, the frequency in which you see double number combinations, on a clock more specifically, can depend on where you are in the world.

For instance, in the UK we commonly use a 24-hour clock system, which means there are plenty of double hour combinations we can see (e.g. 18:18, 19:19, 20:20).

But, if you live in a country that mostly uses a 12-hour clock, you will often miss out on seeing combinations like these!

There are, of course, other places that you can see double numbers.

And it’s also not the end of the world if you don’t often see these combinations, as there are definitely some more powerful number patterns to receive!

The seeing triple numbers phenomenon

There is often more significance of seeing numbers in triple than there is to seeing numbers in double.

As a general rule, the more times a number shows up the more significant its meaning is.


So if you keep seeing triple numbers, and you can’t put it down to the VAS that we previously spoke about, then there’s probably a message for you that you should be paying attention to!

The meaning of seeing different repeating numbers


If you’re seeing 111, this is a reminder that your thoughts create your reality.


This is a good sign if you’re in a moment where you’re thinking positive thoughts.

You can take this as reassurance that whatever you’re thinking is manifesting.


However, if you’re in a bit of a slump right now, this number combination can be a gentle nudge telling you to adjust your thinking patterns.

In the moment that you notice 111, take some time to think about the energy you are currently putting out and decide if there are any adjustments you need to make to get closer to your dreams and desires.


The number two is a number of duality and balance. Seeing 222 is therefore a good omen for the relationships in your life.

This can also be a message to trust what feels peaceful and balanced.

Seek balance in your life and let go of anything that you feel is affecting your peace. 


Seeing 333 can be a sign of encouragement that good things are coming.

When you see this number combination, you can anticipate the arrival of some form of good news!


444 is a positive number sequence to see if you’ve been questioning your path or purpose.

This signifies that you are on the right path, and to follow your intuition because it will lead you to where you want to go!

If you’ve been questioning things, this is your answer. Keep going, all is well.


Repeating 5s are often a sign that change is coming, whether you like it or not.

If you’ve been working on manifesting, this can be a good omen (even more so if you’ve been using the 5x55 method!)

Be ready to embrace change, in whatever form it comes. Release what’s no longer serving you in order to make room.


If you’ve been seeing 666 it can be a sign that you’ve been engaging in negative thinking and that you’re in need of a refocus.

You may have lost touch with your higher self and you’re in need of returning to balance.


Triple 7 can signify the importance of solitude and rest.

If you see 777, take this as a sign that you need to take some time out and turn inwards.

If you do this now, it will greater serve your growth. 


8 is a powerful manifestation number, so when you see it in triple it is a very good omen that what you’ve been trying to manifest is coming.

This number can signify success and progress, and hard work paying off.


999 can signify that you need to release what no longer serves you.

When you see this number, it is a sign that something in your life needs to come to an end, in order for you to call in what is meant for you.

Get ready to embrace change and let go of the past.


If you find yourself always looking at the clock at 9:11, it could be a sign.

It might seem like an odd number to see, but the digits of this number combination also add to make 11, meaning that the numbers 9 and 11 have significance alone but added power together.

If you see 911 it can be a message to reinvent yourself after hardship and stay positive. Let go of the past and focus on a positive mindset.

This can be a sign that a new doorway has opened for you, but that you need to move towards it.


10 is a number of completion, so if you often find yourself seeing double numbers like 1010 this can be a sign that something is near completion.

Keep working towards your goals every day because you’re close now!


If you’re seeing repeating numbers 1111, rest assured this is probably the most powerful combination you can see!

This master number is a highly spiritual number, of intuition, enlightenment, and insight.

When you see this number it can be a sign that you are spiritually awakening or “leveling up”.

If you’ve been working with the Law of Attraction, this number is also a powerful sign of successful manifestation. Things are very much in alignment for you right now!


If you see repeating numbers 1212, it is time to trust that angels are supporting you to achieve your dreams and desires.

Now is not the time to be stagnant. Dream big, and trust that you are being supported.

Failure is not an option.


If you’re someone who looks at the clock at 12:34 every day, you might be somebody who struggles with low self-esteem and self-limiting beliefs.

While not strictly a repeating number, this number combination is a reminder of your potential.

This is a message that you need to believe in yourself more because the only thing stopping you is yourself!

Related: 100 Self Love Affirmations to Build Your Self Esteem

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We looked at the significance of 222, and this number is essentially an even more amplified version.

2222 stresses the importance of balance in your life and urges you to let go of anything that might be putting you out of balance.

Don’t be tempted to overindulge or cut corners!

This number can also signify karma. Have faith that what you put out into the Universe will come back to you.

Seeing your birthday numbers

Depending on when you were born, your birthday numbers may also fall into the “repeating numbers” category.

For example, if you were born on the 4th of April, your birthday numbers would be 4/4. This would become even more amplified if you were born in a 4 year (e.g. 2004).


But even if you don’t have repeating numbers in your birth date, if you keep seeing your birthday numbers everywhere this could also be an important sign!

Your birthday numbers are essentially representative of the reason you were born.

So, if you keep seeing your birthday numbers, this can be a message to find or return to your purpose.

This tells you to focus on being your most authentic self and who you truly are.

Let go of anything superficial in your life and do what lights you up inside.

I hope that this post has provided some insight into the meaning of seeing repeating numbers.

Have you ever been through a phase of seeing certain numbers everywhere? Did you find out what it means to you?

I’d love to hear from you so make sure to get in touch!

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About Esther

Esther is the founder of Through the Phases, and author of the Breakthrough Manifestation Workbook.  Her mission is to guide others to grow to their full potential and create their dream life using spiritual and personal growth practices. Read more about her story here!

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