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 at the time, the messages always become clear to me later down the line.

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

In fact, when I’ve been at my absolute lowest in life is when I seem to notice numbers like these showing up most frequently.

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

From over ten years of my own study and practice using numerology and angel numbers, I’ve compiled this post with everything I think you might need to know about seeing repeated numbers.

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This is a very comprehensive post! Here’s what you can expect to learn:

Places you might be seeing repeating numbers

First things first, let’s look at some places that repeating numbers can show up in your life.

From my experience, I find that there are a few places that are super common when it comes to repeating numbers showing up.

Knowing these places can help you be more attuned to these messages coming in – I find that once you start noticing them you’re more likely to be open to noticing them in future.

So let’s look at some of the most common places that you might have noticed repeating numbers before…

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 number combinations that you might notice frequently 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, especially if you’re someone who is frequently on the road.

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.

Whatever way the repeating numbers in registration plates make themselves known to you, this is definitely something to make note of!

Posters and signs

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.

Sometimes the most powerful places to see repeating numbers are the places that we don’t expect to see them. That’s how we can be sure that they’re coming to us for a reason and it’s not just our mind seeing what we want to see.

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

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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 by 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! You can do this yourself by using the free tarot numerology cheat sheets below so you know what numbers are trying to get your attention when you pull your own cards.

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You can see repeating numbers anywhere!

Honestly, you can see repeating numbers anywhere. I know this is probably an obvious fact, but the truth is – if the Universe wants to get your attention, it will find a way.

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, telephone numbers, house numbers, and even your business analytics!

But the most important point is, they will show up when you’re not looking for them. When you see them, you won’t be able to explain it away by chance because it is so obscure. 

And you’ll just have a gut feeling that you’re seeing these numbers for a reason. And those reasons we will get into now…

Reasons you might be seeing repeating numbers

When you see repeating numbers, you’ll probably want to know whether you’re seeing them due to chance or because the Universe has some kind of message for you.

So, why do these repeating numbers keep showing up in your life? Let’s look at some of the most common reasons for seeing repeating numbers.

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 your day.

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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 significant 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.

So with that in mind, let’s explore some of the other reasons that you might be seeing repeating numbers in your life.

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!

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

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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 with 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.

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 RAS that we previously spoke about (that’s the reticular activating system, remember), then there’s probably a message for you that you should be paying attention to!

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The meaning of seeing different repeating numbers

Now let’s get into specifics. Each number has its own numerological meaning, and knowing these meanings can help you to understand what messages the Universe, your angels, or ancestors may be trying to communicate with you.

If you’ve ever seen a certain repeating number on more than one occasion and wondered what the meaning behind it might be, you’re in luck.

Let’s get into how we can decipher some of the most common angel numbers.

111

Three 1s are a frequent number pattern that you’ve probably noticed coming up in your own life. If you’re seeing 111, this is a reminder that your thoughts create your reality.

Depending on your state of mind at the time you see this number will depend on the message that’s in store, but in general it is an encouraging message meant to guide you in the direction of your dreams and destiny.

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.

222

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. If you’re trying to make an important decision, this can be a message of reassurance that you know the right answer deep down.

But it may also be a sign that you need to find more balance in your life and to let go of anything that you feel is affecting your peace. So if you see this at a time that you’re feeling particularly out of balance, this is probably why.

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333

Seeing 333 can be a sign of encouragement that good things are coming. Take this as a sign of things looking up if you’ve been going through a particularly down time.

Or, even if life has been going okay for you recently, this is a sign that more blessings are on their way!

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

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444

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.

555

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 5×55 method!) It is likely to mean that positive changes are coming in that you have been trying to attract.

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

666

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.

Contrary to what you might think though, this is not a sign for the devil and there’s no need to panic!

You may have simply lost touch with your higher self and you’re in need of returning to balance. Take some time to invest in yourself and in your mental wellbeing.

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777

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. This is particularly true if you’ve been very social recently and haven’t had much time to just sit and be with your thoughts.

You are being nudged towards spending time in solitude. So if you do this now, it will greater serve your growth. 

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888

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. So if you’ve been working on trying to manifest big things, take this as a powerful omen!

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999

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.

If you’ve been hanging onto things that are no longer serving you, this number is a warning that you will not progress forward. Get ready to embrace change and let go of the past. 

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911

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.

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1010

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.

What this means for you personally will depend on what you’re going through.

For example, if you’ve been going through a period of hardship this might mean that that time is coming to an end and you’ve nearly made it through the worst of it.

Ultimately this is a number that signifies hard work paying off though – keep working towards your goals every day because you’re close now!

1111

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!

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1212

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.

Whatever you set your mind to now is likely to manifest into something magical because you are being guided and supported. 

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1234

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!

When you see this number, it could be a good time to do some mindset work and work through your limiting beliefs. Or this might be the nudge that you need to start therapy with a professional if that’s been on your to-do list for a while.

Related post: 100 Self Love Affirmations to Build Your Self Esteem

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2222

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, good or bad.

Want a recap of the repeating number meanings we just covered? Be sure to save the angel numbers meaning chart below!

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Seeing Master Numbers

Master numbers are double digit numbers that are believed to hold some of the most powerful energy behind them.

There are three master numbers – 11, 22 and 33.

I don’t tend to focus on seeing master numbers as much as some other angel numbers because I find they’re everywhere. In my opinion, it would be really hard to decipher whether you’re seeing one of the master numbers as a message or not.

However, if you repeatedly see master numbers in your own life, and you believe they’re of significance, these are the meanings that they might hold for you:

  • 11 master number meaning: intuition, spiritual insight, new beginnings and enlightenment
  • 22 master number meaning: the “master builder” representing balance, faith and duality
  • 33 master number meaning: guidance, encouragement, creativity, communication

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.

Seeing your life path number

Your life path number is a number assigned to you based on your date of birth, which is thought to represent your life’s purpose and journey on earth.

If you don’t already know yours, you can find your life path number by adding up the digits from your birth date, month, and year. And then adding those numbers together to find your life path number.

However, the calculation can be a little confusing and there are other things to bear in mind with master numbers etc. so I would actually recommend using a life path calculator such as this one to make the process easier.

Like your birthday numbers, seeing your life path number can be a sign to return to your purpose.

You might actually find that you see your life path number more than other angel numbers, and this is because your angels are often trying to guide and redirect you to your life’s purpose.

For example, my life path number is 2, and I find that the angel numbers I receive most frequently are 222 and 2222. When this happens, I intuitively know that my angels are attempting to redirect my focus to balance, which is my most prominent life path theme.

It also checks out that when I most often see this number is during times when I am particularly out of balance, or doing something that’s not in alignment with my life path!

Seeing repeated numbers FAQs

Still got some burning questions about seeing repeated numbers in your life? Here are some answers to the most common questions about angel numbers and their meanings.

Why do I keep seeing repeating numbers / angel numbers?

If you keep seeing repeating numbers and angel numbers in your life, it could be a sign of a spiritual awakening, where you’re vibrating at a higher frequency and more connected to your intuition. It could also be because your angels are trying to communicate something important with you.

What is the most powerful angel number?

All angel numbers are powerful in their own way, but some of the most significant numbers for spiritual expansion and manifestation are 1111, 555 and 888.

What is the intuition angel number?

The angel number most associated with intuitive messages and downloads is 1111.

Are angel numbers good or bad?

Angel numbers are neither inherently good or bad. Each angel number has a unique meaning which can take a different shape depending on your own life circumstances.

Can angel numbers be warning signs?

Sometimes angel numbers can serve as warning signs that we’re on the wrong path or ignoring something important. Certain numbers like 111 can be warnings depending on what’s happening in our internal world when we see it.

Why do I keep seeing multiple repeating numbers in one day?

If you keep seeing repeating numbers every hour or at random times throughout the day, it could be because you are at a high frequency for receiving divine guidance. However, it could also point to needing a wake-up call if you are not listening to the messages you are receiving.

Why do I keep seeing repeating numbers when thinking about someone?

If you’re seeing repeating numbers when thinking about someone, this is because your angel numbers want to communicate an important message about this person. The exact message depends on the number you receive. It could also point to being in alignment with the person in question, particularly if this applies to a romantic relationship.

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?

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Esther is the founder of Through the Phases. Her mission is to help other women to cultivate self-awareness and find what lights them up, so that they can more easily navigate the stressors of life! She does this through sharing healthy mind/body/soul practices and habits. Read more about her story here.


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