What are angel numbers? And what do they mean for your life?
If you think about it, numbers are one of the most powerful guides that we use in our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s the alarm clock going off first thing in the morning, the figure in our checking account, the number on the bathroom scale, or days until vacation, we look to numbers to keep us oriented and to inspire us to reach lofty goals. In this way, angel numbers are like the numbers we see every day.
However, what makes angel numbers different, as the name implies, is that they carry messages and guidance from a divine source. In this post, we’ll cover the basics on what angel numbers are. If you are not sure what your angel number is right now, check out UniGuide’s What Is My Angel Number Quiz.
Table of Contents
- Angel Number Meanings
- History of Angel Numbers
- Pythagoras and the Sacred Power of Numbers
- Sacred Geometry
- The Fibonacci Sequence
- Numerology and Angel Numbers
- Cultural and Spiritual Meanings of Numbers
- Carl Jung and Synchronicity
- Master Numbers: The Power of Numbers Magnified
- Individual Number Meanings
- Angel Number Meanings Summary
Angel Number Meanings
For those who believe, angels are spiritual entities who are connected to God, the higher power and the source of all love in the Universe. Some of these angels are our own personal spirit guides who are here to help us as we navigate our soul’s journey here on Earth.
As souls, we are here to learn and evolve. Both the joys and the challenges we face in life present opportunities for our souls to become more enlightened. As we become more enlightened, we grow closer to our higher power.
Our angels know we have free will and that we are here to learn and evolve. Nevertheless, they are present in our day-to-day lives, sending us clues, and helping us during this evolutionary process. Angel numbers are just one example of the types of hints that our guardian angels show us.
Messages from the Divine
In addition to angel numbers, other ways our angels might send to us messages could be a vivid dream of someone we love who has passed. Or it could feeling their presence strongly when we look at a beautiful sunrise, sunset, or flower. Other times, an animal might cross our path in a way that rivets our attention. Thus, they become an important spirit animal to us.
What these experiences have in common is that they will appear to us in ways that grabs our attention. They make us realize that there is much more going on around us than what we experience in the immediate material world.
In addition to grabbing your attention, angel numbers might manifest themselves in your life by showing up repeatedly. For example, you might be contemplating something important and you look at the clock and notice the time of 11:11 or 4:44. And then you pass a street address or get a tracking code on a package that has those numbers in it.
Another way that angel numbers might show up on your life is that two people who are important to you will have the same birthday. Or someone in your life might have the same street address number as you did when you were a child.
They empower us.
One of the most powerful aspects about angel numbers is that they are meant to be empowering. They remind us of our ability to tap into our own intuition and to connect more deeply with our higher power.
But how do you interpret angel number meanings and apply them to situations in your own life? The answer is a combination of understanding sacred meanings applied to numbers, your personal feelings about certain numbers, and your intuition.
History of Angel Numbers
Those who believe in the power of angel numbers say that numbers carry divinely inspired sacred codes. Indeed, philosophers, spiritual teachers, and others from diverse cultures have all endeavored to interpret these codes and apply meanings to numbers. Learning more about these interpretations can provide you with insights when it comes to deciphering what your personal angel numbers are telling you.
Pythagoras and the Sacred Power of Numbers
One of the aforementioned philosophers who helps us understand angel numbers was a man named Pythagoras. (His name may be familiar to you from geometry class when you learned about the Pythagorean theorem.) Living in the island of Samos (off the coast of modern-day Turkey) and then Italy, around 570 – 490 BCE, Pythagoras believed in the sacred power of numbers.
While Pythagoras has come to be known as a mathematician and scientist, he was also a philosopher who thought deeply about the journey of the human soul after a person dies.1
Pythagoras also believed that the Universe was a product of divine creation and that the relationships between numbers (as in ratios, angels, patterns, etc.) were evidence of this. Indeed, the field of sacred geometry is influenced by Pythagoras’ teachings. Not to mention, some of the world’s most notable thinkers, including Plato and Aristotle, were influenced by Pythagoras’ theories.
Pythagoras believed that all numbers carry sacred codes. For example, he and his followers said the number 1 symbolized a single point in time or space. While the number 2 represented a straight line, or two points connecting in space. The number 3 represented a triangle and three dimensions. While the number 4 represented space. When these four numbers add up: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4, they equal 10. Thus, for Pythagoras, the number 10 symbolized the concept of infinite space and all possibilities, as well as a key to universal wisdom, or the all-knowingness of God.2
Pythagoras and others studied the relationships between numbers, mathematical patterns, and the way patterns repeat in nature extensively. They viewed these repeating patterns as evidence of intelligent design by a single creator. The study of these numerical patterns and their relationships came to be known as sacred geometry.
Followers of sacred geometry say there is evidence of mathematical building blocks throughout nature. As described in the seed of life design, these building blocks and patterns can be found repeatedly. One example is the spiral pattern. Spirals appear throughout nature, such as in sunflowers, nautilus shells, coiled snakes, a seahorse’s curling tail, hurricanes, and galaxies. Indeed, the spiral pattern can be explained by a mathematical equation, which is called the Fibonacci Sequence.
The Fibonacci Sequence
Discovered by the Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci (1180-1250),3 the Fibonacci Sequence goes as follows: Each number after 0 and 1 increases with the sum of the previous two numbers. The pattern looks like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on. (In other words, 0 + 1 = 1, then 1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3, 2 + 3 = 5, etc.)
When the Fibonacci number sequence is depicted as a two-dimensional drawing comprised of its measurements, it is represented by a shape that appears repeatedly in nature, which is the spiral. For followers of sacred geometry, the Fibonacci sequence is just one more example of intelligent design by a divine creator.
Numerology and Angel Numbers
Even before Pythagoras’ time, other ancient scholars believed in the sacred power of numbers. Indeed, Babylonian, Greek, and Hebrew philosophers assigned sacred numerical meanings to words, names, and phrases in a practice called gematria.4 In some cases these meanings were derived from the number of letters in a given word.
These theories were the precursors to modern-day numerology as we know it. Numerology looks at the numbers in the date of your birth and, like astrology, the time of your birth influences your personality, your potential, and how life’s events will affect you.
Angel numbers are different from traditional numerology in that they are a lot more fluid. For example, angel number meanings can be applied to certain dates, including your birthday. However, they can also relate to situations and events that have nothing to do with dates.
Even so, there are certain symbolic meanings associated with numbers in numerology that relate to angel number meanings. For example, the 1 lifepath number in numerology signifies individuality and leadership. These meanings also appear in angel numbers that include the number 1, such as 111 meaning, and angel number 1010.
Like numerology, astrology looks at the date and time of your birth to give guidance about personality, relationships, and life events. Astrology is also associated with sacred geometry in the way that is looks at angles in planetary relationships and degrees of separation to provide guidance.
The relationship that astrology has with angel numbers is that numbers associated with astrology, such as the order of your sun sign or the number of an astrological house, can be applied to angel number meanings. For example, you might meet someone and feel a strong connection and it turns out you have same birthday.
What astrologers, numerologist, and those who believe in angel numbers have in common is that they believe that numbers can help us to answer some of life’s questions, make decisions, and to better understand who we are and why we’re here. In addition, they believe numbers play a role in providing validation for us, such as confirming that we are on the right path.
Cultural and Spiritual Meanings of Numbers
Throughout history, numbers have played an important role in spiritual and cultural beliefs. Being familiar with these beliefs can provide you with added insights when angel numbers appear in your life. In addition, you can be on the lookout for examples of synchronicity.
For some, looking up chapters and verses in religious texts, such as the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, or the Quran, that match an angel numbers can deepen your faith and confirm you are on the right path.
In addition, looking into distinct cultural views about certain numbers can also provide guidance. For example, in Chinese culture, the number 2 is an auspicious number because good things are said to come in pairs. In Native American culture, the number 12 is a lucky number that symbolizes abundance. Hence, for some tribes, seeing a cardinal – a bird that lays 12 eggs per year – is viewed as good luck.
Furthermore, many of us have lucky numbers or at least certain numbers that we like more than others. Indeed, sports fans will wear jerseys that have the number of their favorite athlete to demonstrate their devotion. Or we might select lottery card numbers that contain our lucky numbers.
All of these meanings can play a role in how we interpret angel numbers because our angels understand what is important to us!
Carl Jung and Synchronicity
“A mathematician once remarked that everything in science was man-made except numbers, which had been created by God himself.”5
– Carl Jung
Another philosopher who plays a role in our understanding of angel numbers is the psychologist Carl Jung (1875 – 1961). Not only did Jung write extensively about symbols and archetypes, he was fascinated with numbers and what they mean to us.
In addition to his writings on numbers and other types of symbolism, Jung created and popularized the concept of synchronicity. It’s a theory that describes events or circumstances that seem to have an association and yet which don’t have a scientifically proven cause and effect relationship. Jung theorized that these types of events could have important meanings beyond the simplified view that they are just random coincidences.
Some believe that angel numbers are examples of synchronicity that are connected to a divine source and thus have sacred implications. Thus, if a particular angel number appears in your life repeatedly, the theory of synchronicity implies that it carries more weight than just being a random coincidence.
Master Numbers: The Power of Numbers Magnified
As is described in the theory of synchronicity, one of the ways that our angels grab our attention with angel numbers is by showing them to us repeatedly. Quite simply, sometimes we don’t pay enough attention the first time, so our angels have to repeat themselves.
In addition to repeatedly showing up, angel numbers will often contain repeated numbers or repeating number sequences, such as 222 or 1212. Angel numbers that contain such repeated patterns are referred to as master numbers.
Master numbers are special because they amplify the power of the individual numbers contained in the sequence, such as the number 5 in 555. Indeed, many ancient cultures believe that master numbers are symbols of great power.
This is why understanding the meanings of the components in certain angel numbers can provide us with deeper understandings of what the number signifies. Here are some examples of the meanings applied to specific numbers:
Individual Number Meanings
The number 0, or simply zero, is symbolic of reaching enlightenment. It represents the state of nothingness through the elimination of the ego. As the spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer used to say, “Ego stands for edging God out.” In this way, 0 represents a total integration with God.
The number 1 is the first prime number. In sacred geometry, prime numbers represent atoms of creation, or the building blocks of existence. The number 1 also embodies the self and the miracle of your existence, as in the statement, “I am.”
The number 2 is the smallest even prime number. Hence, it’s also a building block, or atom of creation. The number 2 represents harmony, balance, duality, and partnerships.
Another prime number, the number 3 represents wholeness and completion. It also signifies family, the stages of life, and one’s spiritual practice.
Like the number 2, the number 4 represents balance. In addition, the number 4 signifies stability, security, foundational elements, and our connection to the physical world.
The number 5 is also a prime number. It signifies excellence and our place in the Universe as human beings. The number 5 also embodies in five platonic solids, or the building blocks of existence. In addition, 5 represents fertility and abundance.6
The number 6 represents love, pleasure, stability, and protection.
The number 7 is also a prime number, thus an atom of creation. The number 7 is a God force number and a symbol of creation. It also signifies the interconnectedness of life on Earth.7
The number 8 symbolizes intelligence, eternity, and infinity. It represents infinite possibilities, prosperity, and good fortune.
The number 9 symbolizes the quest for knowledge and wisdom. It also represents the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. In addition, it signifies longevity.
Angel Number Meanings Summary
It’s clear that numbers have held important meanings to people throughout history. And the magic of angel numbers is that they can include these associations and yet they are also personally symbolic. They not only provide us with insights, they can deepen our faith in the loving powers at work in the Universe. And perhaps the greatest gift they carry is that they remind us to wonder.