Master numbers or “angel numbers” are repeating digits that pop up anywhere. For example, do you see repeating numbers on the clock, in addresses or in other coincidental ways that are too eerie to ignore? The universe just might be pinging you with a message.
Here’s a guide to decoding these numbers, often called “angel numbers” or “master numbers.” What are they telling you.
The meaning of an angel number or master number
111: Wakeup call
1:11 or 11:11 is certainly a magical sign. In fact, The Magician card is number 1 in the major arcana of the tarot.
When you see repeating 1s it’s like a wakeup call from the mystical realm. Look around and really pay attention to where you are and who you’re with. This is a cosmic confirmation that you’re moving in the right direction. There’s further to go as 1 is the first step, but you can be assured that you are on your path—and things will evolve so you won’t stop here.
The 1st house of the zodiac is all about self-expression. As Shakespeare famously quipped, “To thine own self be true.” You might see 1:11 when you’re feeling totally in the zone or just rocked it on the creativity or personal expression front. You’re getting the thumbs up to just be yourself and let your light and magic shine.
Eleven is a master number in numerology, and connotes a spiritual path. Many believe that 11:11 is a confirmation that you are a lightworker or earth angel, here to uplift human consciousness and restore a sense of oneness and harmony to the world. You are a bridge, someone who can bring together people from disparate factions of society, or weave together opposing energies into a beautiful blend.
As above, so below. Without darkness there can’t be light. You are strong enough to hold paradoxes and understand that we are all dual in nature, yet singular at the same time.
222: Seek balance
Two is the number of partnership and relationships. When you see 2:22 master numbers, pay attention to the people who are showing up in your world. You might be bumping into a soulmate, or a soul friend, someone who will play a significant role in your world. This could also be a signal to balance the give and take in your existing relationships. Is everything on an even keel? Are you contributing enough or are you slacking, or maybe over functioning? Take an honest inventory and tweak back to equilibrium.
In astrology, the 2nd house of the zodiac rules our foundations, values and our creature comforts. In tarot, 2 is the High Priestess card of the major arcana. Hello, intuition! The appearance of 2:22 may be a reminder to stay true to yourself and voice your opinions with more oomph. So do a gut check when those 2s appear.
While we may fear rocking the boat by speaking up, authenticity is the cornerstone of any great relationship. Let people know what you stand for when you see 2:22. This could change everything, drawing likeminded souls your way and clearing the decks of people who are on a totally different wavelength. 2:22 says, trust your inner voice.
333: Align mind, body and soul
Three is the trinity number: mind, body, and soul. The appearance of 3:33 could be a confirmation that you’re hitting it on all three levels and really in the zone. You may feel insanely fulfilled by life when you start seeing those repeating numbers: 3s.
Or, it could be a little alert to check what’s out of balance. Have you been working hard at the expense of your sleep pattern and beloved yoga classes? Maybe you’ve been in “spiritual bypass” mode, spouting off recycled mantras and skipping over the real struggle that accompanies growth. Adjust accordingly and you’ll feel a sense of peace.
In tarot, 3 represents The Empress: a fertile, abundant, sensual woman who loves to entertain and share with her realm. In numerology, 3 is the socialite. The 3rd house of the zodiac governs communication, curiosity and mobility.
This number pattern could be a wakeup call to get out more, pay attention to people, ask questions, and explore new terrain. Repeating 3s may also be a sign that it’s time to have a party or shift into an abundant mindset rather than giving in to scarcity.
444: Home base calling
Four is the number of home and family. In astrology, the 4th house governs the feminine realm so if you see 4:44, an important woman may have just come into your life. What are your loved ones up to? Your inner circle could use your attention. You may have just met someone who is a soul sister or a friend who will achieve ersatz family status in the days ahead.
Your body is your soul’s home: are you honoring it with proper rest, exercise and nutrition? 4:44 could be a reminder to eat more live, organic greens and purge your environment of toxic stress…including people who you don’t really trust. Listen to your heart: are you getting the warm fuzzies or feeling panicked when you think about the people around you? This might be a wakeup call to protect your space and the loved ones who inhabit it.
In tarot, 4 is The Emperor card, the wise, protective father figure, seated firmly on his throne. The appearance of repeating numbers 4 may also call you into protector-provider mode. What do you have to share with friends and family? How can you make life safer and more secure for your brood or entourage? Be a leader.
555: Change is afoot
Change is in the air when you see 5:55 repeating numbers. Like a fast moving current or a gentle breeze, there is momentum to move in a new direction.
In tarot, 5 is the card of The Hierophant, the bearer of traditional wisdom. Yet, in astrology, the 5th house is about creative self-expression, glamour and passion. We like to see 5:55 as a mix of both. In numerology 5s are the people who are constantly in motion—and just as eager to sign up for a spiritual retreat as they are to be at the red-carpet opening of a blockbuster film.
5:55 is a wisdom wakeup call, but who says we have to suffer to be spiritual? We can be moved to tears by music, see the divine in a bright bouquet of flowers—or in the mirror when we take time to dress up and care for ourselves. But this is not about reckless abandon. Responsible indulgence can get the chi flowing from root chakra to crown. 5:55 may be a sign to unblock our energy with meditation, Reiki, acupuncture or a treatment from a holistic practitioner.