Synchronicity is a term introduced by psychologist Carl Jung to describe two seemingly unrelated events that occur close together which appear to be meaningfully connected upon further inspection.
For most people the first synchronicities they start noticing are repeating numbers like 111 or seeing 11:11 on the clock constantly. ⠀
Another common occurrence is feeling a similar sensation to dejavu when a string of seemingly random events happen one after the other. You pause briefly, noticing a pattern but aren’t quite sure what it is. ⠀
These act as subtle messages from the Universe to direct you along your path. However the phenomenon isn’t especially helpful if you don’t know how to tune into these signs, figure out what they mean for you and where they are nudging you to. ⠀
Spiritual meaning of numbers
I think there are two ways to look at numbers in a spiritual context. One is to learn a set number of meanings and stick to them rigidly, and the other is to learn the base meaning of numbers and allow the rest to come intuitively – the latter is what I recommend.
I learn the meaning of numbers through working with tarot cards, although this broad study comes under numerology. Each number has a different historical or culture significance and can act as a reference point for different things.
We start with 0 (zero) which could represent nothingness, emptiness or possibilities. 10 (ten) could represent some from of completion, getting to the end of a goal or sequence. Of course numbers above ten also carry different meanings.
Odd and even numbers have different meanings too: even numbers could represent the stability of something, and odd numbers could be see as the shifting of something. As we move from 1 to 10, we see that something is being built or gaining momentum.
Do numbers have meaning?
When we are interpreting numbers in a spiritual context, I think it’s important to leave room open for interpretation. This is because we give numbers meaning a lot of the time – for example in some cultures 13 is seen as unlucky, whereas in other cultures it is taken as a sign of luck.
When we are interpreting anything we bring our cultural and personal biases along with us, and so how we assign meaning is going to vary.
In my own work I like to use numbers as a general reference point. Because we assign our own meanings to numbers, our spirit can send us messages attached to those meanings (for simplicity’s sake).
However if we wish to go deeper we can’t always rely on black-and-white meanings or interpretations. We have to see what other messages come alongside those simpler interpretations, and be wary of where we are falling into confirmation bias.
Seeing repeating numbers?
Meaning of 111: This is one of the first number sequences that people see popping up over and over again. This can appear as three ones or show up on the clock as 11:11. This is an initiation, a sneak peek at what is to come.
Seeing 111 is a small confirmation from the universe that what you’re manifesting is starting to come to fruition. Stay consistent and your path and you’ll see your manifestation come to reality.
222: Seeing 222 is a sign to stay focused as you are on the right path. It’s common to see this number sequence after seeing 111 for a while as a sign you are moving up.
333: This is all to do with balancing the body, mind and soul. Either you are coming into balance or you need to recenter yourself.
This can look like spending more time meditating, getting rest and spending time in nature. Do more of whatever keeps you balanced while you are advancing along your path.
This sequence can become apparent around full moons or when the moon enters your sun sign, as these are the times when heavy emotions come to the surface and we feel most off-kilter.
444: 444 is a sign from your spirit guides and angels that they are close by waiting for you to make contact. This number sequence can show up when we are on the threshold of big changes in our life but aren’t sure how to move forward.
555: 555 signifies that MASSIVE change is on the way for you. Your ability to manifest is coming to a tipping point; be very aware of your thoughts and emotions as these are manifesting your reality moment to moment.
This could signify that a move, new lifestyle or new job that you have been visualizing over the last years or months is finally around the corner.
Interpreting repeating numbers
There are many more number sequences you may see other than the ones I’ve listed above. This can range from alternating numbers like 1212, dates of birthdays or special occasions and sequences that have more or less digits.
It’s not enough to simply see repeating numbers if you cannot tune into them further and know what direction they are guiding you towards.
While researching the meanings of different numbers online is a great way to get a basic overview of what they can mean, the syncroncities we see are often highly personal to us.
When synchronicities appear it’s as if they are taking a snapshot of what you are thinking of at that moment. Take note of what you were thinking about when different numbers show up.
Write down the running themes in your life for the past days/weeks and try to find a connection between the two. Number sequences often appear when we are focused on one topic or goal for a long period of time.
Perhaps you’re on the brink of a new job, manifesting a house, meeting a partner. Ask your guides for further clarification or get into the zone during meditation and ask your higher self what they means. ⠀
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Synchronicity or overthinking?
On the other hand being bombarded with so many different number sequences that you become confused is a clear sign you are ungrouned. It’s time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, instead of overthinking every little detail.
It can also be the case that we expect to see different number sequences and so create a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is another way that overthinking and over analyzing can be detrimental to our spiritual growth. Again, take a step back and look for a wider perspective.
At this point it can be a good idea to do a social media detox and spend some time doing grounding activities. Don’t reach for your phone as soon as you wake up and spend less time on it when you’re awake.
You want to begin to start tuning into the more subtle in-depth communication from the Universe that comes in other forms. Break the habit of constantly looking at the clock for confirmation, and instead take a few moments with yourself and look for answers there.
About a year ago I began seeing the repeating number 555 EVERYWHERE. I tried to figure out what this meant for me without Googling it or asking anyone else. ⠀
I instantly thought of the five senses, five elements, five toes/fingers etc. Then I asked my guides for a prompt/message I needed to receive at that moment, and saw many pairs of hands flash in my vision. I instantly thought of the word “creator” and the creative power we associate to the hands.
The next day I saw a post on Instagram about Shiva which mentioned the relation to the number 5, and it all clicked! Shiva is a deity in Hinduism known as the creator and destroyer.⠀
This was a progression from seeing 11:11 constantly and highlighted that my manifestation abilities were improving enormously and my life was going to change in a massive way.
What is the meaning of synchronicity?
So what’s the point of this all? Synchronicity is not just about seeing repeating numbers – it’s about opening up a line of communication between your higher self and the Universe. Numbers are simply the easiest way for the Universe to begin talking to us in a language we can understand.
Synchronicity is all about showing you the link between the physical and spiritual, and learning how to see beyond the surface and tune into higher guidance.
Noticing repeating numbers and realizing how they make you stop and think for a moment, even if you aren’t sure what they mean is a good sign! A sign you are raising your level of awareness to how all the pieces of your reality fit together.
What synchronicites are showing up for you recently?