The “11:11” Phenomenon & It’s Numerological Significance

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013

Mandy explores the 11:11 phenomenon and shares her thoughts on what it might represent to us today. In Part 1, she will break down what the numbers 1, 11 and 4 represent in numerology and tarot. In Part 2, she will also share the insight she received from Archangel Ariel. In Part 3, she will offer her own tarot reading on the phenomenon.

11:11 11th HourDo you repeatedly see 111, 1111 or 11:11 throughout the day, on your clock or other places?  This is known as the 11:11 phenomenon.  Sometimes, once a person begins seeing these multiples of 1, they will begin to see other number combinations such as 222, 333, 444, 1212, 1234, 911, 411, etc. This phenomenon is reported to be the result of angels attempting to get our attention.  While explanations vary, some believe that it has a solely positive meaning. For example, some see it as confirmation that the universe is saying “yes” to our plans. Others feel we should wish for abundance when we see the number 1111. There are also sites which connect 1111 to “twin flames”[i].

The definition I most resonate with is that 11:11 is an awakener. People may even begin to “wake up” from sleep during the night and see these numbers on their clock. What are we awakening to?

My Own Experience With 11:11

“The observation of righteousness is not the judgement of the ego. Do not be afraid to realize a wolf for what it is; this is not negative judgement, but right seeing. It is better that you see correctly, than be prey to foolishness. Error is often born of lack of confidence to make a stand for Truth. The Master Himself drove the money mongers from the temple, and in so doing set an example for you to emulate.” Channeled by Alan Cohen

For myself, the phenomenon of seeing master numbers like 11:11 and other number combinations (repeatedly and out of the blue) began in 1990.  It started with frequently seeing 11:11 everywhere I looked. It then started to include other numbers–as it does with many others who experience this phenomenon. Like many others, during this time I was becoming increasingly more spiritual. However, I was also an overachiever and a perfectionist.  I had not really been taught how to take care of myself or how to recognize the warning symptoms of burn out, so I was developing chronic issues with fatigue, allergies, chemical sensitivities, hypoglycemia, panic attacks and other symptoms of emotional suppression and depletion. I was also giving my power away to many destructive relationships.

The warnings were there, however. And they were arising through seeing various number patterns, particularly on a digital clock. But I didn’t know what these number patterns meant and why they grew stronger and stronger. I would even “wake up” in the night to see 2:22, only to fall back asleep and then wake again to see 3:33. Days I slept in, I would wake and glance at the clock which would display 9:11. It is interesting since 11:11 is seen as an “awakener.”

I sought the advice of two intuitive healers. One who was familiar with the phenomenon said that when I saw such numbers it was confirmation that I was on the “right path” and being guided by my angels. The second healer felt that I was seeing various number combinations over and over because I was stuck and repeating certain challenges and karma over and over.

Looking back, I would have to say that both healers were right. Yes, we are supported and guided. However, we also can read into the deeper meaning within these experiences for the purpose of increasing our enlightenment, which the latter healer was better able to tune into from a detached and unbiased perspective (since she was unfamiliar with the 11:11 phenomenon).  I would also realize that I could tie what I was experiencing in my life at the time into the numerology of 11:11 (both through the numerological meanings and the tarot).

So, What Does 11:11 Represent In a Numerological Sense?

The only thing the truth hurts is the ego. To the spirit, the truth is a healing balm. ~ Alan Cohen

In order to understand the meaning of 11:11,we first need to understand the numerological meaning of the digits 1 and 11. Since 11:11 is based on 1’s and 11’s, seeing 111 or even 11111 can also be linked to the same phenomenon: that is, seeing repetitions of the 1 energy. You can even see this repetition in the similarities between the meaning of the 1 and 11 card of the Tarot when you relate the tarot to numerology.

In numerology, the number 1 is associated with new beginnings, new projects, and manifestation. This can be beneficial or not, depending upon how the energy represents itself. For instance, too much 1 energy can present itself as chaotic and ungrounding.

Because the tarot is based on numerology, I am going to use the tarot to demonstrate how the energies of these numbers can present themselves. Starting with the number 1, in the tarot, the “1” Major Arcana card is represented by the “magician,” which can have either an “upright” or a “reversed” meaning. The “1” of cups, swords, pentacles and wands also has numerology significance, but for this article I will stick to the Major Arcana representations.

Upright Magician Card:

The Magician Tarot card typically appears … at a time in your life when you have the creative power and energy to create a new life cycle for yourself. You have the ability to take the power of the Universe and manifest your desires. The Magician Tarot card suggests that a situation has been (or soon will be) presented to you that has all the inherent components to allow the manifestation of your desires (taken from http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/magician/).

Reversed Magician Card:

Reversed, the Magician can indicate greed, deceit, manipulation and using one’s skill and ability for negative ends. It can reflect trickery and cunning, untrustworthiness and mental confusion. The reversed Magician may represent your typical used-car salesman. He uses his charm and his power in a manipulative manner to convince you of his point of view. Make sure you know what you are buying into rather than being swept away by the excitement he generates. The Magician reversed often suggests that you may be out of touch with reality and struggling to bring yourself back down to earth. There may be confusion, impatience and lack of a clear plan. Ask yourself, where am I focusing my energy? Are my objectives clear? What skills and abilities are needed in this situation? How am I communicating with others? What do I want others to believe or see about me? (taken from http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/magician/).

In the Tarot, the 11 card (11 is a numerological master number) seems to combine the effects of what you do with or how you use the magician/1 energy. For the 11 Major Arcana Card is the Justice card, which can also be upright or reversed. Justice is what is revealed by the fruits of our actions. It is in essence karma, whether positive or negative.

Upright Justice Card:

Put simply, the Justice card represents justice, fairness, truth and the law. As an outcome, the Justice card indicates that the fairest decision will be made. You are being called to account for your actions and be judged accordingly. Notice that Justice’s scales are balanced, thus its appearance indicates that events have worked out as they were meant to work out and that what is happening to you comes from the decisions you have made and the actions you have taken in the past. You have what you deserve (taken from http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/justice/).

Reversed Justice Card:

Reversed, Justice indicates dishonesty to yourself and others. It shows an unwillingness to understand the deeper meaning of why an event has occurred and shows that you are missing some opportunity for a greater understanding of yourself in life. You are not actively accepting responsibility for your actions and may be trying to ‘dodge the bullet’ and blame others for your mistakes. The key here is to take responsibility for your own situation and realise that you are here through your own past choices, and therefore, whatever it takes to get out of the situation is fair and just according to Universal principles of karma and justice (taken from http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/justice/).

People can also vibrate 1 or 11 in a numerological sense through name or birth date. So let us take a look at what this means as well as to what can be going on when a person sees 11:11 on a regular basis. When it comes to reading the numerology of our names, Paul Sadowski suggests that a 1 indicates someone who is:

Ambitious and determined, a leader seeking opportunities. There is a great deal of honesty and loyalty in this character. If you possess positive 1 qualities, you are very attainment oriented and driven to success. You are a loyal friend and strictly fair in your business dealings. A negative 1 is apt to dominate situations and people; the home, the spouse, the family and the business. Emotions aren’t strong in this nature. If you possess an excess of 1 energy, you may, at times, be boastful and egotistic. The great need of the 1 energy is the development of friendliness, and a sincere interest in people (taken from http://www.paulsadowski.com).

Of the 11 Sadowski states:

Much of your thinking and interests relate to the abstract, the spiritual and utopian dreams. You are motivated toward idealistic concepts, and the sharing of your ideas and concepts with humanity. This number is not one that is giving in a material or a practical sense, but rather one who desires to help mankind with a more abstract commodity such as religion, spiritualism, occult studies, or even psychic abilities. If there is an excess of 11 energy in your makeup, you may possess some the negative 11 traits.  There is a tendency for the 11 to produce considerable amounts of nervous tension which is brought on by a very high level of awareness. You may be too sensitive and overly emotional. In some cases, these sensitivities and emotions are quite repressed, and this tends to add even more to the sense of nervousness in the makeup. The strong 11 is not a very practical person because of the extreme idealism; often, there is a degree of self-deception present. There is usually a rather fixed idea of right and wrong held by those showing strong 11 traits, and with this very often is a resulting attitude of inflexibility (taken from http://www.paulsadowski.com).

Because numerology reduces multiple digit numbers to their lowest denominator, one would add 1+1+1+1 and end up with a 4 (though other multiples of 1 may be seen, the 1111 is the most popular).  In numerology, the number 4 represents the presence or the lack of grounding, planning, authority, responsibility, organization, solidity, earth and power.  It is important to know what the 4 represents in the 11:11 phenomenon at this time for three reasons. The first is because of our current planetary issues with the use and abuse of power, whether it be as an energy source or within the authorities and institutions that we give our power away to.

The second reason pertains to a collective outcome that begins to emerge due to all of our heavy focus on the mental 1 energy (when it comes to our investing in so many pursuits, ideas, schemes, striving, etc.), It is this focus that leaves us scattered, ungrounded, chaotic and affecting Nature and our environment with these same energies. For example, our scattered and unceasing efforts produce excess waste, pollution, depletion of Nature’s resources as well as climate change, earthquakes and sink holes (resulting from over-mining, over-drilling and over-fracking the land).

The third reason the number 4 is important is because this number can also represent stubbornness, inflexibility and fixedness. Mankind has become trapped in certain patterns and ways of thinking that need to change if we wish to begin to serve the greater good and move humanity off it present self-destructive course.

In the Tarot, the 4 is represented by the Emperor Card which comes after the 3 card of the Empress (representing the Feminine Nurturer).  While the Empress (Mother Nature) and the Emperor (God) rule together, the Emperor wields the greatest authority and power (even over the Empress unless she decides to rule alone). The Emperor has dominion over the collective, which is a great responsibility not to be taken lightly or abused.

The Upright Emperor Card:

Suggests that this man has acquired years of wisdom and experience and is worthy of listening to because he has seen first-hand the consequences of his actions (taken from http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/emperor/).

Reversed Emperor Card:

Reversed, the Emperor can suggest that there is an over-use and abuse of authoritative power surrounding you at this time (taken from http://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/emperor/).

Many individuals also point to the 2 energy being important with 11:11 (since it is basically a 2:2). 2’s represent balance, cooperation, support, unions, decisions, choices, and in the tarot the High Priestess, which is intuition (which can be used to make decisions).

Questions We Can Ask Ourselves

Based on the numerology of 11:11 we can begin to ask ourselves questions such as:

  • Where do I feel supported and on the right path?
  • Where have I felt separated from others, unsupported or alone?
  • Why do I feel I need to manifest so much or to have so many projects?
  • Do my projects and activities serve a higher good or just my own self-interest?
  • What’s my relationship to power? Do I give it away? Do I own it? Do I abuse it? Am I responsible with it?
  • What karma is being repeated that I refuse to learn the lesson for, or in what ways is something we are reaping being sown?
  • Am I understanding the deeper meaning to my motivations and intentions or events happening within my life or the greater world?
  • How am I accountable for what I manifest in my life (“positive” or “negative”)?
  • How is every path and experience “positive” and something that we can use to “awaken” to our power as creative beings?
  • Did I start seeing this number after a period of workaholism, burn out, overstriving or after beginning to notice what is happening to the environment of Mother Earth?
  • Am I having concurrent symptoms such as dizziness, anxiety, overwhelm, ungroundedness, sleep issues, scatteredness, restlessness? Does my life feel chaotic and out of control?
  • Am I relaxed, rested, self-confident, grounded and in tune with spirit and what is in my best interest?
  • Is my orientation an overly mental one rather than emotional one? Do I repress my emotions?
  • Have I found balance between my mind and my emotions?

In Part 2, I will discuss what arose when I asked to connect with Archangel Ariel (Angel of Manifestation, Nature and Animals) for a message.

Part 2: 11:11 – What Does Archangel Ariel Have to Say? >>

Part 3: 11:11 – A Tarot Interpretation >>


[i] Twin flames, or twin souls, are generally thought to be two extensions of the same soul. While concepts differ, some believe that these two extensions can incarnate at the same time and meet one another to pursue a relationship. This relationship will offer many challenges.  Others believe the twin soul does not incarnate but is joined to its twin on Earth. Those who wish to know can look up the connection between 11:11 and twin flames on the internet or see here: http://loveandlivedivine.wordpress.com/meaning-of-number-eleven/1111-2/