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Introduction to Angel Numbers

What Are They and Why You See Them

By Reija SillanpaaPublished 9 months ago 8 min read
Introduction to Angel Numbers
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Many people see numbers as mere mathematical entities. However, some believe that numbers are more than that. They believe that numbers can be vessels to convey messages and guidance from the spiritual realm.

Some wise person once said you should never assume. But we will assume that you are one of those people who suspects, or indeed knows, that there is more to numbers than mathematical equations.

Whether you find yourself here because you suspect or know, we aim to give you a handy overview of what angel numbers are and why they might be appearing on your path.

What Angel Numbers Are

Angel numbers are one way the spiritual realm can deliver information to us. While they are mostly associated with angels, hence the name, other people assign them to ancestors, spirit guides, spirits, or your own higher power.

Angel numbers are number sequences with repeated numbers or number patterns, such as 1234, 1111, or 1515. When the angels have a message for you, you are likely to spot the same number several times in a range of places. Often people see them on the digital clock, but they can appear anywhere from your bank statement to car number plates. When that happens, pay attention.

For others, it may not be the same number, but a series of them. For example, you might check the time on your watch and each time get a number pattern such as 12:12, 13:13, and 14:14. This is no less significant. For example, you might see them throughout the day when working on a challenging task and interpret them as a sign to persevere.

What Angel Numbers Are Not

Angel numbers are not one-size-fits-all solutions to all your problems and worries. So if you came here hoping to hear that seeing angel numbers will magically improve your life, we are sorry to disappoint you. They are not a magic cure and neither is interpreting them an exact science.

Do not expect angel numbers to tell you exactly what to do. They can be hard to decipher. Especially when you first start paying attention to them. But the more you see them and the more you relate them to your hopes, worries, or the thoughts you were mulling over when you saw the number, the easier it gets to gain wisdom, insight, and directionality from them.

The Long History of Angel Numbers

Interpreting angel numbers is based on the unique vibration of each number. The concept was already known in ancient Greece. Pythagoras, the mathematician who gave us the Pythagorean theorem, believed that our reality is a manifestation of the energetic vibration of numbers.

According to the Pythagoreans each number has unique mystical properties. For example, they associated the number four with justice and considered ten the most perfect number. This created the basis of numerology, the study of the symbolic and spiritual meaning of numbers.

The modern concept of angel numbers can be accredited to Doreen Virtue who wrote books on angel numbers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She brought the concept of numerical vibrations to a wider audience, leading more people to explore signs from the spiritual realm through numbers.

Why Are Angel Numbers Special?

Angel numbers are not linked to your name or the time, date, or location of your birth. Unlike zodiac signs that can offer insight into a person’s personality and preferences, angel numbers relate to how you are moving forward on your life path.

Another difference is that unlike other means of interpreting life, such as your life path number or your zodiac sign, angel numbers are not assigned to you for life. Instead, they come and go. You may pass through a period when you see none to another when you see them everywhere.

How Do You Find Angel Numbers?

You don’t need to search for angel numbers, they will find you. When the spiritual realm wants your attention, they will place these numbers on your path.

Your job is to pay attention. When the same numbers crop up all the time, be it in telephone numbers, receipts, addresses, or your dreams, just to name a few possibilities, pay attention.

Why Do You See Angel Numbers?

You may see angel numbers if you have been trying to manifest something. It could be a sign that your manifestation is close to becoming reality so do not give up believing it will happen.

It may be an answer to your prayers or something that has been weighing on your mind. The angel number may have been sent to you as reassurance that everything will be fine, as things have a way of working out one way or another. Not always the way we imagined, but sometimes that turns out to be a blessing in disguise.

We might see them when we need a little nudge in the right direction or encouragement to stay on the path we have chosen. They could push us to take a chance on something big. An angel number could be a warning about self-sabotaging behaviours or losing your focus.

The reasons for seeing angel numbers are varied. However, their purpose is always the same: to give you guidance and encouragement.

What to Do When You See Angel Numbers?

The most important action is to pay attention. You are seeing these numbers for a reason. They are not coincidences. Then comes interpretation. What is it that the universe wants you to know and do?

And this is the tricky part.

When you are trying to understand an angel number's message, asking yourself some questions is often a good starting point. Your answers may point you toward the right interpretation and action.

  • Do you have an important decision to make?
  • Has something been weighing heavily on your mind?
  • Are you about to embark on a new relationship? Start a new job? Buy a new house?
  • Is there something you are trying to manifest?
  • What were you thinking the moment or moments before you spotted the angel number?

Interpretations of Angel Numbers Are Subjective

While each number has its own vibration and symbolic and spiritual connotations, each interpretation of angel numbers is subjective. Two people can see the same angel number and understand its message differently. That is because the meaning is unique to each person and depends on where you are in life.

The more you learn about angel numbers and pay attention to them, the more comfortable you will become at interpreting them and applying the message to your circumstances.

However, it is possible to interpret them wrong.

Our minds can influence how we interpret an angel number. For example, if you are afraid of taking a risk, such as quitting a job you hate, your brain could convince you that you are right to stay put even when your heart tells you otherwise.

Remember, our brains are wired to resist change. The more you can tune into your intuition when interpreting angel numbers, the more likely you are to interpret them accurately. That, however, is easier said than done for many of us.

How to Get Better at Interpreting Angel Numbers?

As we mentioned above, the more you listen to your intuition, the more likely you are to understand the message and act accordingly. But many things can drown the voice of your inner wisdom.

It could be your brain with its fear of change. Sometimes it could be other people’s opinions and well-meant advice. Other times it could be your life circumstances that make it seem impossible to act on what your intuition tells you.

So how do you turn down the noise and get the volume up on your intuition? Here are some tips.

  • Deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness exercises can help to focus on intuitive insights. If you are listening to an exercise or meditation on your phone, set it on do not disturb. Getting a message or a call right when you are getting into a beautiful meditative state is guaranteed to get you out of the zone.
  • Practice self-awareness and trusting yourself. Too often, we do not pay enough attention to our emotions and physical sensations. You know that gut feeling you get when you have to decide on something important? Trust it. Again, this will take practice. Looking back on times when you followed your intuition and it turned out to be the best thing can help you build trust in your intuition.
  • Try not to overthink. Your intuition is often the first to react, telling you if something is right or wrong. Your brain, on the other hand, will want to rationalise everything. Again, remember that your brain will resist change. It will find a plethora of reasons against your intuition if you let it. Sometimes, you simply need to tell your brain to shut up. Seriously, try it next time your brain pipes up and comes up with excuses.
  • Do something creative. When you focus on a creative activity you enjoy, it can help to quiet the thinking mind. When the thinking mind is silent, your intuition can surface.
  • Journaling your thoughts and feelings can help you clarify between genuine feelings and fearful thoughts. If you are not much of a writer, you can also try drawing or painting how you feel about a situation.
  • Be patient. Sometimes you get an immediate gut feeling, but sometimes you will not. Give your intuition time and space to make itself heard.
  • Listen to your body. How you feel about something in your body can be a big clue on what you should do. However, learn to distinguish between good and bad jitters. For example, if you have the runs before you are about to speak publicly, it does not mean you should cancel it. It is just a sign of last-minute nerves. Completely normal.

What Next?

If you are open to receiving communication from the spiritual realm, keep your eyes and ears open. Be willing to take risks and follow your intuition. Your spirit guides will never mislead you but try to steer you along the right path. The route to the most fulfilled and authentic you.

Remember that the message from the angels is always personal to you. It relates to your unique situation and only you can figure out what it means. Learn more about the vibration of numbers and learn to trust yourself. Choose the way that best works for you to quiet the thinking mind and tune into your inner wisdom.

Take action and don’t worry if you don’t always get it right. We all make mistakes and even after years of interpreting them, it is still possible to misinterpret the message.

When it comes to interpreting angel numbers, practise may not make you perfect, but it will make you better. So try not to get frustrated when you don’t get it quite right because your angels will soon give you another nudge as long as you keep yourself open to spiritual guidance.


About the Creator

Reija Sillanpaa

A wise person said, "Be your own audience". Therefore, I write fiction, poetry and about matters important and interesting to me. That said, I warmly welcome you into my audience.

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