The numerology meaning of recurring and repeating numbers
What is Numerology; with numerologist Hans Decoz

Do you ever notice that a certain number or number pattern appears repeatedly in your life?

For example, you realize that your address, birth date and other personal numbers all contain the number 22.

It is common for people to see 11.11 on their phone or clock regularly, or 1111 as a house number.

Do you see recurring numbers like 444 or 777 everywhere? Or perhaps they are four-digit numbers like 1111 or 2222. These are called Angel numbers.

Do you see repeating numbers that seem arbitrary, like 683 or 124?


Any time you notice repeating numbers in your life, you should contemplate their possible meaning.

Because there is always a reason, even if you don't see it right away.

Numerology views a recurring number like a cosmic signal. It's the universe's way of directing your attention to a pressing matter or theme in your life that you may be missing, forcing you to pay attention to the issue at hand.

And while Numerology may be able to shed some light on the meaning of repeating numbers, the answer can only be truly determined by the person experiencing them, through self-examination, courage, and honesty.


Repeating Numbers and Their Meaning


Repeating 11 (11.11 or 1111, or just 11): Read between the lines

The Master number 11 represents intuition and awareness, as well as wisdom you possess that's not being properly tapped into. Simply put you have an inner knowledge you're not paying attention to.

This could mean you're making bad decisions based on what you think you know, while deep down your gut is screaming at you to take a different path.

If you've just started a relationship, this message could be to slow down and be careful. It could also mean there is a red flag you're ignoring. It doesn't mean you're dating the wrong person or that your new sweetheart is cheating on you -- just that there is something you need to be aware of before you grow closer to this person.

The two most obvious meanings of this number as it applies to relationships are these: one, you are ignoring a huge deal-breaker and need to end things, or two, for the relationship to be a successful one, you need to tread lightly. It may also require greater understanding of your new partner's situation or background.


Repeating 16 (16.16 or just 16): Reassess your life

16 is the number of danger, it's a Karmic Debt number! Your view of yourself and your situation clashes with reality -- this could be related to finances or emotional relationships.

You're in for disappointment if you continue in the same direction. Prepare to get brutally honest with yourself about who you are. Take some time to be quiet and contemplate, you need to do some self-analysis, but also be sure and ask those close to you for their input.

Be honest about your doubt and fears and be prepared to listen.


Repeating number 22 (22.22, 2222, or just 22): Walk on through!

22 is a master number that taps into your productive side -- a part of your personality related to your job or responsibilities.

When you notice the 22 repeatedly, you may be ignoring big opportunities. An open door can be scary but that's no reason not to walk through! Or perhaps you are taking advantage of opportunities but with way too much fear and hesitation - you are not confident enough to make those opportunities materialize.  

The lesson here is to put in the effort and make sure you're doing everything you can for yourself and your future. When you are focused on success, it seeps into every facet of your life.

The 22 is there to remind us of what a huge impact our professional lives have on our personal ones. Luckily, these numbers are telling you something else, too: you have it in you to excel - you just need to get on the path and start pursuing your goals.


Repeating 33 (33.33 or 3333): Give it all you've got!

The Master number 33 tells you that you have a natural gift to give to the world; your challenge is to put it out there. This could be something you are probably aware off, an artistic talent, or the art of healing, or teaching spiritual exercises.

If you keep seeing these numbers, the message is that you cannot be happy until you impart your gift to the world. Ignoring a creative urge will only lead to frustration and ultimately anger.

Find out a practical way to share your talents -- then do it!


Repeating 44 (44.44 or 4444): Find Solid Ground!

You are at a point in your life when you might loose proper perspective or keep your feet on the ground.

Look at your endeavors and goals, and ask yourself if there is anything you know deep down is a pipe dream. The 44 in any variation of repeating numbers tells you something or some expectation is simply not realistic.


See 911 repeatedly

This is, as you may have guessed, often due to a subconscious connection between 911 and danger. Contemplate if there is any unreasonable fear holding you back from something you want to do.

There are other connections to 911 that mock our understanding of what is coincidence, and what are predictable patterns.


Repeating numbers that appear arbitrary and are less common.

Some people see repeating numbers that appear arbitrary, or do not have an easily recognized pattern. Such 127, or 3938. When this is the case, the question of its meaning is more personal and unique.

Fortunately, there are ways to find their meaning.




You live in a world of symbols. Literally. Words, letters, numbers, logos - symbols are everywhere, and they all have meaning. Whenever you feel that a symbol, or combination of symbols, is trying to tell you something, it probably is. So here is a tip: Nothing will help you improve the quality of your life and your experiences more than regular self-analysis and contemplation, because understanding yourself is your greatest asset.


From Numerology Questions - a Dear Hans column:

Debra and Casey want to know why they see recurring numbers all the time.

Dear Hans,

Hi, please could you tell me what it means if you’re seeing all of the master numbers everywhere all the time? Would appreciate some advice on what this means.


Casey asked a similar question:

Hi, I've never been into numerology or anything but my boyfriend and I have been together for 19 years. My birthday is December 22... his birthday is June 17 ... here's my question: for the past 19 years we both constantly see my birthday number. 1222... On the clock, phone, TV everywhere.. it has to mean something that both of us keep seeing this very same number.

Please help me understand this,

Hello Deborah and Casey:

Seeing Master numbers – or recurring numbers of any kind - means your subconscious is trying to push a particular message to the surface. What that is depends on the numbers you are seeing, as well as the numbers in your personal chart; it’s different for everyone, but the message is within you, hiding in plain sight so to speak.

In general, seeing the 11 over and over means you are not using your intuition properly, while the 22 is trying to tell you to stop dreaming and start doing. The 33 is not a commonly recurring Master number, but if you see it consistently you have a message to convey to others and should get on with it.

Most recurring numbers, however, tend to be variations, like 611 or 3232, or, as in Casey's case 1222. Deciphering their meaning is more challenging but also more specific to the individual. Seeing Master numbers is fairly common, because they apply to just about every one of us at some point during our lives, but when a number is more intricate, the message is more specific.

Without an in-depth look at the charts of Casey and her boyfriend, I would say the number 1222 points at a discordance between the spiritual/esoteric meaning of marriage (the number 1222 [1+2+2+2] totals to 7), as well as the fear of surrendering independence (the cornerstone of 1222 is 1) in favor or commitment. But without looking at the charts I can't tell to whom this message applies.

Hans Decoz

A similar question from the Dear Hans column:

Donna and Angela ask about seeing the same numbers over and over

They want to know what that means and how it affects their lives.

Dear Hans,

My name is Donna. I have several numbers that continually follow me!

I have the numbers 12, 123 and 23 show up a lot. The number 23 is on everything! From business addresses and again a lot of addresses as well as I will be driving and drawn to a sign. Anywhere, and I don't look for it. I will be drawn to the clock and the time will have 23 in it OFTEN! If I were less of a spiritual person it would have spooked me! This is a daily occurrence of the number 23?

Thanks so much,

Another lady asked a similar question:

Dear Hans,
Everytime I look at a clock I see the time of 1:23, 11:23, 10:23 but mostly 1:23...what does this mean? Its been happening for the last 3 years on a regular basis and it is starting to freak me out.

Thank you,

Hi Donna and Angela,

The issue of recurring numbers is one of the most frequently asked questions. The basic premise is simple; whenever numbers for one reason or another force themselves into your consciousness, their symbolism is profound and specific to you and your life at that particular time.

The question, of course, is what are they trying to tell you?

In Angela and Donna's case, the independent, masculine 1, the supportive, gentle 2, and the expressive and resourceful 3, show up in different variations, but based on the wording of their questions, for both Donna and Angela, the combination of 2 and 3 (23) seems most prevalent.

As a numerologist, I see the sum of 2 + 3 = 5 therefore to be an integrate part of their symbolic message. In fact, while the influences of the 2 and 3 are certainly present, it is the dynamic, flexible, unpredictable, and freedom-loving 5 that I believe to be the more important messenger, like a higher ranked representative riding on the shoulders of the 2 and the 3 (with the 1 walking alongside). This tells me that the need for space, freedom, and flexibility is sure to be a big part of the message.

More importantly, when a 5 based on 23 appears in your life, it indicates that you are having difficulty to adjust to recently changed circumstances. The changes, no matter what they were, almost always resulted in regaining some form of freedom, whether you consider that fortunate or not, such as divorce, a career change (or loss), a move away from family, and so forth. Due to the addition of the 1, the newfound freedom probably resulted from a change in family circumstances. There also must be some reluctance to take on the required independence and responsibility. After all, when you (re)gain a measure of freedom, it brings with it responsibilities and the necessity to stand on your own feet.

Keep in mind that the reason you are seeing recurring numbers is because you are not moving in the new direction of your own accord. If you did, there would be no need for recurring numbers to appear. The fact that the 5 is the result of adding a 2 and a 3, make me feel that there are still some personality and relationship issues (the domain of the number 2) to be resolved, and that communication and openness (the 3) are the path to settling them.

Like everything else that forces us to ask questions and look at ourselves the ultimate cause is to make the adjustments needed to get back in the "flow." (On a side note, had the 5 been riding the shoulders of 1 and 4 as opposed to a 2 and 3, the issue would have been centered around career and finances, and the most important requirement would have been the need for discipline and control.)

While a numerologist may be able to shed some light on the meaning of recurring numbers, the answer can only be truly determined by the person experiencing them, through self-examination, courage, and honesty.

Hans Decoz

Another question from the Dear Hans column:

Kerri noticed a special number sequence and asks what that means.

Dear Hans,

I just found a note I wrote to myself a couple of months ago -- a string of numbers that I saw while I was thinking about a potential new business partner. My car has a digital readout with lots of info, and the numbers talk to me from there very often. On this day, at that moment, here is what I saw:
time: 5:27 pm
ave miles/gallon: 22.7
temperature: 57
total mileage: 55720

Running it all together, I saw: 5:27 22.7 57 55720 ...and I wrote it down! What I heard in all of this, simply put, was a catalyst for divine and powerful change. I don't know if I'm asking for a reading here, or just a few words if this series of numbers strikes you in any way as it relates to a new business venture, or if I'm just wanting someone else who listens to numbers to see this and go "Wow! Cool!", but I thought I'd share and see what happens!


Dear Kerri,

The numbers on your dash do tell a few things about the invisible world of energies and vibrations that surrounds and runs through you. Two things are important, the number sequence itself, and the fact that you noticed it and considered it a possible memo of the universe letting you know that changes are on the horizon.

When the numbers 2, 5, and 7 appear in any combination, the memo relates to dynamic changes taking place in the area of spiritual evolution (truly a work in progress for all of us).

The 5 in this case is the engine of change, throwing things around and generally making a nuisance of itself. The 7 represents your guide on the path to clarity, while the 2 allows you to be sensitive enough to read the signs.

The enemy of complacency and rusty expectations, the 5 turns it all upside-down, thereby offering you an opportunity to pick up the pieces, examine them, and decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

Hans Decoz


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