The 11:11 Phenomenon

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With November 11 just a couple of days away, I thought it appropriate to discuss the phenomenon of the number 11. Millions of people around the world follow the number 11.  Watching for 11:11 has become a craze and seems to be an accepted norm and many people instantly understand when you mention the number 11. It has almost become a pastime in all parts of the world to look for this number sequence.  The 11:11 phenomenon has spread like wildfire since I first heard about it for the first time in 1997 from a friend, who waxed on for about 20 minutes on this subject — he just could not say enough. People everywhere are keeping their eyes open for this number. Various places that we most frequently will see this number sequence are digital clocks, license plates, cell phones, VCR’s, microwave ovens, mail boxes and addresses. These are the forms of communication that the number 11 finds its way to you.

What does the number 11 mean?

First things first, the number 11 is one of four master numbers (11, 22, 33, 44). Master numbers are numbers that are very powerful because they accentuate the vibration of the base number to which they can be reduced to.  So for example the number 11 can be reduced to a 2 and the number 22 can be reduced to the number 4 and so forth. So if you do not live up to the potential of the master number, your potential will also be reduced or diminished to the number it reduces to.

The 11:11 Phenomenon

What does seeing 11:11 mean when you encounter it? whether you are actually on the look out for this sequence of numbers or it is serendipitous, the number 11 is the portal to the soul, the number of illumination and enlightenment. The number 11 is the lightening bolt number, the number that inspires people to move in a specific direction. Seeing 11:11 in sequence is a prompt from your angels or a wake-up call to be in tune with your spirit, with your intuition. 11:11 is a message to you from some source of energy (whether it be your digital clock or your cell phone) to pay attention to the invisible forces around us.

Gregg Braden talks about the power of invisible forces in his book The Spontaneous Healing of Belief in which he says “When we talk about the power of ‘invisible forces’ such as belief, to many scientists, we’ve crossed the line that separates science from everything else. Maybe it’s precisely because this line is so hard to define that we often learn about it only after we’ve already crossed it. My personal belief is that by relaxing the boundaries that have traditionally kept science and spirituality separate, we’ll ultimately find the power of a greater wisdom. With the new discoveries showing that consciousness affects everything from the cells of our bodies to the atoms of our world, belief is clearly at the forefront of that exploration today. Interestingly, it has also become the place where science, faith and even spirituality seem to be finding common ground.”

The message of seeing 11:11 –  is to use this as a prompt to see those invisible forces that surround you so that you may discover your very own potential in the number 11 and reset your own energy from the 2 that it reduces to.

The number 2 – is the number of duality – the two natures of things – good and bad – light and dark – yin and yang. The negative side of 2 can be expressed as discontentment.

11:11 has 4 ones – The number 1 is the number that represents unity, the number of purpose and new beginnings.  Four ones accentuates the ambition and aggressiveness of this number sequence.  Four ones want you to see the nature of the 11 from the invisible field around you.  It is a memo from the office of your angels that the number 11 is here to assist you.

Use 11:11 to the fullest potential

When you see 11:11 use it to your fullest potential and take delight in the fact that you are being assisted from unseen forces surrounding you.


Kathleen Lamoureux, Intuitive Life coach and Numerologist, is  the creator and founder of the  Numerology Zen Zone and the Wellness Zen  Zone which explores alternative therapies and self-help techniques such as meditation, affirmations, visualizations and numerology.  Kathleen helps individuals to find direction, true purpose, and to understand not only themselves, but their most intimate relationships. Kathleen reveals the meaning of names and numbers as they relate to all things metaphysical and gives private numerology readings and coaching sessions.


  1. Hi, Kathleen.

    My husband and I simultaneously became aware of 11:11 on our digital alarm clocks back in the 80’s, I think. We also said for the first time, at the same time, “11:11. Make a wish!” Now it’s a regular thing we say anytime we notice it.

    Do you think this phenomenon began with the digital age, or did it exist when there were clocks with hands?



    • Good questions CJ! The digital age certainly made those who were not aware of numbers on a subliminal or spiritual level more acutely aware of this number sequence by seeing it visually. Numerologists and astrologers alike have always been aware of this phenomenon and I am sure that Pythagoras taught the heck out of the theory of the number 11 in spades to his pupils.



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