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What Are Angel Numbers and What Do They Mean?

Angel numbers are rooted in numerology and are said to contain messages from the spiritual world

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Angel Numbers

If you look closely enough, you might find that the universe is sending you signs — at least, that’s the belief behind angel numbers.

Whether seen on a license plate or an alarm clock, angel numbers are a sequence of repeated numbers that are said to hold personal and spiritual significance. Angel numbers are rooted in numerology, which dates back to ancient times, astrologer and bestselling author Lisa Stardust tells PEOPLE.

“[Numerology] is based on Babylonian and Kabbalistic study, some of which are found in the Old Testament,” Stardust says. “The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, a mathematician, thought that the physical world aligned with an energetic sequence of numbers and developed the study of interconnectivity through numbers."

In summary, the celebrity astrologer adds, "Basically, numbers have meaning that correspond to our life path.”

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Angel numbers can appear in a variety of places and each sequence is said to hold unique significance. Here is everything to know about angel numbers and what they mean.

What are angel numbers?

According to Stardust, the term “angel numbers” is commonly attributed to author Doreen Virtue due to her 2005 book of the same name. As Virtue claims in the book, angel numbers serve as guidance from the spirit world.

“Angel numbers are the universe's way of telling us what path we should take in life,” Stardust explains. “They represent significance because they are telling us divine messages that we need to hear to know how we should move forward. They usually come in sequences of three or more, and the combination connects to the spiritual journey that you should take.”

For example, you may find yourself looking at the clock at 3:33 every day or notice repeated patterns in phone numbers or license plates.

What are my angel numbers?

Each person’s angel numbers can be different depending on a variety of factors, but Stardust says it’s important to pay attention to patterns. When a repeated number sequence pops up frequently, she notes that this could be a message from the universe.

“Your guardian angels are sending you messages through these numbers, so it's important to pay attention to them when they appear,” she says. “Whether it's on a clock, license plate, or anywhere else, these numbers can provide guidance and direction on your path.”

Celebrities and their angel numbers

<p>Amy Sussman/FilmMagic ; Leon Bennett/Getty ; Kevin Mazur/WireImage</p> Left: Jennifer Aniston attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's "Murder Mystery 2" on March 28, 2023. Center: Paris Hilton attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jon Platt on February 03, 2024. Right: Beyonce performs onstage during the "RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR" on July 29, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Whether based on numerology or not, many celebrities have talked about their associations with certain numbers.

Jennifer Aniston has "11 11" tattooed on the inside of her wrist. While the actress herself hasn’t revealed its meaning, in 2020, a source told PEOPLE that Aniston is “very spiritual” and that the number 11 refers to her birthday, February 11, and her beloved Welsh Corgie-Terrier Norman, who died in 2011. Aniston also shares the tattoo with her best friend, actress Andrea Bendewald.

The number 11 is also significant for Paris Hilton. The mogul married Carter Reum on Nov. 11, 2021, and named her media company 11:11 Media.

"11:11 has always been my favorite time of day," Hilton told Vogue in 2021. "It's my reminder to make a wish and be open to miracles. This date is special to Carter and I — it represents our love story, which both of us knew was meant to be."

Beyoncé is also known for her obsession with a particular number — four. Both she and her husband Jay-Z were born on the fourth (she in September and he in December) and their daughter Blue’s middle name, Ivy, is rumored to refer to the Roman numeral for four: IV.

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The "Single Ladies" singer and Jay-Z also both have the Roman numeral tattooed on their ring fingers and have named albums after their lucky number. Beyoncé's fourth studio album, released in 2011, was aptly titled 4 while Jay-Z’s 4:44 was released in 2017.

What do angel numbers mean?

Each set of angel numbers, ranging from 000 to 999, carries a unique meaning, says Stardust.

“They guide us in moving forward or being cautious, as well as drawing our attention to what we should be focusing on and any unanticipated information we should be aware of,” she explains.

Here is everything to know about what each angel number means.

000

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 000.

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Angel Numbers 000.

Stardust says that 000 signifies new beginnings — which can be both exciting and dangerous.

“Although new opportunities may be on the horizon, it's important to proceed with caution since the outcome and the path to achieving it are still uncertain,” she says.

111

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 111.

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Angel Numbers 111.

If you see 1's repeated, it may be time to start manifesting, Stardust says. The astrologer adds that it’s important to set clear intentions during this time.

“While the universe may have a grander plan for you, it is crucial to be specific about what you desire,” Stardust explains. “Changes may occur along the way, but this moment is crucial as it marks the beginning of manifesting your hopes and gaining clarity on what you truly want.”

222

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 222.

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Angel Numbers 222.

Stardust says this sequence can signal a potential romantic relationship or harmony in your current partnership. It also signifies abundance, both professionally and personally.

“Keep in mind that you need to work towards your goals and that you are meant to have a connection with someone special,” she says.

333

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 333.

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Angel Numbers 333.

“If you're feeling stagnant, this sequence of numbers suggests it's time to grow and put your plans into action,” says Stardust, adding that this can apply to career, finances and relationships.

444

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 444.

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Angel Numbers 444.

4’s convey a message of groundedness and assuredness, Stardust says.

“This time of stability and security is marked with success,” she adds. “The grounding energy helps us adopt a practical mindset and infuse our lives with clarity, evolution and progress through consistency.”

555

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 555.

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Angel Numbers 555.

“This series of numbers represents change, luck and transformation,” Stardust explains. “It is also a time marked with growth and autonomy, so we should embrace the adaptability in life and go with the flow.”

666

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 666.

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Angel Numbers 666.

Despite any negative associations with this sequence — some religions associate the number with the devil — Stardust says 666 means you should take time to reflect and seek balance.

“Maintaining a sense of harmony in life is crucial to tapping into our full potential and embracing the endless possibilities of our journey,” she says. “It provides us with the opportunity to resolve conflicts and contemplate our direction, ultimately leading us to a peaceful state of mind.”

777

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 777.

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Angel Numbers 777.

7’s are a sign that you should trust yourself and continue on your spiritual journey, Stardust says.

“Remember, putting faith in yourself will ultimately lead to success,” she adds. “You got this!”

888

<p>Chloe Jeong/PEOPLE</p> Angel Numbers 888.

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Angel Numbers 888.

8’s signal that abundance is right around the corner and that it’s necessary to plan accordingly, Stardust explains.

“With the blessings of prosperity and abundance flowing towards you, it's crucial to manage the money and gifts you are receiving from the universe effectively,” she advises. “This will help you build your dreams and turn them into reality.”

999

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Angel Numbers 999. -

“The sequence of numbers suggests that the creative process is nearing completion, and the universe is urging you to finish up your pending projects,” Stardust says of 999. “Doing so will pave the way for your next big opportunity, which could lead to your success. Remember, this is the end of one chapter, but the start of a new one, so gear up for exciting times ahead.”

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