When you see a clock displaying the time 11:11, do you make a wish, or at least a mental note of it? Many people do exactly that and claim that they tend to remember and notice the time most often when it strikes 11:11. The reasons given for why this is so vary widely and you’ve likely heard of a few explanations, some of which may be explored below.
Part of the allure of 11:11 is that it’s the only time of day when all four numbers on a clock are the same. They appear uniform, clean, neat, and parallel respective to one another. This makes them pleasing to our eyes and mind, especially for those with a slight preoccupation with organization or numbers. This may help explain why so many people say that they seem to always be looking at a clock when it’s 11:11. The sight of the number just sticks in their heads longer.
In relation to that is the concept of synchronicity that may help shed light on the mystery and fascination surrounding 11:11.
Synchronicity is the belief that seemingly unrelated things, which in and of themselves are not that important, gain meaning and significance when they occur randomly at the same time. These events are often called “meaningful coincidences” as they have no apparent effect on each other, but are nonetheless meaningfully related in some way. We give meaning to 11:11 by ascribing it a sort of magical, special value.
That value stems from the most popular and common belief surrounding 11:11, which is that whenever you see it you should make a wish and your wish will come true. While this may or may not be true for everyone, it does give the numbers a special and meaningful sort of value. That’s because every time you see it and make a wish, you’re thinking of the things or events that you most want to happen or come true.
Other popular beliefs include the idea that the time is related to our spirit guides or guardian angels. They use it as a way to get through to us and to grab and hold our attention, so they can tell us something important. In similar regards to that is another thought which is related to numerology. Within the practice 11 is regarded as a master number, which represents spirituality. In addition, it stands for increased awareness and perception by offering us a channel to our inner subconscious self. Thus, the number is a direct link, or a sort of doorway, to our soul and the desires, thoughts, emotions, feelings, and ideas hidden there. Some people even choose to look at 11:11 as a sort of glitch in the matrix.
Then there is the theory that if you notice 11:11 and stop to think about it, you’re taking time off to acknowledge the moment, and that is important. By simply stopping to fully realize and focus on what’s in front of you, you’re re-setting your own clock and rhythm. In the end, no one truly knows what real or absolute significance 11:11 may actually hold and that’s okay.