For the past month or two--perhaps even longer before I began to really pay attention--whenever I glanced at a clock, it would have the same sequence of numbers. This started with 11:11. At first, I ignored it as pure coincidence; I'm often in the kitchen around that time because Ozzy has to take a pill an hour before eating lunch. But then...when I went grocery shopping, the clock in the car would say 11:11...at the hardware store, 11:11...sitting at the hair salon, my tablet said 11:11.
Then, not only did I keep seeing 11:11, but over the past few weeks I've started to get 2:22, 3:33, 4:44. The weirdness factor has grown exponentially.
So, okay, I began to pay attention. And somewhere, deep in the archives of my mental library, I seemed to recall that this time anomaly thing has a name. This morning when I woke up and my little clock beside the bed said 5:55, I decided it was time (no pun) to investigate.
Repeating Numbers Phenomenon. That's what it's actually called.
What I discovered today, along the many avenues I explored in my research, was a plethora of opinion, controversy and inexplicable theories. Are these cosmic signals from the Universe? Angels trying to communicate? Sheer, absolute coincidence? New Age nonsense?
Numerologists claim the numbers are the key: ones mean new beginnings; twos are the transitions; threes are moving forward toward the goal...and on goes the progression of growth through the numbers. Very similar to the Minor Arcana in Tarot to my mind.
But there was one point that every source agreed on, whether they were scientific, esoteric or philosophical: This is a global phenomena; it might not happen to all of us, but it happens everywhere to some of us. I'm not sure how I feel about being one of the chosen. On one hand, I might be feeling a bit creeped out, though on the other? Hey, at least I'm not alone in the surreal.
The last site I read this morning had a bit of advice for those of us who experience the repeating numbers; a positive take on things that also ties in with my own Buddhist/pagan way of thinking:
"It's a reminder to stop, slow down and pay attention.
Find the quiet within and be aware of the message given."
I can do that. And hey, dear readers, if I hear anything, I'll let you know...