recurring nimbers

I once wrote an article regarding the golden ratio, or Fibonacci Sequence, which touched base on the recurrence of a specific pattern found all over the world which can be broken down to an equation that fits in various subjects, including DNA, floral patterns, natural evolution, and a variety of other things.

What about other, more subtle and basic, recurring numbers, though?

There has been a lot of investigation into this topic, as people throughout history have taken a notice to the recurrence of specific sequences of numbers in an over-abundance. A lot of psychologists will say that it’s simply a placebo effect, that we’re subconsciously looking for the number which we have associated with and will continue to see it because of this. Others, specifically numerologists, say that the repetition of a number is ultimately a cosmic warning, a means of saying, “hey, pay attention.” I don’t have a firm belief in this topic, so this article, like many of my others, is purely speculative and meant to provoke thought. However, since I was infantile, the number which I have always noticed is “32”; what about you?

In researching for this article, I found some very interesting descriptions of recurring numbers in various forums and research thesis written on the topic. The thing which stood out the most to me is the fact that there is an accepted definition of what specific numbers, when recurring, could mean from a numerologist standpoint. The recurring numbers detailed in this were 11, 16, 22, and 33; I find this disappointing that neither 23 nor 32 were present, but, such is the consequence of mundane hope…

According to, each of the aforementioned recurring numbers has been associated with a specific meaning. The number 11 is referred to as the master number and is theoretically the cosmos, or God’s, way of calling you to read between the lines in matters at hand, and that there’s more to your current situation than you’re accommodating for. The number 16 is the universal number signifying danger, and seeing the repetition of 16 means to look out; this often goes in hand with relationships or work difficulties. Seeing 22 is associated with your productive side, and the cosmos may be telling you that you’re overlooking a great opportunity for advancement in some form or another. Similarly, seeing the number 33 everywhere is allegedly a signifier that you are a gifted individual, and are holding back from using your gift to help the world.

Now, as I mentioned, to my avail, neither 23 or 32 were mentioned in this article. Personally, I have turned the unrealistic quantity of recurring instances of two and three paired together into an inside joke with my close friends, and don’t read into it too far; anything which we don’t understand should not be considered a mandating factor in our decisions. In trying to describe how insanely often I see this number at my office, I grabbed a random piece of half paper that came in on a shipping box and said: “I’ll bet it’s on here somewhere.”  I found 5 instances of 32 on that one scrap of random paper…interesting, to say the least.

Now I’m not saying that I feel like Truman Burbank from the Truman show, but, there is an added significance to this number which I’ve considered interesting. My favorite actor is Jim Carrey, who was in the Truman Show as the lead; the idea behind the movie is that he is living inside of a manufactured world in which all aspects of his life are manufactured for the real world’s entertainment. So, when my favorite actor, who starred in a show regarding manipulation of his entire reality, came out as the lead role in a suspense thrill movie called “The Number 23”, which was specifically about the recurrence of the number 23 and the significance it holds, I was absolutely shocked and started to question the whole validity of it.

So, again, speculatively I find this concept very interesting. Aside from the previous paragraph regarding my personal experience with the number I’ve noticed everywhere my entire life, I do feel like there is something to this. Psychologists very well may be right that we’re simply searching for the numbers we have chosen to be continually repeating, but even that might have some significance if we subconsciously memorize the theoretical meanings of the number associations. For instance, if you read this article and notice that the number 16 starts popping up everywhere for the next 3 months, chances are, whether numerologists or psychologists are right, that you at least subconsciously acknowledge there may be a danger warning to pay attention to.

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Nick Harding

Nick Harding

I'm an automation engineer who started out with just a drafting degree, but didn't want to stop learning. Ideally every day I find someone who needs help and do whatever I can to make their day. I enjoy expressing myself, whether it's through writing, story telling, singing or playing guitar; I love to teach others, as well as myself. My strongest drive is the interest in learning everything I can know, and speculating on topics that I can't. I know many people will react with the question, "an engineer with an open mind!?" Yes, I find it hard to disbelieve the things which we can see - since I am able to see energy, I am able to consider other potentials which are also deemed "non-scientific".