SM writes: “Please help me explain the dangers of 11:11 sightings in everyday life. Does it have origins in sorcery or occult? If someone sees 11:11, they believe they are being given a moment to anticipate something momentous about to happen?”
The belief that the numbers 11:11 have some kind of mystical meaning is linked to the occult art of numerology – which is the use of numbers to divine future events.
There are many New Age and occult-based theories about these particular numbers. Some believe 11 is a “master number” and when paired with another 11 means your “spirit guides” are trying to contact you. Others say it’s a sign of spiritual awakening or a confirmation that you’re on the right path. Still others believe 11:11 is a sign that angels are near.
All of these beliefs are based on superstition.
A big proponent of 11:11 sightings is Uri Geller, the Israeli illusionist, magician, and self-proclaimed psychic. He has also experienced frequent 11:11 sightings and explains on his blog:
“I believe that people who have constant contact with the 1111 phenomena have some type of a positive mission to accomplish. It is still a mystery to me what it is that we all have to do or why are we all being gathered and connected together, but it is very real and tangible, I feel that it is immensely positive, almost like there is a thinking entity sending us these physical and visual signs from the universe. In me, it activates the power of prayer, love and determination to some how help the world. Some day I suspect we will find out the true meaning behind this puzzling phenomenon. It could start happening to you too after reading my website.”
The use of numbers to predict the future, or as a sign from a supernatural power that is not sourced in God, is strictly forbidden by the Church.
“All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone” (Catechism No. 2116).
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