The History Behind 11:11

By Emily Burich

11:11…..make a wish!  Many believe that the time 11:11 is a magic number or at least means something lucky.  It’s origin as a lucky number draws on numerology, the belief that certain numbers have a special influence on our lives.

The symmetry of 11:11 appeals to many numerologists. For example, in 1986, Solara Antara Amaa-Ra, the founder of a New Age spiritual group, Star-Borne Unlimited, adopted an entire cosmology that revolved around the number and time 11:11.  

Based on Amaa-Ra’s findings, folk belief in 11:11 as a magic number spread in the 1990–2000s.  It even filtered into a trend on Snapchat where people would send someone a snap, displaying the time 11:11, as if to say You’re the one I’m wishing for. Even Veterans Day has entered into the discussion because it is annually observed on November 11.

The mystics and romantics among us, sometimes believe in its transcendent power.  Other times, just as a little bit of whimsical wish-making.  People also use 11:11 on social media to indicate other wishes, like seeing a long distance friend again. Sometimes people list out loved ones with 11:11, the number serving as a kind of talisman.

In 2000, the band Something Corporate released the song “Konstantine” about staying up and thinking about a girl. It includes the line: “I always catch the clock, it’s 11:11.” This inspired the 11:11 AM Charity, which supported Andrew McMahon (the pianist and vocalist in the band) during his battle with leukemia in 2005 before going on to support children with cancer.

While some may have thought of 11:11 as an angel number or just some kind of lucky charm, it turns out there are a lot more meanings and deep history behind the time.