Numerology: The Meaning of Numbers in Dreams!

by mlennox on June 1, 2011

Numerology is the very elegant interpretive system associated with numbers.  It is easy to understand once you align yourself with the progression of meaning that starts with 1 and ends with 9.  This is the term “Numbers” from my book, Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.  Enjoy!


Universal Landscape:  The building blocks of all reality.

Dreaming Focus:  Did a number itself feature in your dream?  Was it the number of something that was significant?  Is there more than one digit or is your dream number from one to nine?  Is there calculation involved?  Did the number have a specific purpose, such as a phone number or address?

Personal Focus:  Numbers are the building blocks for our understanding of how life is constructed.  The movement of the earth, moon and other planets are geometrical in nature.  Music is simply math expressed as tone.  Digital technology reduces various data to numeric sequences and then back again to its original form.  Our need to describe physical phenomena led us to create nine whole numbers that, in different sequences, can express anything from gravity, the speed of light, to the way visitors can identify which house on the block is yours.
 The universally accepted meaning of numbers is what informs the discipline of numerology.  From this tradition we get the foundational and metaphysical interpretation of the nine whole numbers.  Use this as a base to inform how you consider the image from your dream with which the number is associated.  If there is more than one digit involved, add all the values together until you arrive at a final, single number.  For example, if an address is 115 Main Street, you would add one plus one plus five and get seven.
 The explanations below are meant to be read in order in one sitting, no matter what specific number you are interested in examining.  There is a structure to the way the meaning of each digit expands on its predecessor which will give you a powerful sense of the whole system that will aid you in using numbers in the interpretation process.

One:  One represents beginnings and is the starting point of existence.  In human terms, it is the self alone.  It is the idea before any action is taken.  As such, it embodies the concept of potential and that which has yet to happen.  In fact, the energy of one is limited by its inability to do anything by itself.  However, it also connects to stillness and the cultivation of desire that that precedes movement.  One is the beginning of the journey, which can be a very exciting energy.  However, this can bring with it the challenge of loneliness and isolation.

Two:  When a second joins the one and two is formed, partnership is created.  The concept of relativity evolves out of the energy of two, as the one has something to which it experiences itself as relative to.  The one can now know itself as self, because there is that which is other.  All of the elements of two are embodied in this idea– partnership, duality, opposites, yin/yang, balance, sharing, to name just a few.  The shadow side of two is the potential for collapsing into one another and losing the sense of self.

Three:  When two are gathered, eventually their energy will create a new element, and a third is born.  Three is the number of creativity.  A powerful energy, there are many examples of the concept of three:  mother, father and child is perhaps the most universal.  The holy trinity in Catholicism is another instance.  The artist, the paint and the finished work is just one case that can be applied to any creative endeavor.  In music, a trine is the simplest and perhaps most pleasing harmony.  In the world of geometry, it is only when you have three points to work with that you can create an actual shape and accurately define a location in space.  The challenge of three is a lack of grounding and separation from reality.  This is because three relates so strongly to the drive to create, that feeling unable to do so would be the fear-based side of this energy.

Four:  When you add a fourth point to a triangle, you end up with a square.  Four is the number of structure.  Once the creative impulse has been satisfied, it is time for solidification, which can be accomplished by the power of four.  A wonderful weight-bearing shape, a square is what allows for building the foundation on which the creative energies of three can be supported.  Four connects to the establishment of institutions, order, rules and regulations.  While a number of great strength, it can engender a sense of limitation and the concept of restraint.

Five:  What follows the foundational sense four is the freedom of five.  Once a structure has been established, there is now a sense of safety and security for exploration.  The number five embodies this expressiveness.  The human body expresses the number five as represented by the four limbs and the head.  The ability for the body to move about through space is a vibrant and exhilarating experience.  In this way, five symbolizes joy and bliss.  With this, comes the shadow of freedom; indulgence.  This expression of five can carry grave consequences such as compulsion and addiction.

Six:  Six is the number of partnership, marriage, creative collaboration and balance.  After the freedom of five, there is a need for stability, which is provided by the even number six.  This energy can also be seen as a pairing of two threes.  If three is about primal creativity at an individual level, combining two systems of three allows for six to engender worldly partnerships and the concept of marriage and union.  This number represents partnership on every level: business, social, educational and spiritual.  In the personal realms, the number six represents the happy union of opposites within us and the integration of our own opposing forces, such as containing two powerful emotions that contradict each other.  The challenge of the six energy connects to responsibility and a sense of burden.

Seven:  After all the work in the external world which brought us to the concept of partnership, we are now prepared for a more elevated experience of human expression.  Seven is the number of spirituality and higher thought, which is only possible after the basic human needs are met.  We are now free to look up and contemplate our existence in a more esoteric manner.  Meditation and any consideration of the interior landscape of our humanity is governed by the number seven.  This includes thought, contemplation, mysticism, prayer, faith, psychology and any endeavor that seeks to understand life from a higher perspective.  This is a number we are all familiar with as significant:  seven days of the week, seven deadly sins, seven notes in the diatonic scale.  The challenge associated with this vibration is to get lost in the ethers and lose contact with life on the ground.

Eight:  After spiritual matters have been made manifest, great abundance is possible.  Eight is the number of infinity and all that it implies.  This includes wealth of every kind:  love, money, bliss, joy and every amazing experience life has to offer.  The concept of infinity states that there is no limitation in the universe; that time and space continue forever and ever in a way that is beyond our ability to truly comprehend.  When an understanding of infinity and abundance are combined, there is a realization that there is an endless supply of anything you could possibly desire, even those things that you perceive as limited and unavailable to you.  Eight is the magic of seven in action.  The shadow side to this is greed, hoarding and withholding love.

Nine:  The final number in the system is nine, which represents completion and endings.  All things must end in order for the inevitable new beginning to follow.  Nine embodies that cycle of existence that demands that change occur and that the old give way to the new.  We have started the journey alone in the infinite (one), discovered opposites and relativity (two), invented creativity (three), built a foundation (four), expressed freedom (five), partnered with another (six), went inward to find spirituality (seven), expressed and enjoyed the rewards of the outside world (eight), and now we come to a close (nine).  The shadow side to the completion energy of nine is the fear that can be associated with endings and death.

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Debra Swihart June 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I recently had a dream where I looked at a digital clock that read 6:66. I thought I was awake. When I did really wake up I thought about this image and realized it was a message from my unconcious. I looked it up in “Dream Sight”, I read 6 and I read 9, (adding the three sixes together and coming to the 9.)

I then felt the message was the death of an old way of connecting or being in relationships. the end of a worn out way of being and the beginning of a new one. Thanks Michael.
Sweet Dreams! Debra

Lamont Klepper June 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

I am very curious about the dreaming of numbers. Months ago I had a dream of my ex girlfriend, she had the number 86 written on her leg. What could this mean? We had broken up months ago, but i cant seem to stop thinking about her and that dream. I looked up the number 86 and what its telling me is “Eternal Life”….Is this true?

mlennox June 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm


I can’t speak to the “eternal life” meaning that you looked up. I am of the firm belief that there can be no wrong interpretation of a dream image – it is all a matter of what resonates for the dreamer. In my work, I always turn to the basics of numerology or some other universally held meaning. If you add the numerals 8 and 6, you get 14, add 1 and 4 and you get 5. The numerological meaning for the number 5 relates to freedom. Another interesting note from my days of waiting tables a million years ago. When the kitchen ran out of an item, the “code” for that was 86. They ran out of lambchops and it was “86 lambchops!” I don’t know about you, but dreaming of an ex-girlfriend and associating the meaning of freedom and running out of an item in the kitchen make a lot of sense to me. Hope this helps.

Tegan September 30, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hi Michael,

I actually have your book dream site it is a fantastic read. I have been trying to help my mother interpret her dream though with little information i am really struggling and am not sure which section is most relevant to this dream as many things come into factor.

She said her dream was to do with the number 5 and that out of that number she became very wealthy though heres the catch I was invovled with the creation of this wealth through perhaps what she thinks me buying a winning lottery ticket.

The only sense i could make out of it was that my mother wanted to be happy, financially wealthy, secure and safe, she wanted to go on a holiday and gain freedom, and she missed me and wanted to be able to visit whenever she felt instead of whenever she had enough money.

I am unsure of why I was in the dream and how it could be a family connection sort of dream as I live a long way from her approx 3 day drive or 4.5 hours by plane and it is very expensive to travel. I would love any ideas you have to help us out thanks.

I would have never known you if it wasn’t for watching you with Liz Green after joining her site.

Thank You both, you have made my life so much better.


mlennox September 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I LOVE your perspective on the sense that the 5 in the dream connects to your mother’s desire for freedom in her own life. Perhaps your presence in the dream and the connection to the lottery is reflecting a desire on her part to have her happiness and freedom appear to her in one fell swoop, like magically winning the lottery. Also, that you have the winning ticket may reflect that she is looking to you and more contact with you as the way in which she can feel more happiness.

By the way, the chances of that happening are about as likely as her actually winning the lottery. I am being flippant, of course, but the point is this: Our freedom and happiness is something that has to be worked for and not gambled on. The abundance of the universe is open to all who seek it and the universe does not dole it out to occaisional “winners” and withhold it from others.

I LOVE Liz Green and delighted that you found me through her.

I hope this has been of value.

jadah January 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I dreamt of the numbers 243 together for two consecutive days. I’m not sure what it means.

isaac June 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

i had a dream about living at an apartment with number 979. i have wondered what this means but to no avail. could u help in any way? thank you

mlennox June 3, 2013 at 1:09 am

2+4+3=9 Nine is the number of completions. What cycles in your life are coming to an end?

mlennox June 3, 2013 at 1:10 am

9+7+9=25 2+5=7 Seven in the number of spiritual exploration. Apartments or any homes represent the sense of self. This apartment is your spiritual Self!

DaySean Phelps July 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I dreamed that I was given money in the amount of 7,788,000 dollars. I wasn’t sure if the numbers meant anything.

yolinaist August 24, 2013 at 3:24 am

I dream I have the examination papers on my table, and I was looking through them. They were examination papers that got results/marks on them. I looked at the papers, but my results weren’t good, so I tried to keep covering while looking at the papers, because my uncle and two cousin was there with me in the study room. I looked at the first paper it showed 46/58.. if I am not mistaken. It wasn’t clear as I keep on covering to avoid my uncle and cousins from seeing it. The other one is 19 corrects answers for objective questions. Suddenly, one of my cousin saw what I doing, so he went up to me and say “Let us see your marks!” He push my hands away and tried to see one of the examination papers’ result, and it was 99.. Mm, what can these mean?

Mrs.D November 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Several times in the past few months, I’ve dreamt the letter and numbers A147. (Also A547). The number 47 – for my husband – 47 lifelong lucky number. It has appeared on his items like boyhood football jerseys and later on military items, etc. But I’m the one dreaming these numbers in the context of the grouping above. Thank you. Mrs.D.

S.LK December 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

I dreamt about going to the wrong elevator floor in a hotel. When I got into the elevator I didn’t know which floor to go and I pressed 18th floor then I had a look at my key card and it said room 11something. So basically I was supposed to go to 11th floor but then there’s no 11 on the elevator. Does those numbers in my dream mean something?

d'ann February 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I had a dream that my husband was offered a job in Maryland. The one offering the job was a woman and she handed my husband a piece of paper with the offer on it. It read $22,222,222.00
Then she takes off in a helicopter that landed in our back yard. Before it takes off, my granddad who has been dead several years now, gets off the helicopter and walks to me.
What does this mean? When I look up the number 2, it seems to have conflicting meanings. Should I add the 2′s together to equal 16?

mlennox February 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

1+6=7 7 is spiritual exploration

Gururaj Walvekar May 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

I had a dream of number I don’t quite remember Wht the numbers were but it was some calculations and one more I’m having my mathematical exams now does this relate to that or is it something else.

Tami June 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I had a dream of old movie clip it was 9 then 7. That’s all I see. What does it mean?

Dominika June 22, 2014 at 12:42 am

My 4 year old son had a dream about me – there were seven of me on a wagon.
I recently renewed my interest in yoga, meditation and spirituality on a daily basis.

breona July 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I had a dream I was at a birthday party and instead of the correct birthday number being on the girls balloons the birthday number 186 or 187 was on the balloons….

beth August 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

Hi, I dreamt a number that says 6/20 couple weeks ago. and few days ago I dreamt a number like 45.

beth August 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

Hi, I dreamt a number that says 6/20 couple weeks ago. and few days ago I dreamt a number like 45. The 6/20 numbers appeared in my dream but the reason why I dreamt of it was unknown. I forgot already. With the number 45, I dreamt that I am sleeping at work and I woke up then I saw number 45.

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