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ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN…
By Diane A.S Stuckart

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Even the most casual history buff will recognize this phrase from 1918. That’s the point in time when the Armistice between the Allied forces and Germany officially took effect. The agreement marked the end to fighting in World War I, though it wasn’t until months later that the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the war. The historic day is celebrated annually and is now known in the US as Veteran’s Day. Unlike Memorial Day, the holiday honors veterans both living and dead.

(A side note: My grandpa, Frank Smart, fought overseas in that war. He sent the embroidered “Souvenir of France” postcard in the photo to my Grandma Smart when she was still “Miss Anna Askren”.)

But while I respect the incredible importance of this day—a sincere thank you to all you veterans for your service—the writer in me has always been more intrigued by the story behind the whole 11/11 thing. Who chose that day and time, and why? Why not go with 10-11-12…the tenth hour, eleventh month, twelfth day? Did the men who brokered this armistice fight over when it should officially happen, or did they all agree that 11/11 seemed a lucky date? I couldn’t find that answer online, so if you know, please post the answer in the comments.

I was, however, able to find plenty of info about the whole “eleven” concept. According to a 2018 article published at Cecelia’s Psychics, numerology holds that “the number 11 is a master number and represents inspiration, illumination, and spiritual enlightenment.” Cecelia also claims that the number 11 (or 11 11) variously signifies awareness, connection to the angelic realm, and new beginnings. More specifically with the latter, she says that “11:11 is a number activation sequence.” Which might be why we get all excited any time we happen to look over at a clock at the exact minute when the numbers read 11:11.

Perhaps some of the signers of the Armistice were numerology buffs and felt the 11 11 11 combination boded well for peace to be maintained. Or maybe, aware of the significance of what was to happen, they simply opted for a date, time, and hour that rolled off the tongue and would look good in history books.
Or possibly the explanation is even more basic.

I think that in this chaotic world the order and simplicity of numbers has a huge appeal. Numbers are unchanging and, thus, are an ideal way of making sense of things. Even those of us who are mathematically challenged still cling to numbers when we need to set boundaries and parameters. And I know I’m not the only one to take a picture of my car’s odometer when it rolls over to an even number! The right numbers provide a sense of completion and satisfaction, which is what the eleventh hour, eleventh day, eleventh month sequence gives us. Too bad the peace didn’t hold forever…but we do keep trying.

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Comments

  1. Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

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  2. I love numbers. And I’ll bet there was special significance to that date selection way back when. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to look back in time and get the real answer?

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      Terry, I looked but I can’t find a thing. Need a WWI buff to solve the mystery for us!

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  4. Numbers are just numbers to me. I don’t have a mathematical brain so any subtle meanings are lost on me.

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      I don’t have a math brain, either, but I can get really obsessed with counting and recounting things (must be the vampire in me!).

  5. I can’t say that I’ve ever really been fascinated by synchronicity in numbers, but I do like symmetry. It’s possible that 11-11-11 was agreed upon because we weren’t too far removed from the Victorian era. During that period, people had a huge fascination with seances, phrenology, numerology, and the like. Much of that fascination carried over well into the twentieth century.

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      Interesting, Lois. I hadn’t thought about it like that but Harry Houdini was still investigating bogus psychics up until his death in 1926 (and died on Halloween!) so that makes sense.

  6. Great article, Diane. I too have dipped my hand (so to speak) in numerology. As far as the numbers go, 11 is one of 3 master numbers. (11/22/33) individually, each is significant .

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      Thanks, David. Wouldn’t you like to be the kid born on 11/22/33! No excuses for people forgetting your birthday.

  7. Numbers are great –fun blog, Diane.

  8. Maggie Toussaint says

    I’m not a big history buff, unless you count Greek and Roman Mythology, but I love that phrase about the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It has staying power with me and I’m watching the clock now on 11/11, waiting for 11 am and whatever comes my way! I hadn’t heard the phrase “It’s 11:11, make a wish” until my kids came home with it from their friends. It was something else that stuck with me over the years. Now I watch the clock for that time and send out a prayer for all my loved ones. I am thinking to add the 11:11 symbology to my work in progress as a matter of fact. Love the post, Diane!

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      Thanks, Maggie, glad you liked. It will be interesting to see what you do with 11:11 in your story. And I love that you personally use it as a mindfulness trigger.

  9. cherylhollon says

    I love synchronicity in numbers. I don’t take a picture of my odometer, but I frequently look for patterns and rollover milestones. Thanks for an interesting read.

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      Glad you enjoyed it, Cheryl. LOL, don’t you hate it when a big rollover is coming and you get distracted by pesky old driving and miss it!

  10. Yes, I believe in the synchronicity in numbers!
    Not just 11/11 but 2/22/22 next year which is just one day before my birthday.

    • Diane A.S. Stuckart/Anna Gerard says

      Ooo, that’s going to be a cool day! Ha, too bad you couldn’t wait one more day to leap out into the world. 🙂

  11. debbiejpruss says

    I look at numbers as just being numbers. Thank you for the opportunity.