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If you clicked on this article, this is your sign to start looking for more signs in your life. 

Growing up, my mom was always noticing signs around her. One of my favourite signs to look out for when I was a kid was a bumblebee. My mom would say that a bumblebee was her grandma watching over her. So every once in a while, a bumblebee would fly around our backyard barbeque or around the front porch during the summer. Bumblebees are now a sign for my grandpa and great grandparents that have passed away. 

Each person that I lose in my life, I dedicate a symbol to. Maybe this is my way to cope with my grief, but I think it’s also a beautiful way to stay connected with my loved ones. For example, my friend Alex, who passed away in 2017, sends me dimes and butterflies. So every time I see a dime in an odd place, I think of her. When I come across a sign, I always take a moment to thank the person for the sign and I stop to think about my actions. Was this sign gifted to me for a reason? Am I doing the right thing? Or is this just a friendly ‘I’m thinking of you and I’m proud of you’ moment? Signs always mean something, but it’s up to us to determine what they mean. 

Signs don’t always have to be from a loved one that has passed away, they can be anywhere! Some of you reading this might always see a certain number. You might see this number on a license plate, phone number, or a clock. I’m here to tell you that these signs are commonly known as angels numbers. Angel numbers are signs from your vibrational energy. I’m no expert on angel numbers, but from what I have experienced, these signs are a way that your body and mind are telling you you’re on the right track. So the next time you see repeated numbers like 11:11, 222 or 444, just know that you’re meant to be exactly where you’re supposed to be. 


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How to assign a sign to someone

Losing a loved one is never easy. I personally love getting signs from people who have passed away because it’s a form of communication; a way to let me know I’m being looked out for. Sometimes I like to assign signs based on that person’s interests. For example, my friend, Brianna, who passed away in 2018, loved sunflowers. So now when I see sunflowers, I not only think of her but take a moment to take a deep breath and thank her for the sign. 

Another way to find the perfect symbol for your loved one is to wait and see if you keep seeing recurring signs, symbols or patterns. Sometimes signs will appear without you assigning one. Seeing a dime is a perfect example of this because Alex never had an interest in dimes, but her basketball jersey number was #10; therefore dimes are Alex’s sign for me. 

Why do I keep seeing the same signs and numbers?

As I mentioned earlier, angel numbers are signs that you’re on the right track. My angel number is 11:11 or 1111, and I see these numbers a lot when I am stressed or tense. When I see these numbers, I close my eyes, take a breath and think to myself, ‘you are meant to be here and you are doing well’. 

Sometimes in the movies, the main character will look up at the sky and scream, “SHOW ME A SIGN!” 9 out of 10 times, the main character gets the sign they need and then ends up happily ever after. This might not always be the case for every scenario in real life, but if you listen to recurring signs you will be able to make the right decision at that moment. Listening to your intuition is something that takes a lot of practice and won’t come easy to everyone. My best advice is to just keep an open mind and look for signs throughout the day; they will be there when you need it.

What if I don’t receive any signs?

When I first was experiencing my grief with Alex and Brianna, I never saw signs. I was so upset seeing my other friends get these weird signs and recurring numbers, and I sat back and prayed for anything. After another friend visited a medium, the medium explained that sometimes people don’t receive signs when they don’t need them. At that time in my life, signs weren’t being presented to me because other people needed them more; my signs were being saved for a time when I really needed them. A couple of months went by and I started to see dimes in odd places and I would see butterflies when I was upset or overwhelmed. 


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My advice is that signs will appear if you manifest and have patience. If you don’t receive signs, just know that your loved one might be looking over someone else at that moment. Trust the process, because your signs will come and when they come you will find the answers you need. 

Signs from above are a beautiful way to reconnect with a loved one or find the answers you are looking for. Ever since I realized that if I open my mind and embrace these signs, I have been more at peace with my choices. Signs are like a mini surprise in my day and I hope I keep receiving them. Readers, I wish you peace and happiness when looking and receiving signs, you are strong and you are meant to be where you are right now.

Kirsten Howard

Queen's U '21

Kirsten Howard is a third year Gender Studies student at Queen's University.
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