Table of Contents – Number 8
- Meaning of Number 8
- Number 8 is a Lucky Number in China
- Number 8 in Astrology and the Tarot
- Number 8 Fun Facts
- The Eighth President
- The 8 Planets
- On the Eighth Day
- The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- Babylon – Eight Gates
- Millennium Goals
- Wicca Festivals
- Sonnet 8 By William Shakespeare
- Number 8 in Buddhism
- Number 8 in Hinduism
- Number 8 in Judaism
- Number 8 in Mythology
Meaning of Number 8
Number 8is the symbol of harmony and balance.
Number 8symbolizes the ability to make decisions.
Number 8 symbolizes abundance and power.
The Pythagoreans called the number eight “Ogdoad” and considered it the “little holy number”.
Number 8 is a Lucky Number in China
Number 8 is a very lucky number in China. In China eight is homonym for prosperity.
When pronounced it sounds much like the word “prosper”.
A double eight, as in 88, is said to bring double joy.
The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in China began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm.
The eighth day of the Chinese New Year is the day for the annual gathering of all the gods in Heaven.
Number 8 in Astrology and the Tarot
Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac. (October 23 – November 22)
Number eight is the number of Saturn. Number eight is lucky for Capricorn.
In theTarot, eight is the card for Justice or Strength.
Strength symbolizes inner strength and determination. Reversed it means lack of confidence.
In some tarot cards the cards Justice and Strength are in opposite positions, making “Justice” card number 8 and “Strength” card number 11.
Number 8 Fun Facts
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
A bronze anniversary celebrates the eighth year.
The Latin word for eight is “octo”.
The amount of clouds in the sky is measured in oktas (from 0 to 8).
Most umbrellas have eight sides.
An octagon is a polygon that has eight sides.
The stop sign has eight sides.
In the world of computers, a byte is eight bits.
The number 8 is the atomic number for oxygen.
Spiders have eight legs.
The octopus has eight arms.
The mathematical symbol for infinity is like an 8 on its side.
There are eight fluid ounces in a cup. There are eight pints in a gallon.
There were eight original reindeers of Santa. Rudolf joined the group later as a result of the song “Rudolf, the red nose reindeer”. The original eight reindeers were:
Dasher – Dancer – Prancer – Vixen – Comet – Cupid – Donner – Blitzen
The Spanish dollar (silver coin) was known as “a piece of eight”, because it was worth eight reales. Reales was the name of the currency in Spain until 1864.
«Behind the eight» or «Behind the eight-ball» is an “English expression implying that one is in an embarrassing situation”, out of luck or in trouble.
The magic eight-ball
is a toy first produced by Mattel in 1950. The user asks a question holding the ball. When the user turns the ball around one of 20 different answers will appear in the window.
The magic eight-ball was invented by Albert C. Carter and is still manufactured to this day.
There were eight people on Noah’s Ark; Noah and his wife, their three sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) and the wives of the sons. Genesis, chapter 7
Austria borders to eight different counties: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungry, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The song “Eight days a week” was a major hit. The Beatles released it in 1964.
The Eighth President
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. 1837 – 1841.
Martin Van Buren was Vice President under Andrew Jackson.
Van Buren was the first president born a citizen of the United States.
English was not his first language.
His family was Dutch.
The 8 Planets
There are eight planets in our Solar System.
It takes eight minutes for the sun’s light to reach the earth.
On the Eighth Day
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8th is “The Feast of the Immaculat Conception” in the Roman Catholic faith.
It is believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was pure and free from sin from the moment she was conceived in her mother’s womb.
Mary was the daughter of Anne and Joachim. The name Anne is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Hannah.
Birthday of the Virgin Mary
The birth of the Virgin Mary is celebrated nine months later on September 8th.
The picture shows Saint Anne, Saint Joachim with their daughter the Virgin Mary.
- March 8, is the International Women’s Day.
- The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated May 8. May 8 was the birthday of Henry Dunant (May 8, 1828 – October 30, 1910) from Switzerland, who was the founder of the Red Cross.
- In Ancient Rome the eighth day was an important day to a newborn child. If the newborn lived to the eighth day the child was worth special attention. On this day the baby was rubbed with salt for protection against evil spirits.
The European Union flag was adopted on December 8, 1955.
Babylon – Eight Gates
There were eight gates surrounding the ancient city of Babylon in Mesopotamia. The eighth gate was named the Gate of Ishtar. Ishtar was the goddess of love and war. Ishtar was the Queen of the Earth and Heaven. She was the morning and evening star.
Ishtar was the equivalent of the Sumerian goddess Inanna. More about Inanna – go to Number 3
The Ishtar gate was twelve meters high and beautifully decorated with glazed brick reliefs. It was extremely impressive.
There is a replica of the gate at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. This model is from the same museum.
There were eight Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. These goals were agreed on by 192 United Nations member states.
|Goal 1||Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.|
|Goal 2||Achieve universal primary education.|
|Goal 3||Promote gender equality and empower women.|
|Goal 4||Reduce child mortality.|
|Goal 5||Improve maternal health.|
|Goal 6||Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.|
|Goal 7||Ensure environmental sustainability.|
|Goal 8||Develop a global partnership for development.|
Eight festivals are observed in the Wicca Wheel of the Year.
|Samhain||Fest of the dead.|
|Imbolc||Brigid’s Day. Goddess becomes Maiden.|
|Ostara||Celebration of fertility. Festival of trees.|
|Beltane||May Day. Marriage of the God and Goddess.|
|Lughnasadh||First harvest. Bread feast. Goddess enters phase as Crone|
|Mabon||Second harvest. Weaver’s festival. Harvest of fruits|
Sonnet 8 By William Shakespeare
Number 8 in Buddhism
The Eightfold Path
The Eightfold Path is also known as “The Middle Way”.
This is the way Buddhist followers go to achieve Nirvana and the end of suffering.
1. Right understanding
2. Right thought
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese Lunar calendar.
Bodhi Day is celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month in the Chinese calendar. In Japan it is always celebrated on December 8th.
This is the day Siddhartha sat down under the Bodhi tree determined to remain there until he had received enlightenment.
The Eight Immortals – Taoist Philosophy
The Eight Immortals were not gods, but had earned eternal life.
They had supernatural powers and mastered magic. They could fly through the air at very high speed. Their mission was to fight evil.
They were happy wine drinkers, Chinese folk religion sometimes refer to them as “The Eight Drunken Immortals”.
Number 8 in Buddhism – Auspicious Symbols
Buddhist missionaries brought these eight auspicious symbols to China.
They are known as the Ashtamangala.
They are often used in art and in the household.
1. Lotus flower
2. Endless knot
3. Golden fish pair
4. Victory banner
5. Wheel of Dharma
6. Treasure vase
8. Conch shell
Number 8 in Hinduism
Compatibility in Marriage
Many Hindus may compare horoscopes to make sure a woman and a man are compatible for marriage.
Marital compatibility is based on eight parameters.
Each of the parameters gives a certain amount of marks, adding up to 36 marks.
If the couple has at least 18 marks, they will be fine and it is safe to get engaged.
|Varna||ego development||1 mark|
|Vashya||mutual attraction||2 marks|
|Tara Din||health and wellbeing||3 marks|
|Yoni||biological compatibility||4 marks|
|Graha Maitri||intellectual and spiritual level||5 marks|
|Bhakut||family welfare||7 marks|
|Nadi||appearance and health||8 marks|
Krishna is considered to be the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Krishna was the eighth son of princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva.
Vasudeva had a cruel brother who ruler the kingdom. His name was King Kansa. There was a prophecy that he would be killed by Vasudeva’s eighth son.
When Krishna was born his parents feared for his life knowing that the King Kansa would have the baby killed.
In order to save his life Krishna was quickly and brought to the couple named Yasoda and Nanda who became his foster parents.
When Krishna became an adult he murdered his evil uncle and the prophecy was fulfilled.
Krishna had eight primary wives. A story of Krishna does tell that he actually had 16108 wives, but only eight of them were his principle wives.
The Star of Lakshmi
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of Wealth
The Star of Lakshmi is the eight pointed star made up of two squares.
The points symbolize the eight kinds of wealth provided by Lakshmi.
She is a much worshiped goddess. The festival of Diwali (also known as the festival of lights is hugely in her honor.
She is the goddess who may bring wealth and prosperity to her followers.
Many say she will only visit homes that are tidy and clean. Equally important is that she will not call on indolent people.
Number 8 in Judaism
– on the eighth day
When Abram was 99 years old, God appeared before him.
He was given the name Abraham and a covenant was made between God and Abraham. This is to be found at Genesis 17:1-14
“Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; ….” Genesis 17:10-12
Also in Leviticus 12:3: “And on the eighth day the flesh on his foreskin shall be circumcised.”
Isaac’s circumcision – Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Jewish religious rite of Brit Milah, commonly known as circumcision, is held on a baby boy’s eighth day of life.
The Festival of the Lights lasts eight days.
This festival is a celebration of the Jewish victory over the first battle for religious liberty and the rededication of the Holy Temple.
It dates back to the Hellenistic period. Antiochus IV had become king over the Hellenistic Syrian Kingdom. He reigned from 175 – 164 B.C.E. Antiochus had orders sent out that every person in his empire was to serve the Grecian gods and become Greek.
In Palestine it became forbidden, under the penalty of death, to practice the Jewish religion. Sadly many became martyrs. The Holy Temple was filled with statues of Greek gods. Pigs were sacrificed to the Greek god Zeus on the altar.
A small Jewish “army” under leadership of Judah Maccabee fought to regain control of the Temple. The Maccabees were successful and cleansed the Temple.
According to the Talmud, the menorah was required to burn throughout the night every night.
They only had enough olive oil for the menorah to burn for one day. Miraculously the oil burned for eight days. This was the exact time it took to prepare new oil for the menorah.
During Hanukkah the eight candles are lit in memory of the menorah in the Temple. The Hanukkah menorah has a place for eight candles.
In addition there is a place for a ninth candle, the shamash (the servant). The shamash is used to light the other candles. One candle is lit each day of the festival, until all eight are burning the last day.
During the Hanukkah the Jewish families sing songs and eat special foods. The food will often be fried in oil, for example latkes (potato pancakes) or sufganiot (doughnuts).
Playing the dreidel is also popular.
Children may receive Hanukkah gelt (money gifts) or other gifts, often one for each evening of the festival.
Hanukkah is a post biblical festival. Work obligations are not cancelled on account of this festival, though often work is reduced.
Hanukkah starts on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar).
The Eight Laws of Charity – The Tzedakah
In Judaism, Tzedakah is the religious requirement of charity regardless of a person’s financial status.
Maimonides has Eight Laws of Giving.
These are listed in the Mishneh Torah.
Moses Maimonides (1138 – 1204) was a major Jewish rabbi, philosopher, doctor, mathematician and astronomer.
|1.||Giving an interest-free loan to a person in need; giving a grant to a person in need.|
|2.||Giving tzedakah anonymously to an unknown beneficiary via a person (or public fund) who/which can be trusted.|
|3.||Giving tzedakah anonymously to a known receiver.|
|4.||Giving tzedakah publicly to an unknown receiver.|
|5.||Giving tzedakah prior to being asked.|
|6.||Giving adequately after being asked.|
|7.||Giving willingly, but insufficiently.|
|8.||Giving “in sadness” – giving because of the distressing feelings one gets seeing somebody in need.|
Number 8 in Mythology
Sleipnir was the eight-legged horse in Norse mythology.
Sleipnir belonged to Odin, the chief of gods in Norse mythology.
This horse was magical and could easily gallop on land, water and through air.
Rings of Gold
– Norse mythology
Odin, the chief god received eight new rings made of gold every ninth day.
These eight rings dropped from a magical ring also made of gold.
The original gold ring was named Daupnir. It was a gift from the two dwarfs named Brokk and Sindri.
The Eight-Pointed Star
The eight-pointed star was a symbol of the goddess Ishtar of Babylonia.
The Sumerians called the goddess Inanna. Ishtar/Inanna was the goddess of love and war.
She was the morning and evening star. The goddess was the creator of wisdom.
Ishtar/Inanna was the Queen of the Earth and Heaven.
The infinity symbol, a figure eight on its side, variously signifies the concept of limitlessness or eternity, especially as used notationally in mathematics and metaphorically with respect to love.What Greek god is associated with the number 8? ›
Gods and goddesses associated with the number 8 include: Mercury, the Roman Messenger God; Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother; and Hera, the Greek Queen of Heaven.What does 8 mean in mythology? ›
In the Middle Ages, 8 was the number of "unmoving" stars in the sky, and symbolized the perfection of incoming planetary energy.What is special about number 8? ›
The number 8 is considered the luckiest of numbers in China and they believe the more 8's the better. The Cantonese word for eight, which is pronounced “ba”, sounds similar to the word which means “prosper” or “wealth”. In regional dialects the words for “eight” and “fortune” are also similar.What does the number 8 mean in Egyptian? ›
The Number Eight Symbolizes Perfection: And Its Figure, 8 Or ∞ Indicates The Perpetual And Regular Course Of The Universe. It Was A Symbol Of The Primeval Law W… | Ouroboros tattoo, Egyptian symbols, Snake mythology.Is 8 a magic number? ›
The seven most widely recognized magic numbers as of 2019 are 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and 126 (sequence A018226 in the OEIS).What is the energy of the number 8? ›
8 is both spiritual and materialistic. It resembles the symbol of infinity and deals with the recycling travel path of energy. The Number 8 resonates with authority, self-confidence, inner-strength, inner wisdom, social status, ego and at the same time has to love for humanity and a desire for peace.What power does number 8 have? ›
The power and strength associated with number 8 are said to be feminine energy which can give you the strength to achieve your life's goals. This energy is not easy to harness because anger can also manifest itself in 8s.What is the meaning of 8 in love? ›
Angel number 8 means that you have found your twin flame, so hold on tight because it's going to be a great ride. You're going to love the person you've found, and they're going to be everything you ever wanted in a partner.What does the number 8 mean in Judaism? ›
According to the Zohar, the number eight signifies new beginnings because the eighth day was the first day after creation when God returned to work; the week began again.
“Eight” is a lucky number⠀
8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture because his pronunciation “Ba” sounds similar to the word “fa”, which means to make fortune. The number 8 is associated with wealth, prosperity, success and status and for this reason business men favor it very much.
Karmic Lesson Number 8
This stems from a know-it-all attitude and stubborn behavior that prevents you from knowing your limits. Your desire to succeed can cause you to accept too much risk (and leave too little time to nurture important relationships). Balance is key to overcoming the deficit a missing 8 can bring.
Eights are defined by their desire to be powerful and to avoid any vulnerability. They present a confident, assertive, and decisive image to others. Eights can be argumentative and intimidating; it is important to them to stand up for what they believe in and to protect those who are weaker than themselves.What color is associated with the number 8? ›
Number 8 is governed by the Planet Saturn and should use the colour Dark Blue or Black for the luck.What rules the number 8? ›
Ruling Number 8. This number is governed by the Planet Saturn, which means that you possess a keen sense of discipline, steadfastness, constancy and dutifulness.What is the number of Osiris? ›
Digit-reassembly numbers, or Osiris numbers, are numbers that are equal to the sum of permutations of sub-samples of their own digits (compare the dismemberment and reconstruction of the god Osiris in Egyptian mythology). For example, 132 = 12 + 21 + 13 + 31 + 23 + 32.What is the luckiest number in ancient Egypt? ›
The ancient Egyptians revered 7 as a lucky number, because it was the number of planets they could see in the sky. We know that the heavens played a big role in Egyptian life, and the significance of the 7 planets expressed itself in other important parts of their culture.Is 8 a good number in numerology? ›
Ruled by the planet Saturn, the number 8 is the most influential number in numerology and holds great importance.Is the number 8 perfect? ›
a.) The factors of 8 (excluding the number 8) = 1, 2, 4. Their sum is 1 + 2 + 4 = 7. Therefore, 8 is not a perfect number.What is the most magical number? ›
Those three digits, as it turns out, have long been the rare object of fascination that bridges the gulf between science and mysticism. "137 continues to fire the imagination of everyone from scientists and mystics to occultists and people from the far-flung edges of society," Arthur I.
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Marriage prediction for people born on number 8:
Number 8 people have strong character, yet they are emotional in their relationships. They are most loyal among all the numbers and follow their partners. They are misunderstood a lot of times and hence often suffer in a relationship.
If your Soul Urge is 8, you want success in its fullest meaning. You want wealth, power, and material comforts. You have an enormous ambition. You dream of big projects, great undertakings, and rewards.What is the meaning of number 8 in a dream? ›
Eight can symbolize both awakenings and deeper levels of activating power. To see the number 8 written out can be showing you that two things are connected and you might explore how they are inter-related. The eighth floor can symbolize arrival and a sense of accomplishment.What Hebrew letter is 8? ›
In gematria, Ḥet represents the number eight. In chat rooms, online forums, and social networking the letter Ḥet repeated (חחחחחחחחחח) denotes laughter, just as in English, in the saying 'Haha'.What does Triple 8 mean in the Bible? ›
In some Christian numerology, the number 888 represents Jesus, or sometimes more specifically Christ the Redeemer. This representation may be justified either through gematria, by counting the letter values of the Greek transliteration of Jesus' name, or as an opposing value to 666, the number of the beast.What is the luckiest number in the universe? ›
Seven was the most popular choice for both men and women. The survey revealed some other findings, too.Why is 8 lucky in Japan? ›
Although slightly less well-known, eight is also a lucky number. This is due to its shape – 八. Called suehirogari (末広がり), it's lucky because it widens at the bottom which reminds one of prosperity and growth. Japanese people tend to be quite superstitious and this is why lucky and unlucky numbers are important.Is 8 the number of money? ›
The number 8 is the one that symbolizes big bucks but it can also symbolize extreme losses. It is the number that means “you have to spend money to make money.” Very often 8's are plagued with expenses to do with maintaining an expensive lifestyle.Who should number 8 marry? ›
Compatibility of Number 8 with otherNumbers
If possible, these numbers should avoid any relationship. 2 Number 8 and Number 2 are friends of each other. They are attracted to each other and can have a good relationship. 3 Number 8 and Number 3 are good Numbers for friendship, business relationships and marriage.
They are attracted to people who seem to their lives together, someone who isn't all over the place and unsure of their choice. A sense of confidence is very attractive to Eights, as they need someone who makes decisions without floundering and doubting themselves.Are 8s protective? ›
The most basic desire of the Enneagram Type 8 is to protect themselves and remain in control of their own lives. They seek to defend themselves and others from injustice. Eights often tend to advocate for the underdog, as they work to protect those they feel are unable to protect themselves.Is number 8 unlucky in numerology? ›
Eight in numerology
"Eight represents Saturn or Shani. Hence, it is linked with misery and gloominess. Eight has always been misunderstood and is generally associated with bad luck," he explains.
8 is Mocha. If your haircolor is a level 5 haircolor with a tone of . 1, you have cool light brown hair, while a level 8 haircolor with a tone of .What numbers are important in Greek mythology? ›
The Pythagoreans saw the number one as the primordial unity from which all else is created. Two was the symbol for the female, three for the male and therefore five (two + three) symbolized marriage. The number four was symbolic of harmony, because two is even, so four (two times two) is "evenly even".What was considered the Greek magic number? ›
The ancient Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, postulated that the meaning behind numbers was deeply significant. In their eyes the number 3 was considered as the perfect number, the number of harmony, wisdom and understanding.What number is associated with goddess? ›
In the earliest records from Neolithic times, we see goddess figures associated with the number thirteen.