Number 8 is the number of cosmic balance. There are eight carriers of the heavenly thrones. It symbolizes octagon, polygon with eight sides, the geometric figure that mediates between square and circle, between Earth and Heaven. In the Pythagorean theories, this number is the sign of justice and balance. In Christianity, number eight symbolizes resurrection of Jesus Christ. After six days of creation and one day of rest comes the eighth day. There are seven parts in the Old Testament and the eighth part is in the New Testament, symbolizing the new beginning. The eighth day represents the periodic revival and change.
These people are unusual, calm, untied, relaxed, pensive, easygoing, resilient, flexible, competitive, imaginative, flirtatious, helpful and carefree.
If they go through negative experiences in life, they may become uninterested, unwilling, dependent, unfocused, shy, gossipy, solitary, thoughtful, arrogant, aggressive, dawdling, dispirited, critical, deceitful, self-pitying and promiscuous.
The number 8 is generally considered to be an auspicious number by numerologists. The square of any odd number, less one, is always a multiple of 8 (for example, 9 − 1 = 8, 25 − 1 = 8 × 3, 49 − 1 = 8 × 6), a fact that can be proved mathematically. In Babylonian myth there were seven spheres plus an eighth realm, the fixed stars, where the gods lived. As a result, 8 is often associated with paradise. Muslims believe that there are seven hell’s but eight paradises, signifying God’s mercy. In Buddhism 8 is a lucky number, possibly because of the eight petals of the lotus, a plant associated with luck in India and a favorite Buddhist symbol.
Number 8 is the symbol of harmony and balance.
Number 8 symbolizes the ability to make decisions.
Number 8 symbolizes abundance and power.
The Pythagorean’s 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.
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 the Tarot, 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.
The number Eight (8) represents the mastery over one’s self through the sacrifice of contraction and expansion. This is the journey of holding and funneling what has desire to reach beyond itself and the ultimate need for release into a state of expansive formlessness. This is the point of sacrifice of what one has gathered to oneself through experience and seeking and trusting that it will become the container that provides structure for further expansion. This is the number that is the doubling of the stability and foundation expressed by the number four. It is the mirroring of two bases of four sides that reflect back to one another in perfect symmetry. And, when these two platforms of stability reflected as above, so below, unite the cube of creation is enabled.
The planetary energy of the number eight is Saturn. Saturn is the Lord of Time and the energy of structure as held by the Gates of Time. Another of Saturn’s function is that of contraction, and linear time is one of the greatest restrictors of natural flow. The Roman god Saturn is strongly influenced by the Greek God, Cronus. The word Cronus is related to “chronos” which means time. Saturn, astrologically, is the “Keeper of Time”, and brings maturity, wisdom, and simplicity to people over time. It is human nature to be impatient and aware of time in a way that is not always productive. Developing “patience” in these matters opens an awareness of the infinite nature of things. It is with great patience and care that a mother nurtures and teaches her young, with the hopes that as time passes they will heed the lessons well and move forward through time in health, joy and growth.
Astrology: The House of Transformation and Endings – Death and Rebirth
The Eighth House is concerned with what lay hidden in the shadows of the subconscious that we are fearful to bring into the Light. This is also the space where the greatest transformation takes place once we allow the process of death to allow the necessary release of what we hold on to that keeps us from growth. The ruling astrological sign is that of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of extremes and if we consider the cyclical nature of the number eight, the dynamics of Scorpio’s intensity runs the gamut from the deep subconscious of the Scorpion to the lofty heights of the renewed and reborn Phoenix.
Tarot Key VIII – Strength represents the eternal nature of conquering what could otherwise overpower our more civilized nature. The number eight and the image of the lemniscate over the head of the feminine principle gives indication of the timelessness of this pursuit. Most spiritual practices work to develop the refined nature of humanity and often this work includes facing those aspects of ourselves which would be considered more primal, fierce and baser in nature. The energy of this key lies in the ability to tame through gentle action what remains part of our baser nature. There is great strength in knowing when the fiercer aspects of ourselves justifiably will serve a better purpose, but we cannot effectively control those appetites if we have not first acknowledged and embraced them.
Kabbalah: Hod – Glory
The sphere of Hod is one of Pure Reason and Logic that has not yet been refined and balanced by heart and emotion. Its function is to make Order of the Universe through objective reasoning and higher thought. Within its rationale and reasoning are the tools that may be used in discovering the deeper mystery contained within information. It is through the crystal clarity of pristine thinking that enables a better and more efficient means of communicating what knowledge has been extracted.
The number 8 is perhaps the most misunderstood of all single-digit numbers, as novices and professionals alike always seem to hammer on the “money and power” image of the 8. More often than not, when a client requests a name change consultation, it means he or she wants to add 8s to his or her chart in the mistaken belief that it will bring money and power.
It is true that the number 8, more than any other number, puts the emphasis in the areas of career, business, finances and authority. However, as with many other single-digit numbers, the shape of the number reflects its most important attribute, and in the case of the number 8, that is, first and foremost, balance. The 8 is the great Karmic equalizer, a force that just as easily creates as it destroys. When the 8 comes knocking, you can be assured that you will reap what you’ve sown.
The 8 balances the material and immaterial worlds. At its best, it is as spiritual as it is materialistic. The spiritual side of the 8 is practical, realistic and intelligent. It knows the difference between make-believe and genuine spiritual realizations. On the material plane, it is focused on results, often in the form of money, yet does not care much about money for the sake of money. It is not greedy, it sees money as a tool, not an end-result. It is generous and willing to take risks. People with strong 8 in their charts often make and lose fortunes a couple of times during their life. They never consider bankruptcy a reason to slow down or feel sorry, but, rather, come out stronger and more success-oriented than before.
Some of the more recognizable traits of the 8 are drive, ambition, authority, efficiency, organization, management, discipline and control. The 8 is goal-oriented, focused, has good judgment, can discriminate and is practical, a realist. Its closest relative is the 1 as both numbers are powerful, have strong leadership skills, are unquestionably masculine and will not shy away from a confrontation. However, where the 1 lacks diplomatic skills and an understanding of human nature — more typically the traits of the 2 — the 8 has those abilities as well, which is perhaps the most important reason the 8 tends to do well in business and in authority roles (the military and law enforcement draw a lot of 8).
When the 8 appears in your personality profile chart, it indicates the presence of the character traits mentioned earlier, as well as the potential to be very successful and prosperous — hence the reason so many people like to manipulate their charts to add one or more 8. However, the energy of the 8 needs to be supported by other numbers in order to flourish, such as the 4 to help you keep an eye on the all-important details, and the 9 to keep you in touch with your humanity. So be careful what you ask for. If you decide to change your name to add one or more 8 to your chart, and the rest of your chart does not support this strong force, you may come to inherit more of its negative powers like frustration, dissatisfaction, anger, aggression, greed, intolerance, hate and insomnia. A higher-than-average percentage of 8 find their way into the top echelons of society, but you will also find a disproportionate number of 8 among the homeless.
If the 8 appears in your cycles, especially your Essence cycle, there is an increase in energy and focus, a sense of “can do,” and enhanced self-confidence. The shape of the 8 shows balance, but it also shows confidence, as it looks you right in the eye. A positive 8 is honest to a fault, generous and forgiving. They are physically imposing and often athletic, especially good in sports requiring strength and endurance. They are not particularly romantic, as they prefer a practical and straight-forward approach, but they are loving and more than carry their weight.
As with all single-digit numbers, the 8 has a positive and a negative side. However, one of the mysteries of Numerology is that there is a small number of people who, from an early age on and for no discernible reason, seem to turn the exact opposite direction of what their charts indicate. The key word here is “seem.” This phenomena is found with all numbers, but appears to affect 8 more than others. There are quite a few people whose charts are dominated with 8 who become priests, missionaries, humanitarians and so forth, but those sacrificing and loving souls do still tend to be good at fundraising, money management and authority.
Positive Characteristics: 8 are authoritative, business-minded leaders. They value control and tend to be powerful, but are also balanced, materially detached, successful and realistic. They end up in management positions, are efficient, capable, street-smart and good judges of character.
Negative Characteristics: The dark side of the 8 can be cruel, insensitive, violent, bullish or greedy. At their worst, 8 can become intolerant religious zealots.
Associated in Astrology with: Leo
Associated in Tarot with: Strength
Life Lesson Number 8: If this is your life lesson, you’re here to use your considerable personal power to achieve high aims. This is the number of ambition and achievement. Your goal is to learn how to work and how to manifest abundance. You’re also good at helping others to realize their potential. You lead by example, and learn this lifetime above all how to achieve success. You’re a natural authoritarian, and must learn how to use money or material goods to further your aims. A challenge for you is learning how to create material abundance without losing sight of what is really lasting or important. You have great pride and strong ambition. Honor, dignity and reputation are important to you, and you’re generally competitive. Eights are natural celebrities or politicians, athletes or business giants.