The Number Eight-Prosperity and Perfection

Numerology: The meaning behind the number eight

Have you ever looked at the number eight and realized that it is the symbol of infinity? Today, looking at the number of hubs I have to write in order to reach my goal of 100, I began to connect the dots of a number thread: I was eight hubs short of making the 30 in the April Hubchallenge. I had eight more hubs to write to reach my goal. My deadline is May 8th, 2011. The Dharma bell rang out-eight times to be exact; I had my next hub idea.

I have always had a strong connection both with the number eight and nine. I’m not sure why but, it has nothing to do with my birthday, which is a five. For some reason I have always felt eight was a ‘lucky’ number for me and I would be happy whenever it came up.

Here are a few things about the number eight that make it special:

Lucky Number 8

Lucky(?)  Eight Ball
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What does the number eight symbolize in: Math and Science

Math: An octagon is a polygon with eight sides. It is also a power of two. Place that figure eight on its side and it is the symbol for infinity. What does an eight comprise of-two perfect circles.

Chemistry: Breathe deeply, and relax . Oxygen is the eighth element in our periodic table. Oxygen, that wonderful, odorless element we fill our lungs with every moment that we are alive is actually pale blue in color. Without it our lives end-it is that simple. Both Carl Wilhelm Scheele of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1773 and Joseph Priestly, of Wiltshire, England in 1774 are recognized for independently discovering oxygen. However, it is Priestly who is credited for bringing the information to the public because his work was published first.

Astronomy: Neptune is our eighth planet in our solar system. Named after the Roman god of the sea, it is our fourth largest planet in diameter and third by mass. Neptune was discovered in the mid 19th century and has 13 moons in its orbit.

Life Science: Spiders, scorpions and other arachnids have eight legs.

What Chinese culture thinks about the number 8:

The Chinese culture considers the number 8 a lucky number that is representative of prosperity.

In fact, in the 2008 Olympic Games hosted in China, the starting date and time was: 08/08/08 at 08:08/08 p.m.

Octomom: Nadya Suleman, ‘Octomom’, gave birth to octuplets January 2009.

The significance of the number eight in religious circles

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and eight nights through the lighting of the menorah. Brit milah, ( the covenant of circumcision), is performed by a mohel -someone trained in circumcision eight days following birth. While there are other religions and cultural traditions that circumcise males at birth or adolescence, it is the tradition of Jewish law.

Christians view the number eight as a symbol of the cosmic Christ. Divinity is represented as the number one; soul is represented as the number three; the body is represented as the number four; and the sum of all equals the number eight. It is considered a new beginning, resurrection. God rested on the 7th day of creation and on the 8th day a new week began. Eight people were saved from the floods that covered the world-Noah being the 8th one. There are eight Beatitudes that were given on the Sermon on the Mount according to the Gospel of St. Matthew.

Buddhists follow the Eight Fold Path as a way to end suffering. This is represented by the eight spokes of the Wheel of the Law, the DharmaChakra. The eight virtues are: Right View; Right Intention; Right Speech; Right Action; Right Livelihood; Right Effort; Right Mindfulness; Right Concentration.

Durga, one of the many deities of Hinduism, is depicted at times with eight arms. They are representations of health, education, welfare, organization, unity, fame, courage and truth. She is the Mother Goddess and is often seen riding a lion. Durga’s purpose is to destroy man’s egoic traits such as selfishness and hatred.

The Eighth Chakra: The Seat of the Soul

The word chakra is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’ and it refers to the wheels of conscious energy that is within the body and above the head.  The number of chakras is debatable.  By all mainstream standards there are seven chakras.  Some sources say there are up to 12 chakras.  However, other sources feel that there are only eight chakras and number eight is the ‘seat of the soul’, located above the heart chakra.  Opening the chakras through meditation, chanting, yoga and body work, is useful for physical and emotional health.

How the number 8 affects: Law and Marriage

Law: In Judaism and Christianity God’s laws are spelled out in the Ten Commandments as given to Moses. The eighth commandment is ‘you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor’. It forbids lying, misrepresenting, or denying the truth about another.

The United States Bill of Rights Eighth Amendment forbids the government of excessive bail, fines, or cruel and unusual punishment.

Marriage: The late Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times.

The traditional gift for the eighth anniversary of marriage is: bronze or pottery. The modern gift is: linen or lace.

Game and movie titles with the number 8

Recreationally, the card game: Crazy Eights and billiards, which uses a black ‘eight’ ball, come to my mind. The saying, “behind the eight ball” refers to someone who has insurmountable obstacles that block him; or a person so far behind schedule she will never catch up.

Movies with the number eight highlighted include:

1. 8 Crazy Nights

2. Butterfield Eight

3. 8 Mile

4. 8 Seconds

5. Eight Below

6. Eight Men Out

7. Hard Eight

8. 8 Women

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Kelly Camara 5 years ago from Fall River, MA

This is fascinating! Totally enjoyed my read...thanks for this hub!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Interesting facts about the number 8. Voted up and useful


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

So very true - in fact I was in Beijing right before the Olympics - and our tour guide made sure we understood the number 8. As a feng-shui lover we are also in the 20 year cycle of the number 8.

I've written hubs about China - one about why the number 8 is lucky, and my visit to the Great Wall where the number was discussed. Hope you get a moment to look and see.

Great movie list too. Rated up! Yay!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kelly-thanks for visiting the site and commenting. Glad you enjoyed it.

Hi Sister. Thanks for reading. :)

BK-I did read your hub-it came up as a 'related' when I posted mine. Thanks for reading-I left a comment on yours. That must have been awesome to be in China.


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telltale 5 years ago

Being a Chinese, I am fully aware of the number "8", as I am always reminded of it. Eight means prosperity or "Fatt" as what the Cantonese relate it to "wealth". It is true that in Feng Shui, "8" is current period of 20 years which will end in Feb 3, 2024 in "Flying Stars".

You have just expanded it to include so many more things on the number "8". Thanks for the rest of the info.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello telltale-thank you so much for sharing a little more of your culture. Thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very interesting, Info. i was unfamiliar with. I've always felt that my lucky number is five, i really don't know why. Thank you.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I love the way you wove culture and historical facts into this hub. Good luck on reaching the 100 hub goal. I see you've been picking up lots of followers along the way.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Ruby-I used to read about the significance of numbers, (numerology) when I was a young girl. Now, I just jump over to it for 'special occasions', LOL like needing info for this hub. Google: the number five for info about your 'lucky' number. It's pretty interesting.

Gail-how are you? I think of you often. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)


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shogan 5 years ago from New England

I thought I remembered the number 8 to be unlucky in numerology? I'm more than willing to be wrong, of course. My memory is lousy on a good day. :)

Hey, for television, you could include Eight is Enough.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi shogan. In my PERSONAL experience, eight has been my number-lucky or not, it has come up favorably for me at least eight times. The Chinese culture consider it 'lucky' and a number signifying prosperity. Of course, each one of us has our own personal feelings and experiences about that.

As for the 8 is enough--there were many other facts I could have put in here, in particular, the musical facts: Octave, and the many words using 'oct' such as Octupus...it was long enough. :) I focused on the movies rather than the tv shows b/c I could come up with 8 movie titles, but aside from '8 is enough'and the late: 'Jon and Kate make 8' I didn't really have any examples. Thanks for reading and commenting and WATCH OUT for those 'unlucky' eights! LOL


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Ashantina 5 years ago

So many interesting facts here Denise!

Numbers/numerology is so much more than people are aware of....

Up.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Ahantina-I agree. It is a fascinating subject, to be sure. Take care and enjoy your w/e :)


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JMAW 5 years ago from Hawaii

I have a strong connection to 8, 9, and 11. I love how you approached this and put together different elements, as though tapping into different energies of yourself and allowing them to be expressed in this writing. Awesome!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi J-thanks for reading this. Yes, it is interesting to pull it all together. The first 'number' hub I wrote was when I reached '13' and it was so fun to bring it all together. The eight and nine are both 'strong' numbers for me. Thanks for our comments.


Shell 4 years ago

I am the eighth child out of twelve children. I had a dream that I was standing in the middle of the ocean. Water was all my eyes could see.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Shell-thanks for reading and commenting. I love dream work. I'm curious as to what happened next in your dream. It sounds like a 'rebirth' or 'renewal' dream. Very cool.


VALERIE JONES 4 years ago

I PUT A NUMBER 8 IN MY WALLET BEFORE ENTERING A CASINO. TO MY AMAZEMENT, I HIT THE JACKPOT. NO KIDDING!!!!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Valerie-What a great story of your experience you've shared. Thanks! LOL I love it! Eight has always been a 'lucky' number for me. I'm glad you found it to be the same for you. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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