Meaning of Number 8
Eight is the symbol of harmony and balance.
Eight symbolizes abundance and power.
The Pythagoreans called the number eight “Ogdoad” and considered it the “little holy number”.
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 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.
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).
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.
There are eight fluid ounces in a cup. There are eight pints in a gallon.
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 song “Eight days a week” was a major hit. The Beatles released it in 1964.
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
There are eight planets in our Solar System.
It takes eight minutes for the sun’s light to reach the earth.
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.
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
On the Eighth Day
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
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.
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 in mythology
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 are 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.|
Austria borders to eight different counties: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungry, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
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|