Spiritual Meaning of Number 8

  • Principle: Ogdoad
  • Meaning: Physical world, karma, willpower
  • Element: Water
  • Color: Black, Purple
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Astrological House: Eighth house (Scorpio)
  • Tarot card: The Strength
  • Letters: H, Q, Z

Numerology is the language of the universe. Numbers are not literally numbers but representations of underlying universal laws that govern the universe. Man can never break the divine laws because the rules and orders of the cosmos will never change.

Behind every number are energy, frequency, and vibration. Behind the exoteric understanding of number 8 is the esoteric meaning of number 8. In the outer form, you can see number 8 is manifested differently in various subjects such as planet Saturn in astrology, the Strength in tarot, the Ogdoad, etc.

However, in the inner essence, there is only one spiritual meaning of number 8 because “the clothes may vary but the person is the same.”

In spirituality, number 8 represents willpower, physical manifestation, and eternity. Eight is the spiritual law of karma, meaning you shall reap what you sow. Those born under number 8 energy are spiritually gifted to be financiers, judges, and executive officers.

It is important to know WHY number 8 vibration contains such characteristics. In this post, I will explain to you the spiritual characteristics of number 8 based on the “esoteric” laws of the universe.

Table of contents:

  1. Spiritual Principle of Number 8 – Heptad
  2. Number 8 in Astrology
  3. Number 8 Tarot Card
  4. Personality of Number 8
  5. Number 8 Impact on Society
  6. Spiritual Significance of Number 8
  7. Interesting Math Facts about Number 8

1. Spiritual Principle of Number 8 – Ogdoad

Ogdoad is any set of 8. Its symbolic representation is a cube, which signifies the physical body – the temple which is not built by hands.

Ogdoad energy is similar to the tetrad‘s energy except the Ogdoad expresses itself in a 3-dimensional world. A cube is a square solidified, symbolizing a square manifesting its form on the physical plane.

When we open the cube, we get the symbol of a cross, which is exactly the cross that Jesus Christ sacrificed his life upon.

Number 8's spirual symbols are the cube and the cross.
An opened cube is a cross

Esoterically, your animal self, ego, and worldly desire must be “crossed out” before the resurrection of the spiritual essence inside your body. When our chakras are unactivated, we call them “the dead”. Thus, when we awaken these subtle centers, the scriptures refer to this action as “raising the dead”.

That is, the story of Moses raising the serpent in the desert metaphorically represents the raising of Kundalini serpents from the base of your spine to the top of your head, opening each chakra they encounter. In Egypt, this ecstasy is embedded in the Caduceus Wand symbol.

Caduceus Wand
Caduceus Wand

Number 8 is the only number from 1 to 9 that we can write endlessly without lifting up our hands. Thus, the spiritual meaning of number 8 is infinity, eternality, and limitlessness. It also represents the resurrection as Jesus arose on the 8th day, signifying the eternal life after the death of the ego.

Number 8 is also a symbol of the balance of justice because it can be divided into 2 equal parts. It doesn’t matter if we put it horizontally (∞) or vertically (8), it is always in a balanced position. Therefore, ogdoad represents the law of karma.

Karma is a circle of continuity. If someone breaks the circle, the debt must be paid. What you sow in the physical plane will be reflected upon the spiritual plane and vice versa. If you don’t pay your debts with U.S dollar money, you would have to pay it with your mental coin or spiritual money.

Thus, it also represents the law of “As above so below” – when we send out something, that thing must return to us, whether in positive or negative ways.

In esoteric schools, the ogdoad is also related to time because it resembles the picture of the hourglass. Its planet is Saturn, which is also known as The Father of Time or the Lord of Karma.

In chemistry, when chemical elements are arranged in the increasing order of atomic weights, every eighth element has a definite repetition of characteristics. This is called the “Law of Octaves” made by John A. Newlands in 1865. This is the reason why after the 7th musical note, we come back with the first note (Do) but in a higher vibration.

The occultists also notice that for every octave of music ends, another begins immediately, which vibrates twice faster than the first octave and 3 times faster in the 3rd octave. We may not see sights and sounds in our 3-dimensional world, yet they are real and existing in the 4th dimension.

In Kabbalistic system, the ogdoad is regarded as Hod, meaning “glory, majesty, and splendor”. It symbolizes literature, science, intellect while its opposite (Netzach – 7) stands for feelings, arts, and intuition.

Pythagoras regarded number 8 as “Light and Darkness”. The light people are the spiritual ones who help those in the dark, who are selfish material money makers.

Another association with number 8 is the story of King Midas, who prayed to gods to make him become rich. Thus, the gods blessed him with the power of turning everything into gold just by touching. However, as his daughter embraced him, she also was turned to gold. Therefore, Midas begged the gods to take back his gifts to return to him his daughter.

2. Number 8 in Astrology

In astrology, number 8 is linked to planet Saturn, which is the planet of discipline, responsibility, and maturity. It is the planet that will guarantee success if you are willing to work hard and exercise patience. Saturn’s energy is also related to time, organization, power, and structure.

Number 8’s element is water, which is one of the most important elements as everything is made up of water. That is, the spiritual essence of number 8 is in every living thing because it is the king of the material world. Water also represents strong intuition, creativity, and sensitivity. Thus, number 8 can tune into its inner self to work on both spiritual and material realms.

The eight house is astrology is the house of death, representing the concept of birth, rebirth, and karma. Death is not something bad when we know what “death” really means. We are our souls who are descended into this life to gain some certain experience and knowledge in order to come back to our original home, which is located in the afterlife.

That is, the earth is only a temporary place, not a permanent dwelling because everything in this world is meant to be persisted. Nothing in the physical world lasts forever. If you don’t believe this, you will first need to die to know whether heaven and hell are real or not!

The sign related to number 8 is Scorpio – the sign of willpower, sexual drives, and determination. You see, we all have some similar characteristics here because they are all under the energy of number 8. Thus, we should always learn the inner, spiritual, and unseen aspect first because it gives you the understanding of true nature in the outer appearance.

3. Number 8 Tarot Card

The Strength Tarot
The Strength

In the Major Arcana, number 8 symbolizes the Strength – the eighth card of the Tarot deck. As its name suggests, the Strength represents strength, power, influence, and passion. If it is in a reversed position, it means low confidence, self-doubt, and cowardice.

This card depicts a woman who gently holds the jaw of a lion. Look, she does not do this by force, but by grace, representing the concept of “treat evil with good, heal hatred with love”. Above her head is the symbol of eternity, which is the symbol of number 8 itself.

The woman wears a white robe, indicating the purity of her intention. There is also a blue mountain behind the woman, which symbolizes determination, stability, and power.

We can see the concept of harmonizing between the 2 opposite forces in our nature here: courage (lion) – grace (woman), passion (lion) – calmness (woman), forcefulness (lion) vs gentleness (woman). As I said above, we can see the external representation of number 8 is everywhere, yet its inner spiritual essence is the same.

4. Personality of Number 8

As number 8 is a symbolic picture of a balanced scale (∞), it signifies harmony, good judgment, and good health. You are a person who has a great dose of “common sense”. You have some personality of number 3 because 8 is 3 reflected on both sides, but you are a more conservative, self-contained, and business-like person.

8 is the number of manifestations representing the energy exchange of money. It is different from 4 because 4 is the manifestation of creative ideas, while 8 takes a step further, symbolizing the financial energy exchange.

You are a born organizer, a person of resources and of business. You receive visions from the higher worlds and reduce them into forms in the material world (8).

A good environment is important to you. Under number 8 energy, your personality is strong, determined, and balanced. You are blessed with the power of patience, which enables you to have enough strength to strive for what you want.

With number 8 vibration, you are practical, responsible, and reliable. When the energy is harmoniously aligned, you enjoy challenges, have high ambition, and contain great inspiration.

It is important to share your resources with others selflessly as you have a tendency to materialize anything, which may, in turn, make you being materialistic. Yet, things may not come to you easily. You are constantly being tested in your inner self, and you don’t know how much more you have to prove so you can reap your rewards.

If the energy of number 8 is out of alignment, you are forceful, stubborn, passive, intolerant, and lonely. Although you have a powerful personality, you may suffer from depression, extremism, and arrogance.

Number 8 is associated with letters H, Q, Z in numerology. If your name starts with these letters, you will be amazed at what your name spiritually represents. (Click on the links at the beginning of my post)

5. Number 8 Impact on Society

In the society, the energy of number 8 governs the banking system and financial industry. If you hear news about the financial crash or the operation of businesses, it is related to number 8 vibration.

Government and laws are also important factors related to 8 frequency as it stands for justice and judgment. Under number 8 influence, society’s matter will be related to money in one way or another.

Number 8 energy also affects success, power, and the balance of the society in general level. Other key areas that 8 can have its impact upon are tax, inflation, and printing money.

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6. Spiritual Significance of Number 8

Here you will find the revelancy of number 8 across many cultures:

  • 8 trigrams of the I-ching (Bagua): Qián, Duì, Lí, Zhèn, Xùn, Kǎn, Gèn, Kūn.
  • 8 Taoist immortals: He Xiangu, Cao Guojiu, Li Tieguai, Lan Caihe, Lü Dongbin, Han Xiangzi, Zhang Guolao, Zhongli Quan.
  • Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddha: Right view, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.
  • Egyptian Ogdoad: Naunet and Nu, Amunet and Amun, Kauket and Kuk, Hauhet and Huh.
  • 8 Greek winds: Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Eurus (E), Apeliotes (SE), Notus (S), Lips (SW), Zephyrus (W), Skiron (NW).

7. Interesting Math Facts about Number 8

Number 8 and its Sequence

 1×8+1 = 9

12×8+2 = 98

123×8+3 = 987

1234×8+4 = 9876

12,345×8+5 = 98,765

123,456×8+6 = 987,654

1,234,567×8+7 = 9,876,543

12,345,678×8+8 = 98,765,432

123,456,789×8+9 = 987,654,321

1,234,567,890×8+90 = 9,876,543,210

(start of a new cycle)

12,345,678,901×8+901 = 98,765,432,109

123,456,789,012×8+9,002 = 987,654,321,098

1,234,567,890,123×8+90,003 = 9,876,543,210,987…

Number 8, 1, 7, and 13

8×8+13 = 77      

88×8+13 = 717

888×8+13 = 7117

8888×8+13 = 71117

88,888×8+13 = 711,117

888,888×8+13 = 7,111,117

8,888,888×8+13 = 71,111,117

88,888,888×8+13 = 711,111,117

888,888,888×8+13 = 7,111,111,117

8,888,888,888×8+13 = 71,111,111,117

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