Originally intended to eventually be the 1st blog on the eighth page of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, I dedicated it to the number-8.  I’ve listed eight FUNKY aspects of symbolism about the number 8, that may be enlightening.  Although how this ended up not being where I expected it to be remains a mystery, my blog on the number 9 falls in it’s proper place.

Among these eight principles of the number 8 are things I’ve heard before.  They as well as several other properties of eight can be found on the website http://www.ridingthebeast.com/ .
  • Number of the perfection, the infinity. In mathematics the symbol of the infinity is represented by a 8 laid down.
  •  It represents also the final point of the manifestation.
  • In China, the 8 expresses the totality of the universe.
  • Number of the balance and of the cosmic order, according to the Egyptians.
  • The number eight corresponds to the New Testament, according to Ambroise.
  • It is the symbol of the new Life, the final Resurrection and the anticipated Resurrection that is the baptism.
  • Represent the earth, not in its surface but in its volume, since 8 is the first cubic number.
  • The number 8 means the multiplicity, for the Japanese.
  • A favorable number, associated to the prosperity.

 

 

One of the earliest meanings of the number eight that I can recall hearing was the aspect of breaking through, to open.  No matter what you’ve heard, all the dynamics of the number 8 lend to positivity, whether you subscribe to numerology or not.  It’s not so much that I do, however I definitely believe that there’s dynamics of relevance in all variables of philosophy.

Throughout our lives we’ve heard phrases using the number-8.  Behind the eight ball; Eight ball corner pocket is common when playing pool; I could’ve had a V-8 is a popular slogan; Crazy Eights is a card game; and Eight is Enough was a popular TV show.  As The Museum of UnCut Funk is growing exponentially, we’re currently fortunate to have eight people interested in joining our merry band of FUNK-A-TEERS as new writers for the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is said that eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture.  The image above is symbolic for luck in China.  The Mandarin word for eight, ‘ ba’ sounds close to the word for wealth, ‘fa’. In Cantonese eight, ‘baat’ sounds like the word for fortune, ‘faat’. Thus many people believe eight is a number linked to prosperity.  The Chinese try to get the number eight in phone numbers, addresses, even car license plates. The Beijing Olympics began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm.

And that’s the straight on the number-eight, nothing too deep, just one for those that may pass through to think about.

 

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