Whereas the number seven represents completion, the symbolic meaning of the eight is an indication that you have acquired wisdom and are operating at a higher vibration.
The symbolic meaning of eight was prevalent in ancient cultures as they devoutly believed in reincarnation. The ancient Egyptians believed the eight has no significance in this life, but the energy will be taken with you into the next life. However, that determines on your project and the reason why you need inspiration from the eight.
The eight is an indication that you can achieve greater success through dogged determination and ambition. The eight is often associated with business success and authority for this reason, as successful companies and individuals continually strive to improve themselves and their standing in life.
The Eight in Religion and Ancient Cultures
The eight is typically represented by an eight-pointed star or octagon in religion. Sacred numbers are always built into the architecture of religious buildings so you often find eight pillars or arches for example.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus delivered eight Beatitudes, virtues that if followed ultimately lead to reward. However, as the Pharaohs believed, the eight beatitudes promise salvation in the next life rather than this.
Scholars believe the eight-pointed star originated in Sumeria. It is associated with the goddess Ianna, who would later become the Babylonian goddess, Ishtar, the light bringer.
Ishtar is the Divine Mother, the opener of the womb and light bringer to the world. We see her repeated through history as Isis, Hera, and Juno. We also find symbolism associated with Ishtar in the Statue of Liberty and the Olympic Torch.
The Symbolic Meaning of Eight in Ancient Cultures
Eight appears in Buddhism and Chinese traditions as balance and harmony of the cosmic order whereas the Pythagoreans of ancient Greece expressed the eight as organs of knowledge; fantasy, sense, art, opinion, wisdom, science, and mind.
In ancient Egyptian mythology, Thoth had eight disciples, amongst whom he was the arbitrator. The disciples that learn the arts of magic, science and writing that Thoth oversees.
We can, therefore, consider Thoth as the judge and examiner who decides whether or not you have passed the lessons presented before you in stages one to seven. If you have earned the right to pass through the ninth level, the awards ceremony, before the satisfaction of completing your goal and returning to zero to start the next phase. Of course, you can also fail your tests and return to zero to start over again.
In ancient Greece, eight was given to Dionysus, born in August. Known as Bacchus in Roman mythology this God of agriculture and fertility of nature, like the fermenting process of wine the part God is often depicted with.
Curiously, the number eight is also associated with Hermes – who is also connected with the number one and the number four. So why is Hermes connected with three numbers?
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When you see eights repeating in patterns, it signals you have reached understanding of you goal and must choose whether to continue or remain at the seven. If you have knowledge and inner-understanding, your role as an eight is to pass this information on to others.
If the eight appears in relation to your career or a relationship, it is a sign to continue along the same path because you are heading in the right direction.