The number 8 is a difficult number to explain. It represents two worlds, the material and the spiritual. It is in fact, if one regards it, like two circles just touching together.
It is composed of two equal numbers: 4 and 4.
From the earliest ages it has been associated with the symbol of an irrevocable Fate, both in connection with the lives of individuals or nations. In Astrology it stands for Saturn, which is also called the Planet of Fate. One side of the nature of this number represents upheaval, revolution, anarchy, waywardness and eccentricities of all kinds.
The other side represents philosophic thought, a strong leaning towards occult studies, religious devotion, concentration of purpose, zeal for any cause espoused, and a fatalistic outlook colouring all actions.
All persons who have the number 8 clearly associated with their lives feel that they are distinct and different from their fellows. At heart they are lonely; they are misunderstood, and they seldom reap the reward for the good they may do while they are living. After their death they are often extolled, their works praised, and lasting tributes offered to their memory.
Those on the lower plane generally come into conflict with human justice and have some tragic ending to their lives. Those on the higher plane carry their misunderstood motives and lay bare the tragedy of their souls before Divine Justice.
To distinguish in which of these two classes a number 8 person falls, one must find by the comparison of their “fadic” numbers if they are completely dominated by the recurrence of 8 in the principal events of their lives, or if some other equally powerful number such as the I, 3 or 6 series does not more or less balance the sequel of events registered under the 8 and all its series.
If the latter is the case, one may be sure that by the long series of reincarnations they have passed through, they have paid the price in some former state, and are now passing towards the higher, where Divine Justice will give them their reward.
If, on the contrary, we find that the person is completely dominated by the number 8, always recurring in important events, or if instead of 8 the nearly equally fatalistic number of 4 is continually recurring, we may then be sure that we are in the presence of one of those strange playthings of Fate with the possibilities that tragedy may be interwoven in their Destiny.
In the more ordinary tragedies of everyday life, we can find an illuminating example in the life and execution of Crippen, whose principal actions were singularly influenced by the terrible combination of the 8 and the 4.
Looking back over his career, and especially the events which led up to his paying that terrible forfeit at the hands of the law, one will find these numbers associated in the most dramatic way with this man’s life, as illustrated by the following facts:
The figures of the year he was born in (1862), if added together, produce an 8 (17 equals I plus 7 equals 8). He was born on the 26th of January, or 2 plus 6 equals 8.
His wife was not seen alive after dinner with him on the 31st January, which is a 4, and the month of January is itself called the House of Saturn, whose number is an 8. He made his statement to Inspector Drew (which was later to be used as overwhelming evidence against him) on the 8th July.
The human remains were found in the cellar on 13th July, which again makes the number 4.
To try to escape he chose the name “Robinson,” which has, strange to say, 8 letters in it.
He was recognized on board the Montrose on the 22nd July, which again equals a 4.
The name of the ship he chose to leave Europe by (the Montrose) has 8 letters, and the ship that brought him back to his doom, the Megantic, was also composed of 8 letters. He was arrested, as this ship reached Canada, on the morning of the 31st July, which again equals 4.
His trial finished on Saturday, 22nd October, which is again the 4, and October being the month of “the detriment of Saturn” gives again the 8.
The occult number by which Saturday is designated is an 8.
His execution was fixed for the 8th November.
His appeal was heard and refused on Saturday, 5th November. The 5 added to the 8, which Saturday is a symbol of, again makes the figure 13, which number again equals a 4. When his appeal failed, the date of execution was changed to the 23rd November. The addition of 2-3 makes a 5, and the division of the Zodiac which represents this portion of November is designated as a 3; and this 3, if added to the date (the 23rd), makes the figure 26, which by addition (2 plus 6) again equals 8. Or if the 3 were added to the number of 23 we would get 26 or the 8.
The symbol of the number 8, I may also mention, from time immemorial, in occult studies, is called the” symbol of human justice.”
Lastly, when Crippen’s” Key numbers” the 4 and 8, came together, it was the fatal year of his life. He was 48 years old when executed. It is not my province to judge or condemn this unfortunate being. Crippen, in any case, suffered as few men have been called upon to suffer; but I may add that the. combination of such numbers as 4 and 8 as the” Key numbers” in any life, indicate an individual terribly under the influence of Fate, and one especially unfortunate through his or her affections.
I have followed out many cases of people having similar “Key numbers,” and in every case they seem sooner or later to come into conflict with what the 8 represents, namely, the symbol of “human justice.” They are generally condemned, even in ordinary social life, by the weight of circumstantial evidence, and they usually die with their secret, appealing, as it were, from the sentence of “human justice,” which, as a rule, has been against them, to that of the Divine Justice in the world beyond.
The occult symbol of 8 has from time immemorial been represented by the figure of Justice with a Sword pointing upwards and a Balance or Scales in the left hand. There are many very curious things in history as regards this number. The Greeks called it the number of Justice on account of its equal divisions of equally even numbers.
The Jews practiced circumcision on the 8th day after birth. At their Feast of Dedication they kept 8 candles burning, and this Feast lasted 8 days.
Eight prophets were descended from Rahab.
There were 8 sects of Pharisees.
Noah was the 8th in direct descent from Adam.
The strange number of three eights (888) is considered by students of Occultism to be the number of Jesus Christ in His aspect as the Redeemer of the world. Curiously enough, the addition of 888 makes 24 and 2 plus 4 gives the 6 which is the number of Venus, the representative of Love.
This number 888 given to Christ is in direct opposition to 666 which Revelation says” is the number of the Beast or the number of Man.” The numbers 666 if added together gives 18 (I plus 8 equals 9). This 9 is the number of Mars, the symbol of War, destruction, and force, which is decidedly the opposition of the 6 with the symbol of Love.
Let us have a look at famous people born under Number 8