8 in the WHAT?
By Marian Connor
I was thinking about our name 8 in the Universe. A few weeks back we were asked the meaning of our name, we began to review why we started this company and why we plumped for this particular catchy little moniker. I mean why on earth would we use a short memorable name when something more protracted and difficult would do? Well because the company’s evolution and the experience we offer has been a slow natural progression, it feels like an honest creation that has many benefits and it feels right to have a name that reflects that. See, it was a considered choice, not pulled from a Christmas cracker.
8 is a number that has been prominent and important in our lives and it reflects many positive aspects of the natural and spiritual world.
The universe is infinite and mysterious, it is where we exist, we are in it and of it, as the astrophysicist Carl Sagan said, “We ourselves are made of stardust.” This is where we gather energy and inspiration. We ask the universe all those complex questions we have no answer for and sometimes we get lucky and it replies.
We are hoping we can illuminate how propitious life is, as full of promise as the universe itself.
I thought this might be a good time to share some of the wonders of the number 8 & the infinite universe.
8 on its side becomes infinity. The lemniscate from the Latin lemniscatus is thought to mean decorated with ribbons. It has been used in ancient India and Tibet to symbolize perfection, dualism, the unity of male & female and balance. It represents the infinite choices we have in life.
8 is a number in the Fibonacci Sequence 3 plus 5
The Eight-Fold Wheel is a Norse sign symbolizing the year. Composed of eight directions, Cardinal North, East, South, West and inter-cardinals. Day and night were divided into tides and then extended, possibly influenced by Buddhist teachings of the 8 fold paths and Taoist 8 spoked Wheel of Fire, into a year which had 8 festivals. These festivals were celebrated by pagans living in close contact with the cycle of the seasons.
8 is considered lucky by the Chinese 八 as the pronunciation of the word sounds like the word for luck and fortune, it is also considered perfectly symmetrical therefore a perfect balance.
8 is the atomic number for oxygen essential to life, transported throughout our bodies attached to haemoglobin in our red blood cells.This element so necessary for existence is also destructive, another illustration of the duality of life.
When metabolised it creates free radicals, unpaired oxygen atoms, that get a bit lairy, roaming around stealing electrons from elsewhere. Our bodies can withstand a certain level of this rabble-rousing but it will eventually cause ageing and unchecked can lead to disease. Sounds depressing but oxygen is a necessity, no option but to breathe, so we need to check oxidation by limiting unnecessary exposure to pollution, cigarette smoking, sunlight and stressors. We can also consume more foodstuffs containing antioxidants to give our bodies a little assistance.
There are 8 teeth in each quadrant of an adult mouth. The 8th tooth is the wisdom tooth.
Mathematicians and Philosophers of the Ancient World believed numbers revealed the principles of creation, space and time. Our bodies and the natural world also reflect the properties of sacred geometry.
Flowers appreciated for their beauty, colour, aroma and medicinal qualities are thought to be linked to our etheric body through the amount of petals they have. It is thought the petals represent shapes which correspond to our individual chakras and are linked to our psyche. These connections are interpreted by flower psychometry.
I hope you have enjoyed this random walk through the significance of the number 8 & the infinite universe, if so we may share some more in our next blog. Meanwhile why not let us know about your encounters with 8 and the universe.
I can’t resist this bit of Mr Sagan and I’ve added some links if you’re interested in a little more information.
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Carl Sagan
Antioxidants – Top 8 Herbs and Spices for Healing by Jess Ainscough via MindBodyGreen
Flower Psychometry – Flowers and Colour as a Healing Tool by Suzi Chiazzari
Image Tile/Header– Symbolic 8- Fold Wheel from The Book of Signs by Rudolf Koch
Red Blood Cells Image B0006424 a free download from the Wellcome Collection
The number Eight and Flower Psychometry – extract from Flowers and Colour as a Healing Tool by Suzi Chiazzari
If we have whet your appetite for further discovery, keep in mind that we create interactive experiential workshops and events embracing the 8 elements, exploring a myriad of ways to enhance your happiness and health. Oh yes and let’s not forget these are beautifully packaged with individually created accoutrements for your delectation. All delivered by us, in a delicious way.
If you haven’t already read ‘The Alchemy of 8’ and our 8 other blogs, why not check them out.
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