The significance of number8:

The only story in the news this week has been the G8 Conference in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. G8 is made up of the 8 richest countries in the world: The United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany, the United States, Japan, Italy and Canada. These countries are represented by their president and they gather for their meetings in reclusive retreat style locations in the nation of the current G8 presidency.

The number 8, more than any other number, puts the emphasis in the areas of career, business, finances and authority. However, as with many other single-digit numbers, the shape of the number reflects its most important attribute and in the case of the number 8, that is, first and foremost, balance. The number 8 is considered to be a lucky number in Chinese and other Asian cultures. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival holiday that lasts 8 days and 8 nights. All spiders have 8 legs. The eighth tooth is the so called wisdom tooth. A note played for one-eighth the duration of a whole note is called an eighth note, or quaver. "Eight Days a Week" was a hit single for the The Beatles.

In the 2008 Olympic Games, the official opening was on 08/08/08 at 8:08:08 p.m. local time in Beijing, China. Who doesn't like the chocolate peppermint-flavoured cream called "After Eight"! In cooking recipes, there are approximately 8 pinches to a teaspoon. A stop sign has 8 sides. In the bible the number 8 stands for completeness, a new beginning, a new birth and the resurrection to eternal life. In the Gospel story from Matthew there are 8 beatitudes. Most importantly if 8 is all about balance then a good prayer today is to pray for balance and harmony in our lives. With a lot of uncertainty, stress, anxiety and deadlines making up all our lives, the need for balance has never been greater. That's why 8 could become our new best friend!
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