The number 8 is said to represent new beginnings. And I could share some interesting Bible stuff to emphasize how that could be true. But YOU might be somebody who isn’t impressed with “Bible stuff,” even when there’s some mighty impressive “coincidences” scattered all through the book.
The number 8 DOES represent new beginnings, though. Even to you.
For example, every week has 7 days. Even yours. So, at the end of the 7 days in the week, you begin a new week. And it stands to reason the next day would be day 8. Are you with me so far?
OK, I’m a musician. And every octave has seven whole steps. Of course, a chromatic scale includes half steps for a total of 12 steps. But octaves only have 7 different whole notes. But they’re called octaves. And oct comes from octo which means eight. So, what’s up with that?
Well, every octave starts with a particular note, proceeds up the scale, and returns to itself (at a higher pitch) on the eighth note. And that signifies completion. Sort of like putting quotation marks or parentheses around words. The lower starting note and higher matching note provide completion. Just try singing only the 7 different whole notes in a scale, do re mi fa so la ti. And stop. Your brain will tell you it isn’t finished. You need that 8th note.
OK, maybe I’m just singin’ to the choir.
Because I know a lot of my readers and listeners are Christians. And so, you probably already have a good handle on the importance of the number 8. If that’s the case, then maybe you’ll have a deeper appreciation for the syllabic representation of the number 8 in this short rhyme.
Don’t give any thing all you’ve got.
Look for wisdom no matter what.
Every thing can take you away
From what matters most day to day.
Please remember you will go on
Even after your body’s gone.
Where you go will depend on you.
Here’s what I suggest that you do:
Don’t let any thing steal your soul.
Ask for God to help you control
Your desires for things and not Him.
He can fill your heart to the brim.
(12 notes in a chromatic scalechromatic scale and 8 notes in an octave = 12 lines and 8 syllables per line) And 12 X 8 = 96. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
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