Numerology is any notion in celestial, mystical tie between a number and one or more corresponding events. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar oracular arts.
Revealing the magic and mystery surrounding numbers and numerology is like studying a new language that also broadens your sensibility. Numerology provides awareness, like decoding a dream or lifting a veil. In this article we will explore the meanings behind the number 818.
The Meaning Behind Letters
In numerology, letters are equated with numbers. This means there is meaning behind each of our names and even the words we speak. Meaning can be derived from a whole name, and meaning can also be discovered by separating the vowels from the consonants. Therefore when I look at the number 818, my first inclination is to deconstruct it or separate the components.
A Little Addition
In numerology, each number first stands on its own merit. Individually, the numbers 8 and 1 have their own special meaning. The number 8 is the symbol of Karma and compassion, giving and receiving. The number 1 symbolizes insight, inspiration and creation. So, when we look at the number 818, we would first add the individual numbers and continue until that number is reduced to its simplest form—a single digit. So if we add up the numbers 8, 1 and 8, they equal 17. When we add 1 and 7, they equal the number 8, making 8 the numerological value of 818.
The Number 8: Symbolism, Numerology and Tarot
Symbolically, the number 8 is significant. It has an equal shape both at the top and bottom. That is why some call the number 8, “the great equalizer.” A translation of an ancient Hermetic text reads: “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.”
The Number 8: Religion and Tradition
Religious beliefs also have traditions steeped in numerology and the number 8. For instance, in Judaism and the Kabballah the number 8 is “…associated with an awareness of the miraculous,” according to www.Chabad.org. This is the true meaning behind the miracle of Hanukkah where oil meant to last one day kept fires burning for 8 days, represented by 8 candles on a menorah. Also according to Chabad.org, boys are circumcised when they are 8 days old, representing a supernatural covenant with God.
8 in a Name
In numerology, when the number 8 is found in your chart it can speak to your potential to obtain success in life as well as prosperity. People have been known to change their names so that more 8s will be present in their numerological charts, thus changing their odds of having a wealthier, healthier life.
Strength and Balance
Also in Tarot, the number 8 card of the Major Arcana is Strength, symbolized by a woman petting a lion. Above her head is the infinity symbol. Likewise, the symbol of infinity is found in the Two of Pentacles which represents “balance.”
In Tarot, the Magician is a perfect example of this expression. The Magician has all four suits of Tarot laid out on a table. His right hand is pointed towards the sky/above and his left hand is pointed towards the ground/below, and above his head we see the symbol of infinity, which is like the number 8 turned on its side. If you turn the number 818 on its side, you will see two infinity symbols (8s) with a line between them (1), as if to say, “As above, so below.” The symbolism found in the Magician can be translated to “As in heaven, so on Earth in all things (in all suits).”
The Number 18: Luck and Life
The belief in numerology goes back many thousands of years, oddly, probably before we even had a numerological-year we could associate with its creation. “Gematria was an Assyro-Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase …,” according to Wikipedia.com. A good example of this is the common Jewish toast, “L’Chaim!” which means, “To life!” It is derived from the word “chai” represented by two letters which when translated into the numbers 10 and 8, or 18. The number 18 (or any multiple thereof) is considered lucky in the Jewish faith, and some people wear necklaces that say “chai” in Hebrew, and money in multiples of 18 is often given as gifts.
Summing up the Number 818
Overall, the number 818 seems to point to our embodiments on Earth as vessels for our souls. It symbolizes the connection between who we are with where we are from and our inevitable return to origination. It is the very drive behind the search for the meaning of life. After all, don’t we often ask, “What is my life’s purpose?”
On a last numerological note, 818 is also an area code in Los Angeles, the City of Angels.