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Behold the octagram

8 is a very important number. The Ultimate Comment believes there are eight gods and eight secrets. Throughout history, eight has been seen as a special number, though nobody quite knew why until we came along.

  • Pythagoras based his cosmology on the number 8, after observing the octave of notes in musical scales.
  • Nikolai Tesla received visions telling him that the universe revolved around the number 8.
  • Buckminster Fuller's "co-ordinate system of nature" is also base-eight
  • Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson said that consciousness had eight circuits.
  • There are eight trigrams in Taoist cosmology.
  • In the Ifá system (traditional African cosmology), there are 256 Odu (chapters), which reference all possible Things That Can Happen. Why 256? 256 = 2⁸, the eightfold emanation of the yin and the yang.
  • The Buddha prescribed 'The Eightfold Path' as the way to enlightenment, much in the same way that we aim to find eight secrets leading to enlightenment.
  • Yoga has eight limbs (Indian mysticism, not that tone-and-stretch bullshit your auntie does)
  • There are 'eight paths' in Wicca
  • According to the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna's material nature has eight constituents: earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and ego.
  • Chess is played on a board with eight squares on each side, and there are eight directions a chess piece can move in: forward, back, two sides and four diagonals.
  • Japanese martial arts like aikido and ninjutsu also talk about moving in these eight directions.
  • There are eight planets in the solar system. (We all know that Pluto isn't really a planet.)
  • 8 is a Fibonacci number
  • 8 is one of 'the numbers' in Lost.
  • 8 is infinity sideways.
  • 8 is a very lucky number. (If you don't believe me, ask a Chinese person. Chinese numerology is all about 8.)
  • Atoms like to have 8 electrons in their outer shells.
  • Rhythm sentences often have eight syllables.
  • The Chaos Star has eight points, representing the eight kinds of magick: love magick, sex magick, death magick, ego magick, war magick, wealth magick, thinking magick and pure magick.
  • 8 is two cubed, i.e. fundamental duality expanded to fit the spatial dimensions of our universe. Also, 2³, which looks a bit like 23.
  • The number 8 is very magically significant in Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld mythos
  • 888 is the ultimate lucky number in Chinese numerology.
  • The 8th note of a scale is its completion. It brings us back to the first note, but 7 tones above.
  • The 8th day signifies the Coming of God's Kingdom. Described in the Old Testament thus, "The wolf will lie with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the foal, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:1-9)."
  • A commenteer has recently obtained photographic evidence supporting his claim that there has appeared an 8th colour percievable to the human eye in recent times. Since the photograph, many have been claiming to have been claiming to have been aware for it for some time now, or even "always". The commenteer believes this to be either a kind of spiritual one-upmanship, or a genuine piece of evidence in support of the view that we are emerging from the epoch of 7 into the realm of the 8. These new capacities in our senses are accompanied with new modes of accessing/ experiencing alternate dimensions of existence, such as lucid dreaming, astral projection, metacommentological theurgy, telepathy, the psychedelic experience, and what have ye.