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The number 8 is recognized by many to be a symbol of rebirth and renewal.

Octagon

Taken from the book, Symbols and Their Meanings:

“The octagon draws on the symbolism of the number eight, emblematic of renewal. Eight-sided forms were felt to mediate between the symbolism of the square, representing earthly existence, and the circle (standing for heaven or eternity).” 1

Interior inscription for the baptistry of Milan

gohistoric_17410_z“Eight-niched soars this temple for sacred rites
Eight corners has its font
Right to build this baptismal hall about the sacred number eight
For here the people are reborn.”

Hebrew Holy Days

  • The religious rite of brit milah (commonly known as circumcision) is held on a baby boy’s eighth day of life.
  • Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that starts on the 25th day of Kislev.
  • Shemini Atzeret (Hebrew: “Eighth Day of Assembly”) is a one-day Jewish holiday immediately following the seven-day holiday of Sukkot.
  1. Jack Tresidder, “Symbols and Their Meanings,” 154

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