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Great 8! August 8, 2008

Posted by Nina Rosenstand in Message in a Bottle, Nina Rosenstand's Posts.
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The lightness of summer topics is upon me, I guess. I just thought to celebrate with you that today we hit a moment in time that won’t return (so to speak) for 100 years: Today it is the eighth day in the eighth month of the eighth year of the century, and eight minutes after 8 am it will be the 080808, 0808 moment. Besides, today we should reach 16,000 hits on this blog of ours, which is of course 8000 doubled up. And 8 is an ancient sacred number, probably related to the stability and balance inherent in 4, so 4 doubled up. The Cardinal points, the stability of the universe, etc. The sweep of world mythologies is touching down today! Can I get any more irrelevant and speculative? Anyway, enjoy this summer day in the sign of the Great 8… (Finally got an opportunity to use the “Message in a Bottle” category!)

I have to add the following: Of course this hasn’t gone unnoticed worldwide: The Chinese start up the Olympics today on the most fortuitous date and time, at 080808, 0808 PM. And apparently a large number of people are getting hitched today, assuming that fortune will follow them because of Lucky 8! Babies born today are among the luckiest of people, and so on and so forth. Since the Western tradition tends to favor Lucky 7 over Lucky 8, I guess some people missed the opportunity last year…

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