What is so special about this number? The Chinese considers 8 an extremely lucky number, as the sound of 8 in Chinese is associated with great fortune, that is why the Olympic Games in Beijing are scheduled to begin on Aug. 8, 2008 - yep, 8-8-08 - at 8:08:08 p.m. and tons of people plan to marry on this once in a lifetime date, 8/08/2008.
When you count all the numbers up, 8/08/2008 =8+8+2+8 =26 = 2= 6 = 8!
In Vedic Astrology and Numerology and also in Western Astrology, 8 stands for Saturn, the planet of Death & Change, suffering and sorrow, but Saturn also stands for Wisdom gained through experience, Discipline and Maturity. Saturn is considered the Father of Time as it governs change.
In general, it is considered inauspicious and a sign of hardships. However, Saturn "delays, but never denies", according to Vedic Astrology, once you have learned Saturn's lessons, after some delays and obstacles through the school of hard knocks, it becomes the greatest friend to you, and gives you "Self made Luck". Saturn eventually gives you a Kingdom. Here are some real time examples.
This Friday is also the Midpoint of the 2 Eclipses, one on 8/1/08 and the other on 8/16/08. We had a possible negative Omen for the Olympics, when we had an earthquake there a couple of days before the start of the Olympics tomorrow. Starting important events in between eclipses is considered inauspicious in Vedic Astrology, unless it is something of a spiritual nature.
In any case, 8/8/2008 will be an important time to watch for a Major change in the World as well as the Stock Markets. What Direction?
Time will Tell.