People with the life path number 8 are very charismatic, sensitive, and have a very good intuition. With their powers, their charisma and with their future-oriented ideas, they are able to inspire others as well as to move and change a lot.
They are powerful, communicative, rousing, emphatic and impatient. Often they develop the tendency to act like a “head person” and forget their intuition. Therefore they should learn to express their feelings and listen to their “gut”. They should also learn to crawl their way forward slowly instead of rushing forward determinedly.
8s instill confidence and have an eye for what motivates people. This is why they can fill leadership positions with ease. Furthermore, they are courageous, adventurous and often successful, but can also fail because they are marked by extremes.
The dual nature of this number also stands for other opposites: destruction and renewal, disappointment and hope, practical thinking and generosity of purpose. This ambivalence is evident in the form of the number alone: standing upright, they show the two circles of self-sufficiency.
A central role for the figure eight is played by their professional position, which they use to be productive and make a financial profit, but not to exercise power. Nevertheless, they have to fight against the tendency towards authoritarian behaviour. The pursuit of material recognition often masks their idealism and loyalty to principles. If they feel that the needs and rights of others are being treated unfairly, they can generate a strong social commitment.
In their careers and personal development, people with this life path number often experience either success stories or painful defeats. One of the greatest challenges of their personality is to believe in themselves and discover their own talents and greatness. Driven by self-acceptance and self-esteem, they have the potential to successfully write their personal story at all levels. If this does not happen, the 8s run the greatest risk of lapsing into paralysis and even taking on the role of victim and thus withdrawing more and more.
The independent and in many respects proud personality of the 8 often allows these people to lead a life as a single person. However, when they have decided to enter into a partnership, these personalities are able to relate and are willing to take responsibility for the couple and for life together.
The relationship ability of the 8s is supported by an honest, inner dialogue and their self-knowledge. Very often these people experience an inner struggle between the loyalty they feel towards their families, children or others and the urgent need to develop themselves.
Since these people find any kind of restriction or oppression unbearable, they often ruthlessly conquer their freedom. They are often very conflict-prone and enjoy making the other person feel that they themselves are more powerful and stronger than the other person. For this reason they find it difficult to control themselves in a conflict, as they often project their own frustration and humiliation onto the other person. It is essential for people who recognise this dark side of themselves to clear up old wounds. Another dark side has to do with the subject of control. These people tend to control their own emotions and feelings, but also to want to monitor and guide their fellow human beings.
8s need partners and friends who compliment them intellectually, artistically and wittily. In interpersonal relationships they are very demanding, but also generous. However, they find it difficult to show their weak sides.
They are very family oriented. But they often forget about the emotional care of the family, because they are more involved in material matters and are focused on providing financial support for their family, especially their partners and children. For them it is important to consciously connect with their hearts again and again, also through meditation and regeneration phases. They should learn to listen to their inner voice and empathy, especially in interpersonal relationships.
For a happy, partner-like relationship, these people are usually hindered by their own beliefs. In a couple, they tend to take the lead and feel responsible for everything. The way they take on this leading and determining role can be obvious or subtle. For example, they leave no doubt that their decision alone counts, no matter what their counterpart does or says.
Sometimes this personality intensively identifies with their dedication and willingness to give everything for their family, partner or children. From this attitude, they often unconsciously expect recognition, appreciation and consideration for their needs, even if they do not openly demand it.
These people should learn to accept others. They need freedom and recognition. If they are too restricted by family structure and parental control, the pressure they feel could cause psychosomatic symptoms. When the 8s stop fighting and realize that everyone is allowed to be as they are, they find their inner balance and place in the family. Tolerance and understanding could thus enable them to reconcile with the family system in which they actually see themselves as strangers and for the time being cannot find a clear place for themselves.
In the family system, the life path number 8 manifests the tendency either to want to leave the family system and go their own way, or they identify completely with the issues of the family system and take on a high degree of responsibility. In the latter case, the Eight does not live their own life and acts very considerate of others and their family environment. This latter tendency may manifest itself in adulthood or in early childhood.
8s have a lot of power, charisma and are an exciting personality, very individual, powerful and lively. For this reason they are often not understood and perceived in their family system. Even as children, 8s seem very independent and are a real challenge for their parents.
A typical behavioral pattern of the 8 is strong intellectualization. They are suspicious and try to control their emotions with their intellect. As a result, they develop a willingness to control everything, like their emotions and reality. They learn to rely only on themselves and throughout their life they are primarily concerned with achieving goals.
So people with this belief often forget about their own heart and want to explain everything to themselves with reason. In this sense, eights are especially familiar with their masculine side. Often it is impossible for them to admit their own feelings and to live the feminine, emotional and resting side.
This personality has a strong need for validation, especially if they have been extremely material and outwardly oriented. This pattern shows an inner insecurity and can be resolved by the person taking time and working with their inner child. The emphasis on their material position and professional development serves as a confirmation of their self-esteem. Over time, they seek this recognition again and again as their lack of self-esteem grows. Working with the Inner Child and discovering their own strength can help them to feel better about themselves. Sooner or later they will make the experience that self-love is a sign of inner balance of the soul and is not determined from outside.
This person feels at the mercy of constant action. This has to do with the enormous power of the 8, but also with the need to affirm that they are not idle, but productive and constantly in development. In the course of time, the 8 learns to relax and become familiar with the nature of life. There is a constant change between active and quiet phases. Autobiographical writing would enable the 8 personalities to understand and feel themselves better.
Rarely are they willing to let therapists or other people from outside help them. Taking the time to write down their own biographical experiences year after year – even if only in keywords – could initiate a deep reflection on their own path and make it possible to recognise the patterns in which they are stuck. Their challenge is to find a balance between the material and spiritual world.
The number 8 is often suspicious and very careful in relationships. Moreover, they often build their relationships on the dynamics of giving. Thus, the other person gets to know them as strong and helpful persons.
Due to their optimism and their distinct powers of observation, these personalities are often very keen to support and motivate others to develop further. They should practice letting go. As long as their partner’s path does not interfere with their own freedom or development, they should remain in the role of a loving and benevolent observer. This kind of letting go could even cause their partner and their fellow human beings to consciously take a step in their direction. They should also remember that they cannot make decisions on behalf of their partner and that respecting the rhythm of others’ lives is a sign of appreciation.
Some famous people who have the life path number 8 include Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Geere, Faith Hill, and Barbara Streisand.