The Chinese put great importance on numbers in their lives. Feng Shui and numerology are closely related, and Chinese people believe that it is possible to change their lives by using numbers.
The number eight is considered to be very auspicious as it sounds like "prosperous" in Cantonese. That's why there is great importance on having a phone number, bank account, car license plate, mobile phone number, etc. that ends with a number 8. Living at a house with number 8, or ending in a 8 is also very favorable.
As everyone knows, the 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing, taking place from 8th to 24th August. Most people don't realize that Feng Shui numbers probably played a big part in deciding what date the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games should start.
When you analyze the date it breaks down to 08/08/08 (month/day/year). With the number 8 appearing 3 times, the Beijing 2008 Olympics is set to become the most successful one ever held. The opening ceremony takes place on a very lucky day, month and year.
There remains the question at what time will start. If the number 8 should be more emphasized, then the opening ceremony is likely to start at 8.00am or 8.00pm. An evening time to start the Olympic Games seems more likely as this will probably be decided by the committee organizers.
The number that most Chinese try to avoid is number four because in Cantonese it sounds like "death", and therefore is a signification for bad luck and misfortune. For this reason Chinese will avoid having a car or a house with this number.
Any number can be reduced to a single digit by adding up all the numbers. When necessary the numbers in the answer can be added together so that and reduced to a single number. For example, the number 233 reduced to a 3. This is 2 + 3 + 3 = 8. If the number is 764, this is 7 + 6 + 4 = 17, and then 1 + 7 = 8. If the number is long, the resulting answer from adding the digits together will need to be reduced a few times until a single digit is left.
Another way that numbers can be used is by combining them together. In Cantonese numbers have the following meanings
1 = unity 2 = easy 3 = liveliness 4 = death 5 = nothing, no 6 = profitable 7 = certainty, for sure 8 = prosperous 9 = longevity, enough
Numbers starting with a 1, 2 3, 6 and 8 are considered to be lucky. By combining numbers and their meanings it is possible to see which ones are lucky. For example, 28 means (easy prosperous), 26 (easy profitable). 78 (certainty prosperous), etc. Number 5 is not good with 8 as it shows not being prosperous (nothing prosperous). The number 5 would be much better with a 4 as this means not dying, i.e. living forever.
The best way to check this for yourself is to examine house numbers where you lived previously to find out what kind of experiences you had there. Once you see how significant numbers are in your life you will know which numbers are best for you.
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