Diagrams from Chinese Mythology - a given sequence of open and closed
lines, here used as a good luck charm.
YIN and YANG at the Centre of the Pah-kwa - the Eight Diagrams.
The diagram sugnifying the union of contraries/opposites.
Researches into Chinese Superstitions
M.Kennelley SJ, T'Usewei Printing Press Shanghai 1922.
in Paracelsian theory, the eight matrices of the Universe.
The number of the Beatitudes, see Matthew v 3-11.
Cloud cover is measured in eight parts called `oktas'; complete cloud
cover is eight oktas.