Number 17 - The Star of the Magi - This is a highly spiritual number, and was expressed in symbolism by the ancient Chaldeans as the 8-pointed Star of Venus. The Star of the Magi is the image of Love and Peace, and promises that the person or entity it represents will rise superior in spirit to the trials and difficulties of earlier life, with the ability to conquer former failure in personal relationships and the career. 17 is "the number of Immortality," and indicates that the person's name will live after him--(should one decide to die, that is, which is a choice, as you'll learn in the Physical Immortality chapter). This is an extremely fortunate Compound number, with one warning. It reduces to the single number 8, so it's important for anyone with 17 as a Compound Key Number to carefully read the section about the numbers 4 and 8 at the end of this chapter. 

PERSONALITY (adding "1" and "7")

Number 8 vibrates to the planet Saturn. It represents wisdom, learning through experience, stability, patience, and responsibility. 8 is also the number of financial security, caution, restriction, self-discipline and self-control. 8 people are normally quiet, reserved, and shy. They don't obviously push ahead, but slowly and surely they will get where they want to go, and nothing will stop them from achieving their ambitions. The shyness and reticence is a cover for an intense drive to reach the top of the profession or career. They make excellent teachers and counselors, most of them could be successful in the tough game of politics (although now and then there's a sour apple in the barrel)--and they excel at anything that requires patience and intelligent deduction.

Those influenced by the 8 vibration may have poor health in childhood, but they grow more robust when they reach maturity, and longevity is common with 8 men and women. These people are willing to wait for their plans to bear fruit, and they use the waiting game wisely. It's rare to find an 8 person procrastinating or "goofing off." They have an inborn sense of duty and responsibility that won't allow them to take a careless attitude toward what is expected of them. Most of them born under the 8 influence are as reliable as a grandfather clock, and as cozy to be around as a grandma quilt or comforter. They have a rich sense of humor, but one has to watch for it; it's subtle and never obvious. These people behave as if they don't care a peanut what people think of them, and they appear to be turned off by compliments. Yet inwardly they care very much what people think of them; and if the compliments are sincere, they secretly enjoy them, although they'll hide their pleasure for fear they might be considered weak. To be considered weak is the very last thing they want to happen.

Although the 8 vibration, like all the single number birth vibrations, interacts always with the person's Sun Sign, and the traits aren't always present--they only surface on occasion--most 8 people have very deep and intense natures and great inner strength. They often play an important role in life's drama, and many times are the instrument of Fate for others. There's a tendency toward fanaticism in religion, and they'll stick by what they believe relentlessly, in the face of all opposition. They make loving friends, but bitter enemies.

Although 8 people appear to be cold and undemonstrative with those they love and trust, they can be shyly affectionate and warmly devoted. They're often lonely, needing desperately to be loved, and they're capable of great sacrifices for an ideal, an ambition, or for those who depend on them. They grow younger in appearance and behavior as they grow older--they look and act younger at fifty than they did when they were twenty. They're as demanding of themselves as they are of others, but for all the outward attitudes of wisdom and maturity, self-control, and discipline, the 8 person's heart is lonely and longing, and they need to learn that the pursuit of happiness is not a sin.

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This information is from Linda Goodman's Star Signs, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1987.