In some cases, in a type of numerological divination, the name and birth date of an individual would be used toanalyze and define personality and propensities, based upon a system implemented by the philosopher Pythagoras.
Some Chinese assign a different set of meanings to the numbers and certain number combinations are consideredluckier than others. In general, even numbers are considered lucky, since it is believed that good luck comes in pairs.
Chinese number definitions
Cantonese frequently assign the following definitions, which may differ in other Chinese languages:1.
considered unlucky since 4 is a homophone with the word for death or suffering (
/sei2), yet in theShanghainese, it is a homophone of water (
) and is considered lucky since water is associated with money.5.
the self, me, myself (
/ŋ4), nothing, never (
easy and smooth, all the way7.
a slang/vulgar word in Cantonese.8.
sudden fortune, prosperity (
long in time (
u2), enough (
u3) or a slang/vulgar word derived from dog (
u2) inCantoneseSome lucky number combinations include:•99
doubly long in time, hence eternal; used in the name of a popular Chinese-American supermarket chain, 99Ranch Market.•168
road of prosperity or to be prosperous together literal translation is "continuing to be wealthy"
manypremium-pay telephone numbers in China begin with this number. It is also the name of a motel chain in China(Motel 168).•518
I will prosper, other variations include: 5189 (I will prosper for a long time), 516289 (I will get on a long,smooth prosperous road) and 5918 (I will soon prosper)•814
Similar to 168, this means "be wealthy, entire life". 148 also implies the same meaning "entire life bewealthy".•888
Three times the prosperity, means "wealthy wealthy wealthy". (E.g., the 2008 Summer Olympics inBeijing were designated by the Chinese officials to begin on the most auspicious date possible to ensure thesuccess of the Games for its hosts: August 8, 2008
on the 8th day, of the 8th month in the 8th year of the newmillennium.)•1314
whole lifetime, existence.•289
This combination is quite straight forward: ease in finding enough luck/fortune and holding it for a longtime. (2 is easy, 8 is fortune, 9 is enough and/or for a long time)