It seems that the number 7 has always had a special place in History. Often considered as a sacred, magical number, the number 7 remains intriguing.
We come across number 7 everyday, it is part of our everyday life as there are
-7 days in the week (which come from the planets)
-7 notes of music (diatonic scale)
-7 colors for the rainbow
-7 capital sins
-7 Wonders in the World
This number has a beneficial and protective resonance. Its mystical aspect brought about many beliefs and even some superstitions.
Let’s have a look at its various meanings
In Numerology : 7 refers to wisdom and perfection
In Astrology : 7 corresponds to the initial number of planets:
- Sun_Sunday is the day of the Sun
- Moon _Monday is the day of the Moon/Lunedi
- Mercury _Wednesday is the day of Mercury/Mercoledi
- Venus _Friday is the day of Venus/Venerdi
- Mars_Tuesday is the day of Mars/Martedi
- Jupiter_ Thursday is the day of Jupiter/Giovedi
- Saturn_Saturday is the day of Saturn/Sabato
Before the addition of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
In Architecture :
In the past, most constructions (Pyramids in Egypt) were linked to the numbers 3 (heaven), 4 (earth) and their sum 7 which shows the equilibrium between the divine and the material world.
In expressions and Literature:
-To go to the « Seventh Heaven »
-In fairy tales such as in Snow White and the 7 dwarfs, (magical world of fantasy)
This mystical number is found in sacred books such as the Bible, the Torah or the Kabbalah.
7 is the card of the Chariot.
But there is much more to this:
There are 7 lucky gods in Japan and there is the Festival of 7 Herbs. It is celebrated on January 7th, every year.
The bride and the groom walk around the holy fire 7 times during a Hindu wedding ceremony.
Long strands of red string are wrapped 7 times around the thumb before they are cut, to make protective Kabbalistic bracelets.
There are 7 Cherokee clans.
There are 7 basic crystal systems in minerals.
The tangram is a puzzle consisting of 7 flat shapes
Seven sisters, the stars in Aboriginal culture and on the Australian flag.
In Conclusion, the number seven is a number of perfection and completeness. This number holds a very important and sacred place. The number seven is a great number, symbol of spiritual perfection.
But, on the negative side, it brings 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror (superstition)!