Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher and mathematician was convinced about the magical power and mathematical harmony of numbers and assumed the Creator must have been a mathematician.
And the philosopher Thales said: “If all is number”, then numbers give insight into the mysteries of the divine world.
The number 7 is a special number in itself. Being a prime number, which can only be divided by itself and 1, it has also become a lucky number
In Numerology 7 is assigned to Neptune, the colour purple and the Amethyst, and
symbolizes humanity’s deep inner need to find depth, meaning, and spiritual connection.
When all other needs are satisfied, we turn to the deeper level of our being to find wisdom and purpose.
The number 7 is designed to help find what we are searching for. Its attributes are those of wisdom, and knowledge, calm and consistency.
This spiritual meaning has been transferred from ancient times and has not lost its significance for us today.
It is the number we often name as our favourite number when asked to choose a number between 1 and 9.
And indeed, the number 7 is very present in our lives on all levels. You only have to look around you and you will see evidence of 7 everywhere:
The week has 7 days.
The rainbow has 7 colours
The musical scale has 7 notes
The earth has 7 seas and 7 continents.
In ancient Athens and Rome 7 was the number of the rhythms of life. It forms the sum from the square (4) and the triangle (3).
In Christianity 7 is seen as the combination of the divine Trinity (3) and the 4 earthly elements.
God made the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.
The Quran mentioned 7 heavens. With the 7th heaven being the place of the last transfiguration Prophet Mohammed reached.
In Hinduism it is believed that there are seven higher worlds and seven underworlds.
In Buddhism when the newborn Buddha rises, he takes seven steps. And the 7 also stands for the 7 treasures of Buddhism.
In the traditional Christian numerical symbolism of the Middle Ages, the 3 stands for the soul created in the image of the triune God and all spiritual things. The 4 is the number of elements and thus symbolizes the material things which, according to ancient belief, all come from the combination of the four elements.
The heptagon was often used in tombs and funeral chapels as a sign for eternal rest.
In Judaism the number 7 is a general association with God. 7 is the divine number of completion.The Menorah has seven branches.
Throughout all religions and cultures the number 7 has a divine importance, which translates into our behaviours and belief system.
Many myths and folklore tell stories in which the number 7 plays a major part.
There is the tale of a man who is the seventh son of a man who is himself a seventh son. A legend says that such a son would have the magical powers of both the good and evil.
In Ireland, the seventh son of a seventh son is believed to be gifted as a healer.
In the US the tale says if the seventh son of the seventh son finds a black stone hidden in the mountains, he will be able to recognize everything that lies in the depths and interior of the globe.
Some countries in Latin America believe that the seventh son of the seventh son is cursed to become a Werewolf, and therefore the newborn has to be baptised in 7 different churches.
An Italian legend tells that “Ciarallo” was a seventh son of a seventh son who had the power to enchant and recall snakes, and who was immune to snake venom. Mothers would bring their children to him for protection.
It is also not unusual that the 7 is seen as an unlucky number at the same time.
If you pronounce 7 in Chinese it will sound the same as the words for insulting or cheating somebody.
In China the 7 is seen in connection with the evil ghosts.
The 7th month of the moon calendar is also called the ghost month.
The 7th year of marriage is believed to be the hardest, known as the 7-year itch. (as in the Marilyn Monreo movie with the same name.)
And if you break a mirror you are out of luck for 7 years.
We are looking at the seven wonders of the world.
To our children we are reading the fairytale of “Snowhite and the 7 Dwarfs” living beyond the 7 mountains; and Sinbad the sailor who had to endure adventures on 7 voyages.
The belief in the number 7 is deeply rooted, and knowing that it also stands for wisdom and perfection makes this number even more enchanting.