Seven is a Special Number, is It Not

The myths surrounding what siome regard as the luckiest number in the world.

Number seven, it appears, is very meaningful, for various cultural areas around the globe, and there are those who regard it as a sacred number. Pythagorus, the famous Greek, believed both four and three to be lucky numbers, meaning that a combination of the two had, by default, to also bring good fortune. In ancient Egypt, Babylon, and others of the time, people believed there to be seven sacred planets, and this number is of great importance to those of the Jewish nation.

Seven heavens, as a concept, is a notion deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, one legend saying that Israelites, gathered together at Mount Sinai, to receive the holy text of the Torah, were allowed, once only, to glimpse all seven heavens, god having opened each of them, for a short time only.

Texts, which are believed to date from of history that was later, in fact, than the Talmud, contain images, which suggest that these heavens are, in actual fact, palaces known by the name “heikhalot”, the highest palace of which is the ultimate goal of the true believer, for only there can one be sure to lay eyes on the throne on which god sits.

 Three great Jewish feasts, each very important in their calendar, each last seven days,  with a time period of seven weeks, separating first and second. In the Apocalypse writings, seven churches of Asia are spoken of as are, seven candlesticks, seven stars, seven trumpets, seven spirits before the throne of God. Also mentioned are seven plagues, a seven-headed monster, and the Lamb with seven eyes. Every seventh year was sabbatical, and seven times seven years was the jubilee celebration year for Hebrews.

 Oddly enough, the Hebrew meaning, “to swear”, translates literally to be coming under the influence of seven things. The Bible states that god Created the world in seven days, and, in Jewish folklore, the seventh son, of a seventh son was held noble’ whilst in Europe, folklore tells that such males were born with formidable magical and healing powers, were,clairvoyant and capable of casting powerful spells.

The magic number seven appears in many passages of the bible, not least when talking about the seven deadly sins, which each one of us is inevitably bound to commit, at some point in our lives. Pride, Vanity, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, or Wrath and  Greed will undoubtedly all play a part in each of our lives, as Sloth, the avoidance of physical or spiritual work, or simply ure idleness

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7 Responses to “Seven is a Special Number, is It Not”
  1. Jesse Knopp Says...

    On February 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I’m really starting to love you posts. They are always concerning something I’m interested in reading!

  2. Thespeakman Says...

    On February 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Excellent post Tony – not something I believe in, but well written nonetheless

  3. jemialbert Says...

    On February 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    good share

  4. TEDDY Says...

    On February 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Don’t forget 12.

    12 Disciples
    12 tribes
    12 months in a year.
    12 tones in the chromatic scale.
    The Twelve Olympians(12 gods of Olympus)
    The Buddhists have twelve causes of existence or Nidanas.
    The twelve animals of the Chinese horoscope
    12 works of Hercules.
    The twelve signs, or constellations, of the zodiac

  5. perezz Says...

    On February 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  6. perezz Says...

    On February 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  7. Kristie Claar Says...

    On October 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    good article

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