There are seven days in a week, seven levels of development, seventh heaven, seven angels in the hierarchy, seven rose petals, and so on. Number 7 appears 77 times in the Old Testament. It symbolizes energy and moral principles. In the Egyptian religion, this number symbolized the eternal life. It points to the whole cycle, a dynamic perfection. Each phase of the Moon lasts for seven days and after four such phases the lunar cycle is complete (7 x 4=28). The sum of first seven numbers (1+2+3+4+5+6+7=28) is the very number of the complete lunar cycle, 28.
The sum of number 4, the symbol of four sides of the Earth, and number 3, the symbol of heaven, is number seven that represents the whole Universe in motion. Moreover, the sum of three theological principles of goodness (faith, hope and mercy) and four basic principles of virtuousness (care, temperance, righteousness and willpower) is number seven that is a symbol of a completely moral life.
There are seven colors of a rainbow and seven notes in the diatonic scale that is based on the musical scale consisting of five tones and two semitones, i.e. a major and minor scale. Hippocrates (460 – 377BC), greatest physician of antiquity regarded as the father of medicine, says that number seven ”keeps
together all existing things with his secret power and it has effect on planets”.
This number is the symbol of motion and transformation and all numerologists call it the magical number.
These people are independent, intelligent, obstinate, contemplative, unpredictable, reserved and skillful.
If they go through negative experiences in life, they may become rebellious, suspicious, obsessive, annoyed, irritating, spiteful, aggressive, gossipy, self-centered, intolerant, impulsive, nervous, lonely, and critical and the ones who give false promises and hopes.
The sum of the spiritual 3 and the material 4 is 7. In medieval education, students pursued the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic) and the quadrivium (music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy), a total of seven subjects, collectively known as the liberal arts. Pythagorean interest in the mathematical patterns in music gives 7 a privileged role, for there are seven distinct notes in the musical scale—corresponding roughly to the white notes on a piano. Counting from 1, the eighth note up the scale is the exceedingly harmonious octave, which is how the name arose.
The number 7 is often considered lucky, and it has a definite mystique, perhaps because it is a prime number—that is, it cannot be obtained by multiplying two smaller numbers together. There are seven days of the week, named after various ancient gods and planets (Sun-day, Moon-day, Tiw’s-day, Woden’s-day, Thor’s-day, Frigg’s-day, Saturn-day). Tiw was a Norse god of war, parallel to Mars in role but to Zeus in etymology, and Frigg was the Old English version of Frea (or Freya), wife of Woden (= Odin).
Shakespeare wrote of the seven ages of man, an idea that goes back much earlier. In China 7 determines the stages of female life: a girl gets her “milk teeth” at seven months, loses them at seven years, reaches puberty at 2 × 7 = 14 years, and reaches menopause at 7 × 7 = 49. The phases of the Moon last approximately seven days, with 4 × 7 = 28 days in a month and also in a female menstrual period. Many cultures recognized seven planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) in the sense of “wandering bodies,” unlike the “fixed stars,” which retain the same relative position in the night sky. The seven candles of the Jewish menorah that burned in the Tabernacle symbolized the Creation and, according to the English scholar Robert Graves, may be connected to the seven planets of antiquity.
In ancient Egypt there were seven paths to heaven and seven heavenly cows; Osiris led his father through seven halls of the underworld. The seven deadly sins are well-known in Christian tradition. The number 7 was the fundamental number of the Rosicrucians, who used it as an organizational basis for their text Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosenkreutz (1459; Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross). The number was also central to the cult of Mithra, which believed the soul rose to paradise through seven planetary spheres. The Christian idea of seven layers of purgatory may be related.
The number 7 features prominently in folk sayings. Breaking a mirror leads to seven years of bad luck. In Iran a cat has seven lives, not the nine of Western myth.
The most common numbers in the Indian Vedas are 3 and 7. Agni, the god of fire, has seven wives, mothers, or sisters and can produce seven flames. The sun god has seven horses to pull his heavenly chariot. In the Rigveda there are seven parts of the world, seven seasons, and seven heavenly fortresses. The cow has 21 = 3 × 7 names.
In the Hippocratic tradition of medicine, 7 rules the illnesses of the body, with painful illnesses lasting 7, 14, or 21 days. In Germany it was believed that pigs would not contract hog cholera if they were treated for seven days with water containing asphodel. In Jewish magic a fever can be cured by taking seven prickles from seven palm trees, seven chips from seven beams, seven nails from seven bridges, seven ashes from seven ovens…terminating in seven hairs from the beard of an old dog.
Number 7 is the number of perfection, security, safety and rest.
Seven contains the number three of the heavens and soul with the number four of the earth and body.
The Pythagoreans called the number 7 “the Septad”.
The seven colors of the rainbow.
Isaac Newton identified the seven colors of the rainbow as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
There are seven days in a week.
There are seven notes to the diatonic scale.
There are seven letters in the Roman numeral system.
Seed of Life
Seven circles form the symbol called “The Seed of Life”.
The Seed of Life symbolizes the six days of creation.
The central circle symbolizes the day of rest.
Libra is the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. (September 22 – October 24)
Number seven is the number of Neptune.
Number seven is lucky for Cancer and Pisces.
In the Tarot, seven is the card of the Chariot.
The Chariot is symbolic of the need to focus. Reversed it signifies inabilities to see things through.
September means “the seventh month” in Latin.
I have gained experience from the lessons I have sought
and now the paths are many upon which I may seek higher knowledge
Within the energy of the number Seven (7) lay the many paths of higher expression and development. Seven is the number of the Pleiades, the number of the Elder Planets of Astrology, the Seven Sacred Vowels and the Seven Major Chakras within the subtle bodies. This is also the number of synthesis, having moved from the harmonious balance of the number six to a point of gathering all of those experiences into a place of multiple options and outcomes for further expression and exploration.
The planetary energy of the number seven is Neptune. Neptune brings with its energy the mystical and dreamy quality that serves as the deep wells that hold dreams of aspiration that prod us forward towards seeking answers. Neptune is considered the Higher amplification of Venus. If we consider this thought, Neptune then moves to a place of talking what we love and turning it into a true passion. Passion makes us eager to try new things and explore new roads. Passion allows us to rewrite the journey we are not aligned with. Passion helps us reach deeply and find what truly motivates us.
Astrology: The House of Higher Learning – Teaching and Seeking the Teacher
The Seventh House is concerned with providing opportunity. If we have learned from our lessons we are able to recognize even the smallest of opportunities and take the first steps down a new road of exploration. Remember, nothing in the forest is as it seems. We often find the greatest treasures by going off the beaten path and making our own trails that others will use as their point of first experience. When we reach beyond what we think we know we become the teachers of those that come behind. When we have the courage of admitting what we don’t know, this is when the Teacher is revealed.
Tarot: The Chariot
Tarot Key VII – The Chariot represents the duality of constraint and the control of restraint. This image offers much information about the tug and pull that is required to come to a point of control when two very dynamic principles are at work. The charioteer must establish and then subsequently claim his dominion over what would pull him in direction of its own accord. The two sphinxes expressing the balance of man and beast, light and dark, male and female stand as pillars awaiting the direction of what oversees their actions.
Kabbalah: Netzach – Victory
The sphere of Netzach is the place of establishing the balance of hedonistic and aesthetic ideals. Love is the primary focus, but not at the expense of over indulgence in physical pleasure. This is also the place of expression of Love of Nature in all of her forms. The connection between beauty and the energies that are contained within the force of Nature is a strong one. Even in the Natural world’s more disruptive expression, the order and intelligence in design applied in her shaking free from her mantle those disruptions of energy is done with a sense of order, intent and aestheticism.
The number 7 is the seeker, the thinker, the searcher of Truth (notice the capital “T”). The 7 doesn’t take anything at face value — it is always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths. The 7 knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions.
A person who has a chart dominated by the 7 is usually easily picked out of a group. He will be somewhat introverted, perhaps shy (not to be confused with low self-esteem), never truly comfortable in social settings. The 7 is the intellectual, but his intellect is not always obvious, especially at an early age (as a child, Einstein was dyslexic and not particularly bright or a good student). His intelligence is that of a dreamer, an intellectual explorer of the obscure, the person who tends to have a somewhat off-beat perspective on the world around him. Many are interested in the metaphysical, not because they are believers, but because it allows access to the ambiguous, abstract world of questions for which there are no clear answers.
The 7 is spiritual, but not religious. In fact, the age-old questions of what life is all about, why am we here, who am we, and so forth, never reach the status of cliches, but are essential to the 7’s life-experience, and unless he finds the answers he will not stop looking for them until he dies.
The 7 can be aloof, hates gossip and is immune to small-minded backstabbing. Money means nothing to him and he will never make a choice or a decision based on an expected financial outcome.
There is a dry, usually misunderstood sense of humor to the 7, yet he is unable to remember a single joke. He is not jovial and never superficial. He has excellent taste and a natural love and understanding of art. He dislikes and completely ignores fashion, and is attracted to eccentric, unpopular people. The popular “beautiful” but shallow people bore him to no end. He is not usually interested in politics but has a strong sense of justice.
The 7 is physically lanky and tall, but not athletic and doesn’t care about sports. 7s are not warriors, but you may find some people with the 7 dominating their charts in the military, most likely as analysts or strategic planners. More often, however, you will find them in the world of academics and science. Police detectives, laboratory researchers and other careers where logical, methodical analysis of facts are the main requirements of the job.
7s are opinionated and tend to know something about everything, which can be annoying. They are not always honest, often choosing a more “interesting” truth than the actual truth. Many people are uncomfortable around a 7 due to penetrating eyes and the sense that even when he seems to be listening, he is actually analyzing the shape of your eyes and the crevices of your earlobes.
The 7 tends to be a loner. Women with dominant sevens are often beautiful, if you can get past the granny glasses and the carelessly chosen clothes. They don’t like to fuss in front of the mirror, but can be very charming and will take on a room full of men in any discussion, completely unconscious of the fact that many of them have something completely different in mind.
On the negative side, the 7 can be cynical, verbally abusive, arrogant and oblivious of the pain and suffering of others. They can be cold-hearted and cruel showing a lack of empathy. Other people’s problems simply don’t interest them, yet when it comes to their own troubles, they expect everyone to feel for them. They are terrible and demanding patients, exasperating know-it-all and just plain inconsiderate and boorish. They can be selfish and anti-social.
What is unique about the 7 is that his (or her) mind is his greatest tool and, at the same time, his greatest limitation. Rational, flexible and hungry for knowledge, the mind of the 7 goes places other numbers rarely attain.
His imagination is vast and powerful, which helps to guide him into the spiritual stratosphere few people ever reach — but it is always mental and rational, never divine. The satisfaction and happiness he finds from mental explorations allows him to spend long hours in solitude and enjoy it. Yet, at the same time, he puts too much faith in the power of the mind, thereby limiting the potential humans have in experiencing the essence of life, as it can be experienced only in feeling and not in words. It is said that if you can speak the Tao, you do not know the Tao; if you can speak the Word, you do not know the Word — life in its purest form can only be felt and experienced, never rationalized. For the 7 to reach a height of spiritual wisdom, it must, as all others, travel beyond the limitations of the mind and allow divine silence to spill its secrets. It is the essence of the 7 that most symbolizes our struggle to know and understand.
As I’ve previously mentioned, my descriptions of the single digit numbers are extreme and no human being exists who reflects only one number. I am trying to convey an intuitive and mental connection with the personalities of the single digit numbers; an understanding that eventually brings you to know numbers not because you have memorized a string of attributes and traits, but because you know each one like you would a close friend or family member — to the point that you can predict how he or she would respond under certain circumstances.
Positive Characteristics: 7 isn’t just a lucky number. It’s also spiritual, intelligent, analytical, focused, introspective, studious, intuitive, knowledgeable, contemplative, serious, persevering, refined, gracious and displays much inner wisdom.
Negative Characteristics: 7s can be aloof, distant, sarcastic, socially awkward, melancholic, cowardly and, when they’re at their worst, back-stabbers.
Associated in Astrology with: Cancer
Associated in Tarot with: The Chariot
Life Lesson Number 7: This is the number of the seeker, the one who goes in search of answers to life’s most puzzling questions. Sevens are often hard to understand from the outside; they tend to be eccentric, or to see the world differently from others. They have keen but restless minds. They are natural philosophers, thinkers and meditators. They tend to be interested in spiritual matters, the occult and all that is mysterious. Because of their keen intellects, science and research may also beckon. They are generally adept with mathematics, or at least at deciphering mysteries. They are most comfortable when alone; social situations or loud people unnerve them. They make great private investigators, researchers, scientists or analysts.