The magical number seven


In many traditions, myths and folklores there are associations with the number 7. Let’s look at some of these:

In the Old and New Testaments there are many references to this number:

  • Seven days of Creation (Genesis 1) –  God rested on and sanctified the seventh day
  • Seven years of plenty and seven years of famine in Pharaoh’s dream (Genesis 41)
  • Seven days of the feast of Passover (Exodus 13:3–10)
  • Seven year cycle around the years of Jubilee (Leviticus 25)
  • The fall of the walls of Jericho on the seventh day after marching around the city seven times (Joshua 6)
  • Seven things that are detestable to the LORD (Proverbs 6:16–19)
  • Seven Pillars of the House of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:1)
  • Seven loaves multiplied into seven baskets of surplus (Matthew 15:32–37)
  • The Seven last words (or seven last sayings) of Jesus on the cross
  • Seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom (Acts 6:3)
  • Seven Spirits of God are mentioned in the Book of Revelation
  • Seven churches of Asia to which the “Book of Revelation” is addressed
  • Seven churches, seven stars, seven seals, seven last plagues, seven vials or bowls, seven thunders in the Revelation

The seven Sacraments of the Christian Church

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder.

The Seven Virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness, patience, and humility
The Seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride

In sanskrit seven is sapta. (Interestingly in Romanian, which is a latin language “seven” is “sapte” and “week” is  “saptamana”). In hinduism the traditions that refer to seven are:

  • Seven Promises, Seven Rounds in Hindu Wedding and Seven Reincarnations
  • According to Hinduism, there are seven worlds in the universe, seven seas in the world and seven Rishies (seven gurus) called sapta rishis.
  • Seven hills at tirumala also known as ezhu malaiyan means Sevenhills god

There are 7 Chakras in the basic model used in various eastern traditions and philosophies. Isaac Newton identified 7 colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. allegedly, the same seven colors are attributed to the seven chakras.

In the classical antiquity we found references to seven:

  • Seven Emperors: Julius Caesar, Augustus, Galba, Hadrian, Nerva, Sallust, Vespasian
  • Seven hills of Rome
  • Seven hills of Constantinople
  • Seven Liberal Arts
  • Seven Sages of Greece: Thales of Miletus, Pittacus of Mytilene, Bias of Priene, Solon, Cleobulus of Lindus, Myson of Chen, and Chilon of Sparta.
  • Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove – in China –
  • Seven Wise Masters, a cycle of medieval stories –
  • Seven Wonders of the ancient world: Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Islam religion speaks about the seven heavens and the seven levels of Earth. Also it refers to:

  • The seven fires of hell
  • The number of doors to hell is also seven
  • In Verse 12:46  of the Quran, Joseph (Yusef) is asked to interpret the King’s dream where seven fat cows were dreamt to have been devoured by seven skinny cows and seven green spikes, and others shrivelled.
  • It is widely accepted that Surah Al Kahf (Surah 18, verse 9–26) narrates the story of Seven Sleepers who travelled in time by sleeping in a cave for three hundred solar years and nine lunar years, which is similar to the Christian myth of the same name.

Also we found seven as:

  • The number of Archangels (according to some systems)
  • The minor symbol number of yang from the Taoist yin-yang.
  • The number of palms in an Egyptian Sacred Cubit.
  • The number of ranks in Mithraism.
  • The number seven is of particular significance within Cherokee cosmology.
  • In the Bahá’í faith, the text The Seven Valleys, by the Prophet-Founder Bahá’u’lláh, relates the journey of the soul through the seven “valleys” of Search, Love, Knowledge, Unity, Contentment, Wonderment, and finally True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness.
  • In Buddhism, Buddha walked 7 steps at his birth.
  • Circle Seven Koran, the holy scripture of the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • The Seven Lucky Gods refer to the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese mythology.
  • In Khasi mythology, the seven divine women who were left behind on earth and became the ancestress of all humankind.
  • The number of gateways traversed by Inanna during her descent into the underworld.
  • The number of sleeping men in the Christian myth of the “Seven Sleepers.”
  • The number of sages in Hindu mythology; their wives are the goddesses referred to as the “Seven Mothers.”
  • The number of main islands of mythological Atlantis.
  • In Guaraní mythology, the number of prominent legendary monsters.
  • In Irish mythology, the epic hero Cúchulainn is associated with the number 7. He has 7 fingers on each hand, 7 toes on each foot, and 7 pupils in each eye. In the Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, Cúchulainn is 7 years old when he receives his first weapons and defeats the armies of the Ulaidh and his son Connla is 7 years old when he is slain by Cúchulainn in “The Death of Aife’s Only Son.”

The 7th glyph of the Mayan Calendar is Blue Hand, it represents the days in creation and is associated with creative perfection.

The number of musical notes in the traditional Western Major Scale is seven.

and my Seven Stars 🙂


Dream


“I dreamed. I was walking in twilight, in an English park, with measured and seldom steps , along a lady wearing a long dress from the mid-19th century, with her thin waist, caught in the corset. I stopped abruptly I looked her in the eye and asked her – “Would you let me guess your body?” She smiled and looking straight into my eyes, replied: “You already guessed it.
So starts any good encounter. With a guess, a feeling of the other. ”

Gabriel Liiceanu – Meeting with a stranger

4 kinds of hearts


I found this beautiful text (here) with resemblance to the sower and the four kinds of soils biblical parable, but with a new look upon it.

There are four kinds of heart in this world:

1. the live heart in a live man
2. the live heart in a dead man
3. the dead heart in a live man and
4. the dead heart in a dead man
The live heart in the live person is beating to other hearts regardless of their status, it embraces and enjoys every minute together and pulls them into a giant effort to the other world to which his heart truly beats.
The live heart of the dead man and the dead heart of the live man usually live in a state of mutual contempt, do not stand each other. Dead man with a live heart is the man who apparently is dead to the world, nothing moves him, but his heart beats to something, to something from another world, to the other world, to another reality. Because of this, a kind of caste pride catches him sometimes and then from the broken fence between himself and the world snickers envy, repugnance, anathema and sometimes excommunication. There is a hidden envy there, because the world has its charms too; all this until he comes into senses again, puts on his mortuary mask and his heart starts beating again for the other something.
The live man with the dead heart is the one whose heart is not touched by anything, although he moves in every direction,  crosses the oceans, travels in reality and virtually, back and forth in time indefinitely, from the Big Bang until the end of the world, miming emotion in society – in his type of society, with his type of emotion.  Because he’s very good at this, despite his dead heart, his face has a multitude of nuances. He doesn’t understand the dead man with the live heart, doesn’t understands his apparent apathy and no real affiliation, his mortuary mask inhibits him, it disconcerts him because he knows that behind it something beats for something else, which remembers him that inside he is actually on “mute”, although in fact is so noisy on the outside, so civilized and witty-funny-casual.
The dead heart in the dead man is the lucidity of the anesthetic patient who can’t talk and thus cannot communicate to the outside what he knows inside that is happening – his life like a dead open heart surgery. In his despair the dead man is trying to cling on things for the fear of disappearance, because his greatest fear is he will disappear into nothingness, as on a narrow spiral service stair that he believes will lead to ground, but actually on the ground floor the door is locked and the stairs go down to infinity into a dark infinity. He attracts things inside as one who is trying to rise from the ground and clings to one corner of tablecloth. Fails and all things are drawn towards him, on him, like a black hole. The most terrifying thing is that the dead heart in a dead man is very spacious –  all things disappear in it forever. This dead heart in the dead man clings perfectly on the dead heart in the live man, on the live heart in the dead man, on the live heart in the live man; it clings on anything, like a perfect automated cardiograph. However this kind of heart no longer has access to what is inside. Everything falls down forever.
All this kinds of hearts are floating in an ocean of love in this world. This ocean of love can
embrace billions of billions of billions of hearts simultaneously and still find room for another billion and trillion of  hearts. And it takes care of them with infinite grace.
Also in this ocean there is room for quadrillion of quadrillion of TB of pure emotion. And there is still room for at least same amount of pure information.
The problem is that, except the live heart in the live man, all other kinds of hearts are looking at life as an intercontinental cruise ship, with many decks – for each kind and class of hearts.
A cruise ship to satisfy 6 billion hearts, which, deep inside, alive or dead, don’t want to get wet and fear the ocean’s tides.
The idea is that all ships must sink in this ocean, that’s the sense of the journey. All ships and submarines must sink into the ocean of love, all means of transportation known and unknown must sink into the ocean of love – with all their passengers.
For when all the hearts will be sinking in this ocean – with will, not by chance – the ocean will make them as spacious as the ocean itself, simultaneously:
1. the live hearts in a live person
2. the live heart in a dead person
3. the dead heart in a live person
4. the dead heart in a dead person