Saturday, July 07, 2007

7/7/07

Today is an auspicious day. It is the 7th day of the 7th month of the year 2007.

For a world that prides itself on being logical and scientific, we are fascinated by numbers and their significance. Many couples are getting married today, hoping that the lucky #7 will give them a leg up on a lasting and happy marriage--or if nothing else, that the groom will never forget their anniversary.

Where do the connotations for the #7 come from?

No one knows for sure, although the number is mentioned in the bible, as well as other significant texts. It's all just speculation.

The number itself is open, crisp and clean, not curved like the numbers 6 or 8.

7--it just looks good and feels right. It is the first single number that won't fit on a single die.

Just how much does the number permeate our society?

When we are happy, we say we are in 7th heaven. There are movies--Snowwhite and the 7 Dwarfs and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. We believe that the 7th son of the 7th son (or 7th daughter or the 7th daugther) has mystical or psychic powers. Casinos make them the winning numbers on slot machines.

Now, there are many other numbers that have significance, but none considered as lucky as the #7. And to have 3 in a row like today, 7/7/07, is a once in a millenium event. Will the couples getting married today be luckier than the rest of us? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, check out the LIVE EARTH concerts from around the world today. If we get really lucky, maybe this will be the beginning of the end of global warming.

One can always hope.

Have a great day!

4 comments:

Rhian / Crowwoman said...

Thanks NJ - this tells me more than i knew yesterday when I had a reporter contact me asking if I could provide any myth or religious background to the signifigance of the date.
I was clueless. Apparently i need to bone up on my numerology...
nahhhhh.

Shelley Munro said...

Ooh, but there's also seven deadly sins ;)

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

I reviewed you blog on my Torn Bodice site today. I said all evil things.

No, I didn't say all evil things. I worship you, far too much.

N.J.Walters said...

LOL I'm sure you know a heck of a lot more about it than I do, Rhian. It's amazing how certain numbers have come to have such meaning in our culture.

LOL I forgot about that one, Shelley. You're absolutely right.

I'm gone to check it out, Nancy!