What is the meaning of the number 7?
There are many numbers that repeat themselves throughout all of human history: many of these have spiritual, historical or scientific significance, appear in holy books or even novels, or can be viewed as angelic messages offering guidance. In this article, we are going to explore again one of these numbers in particular: the meaning of number 7. As we explore the various degrees of importance that this number holds, you’ll begin to see just how significant this number is. We’ll start off by exploring the basic idea of numerology and the meaning of number 7.
Numerology and meaning of number 7
Numerology may be a new concept to you so we will take a moment just to explore what it is. Primarily, numerology is the belief that there is a divine, supernatural or mystical connection between numbers and events. A numerologist is someone who believes that any and all numbers can be viewed as a code or a cipher than carries a message for those able to interpret it.
So, what is the meaning of the number 7?
Every number holds special significance and possesses unique vibrational energy. Through understanding the meaning behind these vibrations, we can better grasp what each number symbolizes in relation to our place in the universe. Everything holds meaning, even if we can’t immediately understand what it is.
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Biblical Significance of the Number 7
This could be anything from the number of letters in a word, recurring numbers, verses in a chapter of the Bible…in short, any aspect of life can find a place in numerology. Astrology would be a prime example of this.
Seven appears throughout many different religions or spiritual circles. In order to fully grasp just how often it appears, we’ll need to explore each of the faiths and the significance of 7 within them.
We’ll start off with the Bible. Seven appears 54 times within Revelations (the final book of the Bible) but a grand total of 735 times when taking the entire Bible into consideration but when you include words that contain the word ‘seven’ such as “sevenfold” or “seventh” that total becomes 860.
An example of this would be God resting on the 7th day after creating everything within the universe. As we explore the Bible further, we find it originally contained seven main sections: Law, Prophets, Psalms, Gospels, General Epistles, the Epistles of Paul, and finally: the book of Revelations.
The Apostle John gives Jesus seven titles and Jesus himself gives seven parables in Matthew 13 and performs seven miracles on the Holy Sabbath day.
The book of revelations is rife with significant sevens. It is mentioned that there are seven last plagues, marked by seven trumpets and seven seals with seven churches each with an angel (so seven angels) and of course seven thunders.
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Further Biblical Symbolism of Number 7
The references to seven don’t stop there. There are seven Holy Days and of course, there’s no forgetting the seven deadly sins (also known as the seven cardinal sins).
The Star of David (a symbol primarily found within Judaism) has six points which represent the six universal directions while the center/inner core represents the spiritual dimension. So the Star contains seven areas within itself.
Some Kabbalists wrap long strands of red string around the Tomb of Rachel (located near Bethlehem) seven times before cutting it into bracelets of protection.
Other Faiths and the Meaning of Number 7
The number 7 meaning isn’t limited solely to the Bible. For example, if we take a look at Buddhism, we find that the mother of Siddhartha Buddha (named Maya) died seven days after giving birth to her son.
There were also seven factors of the enlightenment and seven universal mental constituents. Within the Bahá’i Faith which originated in Iran and is most popular within the Middle East, there are the Seven Valleys which are the seven spiritual stages of development that one must travel through in order to reach God.
The Meaning of Number 7 Within History and Superstitions
If we separate faith and history for a moment, we can find varying references to this number throughout the world. For starters, there are seven seas matched by seven continents.
There were seven wonders of the Ancient World:
- Lighthouse of Alexandria;
- Colossus of Rhodes;
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus;
- Statue of Zeus;
- Temple of Artemis;
- Babylonian Hanging Gardens;
- Great Pyramid of Giza (the only one left until today).
There have been seven nobles executed on the Tower Green within the Tower of London. There are seven letters used within the Roman numeral system (I, V, X, L, C, D, and M). There are also seven notes on the diatonic scaled (F, C, G, D, A, E and B).
Of course, breaking a mirror is supposed to bring you seven years of bad luck while saying the number at a crabs table is in of itself considered bad luck.
In fact, you’ll often hear players referring to the number seven as “it”. Speaking of gambling, the numbers on opposing sides of a dice always add up to seven and in Japan, there are considered to be seven lucky Gods.
The Number 7 Symbolism within Science and Literature
Of course, it’s not just within the past that seven makes an appearance. So what does 7 mean within science?
Well, the meteorological phenomenon whereby light is reflected, refracted and dispersed through droplets of water (also known as a rainbow) creates seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.
Seven is also the primary number within Miller’s Law which is an idea proposed by psychologist George Miller relating to the idea that our working memory on average can hold seven (plus or minus two) objects.
There are several celestial beings that are visible in space with the naked eye (Mars, Venus, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and the Moon.
Within popular literature, the number seven appears many times. For example, Snow White lived with seven dwarfs. Voldemort made a total of seven Horcruxes within the Harry Potter series (although one was accidental).
So what does the number 7 mean? Arguably, it could be the number of power which is why it appears so many times both throughout history and within the modern world. However, it is also possible that number 7 has significance due to how often it is mentioned within religious texts.
Symbol of completion and perfection in every tradition, angel number 7 refers to the whole planetary orders, the whole celestial dwellings, and the whole spiritual energies.
But the number seven is shrouded in mystery and has many other meanings. Let’s explore more about the meaning of number 7
Meaning of number 7
Obtained when adding 3, a celestial symbol of Trinity, and 4, a symbol of terrestrial materiality (the 4 cardinal points), the number seven is also the symbol of “the union between the Sky and the Earth”.
Consequently, it is omnipresent in your life:
- there are 7 days in a week,
- there are 7 colors in a rainbow,
- there are 7 notes in the diatonic scale,
- there are 7 centers of energy (or “chakras”) in Yoga,
- there are 7 planets in traditional astrology
- (I guess you have found even more examples)…
All this seems pretty simple, quite ordinary. But it’s not!
The meaning of number 7 and the Angels
It also refers to what is particularly dear to your heart: the Heavens (there are 7 of them) where the angelical orders reside and where the Archangels are Princes.
The number 7 is the embodiment of divine Perfection. Isn’t the world said to have been created in 7 days by God?
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Meaning of number 7 – Mystical Symbol
When taking a closer look at it, the number 7 quickly becomes an initiation number, a mysterious number. Here’s an example: each lunar cycle is composed of four 7-day periods; in other words, a total of 28 days. To become initiated and open the door to the mystery this number is shrouded in, add the first 7 numbers:
It’s because everything that revolves around the meaning of number 7 has always been linked to a mystery that it is universally considered as the lucky number par excellence.
Did you know that it is the number that is most often used when playing the lottery or other games of chance?
If it is or becomes your lucky number or if the meaning of number 7 helps you win the jackpot someday, you will remember on that day, I think, what I’ve just taught you.
To be lucky, this numerological data will provide you with valuable help. But to stack the odds in your favor, I’ll offer you to go even further by revealing the name of the being that will not hesitate to help you: your Protective Guardian Angel. To know who he is and what his name is, you can try out my first free Reading of the Angels.