C’mon Lucky #7
I recently wrote a blog about the bad luck of Friday the 13th. I figured I should also write about the good luck of a number, and what better number than to choose lucky number seven? We have all heard it is lucky, and many depend on that luck while gambling either with cards, bingo, or even slots. Seeing a 777 pop up on a slot machine means big payouts. But why is that seven is such a good luck number?
Many consider it good luck because of its many references in sacred texts, specifically in the Christian text, The Holy Bible. Right from the beginning of the Bible, Genesis, the number seven appears prevalent. As an electronic version of the Bible shows, in Genesis, chapter 2 verses 2-3, God created the world in seven days. He then rested on the seventh day. This has influenced the Christian sects and denominations for all of history. But the biblical references do not end there.
As one Yahoo article notes, The Holy Bible has many references to the number seven including, but not limited to:
“The number seven had its roots in ancient Jewish history, or B.C. times. Solomon knew of the Jewish view on the number seven, so he took seven years to build the temple in Jerusalem. The Torah mentions that the Sabbatical, or holy year, occurred every seven years. Even the Israelites were told to march around the walls of Jericho seven times, and their enemies would be defeated.
This view of the number seven continued in the New Testament. A disciple asked Jesus, ” How many times should we forgive our brethren? ” Jesus replied, ” 70 times 7″. Even in the last book of the Bible, the number seven is mentioned on more than one occasion. Revelations 1:16 states,” He had in his right hand seven stars.” Also in Revelations, the number of seals is seven.”
These are the references that most people have heard of. Funny enough, many people believe that The Holy Bible states that the number seven is the number of God, which is another contributor to its alleged good luck; however, in all of my readings of the text and in all of my research, I have been unable to find this verse. I would, of course, like to know where it is if it is there.
Beyond just the Christian origin of lucky number seven, many other religions, cultures, and societies also have reasons that the number is so lucky. Psychic Library notes “before the invention of the telescope, only seven planets were visible in the skies—the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. This may explain why many ancient cultures adopted seven gods or deities.” It also might explain why so many believe in the power of lucky number seven. The Greeks, Muslims, Buddhists, Goths, Japanese, Scottish Masons, and many other peoples make reference to or adhere to the notion that seven is lucky according to the Yahoo article.
On one class webpage for the University of Arkansas, the superstition of the number seven is further postulated: “there are seven ecstasies of Zoroaster, the seventh day that celebrates the Sabbath, the seven days of the week, the seven golden candlesticks of Solomon’s temple. Further, “the number 777 being lucky with [a regard to] gambling. ” Among various early peoples, the seventh son of a seventh son was believed to be born with supernatural powers, a boy who would become a wizard when he grew to manhood. Likewise, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter was believed to be born with gifts of prophecy and healing.”
Indeed, the number seven has much positive power connected to it. Is it truly lucky? Maybe and maybe not. But people sure do believe that it brings good luck, good fortune, and goodness in general.
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