07 Jul Seven versus Nine
Tidbits -> 7 – 7 – 16
We already mentioned the number 9 and its sacred importance for Germanic peoples. Among the Germanics 7 was not a sacred number, but nevertheless it does occur as a round number in the Older Edda where it is written: “7 days we trotted through cold country, 7 more days over sea, and the third 7 we journeyed across dry steppes.” It is likely that seven (7) reached the Germanic areas through the Mithraic cults and trading with the Middle Eastern regions on the one hand and Christian missionary activities on the other and then 7 took over the place of the indigenous 9 in various connections!
The longstanding role of 7 as a magic number is evident from its place in magical and especially alchemical processes. For this reason, the 7 seals of Solomon were frequently used in Islamic magic, and the strange name Abraxas, which consists of 7 letters, also plays an important role there. Just as effective formulas were often repeated 3 or 7 times. Distillations, for instance, usually had to performed 7 times.
The 7 is important in ancient medicine as well: in the tradition of Hippocrates it is said that the number 7 rules the ailments and everything that is destructible in the body. The physicians of antiquity knew that painful ailments lasted for 7 days or a multiple of 7. The Pythagoreans called 7 a “Crisis” and considered all days that could be divided by 7 as critical. Including the seventh and fourteenth days of the month. In German folklore the 7 sisters appear as fever demons, and healing takes 7 or 9 days or weeks. Apparitions such as the White Ladies tend to reappear every 7 years. 7 could become an indefinite round number meaning “many”. The exegete Donatius Tyconius states that the stereotype number should be regarded as symbolic: that is why one finds frequent use of 7 winds, the 7 seas, the 7 eras, or, in the Oriental tradition, the 7 deserts, and 7 wisest men are paralleled by the 7 wonders of the world.
We have also 7 days, 7 notes in music, 7 chakras, 7 colors, 7 deadly sins, 7 visible heavenly spheres, 6 directions + 1 axis = 7, T=7, Horus is 7, 1x2x3x4x5x6x7 = 5040
Plato mentions in his Laws that 5040 is a convenient number to use for dividing many things (including both the citizens and the land of a state) into lesser parts.
5040 is considered an important number in some systems of numerology, not only because of the Plato connection, but because using round figures, the sum of the radii of both the Earth and Moon (in miles) is 3960 + 1080 = 5040. Incidentally, the sum of their diameters is also the number of minutes in a week (7 days × 24 hours × 60 minutes = 10,080).