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777 facts about the number 7

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In Sumerian history, there are seven lunar divisions and seven days of the week. There are also seven zones of earth and seven planes of the ziggurat tower.


At one point in the children’s song, there are ‘Seven green bottles hanging on the wall . . .’


In Christian dogma there are seven holy sacraments.


777 British servicemen and civilians were injured during the Falklands conflict in 1982 (excluding the 255 dead). Ministry of Defence figures give: loss of arm, 4; loss of leg, 16; loss of foot, 9; loss of hand, 1; loss of toes, 1; eye injuries, 13; ear injuries, 12; burns, 120; head injuries, 59; fractures, 58; gunshot wounds, 72; other wounds (including shrapnel), 195; trench foot and other injuries caused by cold, 109; shock, 17; smoke inhalation, 13; dislocations and sprains, 39; minor and unknown, 39.


I visited Brock Bottom in March 2002 and stood on a bridge, the railings of which consisted of seven sections.


Alchemists work with seven metals.


Whenever people are in raptures about something, they describe themselves as being in ‘Seventh Heaven’. Why seventh heaven? I’m not sure. Perhaps the other six are crap.


In March 2002 it was leaked that George W. Bush had invested in further nuclear weapons technology with regard to use against a possible 7 nations, those being:
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • China
  • Syria
  • Libya


Seven is the sum of the number of man (4) and the number of the divinity (3).


In the run-up to Helter Skelter – what The Family believed would be the end of civilisation – Charlie Manson "taught that the family bringing the seven holes on the seven planes into alignment would be the ones to squirt through to the other side of the universe". The Hole was in Death Valley and was The Family’s intended refuge from Helter Skelter, where they would wait until it was time for them to rise and take control.


Seven is the Hebrew number of occult intelligence. There are seven great holy days and seven years to build the temple.


When Nuno de Guzman led his armies into Sinaloa in 1530 (several years before Cabeza deVaca), he was seeking the Seven Cities of Cibola. The Seven Cities were a medieval Spanish myth translated to the American Southwest, presumably on information gathered from Indians familiar with Chaco, Aztec, and Paquime – or, less likely, pueblos like those at Zuni.


In the photo album eponymously titled Beer Sheva, which appears to have been printed in the early 1970’s, a photograph of that Israeli town’s skyscraper clearly displays the building’s unusual design, based on groups of seven overlapping building blocks.

7 skyscraper


There are seven angels of the Presence, seven councils of the early church, seven devils cast out by Christ and seven joys and sorrows of Mary the virgin, mother of Jesus.


"What about the Global 7, or G7? The economic tyrants of earth, numbering seven? ‘The G7 Meeting’ . . . what are they talking about? Yes, that’s right . . . The number 7!!!!!!!"


In the poem:
"As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack held seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?",
we are supposed to deduce that only one person – ‘I’ – was going to St Ives, but nowhere does it say that ‘I’ didn’t meet the man with seven wives as he walked in the same direction as ‘I’, but much more slowly, what with having to struggle under the weight of 2744 feline mammals in 49 sacks (even with the help of his seven wives).


Sen’night is an Olde Worlde term for a week.


Top film The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven academy awards.


"The just man stumbles seven times a day" – Strach / Sirach.


To keep the men’s hose from falling down in the days before elastic (we’re talking early 1400s here), the top of the tights sported pairs of eyelets through which strings could be tied. Normally, a man used as many as seven fancy little strings to keep his hose up.


In tantric / yoga tradition there are seven chakras (spiritual energy points) to the human body.


An old saw in business administration, introduced to archaeology by Gregory Johnson (1978), is the rule of seven: Seven is the maximum for effective group action; seven is the top number of tasks a top administrator can juggle.


In Egyptian history, there are Seven Fates whose priestesses had seven jars and seven tunics, Ra had seven hawks representing the seven wise ones, there are seven houses to the underworld, and seven is the sacred number of Osiris.


There are, allegedly, Seven Seas (or, more accurately, Seven Oceans; these are traditionally given as the Antarctic, the Arctic, the Indian, the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, the South Atlantic and the South Pacific) and the popular music group Queen sang about Seven Seas of Rye.


A brand of vitamin supplement tablet is called ‘Seven Seas’.


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin’ Women – is one of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s (or so I read somewhere).

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


The British television sit-com Sorry! ran for seven series over the seven years 1981-1988.


Obviously, the number seven does in fact have at least some mystical properties. For one, there are seven days of creation, seven heavens, seven hells, and seven islands of Atlantis.


But there are also seven socks in my drawer, seven swans a swimming, seven continents, seven ones in seven, I was seven once, and there are seven letters in the word ‘science’.


And the word ‘machine’.


There are seven wise men of Greece.


"Pyjamas? Aisle seven," a clerk says helpfully.


The roadrunner, a bipedal bird (capable of flight but which prefers running) raises its body temperature by seven degrees prior to running by spreading its dark tail to absorb heat from the sun.


Wind Power, generated out at sea, could supply all the UK’s electricity needs from a square patch of sea with sides seventy-seven miles long.


The "Seven Liberal Arts" was a system of education bequeathed by Ancient Greece to Rome and thence to mediaeval Europe. The Seven Liberal Arts were dialectic, grammar and rhetoric (together comprising the trivium), and the more advanced arts of arithmetic, astronomy, geometry and music (the quadrivium).


There are seven signs of aging, according to a television advert by the beauty products company who market Olay (which was called Oil of Ulay for years) but I don't know what they are because the advert was too quick for me to be able to read them. I think one of them was 'tone'.


The collection of short stories Night Shift by Stephen King was published in 1978, followed seven years later by his second collection, Skeleton Crew, in 1985, followed seven years later by his third, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, in 1992.


And in Nightmares and Dreamscapes there is a short story called Rainy Season that tells of a shower of toads on June 17th every seven years. "You see, it doesn't just sprinkle toads. It pours."


A seven-segment display is an arrangement of seven bars forming a square figure of eight, used in electronic displays of alpha-numeric characters: any letter or figure can be represented by illuminating selected bars.


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The magic number 7


In his book, The Cosmic Code, Zecharia Sitchin writes, ". . . several numbers of celestial or sacred importance seem to be out of place. One is the number seven, whose significance in the story of Creation, as the seventh or Sabbath day, in the name of Abraham’s abode Beer-Sheba (‘The Well of Seven’), and so on is easily recognised. In Mesopotamia, it was applied to the Seven Who Judge, the Seven Sages, the Seven Gates to the Lower World, the Seven Tablets of the Enuma Elish. It was an epithet on Enlil (‘Enlil is Seven’) the Sumerians stated; and – undoubtedly the origin of the number’s significance – it was the planetary number of earth, ‘Earth is the seventh,’ all Sumerian astrological texts asserted."
Thus, in Sitchin’s view, the number seven represents the earth as seen and calculated from the planet Nibiru, which is a large planet with a 3600 year orbit that is currently outside of the planet Pluto’s orbit.


Robert Temple, the writer of The Sirius Mystery, believes otherwise. You see, Zecharia Sitchin studies Sumeria, and Robert Temple studies Egypt. Given, Sumeria is older, Temple seems to feel that many of the lost answers to the Sumerian mysteries may, in fact, be found in Egyptian mythology, its symbolism and well-noted occult practices. According to Temple, the significance of the number stems from the ‘seven gods of destiny’, who are also referred to as, ‘The Seven Annunaki of the Underworld’.
Temple goes on and explains: "Remember that in both Sumer and Egypt each god of significance in astronomical terms has his own ten day period or week. If we multiply seven gods times ten days we get seventy days . . . Sirius was, astronomically, the foundation of the entire Egyptian religious system. Its celestial movements determined the Egyptian calendar, which is even known as the Sothic calendar. Its helical rising marked the beginning of the Egyptian year and roughly coincided with the flooding of the Nile . . . The helical rising was the occasion when Sirius again rose into visibility in the sky after a period of seventy days of being out of sight, during which time it was conceived as being in the Duat, or Underworld."
To paraphrase: The number seven represents the seven ‘gods’ it takes for the star of Sirius to reappear in the sky after being out of sight for seventy days. Each god is worth ten days. Therefore, the number seven is all about the star Sirius as opposed to the Earth. The Star Sirius has been depicted throughout numerous pieces of artwork in both Egypt and the Dogon Tribe as a seven-pointed star, all the more enforcing this possibility.


So who is right? Robert Temple or Zecharia Sitchin?
If you have an opinion on this matter, you’re taking things much too seriously. Go out more.


In the Biblical New Testament following the seductive Dance of The Seven Veils performed by Salome for her father King Herod, she was offered and granted whatever she so desired. Upon the advice of her mother, she opted for the severed head of John the Baptist served on a silver platter.


The gas helium is seven times less dense than air.


In an obscure Victorian text by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, the Seven Sisters of Sleep are given as:

  • Tobacco
  • Opium
  • Hashish
  • Cocaine
  • Betel Nut
  • Belladonna
  • Fly Agaric


In the book Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the ‘Narnia’ series by C. S. Lewis, there is a passage: “. . . but it cannot be told in his words because after September 11 he forgot about keeping his diary for a long time.” This book was first published in 1952, 7x7 years before September 11th, 2001.


Seven Churches of Asia:
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.


In 1597 in Leigh, Lancashire, seven people were made to fast, pray and listen to constant preaching by the controversial Exorcist, John Darrell, for three to four days in a bid to cleanse them of Evil Spirits.


The chap (whose name I didn’t immediately find when browsing his website) who goes cluster ballooning most often in the world wrote: “For my first cluster balloon flight, I used seven, large silvery mylar balloons.

7 balloons


In Charles DickensA Christmas Carol the ghost of Jacob Marley first appears to Scrooge seven years to the day after his death.


The Seventh Day Adventists are a sect begun by William Miller in 1831 in the USA. They worship Saturday (the seventh day) as their Sabbath. Miller preached that the world would end in the year 1843 or 1844. It didn't.


And the Seventh Day Baptists are a Germano-American Baptist group who also keep Saturday as their Sabbath.


The legendary Celtic King of Ulster, Fergus Mac Roich reputedly had the strength of 700 men and in a single sitting would consume seven sheep, seven pigs, seven cows and seven deer, whilst supping seven barrels of ale, mead or wine. It also took seven women at a time to satiate his rampant passions.


The Woody Allen film Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex** But Were Afraid To Ask consists of seven sketches.


According to 14th- and 15th-century legend seven bishops, driven with their followers by the Moors from 8th-century Spain, fled to an island in the Atlantic, where they founded seven cities. This "Island of the Seven Cities" is still occasionally to be found on maps.


The Seven Years War, also known as the Third Silesian War, was waged between 1756 and 1763.
France, Austria, Saxony, Russia & Sweden versus Britain, Prussia & Hanover (Spain on one side was Frederick the Great of Prussia, assisted by England and Hanover; on the other, France, Austria, Russia, Saxony, Sweden - Spain later joined them by attacking Portugal).


And the Seven Weeks War was between Austria and Prussia, from 14th June to 26th July 1866. Prussia Won.


The Thugees were a murderous sect of robbers prevalent on lonely Indian roads. Some researchers believe that their reign of terror began in the Seventh Century. Despite their crimes generally being considered rites of devotion to the Hindu Goddess Kali, many Thugees were thought to have derived from seven different Muslim tribes. There are seven letters in the word Thugees and their violent worship was ‘officially’ said to have been wiped out by the British Empire in the year 1861 (1+8+6+1=16; 1+6 = 7).


Seven Deacons (first deacons of the church):
Stephen, Phillip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas.


One person dies every seven minutes on India’s roads.


In 1635 Charles I created the 'Letter Office', forerunner of The Post Office proper, to carry public mail at a speed of 7mph in the summer months (and 5mph in the winter).


Seven Corporal Works of Mercy:
To tend the sick, To feed the hungry, To give drink to the thirsty, To clothe the naked, To harbour the stranger, To minister to prisoners and To bury the dead.


When I bought a quartz metronome in September 2002, I was delighted to find that not only had the packaging been produced in 1997, but that the part number of the machine was QT-7.



There are seven letters each in the names America, Lincoln and Kennedy. Now follows seven sets of coincidences linking these dead presidents:

  • Abraham Lincoln studied law and campaigned for civil rights. He was elected to Congress in 1846 and as president in 1860. John F. Kennedy studied law and campaigned for civil rights. He was elected to Congress in 1946 and as president in 1960.
  • Lincoln was succeeded by Andrew Johnson (born in 1808). Kennedy was succeeded by Lyndon Johnson (born in 1908). Both served in the US Senate. There are seven letters each in Senator and Johnson.
  • Lincoln’s secretary, John Kennedy, advised him not to go to the theatre. Kennedy’s secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, advised him not to go to Dallas.
  • Both presidents were fatally shot in the head on a Friday with their wives present. Both reputedly felt anxiety over assassination earlier in the day.
  • The wives, Mary Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy both had children who also died whilst their husbands were in the White House. 
  • Lincoln was killed in Ford’s Theatre. Kennedy was killed in a Ford Lincoln convertible. 
  • John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and hid in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald apparently shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was discovered sitting in a theatre. Both men were themselves assassinated before they could be tried in court.


Seven Penitential Psalms (to be said on Fridays during Lent):
Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 and 143. 


In the ‘Dingo baby’ case of 1980, the family at the centre of the incident were Seventh day Adventists. The eventual trial to determine whether the baby was indeed taken off by a dingo or murdered by her mother lasted seven weeks. The mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was eventually released from prison on 7th February, 1986.


Legend states that whilst the church tower in Canwdon, Essex still stands then seven witches will always be active in the village.


The seven archangels are named as Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Jophiel, Chamuel, Zadkiel and Uriel. In 2002 the Vatican issued a bull stating that only the first 3 can be venerated by Christians. The last 4 are banned as they are only mentioned in the apocryphal Book of Enoch, a text removed from the official Bible.


The number seven was significant in Sorcery as it represented the seven visible planetary bodies, these being:

  • The Sun
  • The Moon
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn


Seven babies lost to me before birthing. One husband gone to terrible sickness. Another dead on the battlefields of Spain.

Seven babies lost to me before birthing. One husband gone to terrible sickness. Another dead on the battlefields of Spain.


There were seven children in the television series The Waltons:
John Boy (played by Richard Thomas from 1972-77 and by Robert Wightman from 1979-81), Mary-Ellen (played by Judy Norton-Taylor), Jim-Bob (played by David W. Harper), Jason (played by Jon Walmsley), Erin (played by Mary Elizabeth McDonough), Ben (played by Eric Scott) and Elizabeth (played by Kami Cotler).
The show ran from 1972 until 1982 and there have been seven feature-length TV Movies; the word ‘Waltons’ is made up of seven letters.


Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy:
To convert the Sinner, To instruct the ignorant, To counsel those in doubt, To comfort the sorrowful, To bear wrongs with patience, To forgive injuries and To pray for the living and the dead.


Following complaints that there was “no difficulty in buying stamps on the island of Guernsey, but no receiving office to take in the mail”, a local blacksmith, John Vaudin, cast seven boxes in 1852. One of these can still be found in Union Street, St Peter Port.


Tiresias, the great blind prophet of Greek myth was said to have lived seven lifespans. During this time he interrupted a pair of mating snakes and as a result was transformed into a woman for seven years.


At the start of their career, the German goth band, Garden of Delight, revealed their plans to release seven albums only, each containing seven songs only and released over a period of seven years.


In the seventh book of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events entitled The Vile Village, a water pitcher decorated with a design comprising seven crows is given to the Baudelaire children in their jail cell. This occurs on page 178 of the book (1+7+8 = 16. 1+6 = 7.) The name Snicket and the word Village both contain seven letters. As does the word ‘letters’.


My nail clippers have the legend 777 embossed on the top lever.


Robert Maxwell was one of seven siblings, and was quoted as once saying that he did not have a pair of shoes of his own until he was seven.


The seven planets of the soul are:
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Water
  • Air
  • Mist
  • Flowers
  • Wind


In Graeco-Roman myth, the seventh labour of Herakles (Hercules) was to rid the island of Crete from the scourge of a great white bull.


Seven Os of Advent (to be sung in the week leading up to Christmas):
O Sapientia, O Adonai, O Radix Jesse, O Clavis David, O Oriens Splendor, O Rex Gentium, and O Emmanuel


The actor Brad Pitt appeared in the films Seven and Seven Years in Tibet, and in numerous paparazzi photos he has been snapped wearing several different t-shirts all displaying designs incorporating the number seven.



The Ballistic Planetarium at Buenos Aires, in the work of fiction Beyond this Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein, is a machine to calculate the position of any body in the solar system, at any time, past or future, and give results accurate to seven places.


And in the novel The Star Beast, also written by Robert A. Heinlein, an oath is sworn to the seventy-seven seven-sided gods of the Sarvanchil.


The seven heavens of Islam are:

  • Pure silver
  • Pure gold
  • Pearl
  • White gold
  • Silver
  • Ruby & garnet
  • Divine light


To accidentally smash a glass vase means seven years good luck.


The seven methods of Ligature - causing impotence through Witchcraft - were outlined in 1608 by Francesco Maria-Guazzo as being:

  • A couple could be made to hate each other
  • They could be kept apart though hindrance
  • The emission of semen could be blocked
  • The semen could be rendered infertile
  • The ability to gain erection could be hampered
  • Potions could be utilised to render women infertile
  • Genitalia could be caused to wither or seal up. Some Witches were accused of hiding male members in nests up trees


Humans have seven bodily orifices, not including eye sockets.


In Egyptian myth, the dark goddess Sekhmet has seven demon servants collectively known as the Bau (the arrows).


The mysterious Dobhar-Chu (water-hound or king otter) of Irish folklore is regarded by some to be the seventh cub of a common otter litter.


In 1711, seven women were arrested on Magee Island, Antrim, Ireland and charged with causing (through magic) 18-year-old Mary Dunbarr to vomit pins, buttons, cotton, yarn and feathers.


Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.


My virus checker update program displays a row of seven small identical images – a floppy disk with wings. Each disk has seven small red triangles circling it.

7 flying floppy discs


On 21st August, 2002, a package I received from the Swiss band Bidoche Musique contained seven identical stickers.


There are seven players in a game of Quidditch – three chasers, one keeper, two beaters and a seeker.


The Brothers Grimm could be accused of being obsessed with the number seven, as shown by the following seven facts:

  • In addition to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, they also collected tales entitled The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids and The Seven Ravens
  • Hans, The Youth who Went to Learn to Shudder, had to spend a night under a gallows on which hung seven executed criminals (or, as the Brothers nicely put it, ‘Seven men who’d married the rope-maker’s daughter’).
  • In The Good Bargain, a dim peasant argued with frogs over the seven dollars he’d been paid for a cow.
  • The Brave Little Tailor could kill ‘seven at one stroke’, be they unicorns, giants or whatever.
  • Seven dragons were slain in The Two Brothers.
  • In Hans in Luck, Hans decided to leave to seek his fortune after serving his master for seven years.
  • The servant-girl who thought she had spent 3 days in the company of The Elves had actually been away from home for seven years.


The State of Texas in the USofA adopted lethal injection as means of execution in 1977. The offender on Death Row is usually pronounced dead approximately seven minutes after the lethal injection begins.


The 15th Century Theologian, Johannes Nider categorised the seven symptoms of Maleficia (Black Magic) as being:

  • Causing harm by inspiring love
  • Causing impotence and sterility
  • Stirring up hatred 
  • Inducing madness and disease
  • Injuring property or animals
  • Causing loss of life
  • Raising storms and air-borne poisons


In the summer of 1999 in Hebden Bridge, whilst on the towpath of the Rochdale Canal, I was attacked by wasps and stung seven times – on the hand, arm, shoulder and chest. I didn’t like it.


In The Simpsons Halloween Special IX, when the alien Kang comes to Springfield declaring that Maggie Simpson is his daughter, he proposes taking her home to his planet - Rigel-7.


In Springfield’s Nuclear Power Plant, Homer Simpson works in sector 7G (G is the seventh letter of the alphabet). Sector 7G is referred to in the episode where Homer gains 61 pounds (6+1=7) in order to qualify as disabled and so be able to work from home.


Homer’s also stated as working in sector 7G in the episode where he meets his mother, who he believed to be dead. She had actually gone on the run after being the only identified member of ‘The Springfield Seven’, a hippie gang which had attacked and neutralised Mr. Burns’ chemical warfare laboratory.


And in the same episode, when Lisa and Grandma Simpson are playing saxophone and guitar, singing ‘How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man’, Homer immediately answers ‘Seven’.


In the episode from which the following picture is taken – the one concerning the Springfield chapter of MENSA – The Comic Book Guy has the line: “Inspired by the most logical race in the Galaxy, the Vulcans, breeding will be permitted once every seven years. For many of you, this will mean much less breeding. For me, much, much more.”

Gazebo #7
(In fact, The Simpsons seem so obsessed with the number seven that you'd be hard pushed not to find a reference to the number 7 in any given episode).


Seven Sorrows of Mary:
Simeon's prophecy, The flight into Egypt, The loss of the Holy Child, The road to Calvary, The Crucifixion, The taking down of the cross and The entombment. 


There is a company operating in the area where I live called Seven Days Frozen Foods, whose delivery vehicles are painted red with a large white 7, circled, as their logo. If I said they were following me, I’d appear paranoid (wouldn’t I?).


In an e-mail I received in October, 2002, Chris J Jones wrote, “Strangely enough, the freezer (seven letters!) that you and Dave delivered all those years ago, lasted seven years, seven months, seven days, seven hours, seven minutes, and although I can't be too sure of the seconds, I think they were in the region of seven .”
(I’m not too sure what happened to it next. Maybe it spontaneously combusted).


Upon her deathbed, Lady Isabella Tichbourne predicted misfortune befalling the Hampshire house of Tichbourne upon the portent of seven sons followed by a line of seven sisters being born into the family. After 600 years (therefore in the seventh successive century) this prediction came to pass during the seat of Sir Henry the seventh Baronet Tichbourne and, indeed, bad luck did seemingly pursue the family from that time.


The Seven are the original members of EFTA (the European Free Trade Association formed in 1959). They are:
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom


The Seveners are an Islamic sect that honour Isma'il, the seventh Imam.