7 Times the Number 7 Proved Significant in Ancient and Modern History

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Lucky 7. What is it about the number 7 that makes it so popular? And it is not just with popular opinion in media, the significance of number 7 is evident in ancient cultures and religion. Even in fiction, the number 7 continues to play a significant role. An if you were to ask people around the street as to what they consider as their lucky (or favorite) number, you can almost always expect to find as the popular choice. So what is it about the number 7 that is so magical and mysterious? We investigate through the most notable use of the number in history and society… are you ready to find out?

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1. Seven Seas

The Seven Seas is a term used to refer to the 7 major oceans in the world. This phrase had been used to refer to the 7 major oceanic bodies of water since the 19th century. The Seven Seas in the modern times refer to the North Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Antarctic Ocean.

But did you know that the origin of the phrase can be traced back to the ancient times? The term “Seven Seas” can have different classifications based on various forms of literature, however. For example, when Europeans discovered North America, they listed the Seven Seas as following: Pacific, Indian, Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico. In America, the meaning can be different. But still, the use of number 7 is compelling here. But this does not end here, wait until you here what ancient healing techniques and philosophies think about the importance of the number 7.

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2. Seven Chakras

The Seven Chakras refer to the seven energy centers within the human body to which energy flows. According to ancient medical belief, when there is a blockage in any of these seven chakras, then this results in illness or sensations of pain throughout the body. This is why it is important to understand and know where these chakras are and how it can affect overall bodily function.

The seven chakras are as follows:

1.The root chakra is linked with the emotional behavior towards money and independence.

2. The sacral chakra represents the ability to connect with other people and experiences that lead to a sense of well-being and pleasure.

3. The heart chakra that obviously links to the capacity for love, joy and inner peace.

4. The solar plexus chakra is where you take control of your life as it gives a feeling of self-confidence and self-esteem.

5. The throat chakra represents your ability to communicate.

6. The third eye chakra is associate with wisdom and ability to make decisions.

7. The crown chakra that is associate with pure bliss and ability to make spiritual connections.

According to ancient belief, these 7 chakras need to work in harmony with each other to make a healthy mind and body. Are you ready to look into the use of the number 7 in film and arts?


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3. The Seven Medieval Arts

The Medieval Arts represent a vast scope of art movements and genres throughout Europe in a span of 1000 years. The different medieval art forms also represent the identity of each period and the corresponding art movements. It is very interesting how the various periodic art movements correspond to the number 7. Each of these periods was able to generate unique styles that continue to be a model in today’s modern art creations.

The seven medieval arts are listed as follows: Early Christian art, Byzantine art, Insular art, Islamic art, Pre-Romanesque art, Romanesque art and Gothic art. These various art forms also hold significance not just in the field of art itself because they are used in fashion, architecture and other applications in the society – from ancient to modern times.


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4. Seven Samurai

The Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese film that features seven samurais hired by local villagers to combat bandits who steal their crops. This is one of the most classic samurai movies of all time and remains popular even after almost 60 years since its initial release.

The impact of the film in the art and film industry is given; however, what makes this film more compelling is its cultural significance that reflects on the actual lives of samurais. The film also covers a vast cross-section of humanity: it touches on ancient Japanese culture, romance and a little bit of history.

The significance of the number 7 is linked with the different idiosyncrasies that each samurai represents. Each of the seven heroes reflect different sides of humanity that the story is looking to explore and expose. And that is what makes the film powerful – it has a universal appeal despite being rooted in the Japanese culture of samurai.

Going beyond the significance of the number 7 in the human perspective (as used in art and film), this next list is another familiar but intriguing use of the number…


5. Seven Wonders of the World

The list of Seven Wonders of the World refers to the most impressive manmade structures throughout the world. There are two categories for this list: ancient and modern. The original list from ancient times were The Colossus of Rhodes, The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Meanwhile, the newest list of Seven Wonders of the Modern World was chosen via online votes and revealed on July 2007: Chichen Itza, Christ the Redeemer Statue, The Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal, Roman Colosseum, Machu Picchu, and the Ancient City of Petra.

The number 7 was chosen by the Greeks since they believed that the number is equivalent to perfection. They tied the number to the ancient planets (there were five total) plus the sun and moon. But now that you’ve looked into the use of number 7 in ancient history, film and art, how about its importance in music?


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6. Seven in Sound

In Western music, there are generally 7 notes that make up the diatonic scale. The melodic and harmonic minor scales also consist of 7 musical notes. The seven pitches in the diatonic scale can be broken down into five whole steps and two half steps.

However, there are more use of number 7 in music than most think. The Roman numeral vii is the leading tone in the musical scale degree. The number 7 has also had several uses including the seven musicians and seven basic swaras. Even in popular music of today, several bands and musical artists have used the number 7 in either their album names or song titles.

And lastly, how does the number 7 play into the ancient spiritual beliefs? How does the number 7 impact human condition in terms of psychological and spiritual growth? Check out the final item on this list to learn more….



7. Seventh Circuit Labyrinth

The seven-circuit labyrinth is the most notable geometric template in this ancient spiritual structure. The term seven circuit refers to the number of concentric rings that make up this geometric symbol. It also draws on the mystical quality of the number 7, which is linked to vision and transformation.

If you go back to the ancient spiritual beliefs to the time when this labyrinth was designed by folks from ancient cultures, the number 7 has major significance. First off, the design of the seven circuit labyrinth is modeled after the Cretan coins. For more than 400 years, labyrinths were used as spiritual models. And in the case of the seven circuit labyrinth, the 7 geometrical paths are believed to offer the highest level of growth in humans in terms of psychological and spiritual makeup. All seven paths aid humans toward the goal. The 7 geometric rings serve as the path in this labyrinth model.

Just as the number 13 is averted (for its link to Friday the 13th, and so on), the number 7 sits on the other end of the spectrum. It is celebrated and sought after. Whatever the root of this fascination may be, one thing is for sure: the desire for the number 7 is so deeply embedded in human history that it is safe to assume it will continue to be used widely in more decades and centuries to come.

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