figure seven (7) includes the only pure diagonal to be found amongst
the numeral figures (and depends upon this oblique line to differentiate
it from the numeral ‘1,' as also to break it's rotational bond with
the (upper-case) letter ‘L'). It is ideographically connected to the
lightning-stroke, and related by composition to the (similarly associated)
figure ‘7' designates the number seven, the fourth odd number (with
odditude of one), and the fourth prime (seventh prime = 17).
digitally cumulates to twenty-eight.
Keypad direction: North-West.
biblical importance of the number seven is established at the beginning
of Genesis, with the religious derivation of the seven-day week (from
the six days of creation +1). Jewish mysticism deepens this association
between seven and sacred time with an account of seven discarded creations
(preceding the current one, and cast into the abyss). The number seven
is also notably prominent in Revelation (where it is referred to the
seven ancient churches, to the seven angels, seven seals, seven last
plagues, seven vials of wrath, and to the seven heads of the great
beast (which perhaps refer - in turn - to the seven hills of Rome)).
The heptamania of Revelation is the probable source of the structurally
ambivalence of seven within popular Christianity, where it is attributed
both to the seven cardinal virtues, and the seven deadly sins.
crescendo of seven-obsession is found in the Theosophical writings
of Madame Blavatsky, who divides the cosmic process into seven phases,
each characterized by one of seven sequential ‘root races.' Blavatsky
draws from biblical sources, but is more directly influenced (through
the teachings of her ‘Ascended Tibetan Masters') by the usage of the
number seven in a variety of Eastern religions (including the Hindu
seven worlds, seven divine mothers, and seven Rishis - or sages -,
the seven Buddhas, and the seven Shinto gods of good fortune).
and mystical investments of the number seven are closely connected
to the seven planets of classical astronomy and traditional astrology
(from which the phrase ‘seventh heaven' is derived). In recent times,
the Seven Sisters (or Pleiades) have taken up an increasing proportion
of this cosmic-numerical freight.
triplicate reiteration of the number seven is used as the title for
Alistair Crowley's book of numbers, 777 (a number corresponding to
the gematria value of the law of Thelema according to Alphanumeric