Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Lucky number seven
After watching Phelps and his team take the Gold in the swimming relay in under seven minutes I decided to have a closer look at the number seven. It's a distraction from the knitting. I have almost finished the hooded cardigan, and am onto the pattern part of the back for Hey Teach.
I almost thought of doing seven reasons why going ravelympics has been a good thing to do but these are more interesting and I'm sure you can all think of your own seven.
There are seven colours in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple.
There are seven levels that make up the sky. These are: atmosphere, exosphere, lonosphere, thermosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, troposphere. (please do not ask me how I actually know this information)
Pythagoreans called it the perfect number, 3 and 4, the triangle and the square, the perfect figures.
Seven ancient planets - the sun was the greatest planet of the ancient seven and next to the sun, the moon, changing in all its splendour every seventh day. Seven visible planets and luminaries (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).
Books ...The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence, Enid Blyton's Secret Seven series ... (personally my favourite, even better than the famous five)
Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ... Reiki and the Seven Chakras ...
Seven Deadly Sins. (can you name them all?)
The Trumpton fire brigade. (Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Magrew, Cuthburt, Dibble and Grub)
I loved this show as a kid. The forerunner of Fireman Sam.
In Chinese culture, the seventh day of the first moon of the lunar year is known as Human's Day to be celebrated as the universal birthday of all human beings.
The number seven has a correlation with the cognitive abilities of a human being. The limits of human cognitive capacity lie within the range of 7 plus or minus 2.
There are seven basic musical notes, namely, 'do', 're', 'me', 'fa', 'so', 'la' and 'te'.
In Indian music they are ‘sa’, ‘re’, ‘ga’, ‘ma’, ‘pa’, ‘dha’ and ‘ni’.
I've never really thought of seven as a lucky number but it would seem there's a lot of significance attached to it. Has it been lucky for you? What is your lucky number