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.

Seven Seas

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


April said...

Seven deadly sins - Pride, avarice, gluttony, lust, sloth, anger, envy! I remember spending months working on a music and drama piece at uni based around these.

I don't really have a lucky number, but tend to go for mutiples of 5 as my birthday is 15th or 4 as it is in April!

April xx

Wool Winder said...

I won a prize with number 18 once at a school fair.

chanknits said...

Trumpton Fire Brigade. Faintly, a bell rings in the back of my mind... Sounds familiar, but...

And four. Four letters in my nickname. Four was the last digit on all of my sports uniforms - purely by chance - for all of my student athlete years!

Jane said...

Not sure I have a lucky number, but I do remember the Trumpton Firebrigade i also loved watching the show. The Chinese think 8 is a lucky number so thats why the Olympics started at the 8th minute of the 8th hour of the 8th day of 2008. Good luck with your knitting olympics. Jane x

Wendy said...

I've always loved the number 7. My birthday is on the 17th. My high school soccer number was 27, and basketball 37. 7 rocks!

LizzieJane said...

To be honest I have never really paid much attention to the number 7, that was until I read your post today and found it quite fascinating. thanks for all the great info.

Willow said...

The seven deadly sins: three cold--envy, avarice, sloth; three hot- gluttony, lust, anger; one, pride, the umbrella that covers them all.

Can you match the seven deadly sins with the seven virtues? three divine: faith, hope, love. four cardinal: prudence, jusstice, temperance, courage.

I had some help with these from The Professor and Kiti.

I like the number 4 because I have four children.

Oh. How about the seven books in the Narnia series?

Indigo Blue said...

I loved Trumpton as a kid and Camberwick Green would love to find this on DVD some time. I was thrilled when I found a video of Bagpuss.

Indigo Blue said...

Opps forgot my lucky number, would have to be 9 which was the day that Sophie was born and everything went ok.