Lucky seven’s aura of mystery | Sunday Observer

Lucky seven’s aura of mystery

10 October, 2021

All numbers from one to ten have an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol or figure, that represent a particular quantity. They are used in counting, making calculations and showing an order in a series or for identification. More than letters in the alphabet, numbers seem to have an effect on our lives.

Have you heard of the number 666? According to numerology, it represents the name of the Antichrist of the Revelation 13:18, “Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast.” It is the number of a man and his number is six hundred threescore and six. It has been suggested that the number given could be a coded reference to Nero. The numerical value of Nero Caesar, written in Hebrew letters, adds up to 666.

Coming down to small numbers, we know that number ten is a name for 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. If you add up the two numbers, 1 + 0, you get the numerical value one. Number one people are political leaders and others who are prominent in various professions.

Back number

From number one, we come down to back number, a person whose methods or ideas are regarded as out of date and who is no longer seen as important. You find such people in the political arena. Originally, a back number is the issue of a periodical before the current one.

In the number game we often come across the golden number which shows the year’s place in the Metonic cycle and it is used to fix the date of Easter for that year. The golden number for any year AD is found by adding one to the number of the year and dividing the result by 19. The remainder is the golden number for that year. If there is no remainder, the golden number is 19. The term is a translation of Medieval Latin ‘aureus numerous’, so-called from its importance in calculating the date of Easter.

According to a 16th century proverb, there is luck in odd numbers. It is a superstition similar to that in “Third time lucky.” Some students sit the same examination three times, but every time they fail. Whatever that may be, the celebrated Roman poet Virgil (7o - 19 BC) in his “Eclogues” says, “The god delights in an uneven number.”

Safety in numbers

A late 17th century proverb says, “There is safety in numbers.” It is a biblical allusion to Proverbs 11:14: “In the multitude of counsellors there is safety, but now with the implication that a number of people will be unscathed where an individual might be in danger.”

Have you ever tried to memorize a long number? Memorizing long numbers is definitely a daunting task. However, you can remember long numbers by using the number rhyme system or the number shape system. If you have to remember a long number such as 360489297, you can profitably use this system. Here’s how it is done:

“A tree (3) collapses into sticks (6) but they are all caught (0) in a net hooked onto the door (4). They will be used to make a new gate (8) on which there will be a red line (9) and nailed to it will be a shoe (2) which will also bear a red line (9) with an arrow pointing to Devon (7).”

Complex method

If you find it a complex method, try to remember a long number in chunks of three. Then you will find it easy to remember the units. The long number given above can be broken into three chunks: 360 / 489 / 297. The same method can be applied to remember long words by breaking them into syllables. For instance, a very long word such as “Antidisestablishmentarianism” can be broken into several syllables: “Anti / dis / establish /mentaria / nism.”

Author Alex Bellos once set out to find the world’s favourite numbers. His online survey received over 30,000 votes from number-philes around the world. Voters gave their reasons for their favourite numbers which usually corresponded to an important date or age or other positive association. The survey showed that odd numbers outperformed evens.

Some people favoured number ‘42’ saying that it was the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything. The number eight which rhymes with the Chinese word “Fa” signifying prosperity came in third. Second place went to number three, perhaps for its many appearances in nature, culture and religion. There are three important segments in Buddhism. They are the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Christians have Trinity: Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

A large number of voters favoured number seven. The fascination for number seven goes back thousands of years. For instance, ancient Babylonian tablets were riddled with sevens. In the favourite children’s story ‘Snow White’ there were seven dwarfs: Happy, Sleepy, Doc, Bashful, Sneezy, Grumpy and Dopey. We often hear of seven deadly sins: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth. Then there are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

City of Seven Hills

Rome is informally known as the City of Seven Hills: Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Quirinal, Viminal and Palatine. Then there are seven seas: The Arctic, Antarctic, North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. We also have Seven Wonders of the World: Pyramids of Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus and the Pharos of Alexandria.

In my hometown there was a tailor shop known as ‘Lucky Seven’. It prospered until the death of the owner. However, his children could not carry on the business at the same place. When I was a child, my elders very often spoke of the Seventh Heaven as the ultimate place of happiness.

By the way, we can count seven fingers as we have ten of them. One, two, three, four and five can be doubled to reach two, four, six, eight, and ten. Nine is divisible by three but seven is the only number between two and ten that is neither a multiple nor a factor of the others. As a number, seven can stand alone. [email protected]

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