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THE METAPHYSICAL SEVEN

by Gary Brand - written July 10, 2007, revised September 10, 2007,
and published in the October 2007 edition of Echo* newspaper
[Originally this page was part of an article that was written July 10, 2007, revised September 10, 2007 and published in the October 2007 edition of Echo* newspaper.  The balance of the original article is now part of the Web page entitled "The Metaphysical Sun - Path to Unity."]

his brief article addresses the esoteric significance of the number seven, also known as the Pythagorean ďheptadĒ (M.P.H., p. LXXII).  Until the discovery of Uranus (the seventh planet from the Sun), the seven heavenly bodies that moved in predictable fashion through the sky were the Sun, Moon and the five planets of antiquity.  Seven is a heavenly or perfect number because it is the smallest number containing the sum of the Divine number three (representing spirit, mind and soul) and the temporal number four (J.C.C., p. 117) Ė the number of physical manifestation (symbolized by the four points on the cross of creation:  time plus the three dimensions of physical space or some authors say that time is one axis and space the other).


This montage of photographs compares the
approximate sizes of the planets to each other. This montage of photographs compares the approximate sizes of the planets to each other.  From left to right are the edge of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  Jupiter's diameter is about 11 times that of Earth's and the Sun's diameter is about 10 times that of Jupiter.  Pluto's diameter is slightly less than one-fifth of Earth's.  The planets are not shown at their relative distances from the Sun but they are shown in their proper order from the Sun.  The seven "planets" of antiquity were Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  To simplify our speech, we astrologers refer to the Sun and Moon as planets because it is easier than saying the planets and the luminaries.  Courtesy of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, images courtesy of NASA.

There are, not by coincidence, seven days in the week; seven ancient Wonders of the World; seven colors in the rainbow; seven seas; seven notes in the musical scale; seven primary organs and seven chakras of the body; seven Ages of Man; seven pillars of wisdom; seven basic metals and seven branches on the tree of alchemy; seven strings on the lyre; seven factors in the cube (six sides and its volume); seven cosmic stages in Buddhism; seven levels of consciousness; seven branches of the Menorah; and the seventh power of any number is both a square and a cube - of great importance to the initiated (Id.).  In Christianity, there are seven angels and seven archangels; seven mortal virtues and seven mortal sins; seven heavens and seven hells; seven branches each with seven leaves on the Tree of Life in the Biblical Garden of Eden (Id., p. 118); the seventh day (Saturday) is the day of rest; and there are seven seals broken and seven trumpets sounded in the Biblical Book of Revelations (Bible).  Each number in the preceding examples of seven is attributed to one of the seven planets of antiquity (including Sun and Moon).  For example, each day of the week and each of the basic seven metals is associated with one of these planets (Saturday is Saturnís day and lead is Saturnís metal, Sunday is the Sunís day and gold is the Sunís metal, etc.).  Because the number seven is venerated in every major culture and religion, the list of examples could go on and on.
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*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
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