Lucky Number 7
People with the lucky number 7 usually like to explore the causes of the matters. However, when finding the truth, they are too afraid to accept it. Thus they often try to cover up their fear and weakness. In spite of this, they have an excellent analysis capability, which helps them succeed in any job. Besides, people with the lucky number 7 are doomed to be fortunate and get good opportunities which others try hard to seek. So to some extent, their success ought to be attributed to their good luck. What a pity that they are sometimes lazy and idle because of their frequent and easy chances. Anyway, generally speaking, they are smart and knowledgeable, but a little suspicious of, and indifferent to, other people.
Strong points: They are thought of having philosophical qualities – mysterious, quiet and skillful in analysis. Their clear awareness and prudent attitude give them a swift intuition. Confronted with some complicated problems, they can quickly calm down and find solutions. Additionally, they have a sensitive intuition and self-control introspection. Their strong sense of justice and sympathy help them make many friends. What’s more, they have a unique aesthetic sense. The purity of their temperament sets a good example for many people around.
Weak points: These people often feel lonely so that sometimes they look depressed. They are likely to not care about others. They gradually become unmerciful and apathetic in the eyes of their friends. Their low spirits should actually be attributed to their personality, being shy, slow and introvert. They avoid consulting and discussing with others, so they tend to be self-assertive when solving problems. The most intolerable characteristics of these people are that they are scheming, inconsiderate, and abandon their duties without consultation.
No. 7 in Chinese Culture
In the traditional Chinese culture, Seven represents the combination of Yin, Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth). This combination is considered as “harmony” in the ideology of Confucianism. While in Chinese Taoism, it stands for Tao which has a close connection with kindness and beauty.
7 was widely used in ancient Chinese culture, for example the Seven Treasures for Buddhist Scripture refer to gold, silver, colored glaze, coral, amber, seashell, and agate. Another example is the Double Seventh Festival when the Milky Way Lovers (the Cowherd and the Weaving Maid) can have their annual meeting only on July 7th. As a Chinese legend goes, when the Jade Emperor in Heaven learnt that his beloved daughter, Weaving Maid, had married a poor cowherd and lived a happy life, he created the Milky Way to separate the lovers. After that, only on the seventh day of the seven month each year, the Cowherd and the Weaving Maid got a chance to meet on the Magpies Bridge which was formed over the Milky Way by a large number of magpies. Therefore, July 7th is regarded as the Chinese Valentine’s Day.
“To create a poem within seven steps” is used to describe somebody’s quickness in wit and dexterity in literary creativity. The old saying dates back to a scholar and poet named Cao Zhi, son of Cao Cao, King of the Wei, during the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). In order to avoid being killed by his brother, Cao Zhi created a poem within the time required for taking seven steps.
“Seven Arrests and Seven Releases” means making an opponent give in by using some tricks. It is also based on a story that happened in the Three Kingdoms Period. Zhuge Liang, an excellent strategist and military counselor in the Shu Kingdom, artfully arrested a southern tribe chief seven times and released him as often, to get the chief to eventually give in.
Although Seven is generally considered a propitious number, it is at times disliked in China. The July 7th Incident of 1937 (also named Marco Polo Bridge Incident) always reminds Chinese people of the painful history of the eight-year’s Sino-Japanese War. 7 has the same pronunciation with 欺, Qi in Chinese, meaning cheating, lying to, or riding roughshod over someone. When choosing a telephone number or something like that, 7 is often left out of the list. The Seven Year Itch, the famous American movie, has long been a popular saying in China to describe the unsteady period of a marriage. It means that in the seventh year of a marriage, the couple faces serious problems in their relationship. Once a bit of negligence or unwise action is taken, their marriage may end up in the same year.
People with the lucky number 7 usually like to explore the causes of the matters. In the traditional Chinese culture, 7 represents the combination of Yin, Yang and Five Elements.
Is Seven Really a Lucky Number?
Have You Ever Wondered.
- Is seven really a lucky number?
- Why do some people think the number seven is lucky?
- Is seven a lucky number in all cultures?
Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Nicholas from Merrick, NY. Nicholas Wonders, “Why is seven considered a lucky number?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Nicholas!
Quick! Think of a number between one and 10. Now let’s see if we can guess which number you thought of. Was it seven? We’re willing to bet that many of you did indeed think of the number seven, and not just because of the topic of this Wonder of the Day.
Researchers have found that, when asked to think of a number between one and 10, a significant number of people will think of the number seven. Similar results occur when a large group of people are asked what their favorite number is. The number seven is usually the overwhelming favorite . Why is that?
In many cultures around the world, seven is considered a lucky number. This probably explains the affinity many people feel for the number seven. Some scientists and mathematicians also believe there are some interesting properties of the number itself that also make it alluring .
The number seven enjoys a long history of positive associations across many different cultures. In fact, if you start looking for reasons why seven is so popular throughout history across various cultures, you’ll find that the number seems to appear everywhere.
There are seven days in a week. How many colors are there in a rainbow? Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet — that’s right…seven!
There are seven continents and there were seven wonders of the ancient world. How many deadly sins are there? You guessed it: seven! Some researchers have found that human memory works best when remembering up to — but not more than — seven items.
There is also a powerful connection between the number seven and the religions of the world. Biblical scholars point out that the number seven is quite significant in the Bible. In the creation story, God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Scholars have found that the number seven often represents perfection or completeness in the Bible.
In Judaism, there are seven heavens. The Koran, Islam’s holy book, also speaks of seven heavens, and Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca walk around the Kaaba seven times. In Chinese culture, seven represents Yin and Yang combined with the Five Elements: water, fire, earth, wood, and metal. This combination represents the concept of harmony in Confucianism.
Mathematically, the number seven also has a couple of features that make it appealing to many people. First, it’s an odd number. Even numbers can be easily divided by two, so odd numbers seem more unique to some people.
Seven is also a prime number, which means it can only be divided by itself and one. Since it’s the largest prime number between one and 10, some people see it as more interesting for that reason.
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What’s your lucky number? Be sure to check out the following activities with a friend or family member:
- What’s your lucky number? Do you believe seven is lucky and 13 is unlucky? What about other people around the world? Jump online to check out this fun infographic: Lucky & Unlucky Numbers Around the World. Why do you think some cultures feel the way they do about certain numbers?
- Do you have a pair of dice at home? If you’re not sure, you might want to check some of your board games. You’re sure to find a pair of dice in an old game you have on the shelf. Sit down with your pair of dice and start rolling them. Write down the scores you get from each roll. If possible, roll the dice 100 times and record the results. When you’re finished, make a chart showing how many times out of 100 each possible score (from two to 12) was rolled. Based upon your results, which number/score seems to be the luckiest?
- Can you make up your own lucky number? Sure you can! Just choose a number — any number! It could be 4, 27, 83, or even 119. Then make a list of at least five reasons why you think that number is lucky. The reasons don’t have to make sense. You can make up whatever reasons you want. After all, it’s your lucky number! Share your new lucky number and your reasons with a friend or family member. Encourage them to come up with their own lucky number and list of reasons, too!
Is Seven Really a Lucky Number?