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If September Means “Seven” Why is it the Ninth Month?

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We take the predictability of the calendar for granted. But we may have felt differently if we were living under the rule of Julius CaesarSeptember was the seventh month of the old Roman calendar. In this calendar, the year began in March. But the Julian calendar reform shifted the start of new year back two months to where it is now: January 1.

(Do you know what month was named after this Roman ruler? Read about it here.)

This change made September in the new calendar the ninth month and one of only four Gregorian months with 30 days. The name of the month is derived from septem, which is Latin for seven. It has long been regarded as a number of perfection, luck, and wonder. (Think: seven days of creation.)

We commonly refer to being in a state of everyday bliss as being in seventh heaven. The expression has been used figuratively since the early 1800s. It refers to “the dwelling place of God in the highest of the seven concentric spheres that surround the earth.” Both Muslims and Cabbalistic Jews believed in this system.

The number seven shows up repeatedly in other topics relating to the heavens. The Seven Sisters are the number of Atlas’ daughters in the Pleiades. Also, there are only seven stellar objects in the solar system that are visible from Earth with the naked eye.

Only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world is still in existence. Do you know what it is? Also, seven plays prominently into a Hindu practice. What is it? Share your thoughts below.

318 Comments

  1. theend3r -  November 5, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Nothing mysterious about this, there were 10 months before and two got added. September = 7, October = 8, November = 9, December 10, not very imaginative names by the way.

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  2. Wycliffe -  November 3, 2014 - 4:25 am

    That is great

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  3. Marye -  October 23, 2014 - 10:49 am

    It could be related to the fact that until the mid-18th century (or thereabout), New Year’s Day was in March, making September the seventh month, October the eighth and December the twelfth.

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    • Cow Amazing -  October 29, 2014 - 4:18 pm

      So then, September the seventh, October the eighth, November the ninth, and December the tenth, right?

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  4. He came. He saw. He ruined September. | Elle Prose -  September 29, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    […] an evening scroll through Twitter, I came across this thumbstopper tweeted by Dictionary.com-  “Why we call this month September.” I paused. I didn’t have any clue as to why September is called September and I thought it was […]

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  5. Mir -  September 26, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    It is weird that it is the seventh month but the Romans calendar September is the seventh month……

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    • Mir -  September 26, 2014 - 5:38 pm

      I know about doctor who he is a traveler but the thing that is weird about him is why is name doctor who…

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      • Blah -  October 16, 2014 - 4:42 pm

        Doctor Who is the name of the series. Doctor, or the Doctor, is the name of the character.

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    • Name -  September 30, 2014 - 2:26 pm

      September, on a standard 12-month calender, is the 9th month. This article states the history of September as the 7th month. Your comment appears to be drivel.

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  6. awesome me -  September 22, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    guys who knows DOCTOR WHO if ya da plweassse tell me all about it

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    • Malik Sadeddin -  September 22, 2014 - 4:53 pm

      Doctor Who is a time lord who travels in a spaceship through time and space past to present to future and saves people from aliens
      Im 13 and actually liked it
      U should watch it its really good

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      • Smbooth -  September 27, 2014 - 11:05 am

        DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • MW43 -  September 30, 2014 - 11:04 am

          It’s dr. Who. Why say more?

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          • Marc -  November 17, 2014 - 5:00 pm

            Who’s on first?

  7. Om -  September 21, 2014 - 11:10 am

    How many days did the original 10 Roman months have? In other words how many days were there in a year?

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    • Name -  September 30, 2014 - 2:11 pm

      Their months ware obviously larger than the months on a slandered 12-month calender. In a probable manner, it is safe to say that the Roman calender had the same amount of days in one year.

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    • hs -  October 8, 2014 - 11:14 pm

      it still had 12 months you idiot, it only started in march, on 21st of march to be exact, on vernal equinox, meaning that was month number 1, september was 7, october was 8 (oct refers to 8 in latin, like octopus that has 8 legs) and so on till the 12th month… comperende?

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      • Sarah -  October 14, 2014 - 12:00 am

        No need to be mean, there is a lot of misinformation about the changes Julius Caesar made to the calendar. Several times, I’ve heard that he added the 2 months, July and August, and several other times heard that they were both named after his death. Clearly they aren’t both true.

        “Name”, months were always based on the cycle of the moon, so they were never much different then they are today.

        I have heard the calendar was initially shorter then the length of a year, and at some point months were added to make up for it. However, I don’t know which ones (if any), and would suspect the mistake was during the early years of calendars being formalized.

        I do know that at some point during recorded history a year was treated as exactly 365 days for some time before someone figured it out. Eventually, the all important equinoxes and solstices started shifting off their dates, and someone figured out that we needed to add 1/4 of a day, thus creating leap years. However, it was not exactly 365.25 to a year, so yet another change was made with exceptions to the 4 year rule of leap year. I think, this was the year change made by Julius Caesar, but it’s been a while since I looked it up. I recently read that we are actually still slighting off, but that it would take an excessive amount of time to make us off by even a single day; tens of thousands of years I believe.

        But, what I have never understood is that I was taught that the length of a day is only 23 hrs 58 minutes, but our clocks never make up for those 2 minutes. That would mean it would take less than a year for day and night to switch places according to our clocks. Obviously this doesn’t happen, so was I taught wrong in school, or is their some way we make up for the 2 minutes that I am not aware of? Anyone know?

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        • Shawn -  October 17, 2014 - 5:35 pm

          I suspect that it takes 23:58 for the earth to make one revolution about it’s own axis, but two more minutes to complete a turn with regard to the sun (noon to noon at one spot) because it is also going around the sun.

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  8. Om -  September 21, 2014 - 11:06 am

    What other planet should be demoted so that we may have a “perfect seven” as the number of planets in our solar system?

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  9. Brainchild -  September 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Seven sages (saptarishis); the seven holy rivers; seven steps around the holy fire to complete the marriage ritual

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  10. shane -  September 18, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    WOW!!!!!

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    • lilly -  September 22, 2014 - 1:32 pm

      wow i had no idea

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    • bob -  September 30, 2014 - 1:04 pm

      agree

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  11. loh ye mo ye -  September 16, 2014 - 2:22 am

    Loh ye mo ye

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  12. Brennah -  September 15, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Mind blowing! :)

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    • shane -  September 18, 2014 - 12:17 pm

      yeah

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  13. Erin -  September 11, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    The 7 seas… mind blow.

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  14. Tim -  September 2, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    because, back in the day, the year started in March. only Americans do not know that already, hence such ‘scientific discoveries’…

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  15. Liam -  September 2, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    I heard that it was because one king decided to make his daughter’s names (Juliana and Augustina) months (July and August) and moved all the months from September onward forward by 2 months.

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    • Tim -  September 2, 2014 - 9:06 pm

      Mad King Aerys?

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      • loh ye mo ye -  September 16, 2014 - 2:21 am

        Don’t be so rude

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    • Ridaismail -  September 3, 2014 - 7:57 am

      Yeah me too

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    • Pris -  September 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

      It was actually because Julius Ceaser and Ceaser Augustus interfered and pu their name in the calender adding (July) and (August).

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      • Frozen Warrior -  September 22, 2014 - 6:14 am

        i was born in s-s-s-sept-t-t-temb-b-b-b-be-r-r-r-r-r-, s-s-s-orry…. im f-f-f-freez-z-zing.

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  16. Karam C Ramrakha -  September 2, 2014 - 12:17 am

    The Vedic Romans named their City Rome ( after Lord Rama) and Ravenna ( after Lord Rawan) and even today their major printing house is Mandodhari ..a relative of Rawan. So they also worshipped Ganesh ( Janus) and as P N Oak has written Italy is a Vedic country and the Pope a Hindu priest who sits in the Vedic Baatika .. Christianity overran the Pagan, that is Vedic, Europe..The 12 months correspond to the 12 signs of the Zodiac .. yes Hindu New Year began in March and when the Calendar got pushed .. well Dus Amber is 10 Month and is written in Latin X Mas. Christmas was thus a month of Lord Krishna, namely Krishnamas. celebrated even today in parts of Bengal.. Hearken to our Vedic Heritage
    Kind Regards

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    • Ana -  September 4, 2014 - 2:58 pm

      Karam,

      P.N. Oak was not a historian, it was his hobby and in time he also began research and found ‘fault’ in history. His ideas are very pro-Hindu and eccentric. Surely his theories can’t be taken seriously, Pope a Hindu priest who sits in Vedic Baatika for Vatican and The Taj mahal has a Shiva temple beneath it. Dus Amber is December :) Christmas is Krishnamas, by the way it is not celebrated in December or Dus Amber!! Quite hilarious.

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    • isuhfjoaih4tjiu3 -  September 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm

      “Krishnamas” (Janmashtami) is celebrated in August, not Dus Amber.

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    • Mitzi -  October 2, 2014 - 6:05 am

      Is this taken straight from a Goodness Gracious Me “Everything is Indian” sketch? Nice work, I love it – very funny!

      If anyone’s taking it seriously – what’s the explanation for the pre-Christian Roman – oh sorry, Raman – gods such as Jupiter, Neptune, Mars, Venus etc.? How do they fit in to the Hindu scheme of things?

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  17. Jason -  January 20, 2014 - 4:24 am

    Some more details (and some of my own thoughts too).
    Prior to 46BC the Roman Calendar did in fact start with a month named “March”, however it only had ten months, of which September (sette – 7), October (otte – 8), November (nove – 9) and December (dieci – 10) all corresponded properly with their Italian numbers (in brackets) . When Julius Caesar introduced the Julius Calendar in 46BC, he changed almost all of the months, including the insertion of July in his own honour (his birth month) and August in honour of his nephew Augustus who had risen to military might. Due to the insertion of the two extra months, the Italian numerical meanings above are now “shifted” by two. Also at this time January was named after the roman god Janus – the god of beginnings and the use of the name “Caesar” was given to all heads of roman parliament and the name “Augustus” to the head of the military. People understand “Caesar” to mean “Julius Caesar” because he is the most famous one, due to his huge impact on history, including having a month still named after him 2060 years later (and counting). Even Pope Gregory XIII left “July” intact when he reshuffled Easter in 1582 to produce the Gregorian Calendar which most of the world use today (remembering that Britain only adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, so it’s only 262 years old there!). Wiki it.

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    • Jim -  April 16, 2014 - 7:40 am

      That’s unacceptable

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      • Jack -  July 31, 2014 - 12:05 am

        How? Just curious.

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    • Cymro14 -  August 31, 2014 - 6:55 am

      So which months did Julius Caesar replace? If there were 10 originally, beginning with March, then April,May , June,( JULY, AUGUST), September , October, November, December. So July and August must have had different names at that time (46 BC)

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    • Jared -  September 1, 2014 - 7:36 am

      Why use Italian numbers? Use Latin to better reflect the actual names of the month. Even French numbers or, even more-so IUPAC organic chemical nomenclature would be more accurate than Italian numbers, haha.
      September (7: Latin: Septem; French: Sept; IUPAC: Hept)
      October (8: Latin: Octo; French: Huit; IUPAC:Oct)
      November (9: Latin: Novem; French: Neuf; IUPAC: Non)
      December (10: Latin: Decem; French: Dix; IUPAC: Dec)
      **December is the best month of the year; my birth month. I’m a Sagittarius making me the friggin’ awesomely powerful, athletic man and fantastic lover that I am today — my girlfriend agrees ;]***
      And by the way, Julius Caesar himseld dud not name the month Julius/July. The Roman Senate did it to honor him for creating the Julian calendar. When he created the Julian Calendar, though, he himself retained July’s original name: Quintilis. As a matter of fact, Julius Caesar only got to experience one ‘Julius/July” with his name on it (instead of Quintilis) before he was murdered.
      And Julius Caesar did not name August after his nephew; he was dead before the month Sextillis was renamed Augustus/August. Once again, this name change was done by the Senate of Rome to honor Augustus for “defeating” Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Here is an actual quote preserved to this day; spoken and recorded by the Roman Senate when they honored Augustus by naming a month after him:

      “Whereas the Emperor Augustus Caesar, in the month of Sextillis . . . thrice entered the city in triumph . . . and in the same month Egypt was brought under the authority of the Roman people, and in the same month an end was put to the civil wars; and whereas for these reasons the said month is, and has been, most fortunate to this empire, it is hereby decreed by the senate that the said month shall be called Augustus.”

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    • Sherlock -  September 1, 2014 - 5:31 pm

      I SPY WIT MEH WITTLE EYE SOMEONE DEAD

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    • eastcastle007 -  September 2, 2014 - 2:34 am

      This does not add up. The addition of July and August only shifted the 2nd half of the year to increase from 4 months to 6. So the 1st half of the year remains unchanged. But if the year starts with March, then what are the other 5 months? April, May, June? that is only 4 months. So the system seems messy.

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  18. Sriram -  January 9, 2014 - 12:31 am

    Seven is significant in Hinduism as it is the number of hills in the uber famous and gloriously divine abode of Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji) also known as the Lord of Seven Hills who is regarded as the protector of universe in this age of Kali (Kali yug)

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  19. Angalyssa -  October 14, 2013 - 9:43 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I DO!! (: IVI ;0

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  20. Russell -  September 29, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    The Seventh hour of the light part of the day in the Jewish calendar was 12:00 noon on the Roman Calendar. The old Roman calendar ended the day at 12:00 noon. Pope Gregory in 1552 started the Gregorian Calendar and declared the seventh hour of the night “midnight, the dark part” of the Jewish Calendar, to designate the beginning of a new day. This was accepted by the USA and England in 1752. This made the seventh day of the week for the Catholic church, to start at the middle of the night on seventh day of the week of the Jewish Calendar (seven hours later) and continue to the middle of the night on the first day of the week on the Jewish Calendar. The rest day for the Jews comes at the end of the seven day week, the rest day for the Catholic church and those who have accepted her change start their rest day at the beginning of their seven days. Their are other denominations who disagree with the change have their rest day to start on the seventh day of the week. Even atheist adopt a seven day work week. The US government website states that the seven day week uninterrupted has been as long as records have been kept.

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  21. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  September 29, 2013 - 4:50 am

    Yay Saf!
    I don’t like Septimius Severus because when I see his name I think “Severus Snape.”
    @Mackenzie–LOL
    My name has 7 syllables.
    People love this article–I posted my previous comment 2 days ago.
    :-D
    Anybody know what to do with name tags in Minecraft?

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    • The Other Doctor -  September 2, 2014 - 10:37 am

      Hmm, I never thought about calendars that way.

      @wolf tamer and tree puncher: use an anvil and type in the name. Then… You know. ;) Minecraft is an amazing game, that’s enough to keep me playing!

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    • awesome me -  September 22, 2014 - 4:29 pm

      i know all ya have to do is get the black thing an spawner egg and the name tag then it spawns something with that name on them

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  22. Angalyssa -  September 27, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Maybee Cuzz That’s Just How It Is. And Whn The People Made The Calender They Didn”t Think About It Thoroughly. LOl(: It Makes Sense ….

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  23. Acacia=^.^= -  September 26, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Wow, nice story/myth. :)

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  24. sdrdrdr -  September 26, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    wow, there are 200 and 40 SEVEN comments :D

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  25. Ariel -  September 25, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    @Hammad

    The world was created in 7 days. God made a point of resting on the seventh day, the Sabbath. But, I guess if you wanna get all technical, He was in the actual ACT of creating it for six. I think it’s all a little bit confusing, but in the Bible it actually said that whole “On the seventh day” thing. That’s gotta count for something, right?

    Meep ignore me O . O

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  26. Ariel -  September 25, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    What the heck is a hypotenuse?

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    • Lilix0101 -  June 7, 2014 - 6:07 am

      Ariel, the hypotenuse is the long side of a right triangle. Everyone kniws that.

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      • eastcastle007 -  September 2, 2014 - 1:54 am

        Obviously nit, ‘cuse I dit not kniw it?

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      • Brian -  September 2, 2014 - 11:16 pm

        The side opposite the right angle, actually.

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  27. Becca Llala -  September 25, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    Thats not my real name :p

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  28. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  September 25, 2013 - 7:38 am

    In the Bible, 7 is the number of perfection and completion, especially in Revelation. (Seven seals, seven trumpets, etc.)
    If you play Minecraft, put this on your post:
    :-D
    BTW, does anyone know which biomes spawn wolves, and how to find them? Can you spawn a wolf in Survival mode, and if so, how?

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  29. Katherine -  September 24, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    wow i understood non of that

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  30. Gorgouss(: -  September 24, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Maybee Cuzz It Juss’ Is. Why Do We Always Need Answers!! Who Cares Why. It Is What IT IS! (; Lol

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    • Prettywoman123 -  September 2, 2014 - 4:20 pm

      I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!

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  31. Link -  September 24, 2013 - 6:16 am

    Wow that is interesting

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  32. brae -  September 23, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Come on peps the only reamaining acient wonder left is carlsbad caverns!:-)

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    • Lilix0101 -  June 7, 2014 - 6:09 am

      Actually its the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Brae

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  33. virgo2757 -  September 23, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Another 7: Reiki practitioners work on the 7 major chakra centers of the body, although I understand that there are many more, minor chakras as well.

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    • what dose it mean -  June 20, 2014 - 8:30 pm

      Born 1963 on 9th month on 9th day at 9:11 am all nines who am i.

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  34. KEYLONNIE -  September 21, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Wow, you know, my Grandfather told me to the answer to this question, but I’d forgotten so you can’t imagine how excited I was when I saw this question as I logged in!

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  35. Metao -  September 20, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    To bad for the 6th degree of separation ;-)

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  36. skinnygirl123 -  September 19, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    THIS IS STUPID!!!

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    • Karmjit Kaur -  September 19, 2014 - 1:43 am

      nou really.

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  37. skinnygirl123 -  September 19, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    i still dont understand this thing

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  38. Bob Brown chit -  September 19, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    this blows

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  39. tabitha -  September 19, 2013 - 8:52 am

    November is ninth month

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  40. geet -  September 18, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Awesome information. More than the article, its the comments that are more interesting! I was born sept but on Friday the 13th… lol!

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  41. en jay -  September 18, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    seven deadly sins

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  42. Samantha -  September 18, 2013 - 10:07 am

    IM TRIPPING OUT /:

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    • pinky -  September 1, 2014 - 6:24 pm

      so
      me
      go

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  43. Samantha -  September 18, 2013 - 10:02 am

    ANybodyyy! (: <3

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  44. Samantha -  September 18, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Ayee, Guys Whoever Is Reading This, Save me. Okayy?(: Write me ……. I Needaa Tell Youu Something…… /:

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  45. Manoj -  September 17, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    you will not believe but from childhood my lucky no. is 7 bcoz my bday is on 16 date and year is also 1997 it mans 1+6=7 9+7=16,1+6=7 and today i
    am feeling proud after reading this story.thanks. hello to all the readers

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  46. Amanda -  September 17, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    wow! thats really weird ;D

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  47. Amanda -  September 17, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    wow! thats really weird. ;D

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  48. craftman123 -  September 17, 2013 - 1:42 am

    hi

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  49. I'm a blondie that is smart -  September 16, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    7 days of creation/rest, 7 colors of the rainbow, 7 days in a week, 7 wonders of the world. BAM! NAILED IT! CHOWWW!

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  50. marm -  September 16, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    7 and 10 are whole numbers and everyone is a 6 or a 9 so god completes us so January is ten Christian Christmas and when the Christ was born

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  51. Kellie -  September 15, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    First time on reading so many comments on one article- virgin!! (Just a new time surfer) Very interesting stuff. These comments have been going on for two years! (Thinking this is normal.) Myself, I was born on Sept 03. My favorite numbers are 3, 6, and 9. Seven is too popular don’t care for the number – backwards. Like 13, for many people it is lucky. All in the power of the consciousness. Whatever you believe you create for yourself. Carry on!

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  52. qoofy qoober -  September 13, 2013 - 11:43 am

    well lets see september is my birthday sooo yeeeaah ! im in theee stoory(:

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  53. l -  September 13, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Seven rhymes with heaven.
    And maybe leaven, which means to rise.
    And maybe this page is the best I have ever read.
    So much snippy and critical information and love for knowledge being thrown around and collected, most forgotten with only remnants remaining.
    Personally, I love the number 7. I like drawing my sevens with a horizontal stroke from left to right through the middle.
    And when you type 0.7734 into a calculator, and turn the calculator upside down, it now reads hELL0
    = ) <3

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  54. pincrete -  September 13, 2013 - 2:30 am

    I don’t know what the significance of this is, but most of the numbers considered special in some way – in many distinct and separate societies (3, 7, 13 for example ) are prime numbers.

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  55. Debjit -  September 12, 2013 - 7:10 am

    Seven Seas

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  56. Kshitij -  September 11, 2013 - 10:15 pm

    While wedding, the couple has to take 7 rounds around PAVITRA AGNI (Sacred Fire)

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  57. Lon Benedict -  September 11, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    Today we use the “decimal” numbering system with 10 digits 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. Some ancient numbering systems were octal with 8 digits 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7. The highest number being 7. It seems appropriate that the best number would be “7″. God’s number is often quoted as “7″ or “777″ and His arch enemy’s number is “6″ or “666″. Julius Caesar may have thought he was a “7″ but he was just a “6″.

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  58. Dr. T. K. Stone -  September 11, 2013 - 10:15 am

    There are seven directions, above and below, front and back, right and left. What is the seventh direction? It’s the direction towards your center.

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  59. Samantha -  September 11, 2013 - 9:54 am

    what the heck. this is wack .

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  60. Samantha -  September 11, 2013 - 9:53 am

    WOW. Aye evangeline(: Wassup.

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  61. Torontomycophile -  September 11, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Maybe I perused 1/7th of the long list of comments, but one quote seemed missing. With my background it appears to be a German thing: A book with seven seals. Very, very mysterious…

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  62. peter -  September 9, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Facts do not “mean” anything. Meaning is imposed on them by people who are in search of “meaning” – very often desperately so!

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  63. Shelyn Yang -  September 8, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    There wasn’t any fragment, dear Nathan.
    It says right here: Both Muslims and Cabbalistic Jews believed in this system.
    But if you said so, then there must be. Maybe it’s just me.

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  64. Moses -  September 8, 2013 - 2:37 am

    I have learned a lot. Keep me fed with information.

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  65. Moses -  September 8, 2013 - 2:35 am

    This is all very interesting indeed!

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  66. shata -  September 6, 2013 - 7:58 am

    My Birthday is in september so I really was into this story thank you dictionary.com

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  67. Me -  September 5, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    There’s also Seven Ages of Man according to Shakespeare!

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  68. Issy -  September 5, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    September was NOT named after Septimius Severus. The Julian calendar was established centuries before his rise to power.

    Julian calendar took effect in 45 BC (709 AUC). Septimius Severus lived 11 April 145 – 4 February 211AD….

    Nor did he widen the Roman Empire as someone has suggested, by over running the British Isles Julius Caesar had already done that. He traveled to the Isles and strengthen the already built Hadrian’s Wall and made incursions into Caledonia. But no more than previous attempts by other Emperors and died in the middle of it!

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  69. tam -  September 5, 2013 - 10:37 am

    i heard this answer already by my sir but this seven has more important is not known by me

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  70. bob -  September 4, 2013 - 5:43 am

    yeah, like rabbits

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  71. tomus -  September 4, 2013 - 3:09 am

    I myself always thoutht that it was only 10 mouths according to cea’or too
    who I am to say I’m just not that old…?

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  72. Hammad -  September 3, 2013 - 7:20 pm

    World was created in six days…..

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  73. :0) -  September 3, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    this is really interesting. It’s the same with the # 12.

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  74. marcus -  September 3, 2013 - 10:03 am

    the number seven is everywhere

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  75. Kieri -  September 3, 2013 - 9:55 am

    I just learned about all of this in my Latin class. There are also October (octo means eight), November (novem means nine) and December (decem means ten). I don’t think any of the other months relate to Latin numbers, except maybe January (una means one?).

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  76. Saurabh -  September 3, 2013 - 5:19 am

    As for the Hindu practice, it may have got something to do with seven pheras (circumambulations) around the altar to solemnize a wedding.

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  77. memyselfandi -  September 2, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    @ mark V

    Uh..that’s really obscure.. How can you call that concrete? I mean, stuff like that can happen all the time, and it doesn’t mean anything. There IS coincidence. and utter randomness.

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  78. Randy -  September 2, 2013 - 6:44 am

    All this is Interesting but
    Lets keep it real 7=G
    The seventh letter in the alphabet is G
    1=A, 2-B, 3=C, 4=D, 5=E, 6=F and 7= G
    G=GOD

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  79. geORge -  September 2, 2013 - 5:58 am

    Seven whole days and not a word from you

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  80. Arturo Pérez Rodríguez -  September 2, 2013 - 5:26 am

    Magic number 7, the 7 minutes I have allowed myself to read all the comments.
    There is another magic 7:

    The seven years of “recession”, in the old Egipt.

    Recessions in modern world use to last for 7 years, but it is not clear when they start.

    I dare to predict the Europe recession will end in 2016.

    Good luck.

    Arturo

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  81. Conrad -  September 2, 2013 - 3:16 am

    the number 7 is a strong number. bcoz 7-8-9! :))

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  82. Chelsi -  September 1, 2013 - 12:37 am

    Nyc information

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  83. HP -  November 6, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Seven Harry potter books:) more HP references: 7horcruxes 7years at hogwarts 7weasley kids. Also Harry is born in the seventh month.

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  84. Ramzy -  November 3, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Oh, I agree with the 7 stages of the “Enlightenment! They are called the seven Valleys in Baha’i and Mystic sriptures. They are the steps to reaching God – last stage being “Fana Fillah” to be nothing of your self in unison woth the Supreme Power inthe universe.

    That’s all :)

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  85. Ramzy -  November 3, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Seven was the “Holy Number” in the last cycle called Adamic Cycle, revealing its importance in the 7 planets in our solar system, 7 days of creation and of the week…etc. Of note, 12 was also a Holy number religiously: 12 disciples in Christianity, 12 Imams in Shiite Islam, 12 months…etc. In a recent modern religion called “Bahai Faith” 9 is the Holy Number, as it resembling perfection and power and might, because no single digit is bigger than it, so it is the most glorious number = God’s Name.

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  86. Septimus Heap -  September 30, 2012 - 3:34 am

    The seventh son of a seventh son! XD

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    • The Other Doctor -  September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am

      Oh, now I realize why Angie Sage called him “Septimus”! Thanks Septimus! :)

      Yes, the Magyk series is quite astounding, as with the Harry Potters. But why does seven and three and twelve pop up everywhere? 12 Doctors now, 7 seasons before 12th Doctor, 3 seasons of 10 and 11… (Doctor Who reference, don’t mind me ;) ) but then there was the number 11…

      Whatever happened to 11? It’s palindromic, 1 is the only digit used in it… Yes, the significant numbers mostly seem to be prime. Coincidence is 11 letters. My favorite Doctors are 10 and 11. December represented the number Deci, which means 10, and, well, I was about to disclose vital information. Anyone else notice that all the comments have been made in September?

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      • The Other Doctor -  September 2, 2014 - 11:21 am

        Nevermind, I was wrong about the comments. :3

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  87. tindog13 -  September 27, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    Danielle (and others) that’s close but not accurate… September shifted because the beginning of the year was changed from March to January… the months of July and August already existed but they had different names, July was Quintilis and August was Sextilis… they weren’t added, the names were changed.

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  88. anony -  September 26, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    WOAH DUDE – 7 seas of the world. r they lucky / perfect too???

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  89. katzeyes -  September 26, 2012 - 8:49 am

    @debsincyprus- :)) and please tell me why does God need rest???

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  90. katzeyes -  September 26, 2012 - 8:44 am

    @barbara- Caroline Casey in relation to Edgar
    Casey, if so could you tell me the reference so i could read further?

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  91. Safiyah -  September 26, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Shichinintai :D (Band of Seven)

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  92. Mackenzie -  September 25, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    :) —LOLOLOLOL 7 horcruxes….and seven books in the harry potter series!

    BTW my brother was born on feb. 7th and he is a very awesome person….really smart and im jealous of him! our family is hindu so seven is a very important number to us. i saw that a bunch of people already commented why seven is so auspicious for us, and i dont feel like typing it again….:)

    i am still cracking up because :) said horcruxes…..you might be thinking that im mental but im not i just really <3 harry potter!!!!

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  93. neelam gupta -  September 25, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    I do not think 7 is a universal lucky number.In fact people born under basic or compound ( total of date,month n year ) no. 7 live with some kind of lingering illness through out their life.Yes,they are very intuitive and have a spy’s eye.Remember James Bond 007 ! He was not named so by chance.

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  94. neelam -  September 25, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    I do not think seven is lucky number ,actually people born with basic or compound ( total of date,month & year ) no.7 have some kind of lingering illness through out their life.Yes, they are very intutive and can be good detective .Remember James Bond 007 ! It was not titled by chance by the author.

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  95. Verk -  September 25, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    The seven hills of Rome were considered auspicious, as were the seven hills surrounding Constantinople, which is why Emperor Constantine made it his capital.
    Apparently, the charioteers completed seven circuits of the hippodrome/chariot arena during the games in Rome and the early Byzantine era (any clarification on this is greatly welcomed!).

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  96. Jose -  September 25, 2012 - 10:05 am

    When Peter apostle asked Jesus..Who many times we have to forgive? Jesus said. Not seven, seventy times seven.

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  97. Sheetal -  September 25, 2012 - 5:56 am

    The hindu mythology believes in reincarnation and hence said a living being is reincarnated seven times..

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  98. pretz -  September 24, 2012 - 11:43 pm

    in the beginning God created the world and rest in 7 days that’s why seven days called Sabbath day.

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  99. s.sankaran -  September 24, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    As per Hindu religion, There are seven worlds- and the seventh one is Satya Loka- the world of Absolute Truth. In Hindu text, seven has myriad of significance.

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  100. faabuloso -  September 24, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    wrong,it is six days of creation God rested on the seventh-day

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  101. Hi -  September 24, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    Wow!

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  102. Mackenzie -  September 23, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    :)—LOLOLOLOL 7 horcruxes….and seven books in the harry potter series!

    BTW my brother was born on feb. 7th and he is a very awesome person….really smart and im jealous of him! our family is hindu so seven is a very important number to us. i saw that a bunch of people already commented why seven is so auspicious for us, and i dont feel like typing it again….:)

    i am still cracking up because :) said horcruxes…..you might be thinking that im mental but im not i just really <3 harry potter!!!!

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  103. minecraft -  September 22, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    wow I never knew these stuff

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  104. jhona -  September 22, 2012 - 8:02 am

    ahhh!i know now why september is the ninth month

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  105. Safiyah -  September 22, 2012 - 7:37 am

    My friends birthday is on the 7th of September… Weeeiiirrrddd. And yeah Reem, I guess 7 is important in Islam!

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  106. Emma -  September 19, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    July is the month named after Julius Cesar

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  107. Yvonne -  September 19, 2012 - 7:46 am

    7 colors in a rainbow

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  108. Reem -  September 19, 2012 - 2:10 am

    When Muslims preform Omrah in Makkah, they circle the Kaaba 7 times and then walk from Safa to Marwa (two small mountains which mark the path of Hajar, Abrahim’s wife, while looking for water) 7 times.

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  109. Philip -  September 18, 2012 - 6:23 am

    Only one intelligent and erudite comment on 13, the reader who mentioned the capture of the Knights Templar by Philip the 4th of France (also called ‘Philip Le Bel,or the handsome) on Friday, the 13th day of October, 1307.
    That is the historical truth.
    Philip (another one !)

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  110. Hameed khan -  September 17, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    it has not only been wonderful but very knowlegeble; I thank God for this wonder of new worls called “Computer’; it has really brought knowledge in everybodies hand.
    I found history of “September” from scratch to today with number of lite remarks to keep one reading without getting bored; the best lite stuff was,” visit 7-11, buy & drink 7-Up to feel oneself in haven” it true if you know when you really need 7-Up.
    well my writing few words for “September” is to acknowledge that this month plays vital roll in some people life. My one daughter was born on September 30. I openly tell in getherings that “GOD” has given me “Jannah” or “Janaat” in the world in her shap; and I if HE wishes can bless me with Jannah in the life hereafter otherwise I have no complain;
    She “Samreen Khan” is beyond immigination of any one, responsible, loving, respectful, scrafishing, accommudating, ignorning other remarks about her and out to guide, help, educate, polite even to one who passes unbecoming remarks, attitude with guard to let not her “Ego” hard. She is GOD gift to her brother, sister, husband, her kid “Aayan” and ofcourse to her mother and dad.
    To day I learnt, after visiting your site which did not let me move my eyes till I reached the end of it, that it is ” September” which does does guid the nature, develope the insight and give upright checracter in humanbeing.
    thanks
    P.S. these few words of personal experiance is to emphasis on effects of “september itself and naturally effects of number might be there. her full name numbers comes to 9 whose derivative is 3. she was born on september 30. but with her husband name in end with her first name i.e. Samreen Wasif it comes to 7 ( 30=3, 22=4; 3+4=7)
    however she is my Jannat

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  111. kgirl -  September 17, 2012 - 7:30 am

    All of you have come up with many intelligent answers,but forgot to mention the seven continents!

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  112. Kris -  September 17, 2012 - 7:09 am

    why is it 7-11? i wonder why…

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  113. Mathew -  September 17, 2012 - 12:42 am

    And “Seven Seas”, or is it just the brand name of that awful fishy thing I was made to drink when I was young.

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  114. Bonniebelle -  September 16, 2012 - 6:47 am

    My son (the middle of triplets) has three names (dictated by family ties). Each of these comes out to 7/7/7 ( a total of 3 i.e. Added together)
    His personality so ties in with the esoterical meanings and connotations – it is phenomenal!
    Sally, there is so much weight in any given number, don’t say it’s” just a number.” Go and research it in numerology and you will be astonished!

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  115. Babu -  September 16, 2012 - 5:59 am

    Seven has a very big significance for Hinduism. Sapt in Sanskrit or Sept in Latin come from the same Proto-Indo-European language.

    For Hindus:
    1) Saptarishi are seven sages in ‘Satyavrata’(ancient Levant), who brought wisdom to the world. They are remembered as stars of Ursa Major.
    2) Humans are created on the seventh day of 51st year of Brahma, the creator of the world. A day of Brahma is very long period for humans.
    3) Indian traditional music dont have octave, it has SaptSur, literally meaning seven melodies.
    4) September sometimes overlap with seventh month of Hindu Calendar,
    5) There are various customs in Hindus where you’ve to do things exactly 7 or in multiples of 7.
    6) Even the metaphysical world is divided into 7 layers. Earth is the middle layer. Heaven is the topmost layer and Hell is the first or lowest layer.
    7) In Hindu yoga, 7 plays an important role. In Hindu tantric system, 7 denotes auspicious.

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  116. 'Jianya -  September 16, 2012 - 5:39 am

    The world should get itself out of this ditch of 13 being an unlucky number and that for a good reason: the world does not run on luck but on the will, purpose,nd perfect knowledge of Almighty God. If 13 is an unlucky number why does it contain a so called lucky number 7 (6+7)?

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  117. :) -  September 16, 2012 - 2:03 am

    horcruxes.

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  118. Arpita -  September 13, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    Sat or Sapta means Seven in Hindi & Marathi language respectively

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  119. Arpita -  September 13, 2012 - 11:53 pm

    Saat Pheere or Saptapadi is a ritual in Hindu Marriages, they are the seven rounds around the fire to be taken by the bride&groom together.

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  120. MsQ -  September 13, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Seven Chakras, from top to bottom:

    Crown chakra (top of head)
    Third Eye Chakra (middle of forehead)
    Throat Chakra (neck)
    Heart Chakra (heart)
    Solar Plexus Chakra (just beneath the sternum)
    Hari Chakra (just below the bellybutton)
    Root Chakra (base of spine)

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  121. Giratina -  September 13, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    The day god rested still counts……………

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  122. Danilo -  September 13, 2012 - 7:41 am

    It is not only September=7, We also have it in October (Octo=8) and in November (Nove=9).

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  123. Azeezah -  September 12, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Prior to reading this article, I’d thought Julius and his brother Augustus had a month named after themselves(July and August). Deci=10 there were 10 months in a year.
    Reference: Brainpop.com

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  124. Bea -  September 12, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    In Japan, a child has a “perfect” name when his or her entire name consists of 7 syllables. 7 must be something mysterious….(dah dah DAHHHH)

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  125. ????? -  September 12, 2012 - 11:54 am

    hi

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  126. ????? -  September 12, 2012 - 11:54 am

    i dont get it?

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  127. ick -  September 11, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    :)

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  128. Josh -  September 11, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Actually, its an OCTAVE. 8 notes. unless you were saying there are 7 DIFFERENT notes, in which case you would be absolutely correct. but i mean really. a 6TH grader knows all this and most people dont? sad.

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  129. Erica -  September 11, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    That is really crazy. Now my head is spinning with 7 and 9.

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  130. debsincyprus -  September 11, 2012 - 9:25 am

    Why are people arguing about wether the world was created in 6 or 7 days??? The world (that we as humans evolved onto) was created over MILLIONS of years. You nutters.

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  131. Spike -  September 10, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    The number 8 has always been my lucky #. I’ve always thought of it as infinity stood on its’ head

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  132. Touche' -  September 10, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    @ Saf….BRAVO!!!!

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  133. Tabitha -  September 10, 2012 - 7:18 am

    I was born in september, my name has 7 letters and i was born on the 25 2+5=7.

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  134. SBV Rajesh -  September 10, 2012 - 12:32 am

    Tirupathi, one of the holiest places of Hindus and abode of Lord Venkateswara is located on the Seventh Hill !

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  135. Terri -  September 8, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    It’s September 8th 2012 and I’m sitting in my kitchen laughing at some comments, and learning interesting trivial from others…and smiling at my stupid crush on Saf, the former lit student/bartender. Have no fear, Saf, “im NO stalker” (bonisha, 2010).

    @ion.draghinda: Not late at all — there are still curious minds out there.

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  136. Giggles -  September 7, 2012 - 2:09 pm

    Danielle Aubin – That is a common belief, but it is wrong. Julius did not add July, he subtly renamed it from Quintilis/Iulius (J and I were interchangeable until very recently in written history). His nephew renamed the month Sextilis to August, but it had always existed in the Roman calendar.

    If July and August were originally named the 5th and 6th month, then renaming them does not throw off the numbering.

    It was the addition of January and February, and then them starting, rather than ending, the calendar that changed what number each month was, which, if you read, was what the article you commented on actually said.

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  137. Lance Armstrong -  September 7, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    @Lance W. Septimius Severus was born in northern Africa, but he wasn’t black. His mother was Italian/Roman and his father was Punic. He had a nasty habit of executing Christians and Jews.

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  138. Gershon -  September 7, 2012 - 10:36 am

    There is a factual error in the article. the world was created in SIX days, not seven. G-d rested on the seventh day. Read the first chapter of Genesis (Bereishit)

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  139. kieara -  September 7, 2012 - 9:47 am

    they dumies
    duhh

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  140. Akositsad -  September 7, 2012 - 3:19 am

    Oooh! Is that why the 8th month (now the 10th) was named October (“Octa”), 9th as November (“Nona”) and 10th as December (“Deca”). That makes sense!

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  141. Hannah -  September 6, 2012 - 11:48 pm

    My friend has an OCD about the number 7. 7 m&ms. 70% on her algebra test. Even her birthday is 7th of september *head shake*.

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  142. LexiJH -  September 6, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    Wow! You seriously learn something new everyday. This is so cool.

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  143. Earl -  September 6, 2012 - 11:10 am

    But if you really seek the truth, “One is the Lonliest Number.”

    So sayeth Three Dog Night!

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  144. Jacques -  September 5, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    Number nine is magical…
    2×9= 18 1+8=9
    3×9= 27 2+7=9
    4×9= 36 3+6=9
    5×9= 45 4+5=0
    now notice that..
    6×9= 54 5+4=9 … 54 is the reverse of 45…
    7×9= 63… reverse of 36
    8×9= 72… reverse of 27
    9×9= 81… reverse of 18
    take any of those number multiply them… add them up… substract them…
    it will always come up to “9″ the magical number. the only one able to do that.

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  145. Lucky -  September 5, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    In Hindus, Sapt Padi (Seven Steps) you have to take while marriage … this are seven promises made by husband & wife…

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  146. melanie -  September 5, 2012 - 4:47 am

    what about “dec”, meaning 10, why is it the 12th month?

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  147. Barbara -  September 3, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Very interesting discussion about the calendar names. 13 is an “unlucky” number because it was the number of months in the older lunar, pagan, or Goddess calendar in which there are 28 days in each of its months, and one day left over for the birth of the sacred king (at the winter solstice). As we all know, everything associated with the pagan religions became associated with evil. (This is from the book The White Goddess by Robert Graves.) However, in the pagan cultures, 13 was a “lucky” number, and Friday the 13th was especially lucky, as it was the goddess’s day (Freya, in Norse mythology), and 13 the number of months in the pagan (lunar) calendar. Friday the 13th was a holiday (holy day), where people made love all day long (Caroline Casey). Starting the year at the beginning of spring makes more sense, though, than at the winter solstice. Maybe this is because in the Mesopotamian cultures, the planting season began.

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  148. Daphne -  September 3, 2012 - 2:51 am

    My birthday’s on 7th September!!!!!!

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  149. Diana Banik -  September 2, 2012 - 11:58 pm

    Hi, I believe the Hindu practice that has been talked about by the author here relates to the Hindu marriage where the bride and groom take seven rounds of the holy fire to be declared man and wife. Moreover, according to the Hindu mythology, the earth is balanced on a turtle and not elephant as someone has mentioned here.

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  150. Alara -  September 2, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Therefore, the months were:
    January = God of Beginnings
    February = Feast of Purification
    March = Mars
    April = Aphrodite
    May = Goddess of Spring/Growth
    June = Queen of Gods
    July = fifth / Julius Caesar
    August = sixth / Augustus
    September = seventh
    October = eighth
    November = ninth
    December = tenth

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  151. Alara -  September 2, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Prof. V….

    Did you just seriously do that? Call the sun and moon planets, I mean. What? SERIOUSLY?

    The sun is a STAR. The moon is too small – smaller than Pluto, which disqualifies it from being a planet. Plus, you can see more planets, but if you’re not aware that the planet is actually a planet, it simply looks like a normal star.

    Oh, and just stop it with Septimius Severus! (And no, he wasn’t black. Sorry.)

    January = Latin “Januarius” (ya-nu-ah-ri-us) named after Janus (ya-nus), or the God of Beginnings.

    February = Latin “Februarius” (fe-bru-ah-ri-us) named after Februa (fe-bru-ah), or the Feast of Purification.

    March = Latin “Martius” (mar-ti-us) which was named after the planet Mars. (Tuesday in Latin was also named after Mars – dies martis)

    April = Latin “Aprilis” (ap-ril-is) which may have been derived from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

    May = Latin “Maius” (mah-i-us) from the Greek Maia, or the goddess of spring/growth.

    June = Latin “Junius” (yu-ni-us) named after the goddess Juno (yu-no), Queen of the Gods.

    !!!July = Latin “Julius” (yu-li-us) named after Julius Caesar (yu-li-us kay-sar) in 44BC. The original month was Latin “Quintilis” (kwin-til-is), or the fifth month in the Roman Calendar.

    !!!August = Latin “Augustus” (awh-gus-tus) from Augustus Caesar (awh-gus-tus kay-sar) in 8BC. Original month? Latin “Sextilis” (sex-til-is) which was the sixth month in the Roman Calendar.

    !!!September = Latin “September” (sep-tem-ber), seventh month in the Roman Calendar.

    October = Latin “October” (ok-toh-ber), eighth month in RC.

    November = Latin “November” (noh-wem-ber), ninth month in RC.

    December = Latin “December” (deh-kem-ber), tenth month in RC.

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  152. DocH -  September 1, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    7 continents

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  153. StrangeDuckling -  July 25, 2012 - 8:55 am

    July = Julius
    August = Augustus
    October = Octavian

    Augustus Ceasar’s original name was Octavian.
    Octavian was Julius Ceasar’s nephew and adopted son (he adopted Octavian when his sister died).
    Augustus means something like “revered one” or something like that… He was a very down-to-earth guy. He believed in peace (hence the Pax Romana, literally “Roman Peace”) and was VERY good to his people.
    He believed in treating everyone, even family or royalty, the same. When his daughter broke the/a major rule(s) (or something like that), he banished her.
    The people loved him so much that, when he died, he was made into a permanent God.

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  154. Allan -  July 22, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    Broken link report!

    The last link in the main article is supposed to go to another article about the seven wonders of the ancient world. Apparently that article doesn’t exist, so it hours to a search page instead.

    Please fix this.

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  155. Rachele -  July 22, 2012 - 10:21 am

    In 1307, it was on a “Friday the 13th” that under the orders of King Philip, troops were sent out to slaughter the Knights Templar in the middle of the night through France.

    Hence, bad luck on Friday the 13th.

    Being of spiritual belief (not so much any one religion, but more that the answers are found in bits of all of them), I believe the rising of their souls en masse turns it to a good luck day.

    Every Yin has its Yang, so to speak.

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  156. ninosyl -  July 20, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    By the way, numerologically, my first name adds up to 7; so does my last name. So, I have to admit that the number 7 must be connected to good luck, because I have been almost always lucky.

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  157. ninosyl -  July 20, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    The correct spelling of the German numbers are: Sieben (7), Acht (8), Neun (9) and Zehn (10).
    Anyway, if you guys want to play with numbers, 7 might be lucky, but NINE is the king or queen. There is no number higher than 9. Don’t say 10, or 11, of 12, etc. because they all add up to a single digit. Ex: (10 is 1+0=1). If you add any number to 9, the resultant is always the number that’s being added to 9. Ex: 9+7=16 (1+6=7); 9+4=13 (1+3=4), etc. But when 9 is multiplied with any number, the resultant single digit is ALWAYS a 9. See for yourself. That makes 9 the highest and greatest.

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  158. PB -  July 13, 2012 - 7:55 am

    If you flip a 7 over and tilt it, it becomes a checkmark.

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  159. Smayds -  July 12, 2012 - 11:45 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe that I actually managed to read this entire page of comments without passing out.

    Humanity is doomed, and most of these comments are the proof.

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  160. Tristan Boyce -  June 28, 2012 - 1:14 am

    Just a thought… Even if all of the stuff about Septimus Severus could be a remote possibility… September’s root (sept) is 7, October’s (Oct) is 8, November’s (nov) is 9 and December’s (Dec) is 10. Think Septagon, Octagon, Nonagon, Decagon. This leads me to believe that the September being named for Septimus Severus thing isn’t true. I think that those last 4 months were named for their original location in the calendar… But don’t quote me, I’m just a Spanish/ Physical Education teaching major.

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  161. Mini Wembo -  June 27, 2012 - 11:46 am

    A dog ages 7 years one human year
    A dogs heart (at rest) beats 7 times faster than a human heart (at rest)
    7 dwarves
    7 sorrows of Mary, 7 joys of Mary
    7 Sacraments
    7 virtues, 7 deadly sins
    7 days in the week
    7 hills of Rome
    7 Wonders of the Ancient World
    7 Planets in solar system visible with naked eye:
    Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
    7 Musical Notes:
    Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti
    7 Indian Chakras:
    7 is always the total sum of opposite sides of any common dice
    7+7+7 = 21, highest number in Black Jack without getting busted
    7+7+7+7 = 28 = lunar cycle = menstrual cycle = old version of a month

    SO 7 MUST BE SPECIAL!

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  162. Brannon -  June 17, 2012 - 12:32 am

    The pyramids of Egypt.

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  163. sevenbaby -  April 24, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    So am I twice as lucky for being born on September 7th? ^_^

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  164. ion.draghinda -  April 22, 2012 - 1:35 am

    Well, I am one and a half years late, responding to a statement made on September 1st 2010, but it might be of some use to someone: Julius Cesar WAS en emperor, although Rome was still a republic at the time of his death.
    We tend to think that emperor is the corespondent of imperator, which is partly true. Imperator was the title that a general was authorized to bear when he was coming back home victorious (the commander of the army was a general during the war and, if defeated, after the war, and an imperator once he had won). Long before, meaning originally in the Roman republic, imperator meant simply the one who has the imperium (the command), meaning supreme power – that meant the power to consult the gods, by having the right to the “auspices” = divination by watching and interpreting favorable and unfavorable signs expressing the will of the gods (thunder, birds’ flight, birds’ organs…). It was considered a sacred capacity of knowing if a public deed can be undertaken with good chances of success, and it conferred some unrestricted power, on two levels that were Imperium militiae, power of raising an army and commanding it, and Imperium domi, power of saying what is right, of organizing politically the City, etc. Than, with the expansion of the Republic’s territory, it became too complicated and unsafe to have one sole person ruling everything, and other functions were created, which shared the initial power of the Imperator. And with several wars going on at the same time, meaning several generals, the title of Imperator was given solely to the successful ones, which had to be acclaimed on their return home.
    In 27 B.C., Octavius was called Augustus, which corresponds to what we call emperor, since this gave him the right to transmit his position to his heirs.
    OK, this is a bit long, and especially very late as an answer, but – I repeat – I hope it could be of some use to someone out there.

    I love to see that you have such a forum of people interested in the meaning and reasons of things, my country (Switzerland) is rather frustrating in this regard. And it’s a pleasure to find out that some of you do think that mathematics have something to do with real life.
    Good luck to you all and have fun. Ion

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  165. bleue -  April 10, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    why the number 13 is unlucky, i have no idea. all i know is that after the 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ while he was on the cross, we were all saved; at least, as far as the Catholic faith believes.

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  166. The Cheshire Cat -  April 4, 2012 - 9:07 am

    I have no idea why the number 13 is unlucky, but I know why the number with three six’s in a row is unlucky, it’s the devil’s number (I’m superstitious but only with the number six-six-six, black cats and the number 13 don’t bother me and never have)

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  167. Emma -  March 3, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    @V Thirteen is an unlucky number because the Ancient Greeks thought so. There were only twelve gods on the Olympian Council and when Zeus wanted to add his son Dionysis it caused a big fight because they already had 12 on the council (12 being the Ancient Greek devine number) and so to add one more would be to make 13 (sometimes called the number of Death). So Hestia, goddess of the hearth and home (who hated fighting), stepped down from her throne as an Olympian to make way for Dionysis. Judas Iscariot was the 12th disciple not the thirteenth. I don’t think that Chirstianity regards 13 to be of any significance anyway.

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  168. NiTrOx -  February 29, 2012 - 3:01 am

    7 for CR7?? ;)

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  169. V -  February 16, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    FYI… The reason why 13 is considered an unlucky number is that Judas was the 13th apostle.

    I think it’s also one of the early primes. Prime numbers, left hands, etc were considered unlucky, because you can’t really do productive number things with them. In many of the arithromancy
    traditions, primes are thought of as barren. Occasionally, you will find lucky primes, which usually correspond to a notion of priesthood, or interface with the divine.

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  170. beausow -  February 1, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    So many nice things here. Seven is so special. I’m convinced, both mathematically, ( prof V has amazed me most so far on the math side), by calender, by culture, by history, by religion.

    Has anyone mentioned the seven spirits of (the Christian) God? Or the seven cities of love in Arabic philosophy?

    This tells me that we all can love at 7 levels of quality. How’s that baby? How do you love me? What quality level, Huh?

    Elizabeth Browning tells us that she loved her husband-to-be, in her poem, “How Do I Love Thee” in seven ways (levels) all at once! And the highest level “sort of” corresponds to the merging with God that is implied in the 7th. City of Love ( as I understand it). Here is her poem,

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
    I love thee to the level of everyday’s
    Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
    I love thee freely, as men might strive for Right;
    I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
    I love thee with the passion put to use
    In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
    I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints,–I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life!–and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.

    Question: Could the 7 levels (Cities) of Love correspond, somehow “mysteriously” , to the 7 Spirits of God that are mentioned four times in the book of Revelation (in the beginnings of chapters 1,3,4 & 5)?

    With the magic of “7″, nothing seems impossible, especially a closer connection between the spirits of God and the Love itself. Since “God is love”, this makes “PERFECT” sense. Perfect God has 7 PERFECT spirits and so Perfect Love mustalso have anatomy of “7″.

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  171. Cennedig -  December 8, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Seven is of extreme interest to number-geeks who believe in the power of the Fibonacci sequence (you know, the sequence where each number is the sum of the two before it, [1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc.]). 7 is ‘lucky,’ because it’s the first number that can’t be written as a product of two of these Fibonacci numbers. 11, another lucky number, is the second non-Fibonacci product, and if you extend this sequence of numbers, you get 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, and so on.

    This also has interesting metaphysical meaning, because the Fibonacci sequence turns up very, very often in nature (a pineapple for example, often has 5, 8, and 13 scales from tip to tip, depending on what path you follow from scale to scale.) This makes the Fibonacci sequence a ‘worldly’ sequence, and 7 and 11 are the first two numbers to break that natural cycle making them ‘heavenly’ numbers. Furthermore, the golden ratio, which is supposedly the unifying beauty of all great art, is a function of the Fibonacci sequence, as it’s simplest integer approximation is 5:8, both Fibonacci numbers.

    Guess it just goes to show that if you think too hard you can find conspiracies everywhere. ; )

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    • Shiva -  September 27, 2014 - 9:53 pm

      It is mentioned that 7 cannot be product of two Fibonacci numbers.
      2 and 5 are Fibonacci numbers and they add to 7.

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  172. fraktol -  October 29, 2011 - 10:51 am

    What do you mean “stellar” objects? Do you mean planets or stars? If planets, they are “planetary” objects, not stellar objects. If stars, they are not in our solar system.

    For an informative website, this is a pretty major error.

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  173. Clay -  October 13, 2011 - 6:36 am

    seven (7) stellar objects visible with the naked eye in our solar system??

    (“Also, there are only seven stellar objects in the solar system that are visible from Earth with the naked eye.”)

    Stellar means ‘star’, ergo; one object in our soar system ‘Sol’ the sun. Did you mean planets and other orbiting orbs?

    I have seven toes on my left foot and eleven on my right. What foot is luckier?

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  174. Sally -  October 3, 2011 - 9:21 am

    SEVEN IS A NUMBER- GET OVER IT!!!!!

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  175. Kamran -  September 30, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    A few remarkable facts about the Pyramids at Giza:

    - They were the OLDEST in the Wonders
    - They are the BIGGEST in the Wonders
    - They are the ONLY one still standing!

    That’s pretty awesome craftsmanship :)

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  176. Balrohan -  September 29, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    Just to correct Lance T Walker’s comment from 1 September. Septimus Severus did not expand the Roman Empire to the British Isles. The British Isles were already part of the Roman Empire and had been from around 60 A.D.

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  177. whitewolf456 -  September 6, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    the last of the seven wonders is the great pyramid of Giza.

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  178. komala -  September 4, 2011 - 2:25 am

    The 15th of the 7th month in lunar (Chinese) calender is the day of “Festival of the Dead” where supposedly the gate of hell opened to allow the dead to roam the earth.

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  179. Maddie -  May 24, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    @debra: Ken is using an ancient form of divination/fortune telling called Arithmancy (“arith” meaning numbers, and “-mancy” meaning fortune telling). Supposedly, adding up certain numbers that correspond to the alphabet, then adding them, then adding each digit in that number gives you a number that details some personality trait. It’s all a load of hooey to pretty much any non-pagan.

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  180. Petey -  April 20, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    I used to like the number 7…now it makes me sick. THANKS A LOT!

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  181. mallika -  April 20, 2011 - 12:25 am

    Among Hindus, they also have 7 promises to make when they get married, and thus go around a fire seven times.

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  182. Kristen -  April 19, 2011 - 9:11 am

    I thought that the old new year was April 1? Hence: April Fools Day. Wouldn’t that mean that the calendar was shifted back 3 months?

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  183. Jesse -  April 8, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    Nice article ;)
    @Prof. V and El Sammak: Cool :D

    Btw, the convos between Saf and bonisha r kinda funny :)
    Question: Why are there seven days in the week, with 5 weekdays and 2 weekends? Why couldn’t it be eight, an extra day in the weekend??? :( Oh well :D

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  184. Pinki -  April 8, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    Sorry, I meant curious ^.^

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  185. Pinki -  April 8, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Curios: Why is the number 13 considered bad luck??? I like 13 too, since I’m 13 right now…LOL!

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  186. Pinki -  April 8, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    You know, my favorite number was 7 ever since I was seven (that happened to be a coincidence :) ), and at that time, I didn’t know 7 was a lucky number. I made my seven my lucky number, and when I found out, I was astonished, but in a good way. Another kind of a coincidence, right?? :D I always thought 7 looked and sounded pretty. Btw, what’s the origin of the name seven? (9 is my second fave number, and 2 is the third…Idk, but I guess it’s the way they sound or look or something ^.^)

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  187. lolly -  March 24, 2011 - 3:05 am

    September, October, November and December are respectfully seventh, eighth , ninth and tenth months. In the German you can see it more plainly, Seben, Octh, Neun, and Zein. You can see the word Decimo or decade or dime in December and see that it does stand for tenth. In the Bible Old Testament, March/April are thefirst month of the religious year. So if March is the first, April the 2nd, May, the 3rd, June , the 4th, July the 5th, August the 6th and of course Sept, Oct Nov, and Dec. Then Jan would be the 11th month and February the 12th month. When Jesus rose from the dead or when Passover starts , is the beginning of the New religious year. This would go by the solar calendar.

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  188. YO MAMA -  March 6, 2011 - 9:10 pm

    July = the seventh month of the year = my birthmonth (July 31st)

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  189. El Sammak -  February 28, 2011 - 2:46 am

    7 concentric souls or castles inside the human body in all spritual beliefs, Jewish, Christian and Muslim. they all have suffi philosophy that has a common seven number.
    In arabic Seven in sabaa.. also a lion has the same name. The lion is King of the Jungle.

    7 dry years or 7 thin cows that the Pharo saw in his Vision that Yussif or Joseph interpreted to the Pharo that there will be seven dry years .

    Also PH is +7 or -7

    Cats in Egypt or in Arabic have 7 lives not 9 lives :>

    My first Name has 7 Letters
    Hussein
    plus my middle name Kamel + 5

    which also a holy number ( LOL )

    makes 12 ( whole number )a dozen

    Hussein-Kamel

    then the dash –

    makes it 13 digits.

    the Most Mysterious Number.

    Peace is 5 letters

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  190. Prof. V. -  February 25, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Why is SEVEN (7) Lucky?

    7 WOW: Wonders Of the World

    7 Days in Creating the Universe (multiverse):
    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Sabbath Day – old testament for Jews, Sunday – new testament for Christians who celebrate Easter resurrection)

    7 Planets in solar system visible with naked eye:
    Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

    7 Musical Notes:
    Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si
    then start a new octave with the next Do

    7 Indian Chakras:
    1 – base of spine (muladhara)
    2 – abdomen (swadisthana)
    3- solar plexus (manipura)
    4 – heart (anahata)
    5 – throat (vishuddha)
    6 – brow or third eye (ajna)
    7 – crown or top of head (sahasrana)

    7 = likely result from dice in Casino craps table

    777 = Jackpot in Slot Machines

    7+7+7 = 21, highest number in Black Jack without getting busted

    7+7+7+7 = 28 = lunar cycle = menstrual cycle = old version of a month

    7^1 = 7
    7^4 = 7*7*7*7 = 2,401 –> 2+4+0+1 = 7
    7^7 = 7*7*7*7*7*7*7 = 823543 –> 8+2+3+5+4+3 = 25 –> 2+5 = 7
    7^10 = 282,475,249 –> add digits up –> 43 –> 4+3 = 7

    only works with powers of 1 + increment of 3 –> 4,7,10,13,16,19,22, etc.
    where all ODD numbers are PRIME numbers

    In fact, SEVEN is the highest single digit PRIME Number.

    Isn’t it ODD?

    That’s the MYSTERY of SEVEN that leads to …
    HEAVEN or 7-11 where we can drink 7-up … hahahahahahaha (ha x 7)

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  191. Hinduness -  February 24, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    yeah i agree with the saat-phere and seven saints comments, that’s probably what practice the article’s talking about, and there’s a hymn to a deity that’s supposed to be sung seven times (hanuman chalisa)
    and WTH to the elephant comment… don’t believe everything u hear
    @”NOT A HINDU”… agree with “kysore” that’s gotta be the most ridiculous thing i’ve ever heard hahaha relax maybe u should try learning something from hinduism :)
    (no offence intended btw)

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  192. Embers -  February 18, 2011 - 9:01 am

    re:Frazzled Mom on October 12, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I believe you may have nullified the theory that September is named after Septimius Severus, unless the month was renamed September after, say his death, however I have been unable to find such evidence.

    Doesn’t it seem moreso likely that September is seen as “lucky” because it is usually a harvest month which secured life through winter?

    Nowadays one might even consider calling September lucky as this seems to have become the natural time of year to bear a child (getting freaky on new years and then hey presto 9 months down the line), even the school calender takes this into account….

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  193. Janice -  February 17, 2011 - 9:08 am

    The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World were the Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt), the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq), the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (Turkey), the Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Greece), the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Turkey), the Colossus of Rhodes (Greece), and the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Egypt). Only the Giza Pyramid is still standing.
    Check out Wonders of the World in Wikipedia and it’ll give you lists of all different kinds of wonders.
    We need more wonderful things in the world.

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  194. CYNTHIA -  February 3, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    7 DWARFS
    7 WITH ONE BLOW
    7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS
    7 SORROWS OF MARY, 7 JOYS OF MARY
    7 SACRAMENTS
    SEVEN VIRTUES, 7 DEADLY SINS
    7 DAYS IN THE WEEK
    7 IN TAROT: The meaning of seven dealing with perfection can be traced back to the steps taken by early astronomers (and astrologers). These stargazers identified seven dynamic celestial orbs:
    Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
    7 HILLS OF ROME
    7 LIBERAL ARTS

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  195. kysore -  February 2, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    @ Not a Hindu/ WOTYANUTS? It’s completely gibberish to say that the hindus believe that the earth stands on the back of an elephant. Where on earth did you get to hear that? A hindu would make an elephant stand on you for saying something that horrible..

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  196. hawksofiowa -  October 14, 2010 - 6:32 pm

    kimmm, a dogs 7 years in a human years are because a dogs heart (at rest) beats 7 times faster than a human heart (at resst).

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  197. Autumn Wind -  October 12, 2010 - 1:02 pm

    I thought Stonehenge was one of the 7 wonders?

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  198. Martin -  October 12, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    Then again, a “Perfect Fifth” is an interval of 7 semitones

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  199. Martin -  October 12, 2010 - 10:52 am

    The song “Seven” by Necrophagist is the seventh track on the album. It begins in a 7/4 and is played on 7 string guitars. The song “Seven” by Symphony X is the seventh song on the album (not counting the intro) and is exactly 7 minutes long. There are seven notes in the major scale (which isn’t simply a cultural accident since it’s derived from the overtone series of a vibrating string).

    7 has a lot of competition from 5 though. (1 + SQRT(5))/2 is the Golden Ratio. The way we count is based on how we have 5 fingers on each hand. 5 pointed stars contain the Golden Ratio between some of their line segments. A perfect fifth is the most stable musical interval (unless it’s flat, in which case it’s the most unstable). I was born in May, the fifth month, and I’m a pretty cool guy.

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  200. paul9999 -  October 12, 2010 - 8:43 am

    The reason that most fairy tales have either 7 or 3 main subjects is that the number 73 is in the subconscious mind of mankind. The number 73 is a divine proportion of the solar year, which consist of 365 days. If you take 73 x 5 = 365 then 365 x 4 (73 x 20) = 1,460 days then add a zero day for leap year. The real start of a mathematical calendar would be the “New Sun” on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21).

    How the numbers work with weather and seasons:

    73 x 1.25 = 91.25 days (first one-quarter of year – start of Spring)
    73 x 2 = 146 days (Gregorian calendar May 16th – planting season)
    73 x 2.50 = 182.50 days (second one-quarter of year or half – start of Summer)
    73 x 3.75 = 273.75 days (third one-quarter of year – start of Fall)
    73 x 4 = 292 days (Gregorian calendar Oct. 9th – harvest season)
    73 x 5 = 365 days (fourth one-quarter of year or full year)

    The number eleven (11) is part of the Moon Cycle…i…e…put these numbers on a Gregorian calendar and every 11th Moon Phase will be a very similar number(same day number 1-73).

    Food for thought!!!!

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  201. Dc Loy -  October 12, 2010 - 8:02 am

    I recall learning a little about this when i was in my freshman year in highschool.

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  202. Annoy -  October 12, 2010 - 1:54 am

    Heck just go to the 7-11 & get a coke.

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  203. Frazzled Mom -  October 12, 2010 - 1:04 am

    A question of dates.

    Lance T. Walker comments:

    What most people don’t know is the month of September was actually named to honor Septimius Severus, the first African-born emperor of Rome.

    He expanded the empire all the way to the British Isles, and kept “peace through strength” until his death of old age in 211 A.D.

    The article says September was the seventh month in the Old Roman calendar and the Julian calendar reform took place in 46 B.C. (according to the link) so how can September honor someone who lived from 145 A.D. to 211 A.D.?

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  204. Summer -  October 12, 2010 - 12:44 am

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Snow White & the seven dwarfs!?!

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  205. Jason Wade -  October 11, 2010 - 11:39 pm

    So far this is only part of something even greater that we will soon be revealed.

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  206. jazz -  October 1, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    To Saf

    I am impressed by you comments and how you left alpm19 speechless. An open minded, all rounded person such as you is what we need more of in this current world of racisim, bigotry and small-mindedness.

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  207. Joseph Dominique -  October 1, 2010 - 12:59 pm

    all those comments are close enought to what their believes are and understanding for which I enjoy reading it’s very educational and to my understing which the bible said that the earth was created in 7 days and those wonders still remain, I wish that there was more time for humans to learn I mean have enough time to be a ( Dr. – science – accountant – and so on) I mean a chance to know the meaning of life in general.

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  208. louis paiz -  October 1, 2010 - 10:52 am

    the number seven has been my favotite for what ever reason it may be,i was borne in september i always admire in my mind the seven wonders of the world my favor stars the pleiades the number where i live is when added gives seven the amount of family are seven when i was a boy i used to count in the daytime seven stars as a crown in the sky and most of my good deals coinside with seven. thanks

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  209. Cameo -  October 1, 2010 - 8:13 am

    September hosts the beginning of Libra (tropical astrology), the 7th sign in western astrology.

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  210. Cardinal177b -  October 1, 2010 - 6:41 am

    “just tell you that im a lit student too.
    doing my masters right now in the subject:)” Seriously?

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  211. Cardinal177b -  October 1, 2010 - 6:40 am

    The number 2 is unstable, the number 3 is a tripod. The number 1 is as good as 0. So what number would be the happy one? 69, obviously.

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  212. noname -  October 1, 2010 - 12:25 am

    everybody loves seven

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  213. bonisha -  September 4, 2010 - 4:18 am

    saf,
    i wrote back to you twice ..but the moderators(im guessing)dont like the idea of me reaching out to you for my term paper(read help).
    so ,im not cut copy pasting thee ntire stuff again.
    just tell you that im a lit student too.
    doing my masters right now in the subject:)

    could we discuss my term paper ,need submission this month in the university..??would like to get an alternative understanding of the readings that im attempting and have been looking out for an opportunity where i could indulge in some brain storming with someone not from my country and who doesnot share my culture(i know that you are from a persian descent,from your comments )
    dont definitely want to sound like a stalker :)..

    (also my previous reply backs to you were so much more humourous to read :P .just that now after having written twice to you,i hope the moderators would have mercy on me and not delete this comment too.
    CANT WRITE AGAIN!)
    check the parantheses bit out here in my comment too.
    we aren’t too different ehh?
    :)

    p.s-REMINDER,im NO stalker:)
    promise!
    :)

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  214. Saf -  September 3, 2010 - 10:59 am

    @bonisha

    You got me. I’m a lit. student. ;)
    Well I was, anyway, until I got my degree a couple of years ago (for all the good it did me… I still work as a bartender). My interest in cross-textual studies is purely leisure reading for me (we can call it a hobby).

    I guess I’ve always been interested in “the other side of the story” (or, to be more technically accurate, I guess I’ve always figured that the closest approximation to the truth can be garnered by considering ALL sides of the story).

    I’m also a chronic abuser of parentheses, if you haven’t noticed. Anyway, I’m always up for an interesting discussion!

    @Rajendar Menen

    It wouldn’t make sense to me that calendar dates could possess any kind of spiritual significance, considering how arbitrary and contrived they are (and how often they’ve been tinkered with or outright rewritten through the ages).

    In my opinion, you’re probably looking for meaning in the wrong places. Just a thought.

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  215. Rajendar Menen -  September 3, 2010 - 4:48 am

    I have also, strangely noticed, that number 7 people (those born on 7th, 16th, 25th of any month) normally spend their lives alone. Even if they are married or in a large family, they are alone! Can anyone explain this please. It is a, type of, spiritual aloneness — this is the best explanation i can give.

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  216. bonisha -  September 3, 2010 - 2:34 am

    saf,
    just an off hand question…have you been a literature student?
    someone who has been interested in close cross textual studies?
    your argument tilts towards such an understanding.
    :)

    would like to talk more on such/ related topics with you in that case!
    :)

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  217. BALA -  September 3, 2010 - 1:58 am

    In Hindu beliefs there are seven saints (Saptharishi), seven musical nodes (Sapthaswaras), seven hills (Sapthagiri), seven virgins (Sapthakannika) and many more are divine.

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  218. Robert S. -  September 2, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Seven is indeed a popular number. Seven days in the week and so on…

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  219. Saf -  September 2, 2010 - 9:38 am

    @alpm19

    The history of nearly every Roman ruler is *extremely* well-documented. If you want to research this yourself, it won’t be difficult. If you want a list of specific books to read, I’d advise perusing the “References” portion of Severus’ wikipedia article. What evidence is there to support the theory that he *was* black? The post I was replying to claimed that:

    “This is a well known and accepted fact in Europe, but the existence of a black ruler of the Pax Romana is well hidden in America, for obvious historical reasons.”

    That statement was an outright untruth, either by the commenter or by whatever source he acquired this material from. I can’t imagine why anyone would say that, unless it were an attempt to lend credibility to an otherwise unsupported claim. Where in Europe is this “an accepted fact,” and by what historians? Maybe you can find some genuine research that reaffirms this, I cannot.

    As for your other query,
    “And why is it so important to you [Saf] for people of historical significance to not be identified with “black” or “darker-skinned” people?”

    Not only is that question clearly hostile and inflammatory, but it is a huge (and incorrect) assumption on your part. Being of Persian descent, nearly all of the historically significant persons in the history of my people have been “black or darker-skinned.” If it were important to me that they weren’t, I’d have a serious identity disorder (and I don’t). So no, it wouldn’t bother me (as you seem to be implying) at all if Severus turned out to be black. What *bothers* me is that people are so ready to believe every piece of “alternate history” that crosses their path if it seems more interesting or more appealing to their particular demographic.

    Believe me, I’m all-too-aware of how fallacious a Eurocentric version of history can be, but I’ve also read books by Afrocentric historians like Nana Banchie Darkwah, and it’s just as full of holes, poor research, and assumptions (although he does make some genuinely good points, especially regarding the Bible).

    If you’re accustomed to winning arguments with verbal bullying tactics (like implying racism without any good reason to), then I’m afraid you’re outmatched here. If you’d like to have an actual conversation about it, feel free to email me. I’d be very interested and open-minded about any *convincing* arguments to support the claim that Severus was black.

    ~Saf

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  220. Mark V -  September 2, 2010 - 9:30 am

    @Lawrence

    If you’re gonna make stuff up, base it off stuff that sounds a little more ridiculus, or people might mistake it for something serious. ^_^

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  221. wannabe happy bee -  September 2, 2010 - 5:09 am

    The number 2 is unstable, the number 3 is a tripod. The number 1 is as good as 0. So what number would be the happy one?

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  222. Janae -  September 2, 2010 - 4:57 am

    The trouble began when Julius Caesar defeated Pompey, who was the legitimate ruler of Rome at the time, and declared himself Emperor. Julius Caesar got stabbed to death for his troubles and his nephew Augustus took over as Emperor. From that time forward it became the Roman Empire rather than the Republic of Rome.

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  223. DKN -  September 2, 2010 - 1:10 am

    septem (and so is seven) have their origin from the Sanskrit word ‘saptha’ meaning seven. Also most of the names for the numbers find their origin from Sanskrit, the ancient Hindu language, for instance penta (five) from ‘pancha’, octa (eight) derived from ‘ashta’, nine from ‘nava’, deca (ten) from ‘dasha’. About relevance/importance of seven in Hinduism, see saptha-rishi, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saptarshi;
    saptha-swara means seven musical notes.

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  224. peach6972 -  September 1, 2010 - 7:28 pm

    Happy to learn new thing and my to know I waz born in a lucky month

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  225. Emmanuel Aquin -  September 1, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    Caesar was not an emperor, since Rome was still technically a Republic at the time of his death.

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  226. NOT A HINDU -  September 1, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    that hindu belief (i think) is that the earth is balanced on the back of a giant elephant, which is standing on the back of a tiger, and so on. the last animal is standing on the shell of a walking tortoise.

    i guess there must be seven animals.

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  227. JanetJ2010 -  September 1, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    September is “Lucky seven”. Interesting.

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  228. Faith -  September 1, 2010 - 5:16 pm

    In Fairy Tales there are always seven/ three things because those are the lucky numbers. For example: 7 wishes, 7 miles, 7 stars… can’t think of any stories right now but you know what I mean!!

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  229. Sabrina -  September 1, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    The angkor Wat is also another example of the ancient world, it was once the most powerfulest city many, many decades ago. Even more powerful than Japan or United Kingdom

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  230. Claudette -  September 1, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Yes – only six days of creation but if you re-read, the writer said the 7th was a rest day not a creation day – so we are all on the same page;-)

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  231. Waz -  September 1, 2010 - 3:36 pm

    @Antonio Nascimento

    5×5 has a square hypotenuse of 7=5×1,4142135…
    Consider 1meter=100centimeters. Then 5mx5m has a hypotenuse of 7m between one corner of the square to the other corner.

    No, it’s not. 7/5 = 1.4 exactly. The hypotenuse of a 5m x 5m square is 7.071m

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  232. Laurence -  September 1, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    777 is God’s signature, his number of totality and completeness as in 7 thunders, 7 trumpets, 7 seals and 7 last plagues from the book of Revelation. Also his signature was seen in 2008 with a record breaking stock market drop of 777 on Rosh Hashanah (the feast of trumpets)the 1st day of the jewish fiscal new year. Jesus will return in 7 years from this date the feast of trumpets in 2015.

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  233. JorgenPeople -  September 1, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Um..there is only six days in creation..Im pretty sure, 7th was the resting day

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  234. Mayank -  September 1, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    The tradition of seven in the Hindu Culture that u r referring to are the ‘Saat Phere’ or the ‘Seven Turns’ in the traditional Hindu Marriage, where the bride and groom take seven rounds around ‘Agni’, the holy ceremonial Fire. Each turn has its own special significance, representing an aspect of the married life. ‘Saat Phere’ are an essential part of the Hindu wedding, and amongst the most sacred traditions of all.

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  235. alpm19 -  September 1, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    What book or books indicated that Septimius Sevirus was not “black?” I would like to research this for myself.

    And why is it so important to you [Saf] for people of historical significance to not be identified with “black” or “darker-skinned” people?

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  236. Kimmm -  September 1, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    dogs age 7 human years every year….

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  237. Alan Turner -  September 1, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    Hail to Jerry Gordon, he looked what he was doing with his Pythagoras

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  238. mdt -  September 1, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Uh – there are EIGHT (count em) 8 Beatitudes – not 7…

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  239. SEPTE | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  September 1, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    [...] COME ELEVEN” — in some SEPTEMBER SONG — SEVENTH CHAKRA HEAVEN — Y’all just sing along.–>>Rupert [...]

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  240. Twiggy -  September 1, 2010 - 11:50 am

    “There are seven levels.” was Paul McCartney’s revelation the first time he got stoned. Written on piece of paper carefully entrusted to roadie Mal Evans. I suspect that he may have been on to something :D

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  241. m -  September 1, 2010 - 11:48 am

    heard lot about seven skies

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  242. JS -  September 1, 2010 - 11:19 am

    Thought – way back in the Roman era, or, prior to that – April was the first month, which would make September the sixth.

    Didn’t know that September was actually named to honor Septimius Severus, some first African-born emperor of Rome. – a lot of nice info, here.
    Cheers!

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  243. Daniel -  September 1, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Then there’s the 7-Eleven convenience stores. They must be perfect too.

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  244. Debra -  September 1, 2010 - 11:04 am

    @Ken…when you do all this math for your name…where do you find what the numbers mean? 8 sporty?

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  245. dontae -  September 1, 2010 - 10:49 am

    TODAYS MY BIRTHDAY YEAH AND Y IS IT CALLED THE LUCKY NUMBER 7

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  246. Michael -  September 1, 2010 - 10:22 am

    So why is seven so lucky in dice? and eleven?

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  247. Mark V -  September 1, 2010 - 10:16 am

    In world of Warcraft, you are often level7 when you leave your homeland and venture out into the world proper.

    If you spell seven backward, you get neves, replace the E’s with I’s and you get nivis, jumble that around and you get visin, which is a misspelling of vision. From this we can concretely conclude the number 7 is a sign of the prophecy, with people linked to the number having visions of things to come, but are bad at spelling.

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  248. Chanda -  September 1, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Very interesting! I love learning new things!

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  249. susan -  September 1, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Julius Caesar was never emperor–Augustus was the first Roman emperor.

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  250. Saf -  September 1, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Whoever told you that Severus was black is a crackpot. He was born in Africa, yes, but to an Italian Roman mother and a Punic (Syrian/Phoenician descent) father. Even if he had acquired the full pigment of his father, he’d only be about as dark as a modern-day Egyptian.

    African-born does not necessarily mean black.

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  251. Jerry Gordon -  September 1, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Sorry, Alan. If we’re going to be picky, it’s really 7.071068…

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  252. Alan Turner -  September 1, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Antonio Nascemento got his Pythagoras wrong. If a right angle triangle has two sides 5m x 5m then the hypotenuse will be 7.143m. Seven is as good a number as any but on this occasion it is not perfect.

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  253. suji -  September 1, 2010 - 9:15 am

    Very good article about septemper… I thought Julie Ceasor and Augustie Ceasors made that, while they make 31 days to July and August.

    Starting the year on March is almost same to South Indian Calendar. Their Calendar year starts on April 13 or 14; depends on the position of earth and Sun the date fluctuates

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  254. Lance T. Walker -  September 1, 2010 - 9:07 am

    What most people don’t know is the month of September was actually named to honor Septimius Severus, the first African-born emperor of Rome. This is a well known and accepted fact in Europe, but the existence of a black ruler of the Pax Romana is well hidden in America, for obvious historical reasons.

    In fact, most people have no idea there were actually three Caesars born in Africa, of which Severus was the best. He expanded the empire all the way to the British Isles, and kept “peace through strength” until his death of old age in 211 A.D.

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  255. Nathan -  September 1, 2010 - 8:57 am

    You have a fragment that doesn’t have a clear connection to the text: “Both Muslims and Cabbalistic Jews.”

    I’m sure there’s something to do with the number 7 and Muslims and Cabbalistic Jews or even the 7 concentric spheres mentioned previously, but it’s not clear.

    Is the Hindu practice something to do with Chakras?

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  256. Rabeeta -  September 1, 2010 - 8:23 am

    Hmm gud one, quite cOnfusing bt fyn.

    nd pyramids, ofcOurse.

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  257. Sofia -  September 1, 2010 - 8:15 am

    And seven are the beautitudes

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  258. Sofia -  September 1, 2010 - 8:14 am

    Also, seven are the colors that are most distinguishable on the rainbow, seven are the circles of sinners in hell before Satan’s lair on Divine Comedy and seven are the capital sins.

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  259. Friday -  September 1, 2010 - 8:13 am

    Um, there were only six days of creation not seven. And the one seven wonders of the ancient world that is still in existence are the Giza pyramids.

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  260. Waldo Pepper -  September 1, 2010 - 7:58 am

    Well, there are actually 8 wonders of the world if you count King Kong. And the pyramids of Egypt are still around.

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  261. Wildbluesun -  September 1, 2010 - 7:51 am

    Not sure about the Hindu practice, but the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World left standing is the Great Pyramid at Giza. I think, anyway. :)

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  262. Antonio Nascimento -  September 1, 2010 - 7:30 am

    5×5 has a square hypotenuse of 7=5×1,4142135…
    Consider 1meter=100centimeters. Then 5mx5m has a hypotenuse of 7m between one corner of the square to the other corner.

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  263. september girl -  September 1, 2010 - 7:14 am

    its great to know what my month means…. best month!!!!

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  264. NJPeople -  September 1, 2010 - 6:39 am

    This is also the time of the seventh month of the Hebrew Calendar, which is when the “New Year” is celebrated at Rosh HaShanah. The word for the number seven in Hebrew shares the same root as the word for “Oath”, which is the bond of the Covenants between God and Mankind. God gave mankind the Seventh Day, the Sabbath rest, as a sign of this bond.

    Similarly, in the Catholic faith, the “oaths”, “sacramentum” in Latin comes from a sign symbolizing the oath, or Sacraments in English, are considered to be “Seven” in number.

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  265. Danielle Aubin -  September 1, 2010 - 5:41 am

    It means seven but it’s the ninth month because when Julius ceaser had power he added July which was named after him and August which was named after his nephew Augosto.

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  266. Michel Charles -  September 1, 2010 - 5:32 am

    These are seven note musical! …… that is, music is perfection.

    Thank you

    bye

    Michel Charles

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  267. Ken -  September 1, 2010 - 4:41 am

    Wow. There is an old little trick that tells you your baby’s personality, and it involves adding up the numerical positions of the letters of your child’s name in the alphabet to get one single-digit number. For example, “Ann Maine” is 1-14-14 13-1-9-14-5 which adds up to 71. Add the digits of 71 (7+1=8). Therefore the number is 8, and then you refer to the provided references (for example 8 is sporty). There you get your child’s personality. It is said there though that 7 and 11 are master numbers. I guess now I know why!
    -Ken Raymonds
    New York, USA

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  268. JJ -  September 1, 2010 - 4:26 am

    seven colours in the rainbow?

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  269. Ammar Dadizadeh -  September 1, 2010 - 3:03 am

    In a Persian belief called “Irfan” seven is perhaps the most important number. They believe that true Love has got seven levels to be achived completely. Only noble people and those who have exceptional high spirits would pass these levels to reach the other and finaly the seventh level to wich is the greates. Each level or so called city of love in Irfan belief has a name for example the seventh that I remember now which is also the haghest point is nominated as “Fana-u-fi-Allah” that means to dissapear under the aegis of God.

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  270. Ultraman 7 -  September 1, 2010 - 1:01 am

    mild seven and a seven days a week

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  271. Silverchild -  September 1, 2010 - 12:47 am

    The wonder of the ancient world still existing are the pyramids of Giza, in Egypt.

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