The Origin of the Spiritual Number Seven ver. 1.0.1
(Or is it Spiritual? Or is it The Fibonacci Sequence?)
It has been postulated that the ancients observed, with the naked eye, seven stars in the heavens and this was the origin of the number seven being one with special spiritual meaning. [i] “The five brightest planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – have been known since ancient times and can easily be seen with the naked eye if one knows when and where to look. They are visible for much of the year, except for short periods of time when they are too close to the Sun to observe.”[ii]
Biblical Examples of Use of the Number Seven as Inspired
“From the Seven Days of Genesis to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Scripture is saturated with the Number Seven. Essentially all Biblical scholars, regardless of their stance regarding the meaning of numbers in Scripture, have recognized its special symbolic significance. Simply stated, it is impossible to miss. God laid the foundation of its meaning when He introduced this number in the context of His finished Work of Creation (Gen 2:2f): And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” [iii]
The first five books of the Old Testament in the Bible were written while the Israelites were in exile in Babylon after being conquered by the Babylonians. [iv] They probably thought that their society had come to an end and wanted to record their history for the following generations, like a “time capsule.” The number seven is not found in nature which God created, so how did we end up with the number seven having great significance? Should it have been the numbers three, five, eight or thirteen? These numbers are found more times than the number seven in the nature that God created.
The Naming of the Five Stars that Wander [v]
“The planets [stars that wander] each have their own movement, brightness and colour characteristics. The ancient Greeks, around the sixth century BC, referred to them as ‘planetes asteres’ (‘wandering stars’) from which the word ‘planet’ is derived. They named each planet mainly according to its brightness and colour, the name given to them being mostly associated with heat and light. Hence Venus’ brilliant white colouration earned it the name Phosphoros (“the light-bearing one”) and Mars’ orange-red colour was associated with fire, so it was given the name Pyroeis (“the fiery one”) and so on.
“In the fourth century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle converted these descriptive names into the names of Greek gods (and one goddess), each planet’s attributes roughly matching those of its chosen god. The Romans later acquired these Greek names and translated them into their own equivalent gods, and these are the names that we still use today; hence the Greek goddess Aphrodite became the Roman goddess Venus and the Greek god Ares became the Roman god Mars, etc. When another two planets were discovered in more recent times – namely Uranus, Neptune they were also given the names of Graeco-Roman gods, continuing the earlier tradition. Uranus is the only one of the major planets which retains the name of a Greek god (Ouranos) – this is because the Romans had no god which was equivalent to Uranus.”
The Earth as the Center of the Universe
Before Galileo proved the Copernicus Theory that the sun was the center of the solar system and not the Earth, it was thought that all stars revolved around the earth. This would include the sun and the moon, which was also thought to be stars. Thus there were seven spiritual stars in this time period of the 6th century B.C.
Thus There Were “Seven”
In the ancient times that these seven celestial objects were observed, it was thought that “the Sun revolved around the Earth.” This Ptolemy Theory was supported by the Christian Church.[vi] It was not until the development of the telescope and its adaption to view the Cosmos by Galileo in 1609 that it was determined that “the Earth revolved around the Sun!” This was the beginning of experimental physics, as this discovery by Galileo was the first to use an experimental device to prove one theory: the Copernicus Theory that “the Earth revolved around the Sun” and disprove another: the Ptolemy Theory that “the Sun revolved around the Earth.” The political ruling church of Rome awarded Galileo for this discovery by sentencing him to house arrest for the rest of his life (about five years) and forbid him from publishing any more papers. [vii]
The Roman Church had a problem with a conflict with the “Holy Scriptures.” One conflict is what is known as the Joshua Problem, where it is recorded that the sun stood still during Joshua’s battle with the neighboring kings to provide a longer day so he could finish the conquest. [viii] Galileo lost his “freedom of expression” and “freedom of the press” because of these conflicts with the Holy Scriptures. This was noted by the Founding Fathers when they enacted the First Amendment to the Constitution of the USA to protect these “personal freedoms” for the citizens of the USA. Unfortunately, the churches of the USA think that the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution do not apply to churches, except for “freedom of religion” (separation of church and state).
The Seven Days of the Week [ix]
“We are subtly reminded of the naked eye planets, together with the Sun and the Moon, in our names of the days of the week. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are evidently named after Saturn, the Sun and the Moon respectively; they are Old English adaptations of the Roman names Saturnus, Sol and Luna. The remaining weekdays were named after the Anglo-Saxon and Norse equivalents of the Roman gods Mars, Mercurius, Jupiter and Venus – they are namely ‘Tiw’s Day’ (after the Old English version of Týr, the Norse God of War), ‘Woden’s Day’ (after the Anglo-Saxon version of Odin, the Norse God of War and Wisdom), ‘Thor’s Day’ (after the Norse God of Thunder) and ‘Friga’s Day’ (after Freyja, the Norse Goddess of Love and Beauty).”
Did they get it Wrong? The Fibonacci Numbers (Seven is not a fib.)
“The Fibonacci sequence is named after Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier as Virahanka numbers in Indian mathematics. In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Fibonacci sequence, and characterized by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones. By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are either 1 and 1, or 0 and 1, depending on the chosen starting point of the sequence, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: e.g. 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 etc.” [x]
Fibonacci Numbers in Nature
- “In botany, phyllotaxis or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem (from Ancient Greek phýllon ‘leaf’ and taxis ‘arrangement’). Phyllotactic spirals form a distinctive class of patterns in nature. They also appear in biological settings, such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit sprouts of a pineapple, the flowering of an artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone’s bracts.” [xi]
- “Fibonacci numbers appear in nature often enough to prove that they reflect some naturally occurring patterns. You can commonly spot these by studying the manner in which various plants grow. Here are a few examples: Seed heads, pinecones, fruits and vegetables. Look at the array of seeds in the center of a sunflower and you’ll notice what looks like spiral patterns curving left and right. Amazingly, if you count these spirals, your total will be a Fibonacci number. Divide the spirals into those pointed left and right and you’ll get two consecutive Fibonacci numbers. You can decipher spiral patterns in pinecones, pineapples and cauliflower that also reflect the Fibonacci sequence in this manner.” [xii]
- “Flowers and branches: Some plants express the Fibonacci sequence in their growth points, the places where tree branches form or split. One trunk grows until it produces a branch, resulting in two growth points. The main trunk then produces another branch, resulting in three growth points. Then the trunk and the first branch produce two more growth points, bringing the total to five. This pattern continues, following the Fibonacci numbers. Additionally, if you count the number of petals on a flower, you’ll often find the total to be one of the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence. For example, lilies and irises have three petals, buttercups and wild roses have five, delphiniums have eight petals and so on.” [xiii] Or they can be factored to produce Fibonacci sequence numbers (e.g. 16 petals on a flower can be factored into its components 2 x 8 both Fibonacci Numbers).
- “The human body: Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. You’ll notice that most of your body parts follow the numbers one, two, three and five. You have one nose, two eyes, three segments to each limb and five fingers on each hand. The proportions and measurements of the human body can also be divided up in terms of the golden ratio.” [xiv]
- The Golden Raito [xv] = (1 +5 1/2)/2 = 680339887…..
- “There are many more mathematical models of nature.” [xvi]
Eight Days in a Week
An eight-day week would produce a five-day work week and a three-day weekend. People would have five days to earn income, one day to spend this income, one day to take care of home maintenance and grocery shopping and one day to spend time with friends and family. This extra day to spend income would increase the national economy.
The Yearly Calendar
Eight days a week could result in twelve months of 28 days, one month of 29 days, for a total of thirteen months and 365 days in a year and a leap day once every four years. The numbers one, three, five, eight and thirteen, and are all Fibonacci Numbers meaning we would be more in-tune with Nature if we went to an eight-day week! (In addition 28 can be factored into 2x2x7 giving two more Fibonacci Numbers).
At the time period that “seven” became a “spiritual” number, there was little knowledge of the solar system or the universe. Now in the twenty-first century, we know much, much more about the Cosmos. We know there are at least eight and possibly nine planets (when the one that exists mathematically it is found). We know that planet Earth is not the center of the universe and that the earth circles the sun, and not vice-versa. We know that the planets and moons are not stars that wander, but the planets also circle the sun and the moons circle their respective planets.
A new eight-day week would be beneficial to all. Being in harmony with nature could boost our national economy and make most everyone very happy. With one full day to spend our discretionary funds, one full day for yard and house maintenance and one full day to spend with our friends and family, we would be infusing funds into our economy, and have more time for family and friends, not to mention several three-day weekends for those special excursions!
Fibonacci Numbers far exceed the number seven in the world that God has created. By being in tune with nature, which is what an eight-day week would provide, life would improve on planet Earth.
Spring Flowers with a Fibonacci Number of Petals
Petals can differ dramatically in different species. The number of petals in a flower may hold clues to a plant’s classification. [xvii]
Five Buds by Five Spirals
Five Petals, or Three Plus Two Petals
Are There Thirteen Petals in the Inner Row?
Are There Thirteen Petals in the First Row?
Five Petals/Eight Stamen
4 Petals, Factored (2×2)
16 Petals, factored (2×8)
13 Spiral Rows
[i] Marvin Meyer, ed. “The NAG HAMMADI SCRIPTURES”, HaperCollins pub. , 2007
[iv] PBS, 2016
[v] Ibíd. ii
[vi] Stillman Drake, Translator “Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo”, Anchor books, Pub. 1957, P-168
[vii] Ibid P-281
[viii] Ibid P-212
[ix] Ibid ii