With the number SEVEN we have a great difference in cultural interpretation. The number SEVEN has long been a lucky number in the West, often used in gambling and other games of chance. In Feng Shui it’s a Yang number and the Fire element (creativity and energy) but it is associated with death festivals and rituals. There is also a festival in China on the seventh day of the seventh month that tells of the seventh daughter of the king of heaven. On this one day she is allowed to be with her lover and the rest of the time she is separated from him. This is somewhat similar to the story of the seven weeping sisters of the constellation, Pleiades, who, in one version of the story, killed themselves out of depression when Atlas was turned into a mountain. The number SEVEN is also associated with the seven days of the week and the seven planets; Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, which all can be seen without a telescope. Universally this number represents spirituality, magical powers, dreams, fantasy, beliefs, and a love of ideas.
The number SEVEN is draw in several ways. The simplest is the short stroke on top continuing downward to the base. Sometimes we see a small hook at the beginning of the short stroke. And of course there is the SEVEN drawn with the cross in the center. The SEVEN is related to the ONE except for the top which seems to be caught in the wind, indicating that thoughts and ideas rule and create new beliefs. And because it stands on just one leg, usually at an angle, the focus is less on the practical and more on the ideal. When the hook is added we see a desire to grab and hold on to ideas. And when the horizontal stroke cuts the SEVEN in half we see a division between heaven and earth, between the mind and the body. Too much of the SEVEN energy can lead to moodiness, confusion and a contempt for the practical.