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Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects my eclectic interests and, I hope, yours. This week, my focus is on Numerology because it’s the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 21 in the 21st century. What does that portend? Perhaps your lucky day?

I hope you find these offerings fun, and perhaps even useful, and welcome your feedback. (Kathy@WiserNow.com) And if you haven’t yet pressed the subscribe button so this newsletter doesn’t go to spam, please do so now.

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The Quirky Quote
Seven days without laughter makes one weak. ~ comic strip creator (Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois) Mort Walker

The Quirky Observations
My attitude toward numerology is the same as my attitude toward astrology. I only believe the good things it says, and I have no idea how it supposedly works.

Based on the info you will find in Resources, if you ask people to name a number, any number, 7 will be the most popular choice. (Magicians know this.) Seven has held significance for humans for thousands of years (Think: the 7 wonders of the ancient world), has a role in most major religions, and is associated with magical properties in myths and folklore and with luck (the jackpot on slot machines). According to numerology, people associated with the number 7 tend to be introverted, non-materialistic, spiritual, have an aptitude for art, and are explorers in search of hidden truths.

The number 21, also positive, “promises a life of fulfillment, triumph and victory.” The number 21 is all about creative self-expression, optimism, inspiration, strong relationships and diplomacy.

And because the digits for 21 equal 3, and 3 X 7 = 21, three, too, is importantly associated with 21 and 7, and is another number associated with good fortune, as well as harmony, wisdom, and understanding. The Pythagoreans taught that the number 3 was the first true number, and it is, of course, the first number that forms a geometrical figure – the triangle.

So, you have a bunch of chances here for a fortunate month. May they all come to fruition!

The Quirky Facts
The number 21 represents the legal drinking age in the U.S., but for many of us, little else. Three has so many associations that I plan to take it up another time, but there are a heck of a lot of things associated with the number 7 beyond days of the week that may surprise you, so here are a few (and you will find others in the trivia quiz).
  • In China, 7 determines the stages of female life: a girl gets her “milk teeth” at seven months, loses them at seven years, reaches puberty at 2 × 7 = 14 years, and reaches menopause at 7 × 7 = 49.
  • There are seven basic musical notes, (do, re, me, fa, so, la, te – and then “doe, a deer” repeats) And while we’re talking Sound of Music, do you remember the 7 Von Trapp family children’s names?
  • Seven has the highest probability of occurring as an addition when rolling dice.
  • A ladybug commonly has seven spots.
  • Most mammals’ necks have seven bones.
  • Seven is the number of stars in the constellation Big Dipper, and the number of celestial bodies visible to the naked eye (the sun, moon and the planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). Earth is a celestial body, too, of course, but we’re on it, so it’s not visible in the sky.
The Question
Do you have a lucky number? If so, what is it and why? Do you know anything about numerology? Share your thoughts and knowledge – including with me, if you feel inclined. Kathy@WiserNow.com.

The Featured Product
If you enjoy the quirky facts and figures here, chances are you can carry it over to the Wiser Now slide show “Nimble Numbers,” which, while requiring no math skill, is full of fascinating facts involving word games (e.g., 3-letter body parts), trivia quizzes (like learning how much fat you can burn while playing cards), imagination (What’s on your Cloud 9?), and discussions (like the goodness of 13).

The Quiz
My guess is you won’t be able to name all 7 of most of the following – that’s why we provide the answers – but the point is to realize the enormous number of things that come in 7’s, and we haven’t even mentioned:
  • Movies (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, The House of 7 Gables, The 7-Year Itch)
  • The 7 chakras (Root at base of spine, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown)
  • That every cell in our body is replaced every 7 years. (Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine)
  • The fact that J.K. Rowling wrote 7 books for her Harry Potter series
  • That there were 7 swans a-swimming in the “12 Days of Christmas” song.
Can you name:
  1. The 7 continents
  2. The 7 seas
  3. The 7 wonders of the modern world
  4. The 7 colors of the rainbow
  5. The 7 deadly sins
  6. The 7 virtues
  7. The 7 dwarfs
The Shameless Request
Now that WNW is an award-winning publication, we think even more people will be interested in it. Please share it, and if you represent an organization that would like a customized version, send me a note at Kathy@WiserNow.com.

The Resources

Answers to the Quiz
1. The 7 continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America

2. The 7 seas: the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian, and Southern Oceans.

3. The 7 wonders of the modern world: the Great Wall of China, Jordan's ancient rock city Petra, Brazil's Statue of Christ the Redeemer, the hilltop city of Machu Picchu in Peru, Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid, the Colosseum in Rome and India's Taj Mahal. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/08/travel.travelnews) See below for the ancient wonders list.
4. The 7 colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (ROYGBIV).

5. The 7 deadly sins: pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, sloth

6. The 7 virtues: faith, hope, charity, temperance, prudence, fortitude, justice (Hey, what about love?)

7. The 7 dwarfs: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey

The 7 wonders of the ancient world: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Pyramids of Gisa, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia by Phidias

The movie Von Trapp children (not the same names as in real life): Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl.
My multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what I and people whom I admire are doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. I hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (Kathy@WiserNow.com)
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