Tomorrow will be a special day for people who believe in the magic of numbers: the 7th day of the 7th month, 2007.
In almost every system of antiquity there are frequent references to the number seven: The Pythagoreans called it the perfect number, with 3 and 4, the triangle and the square, the perfect figures.
There were, for instance, seven ancient planets. The Arabians had seven Holy Temples. In Persian mysteries, there were seven spacious caverns through which the aspirants had to pass. The Goths had seven deities, as did the Romans, from whose names are derived our 7 days of the week.
And what about the ‘Seven Sisters’? No, this is not meant as a reference to London’s Underground Station in the Borough of Haringey, but to the number of the daughters of Atlas and Pleione, in the Pleiades, of Greek mythology fame.
Believing the triple appearance of the number 7 will bring luck to those superstitious types who freaked out last year when the calendar read 06/06/06. Now they will have something to smile about.
Many people are planning important events for this first Saturday in July. Brides and grooms, especially, looking for a little extra dose of marital fortune, are flocking to the altar in droves on 07/07/07, according to some wedding watchers.
Book number 7 of the ubiquitous Harry Potter drama, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by author, J. K. Rowlings, and the one to complete the series, is due to be launched, also on 07/07/07. What does the Rowling phenomenon tell us about our cultural zeitgeist? Will Harry live or die? Will the magic sustain? Will everyone live happily ever after? Read for yourself, and add one more copy to the 325,000,000 books sold of the Potter saga already, of volumes 1 to 6.
‘Live Earth’ is part of a campaign, “Save Our Selves – The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis”. This mega event is scheduled for the same day, a 24-hour, 6-continent series of eight concerts taking place on 07/07/07 that aims to bring together more than 100 music artists, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Snoop Dogg, Melissa Etheridge, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Korn, the Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, and an estimated 2 billion people audience to trigger a global movement to help solve the climate crisis. ‘Live Earth’ will start off in Sydney, before it comes to Shanghai, London, Johannesburg and New York, etc., to end in Rio de Janeiro if security worries there can be resolved. But will all this mega hype really help our planet by raising awareness for a major problem, or will it simply add to its woes of pollution, I wonder?
This year’s Tour de France is scheduled to start on that day and would you have guessed? In London, UK, with a 8 kms prologue. No pollution there, I guess, except for in the athletes’ bodies, perhaps.
And the New 7 Wonders of the World are going to be announced in Lisbon, Portugal, on that magic number day. Only the Pyramids in Egypt remain of the original Wonders of the World. Contenders of the New 7 Wonders are, amongst a total of 21 candidates, the Alhambra in Spain, the Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Stonehenge in Good Old Blighty. I would go for the wonders of the Alhambra in Granada, anytime. Been there?
But there are also sad 07/07 days to remember, like the one two years ago in 2005. London was terrorized by the series of four explosions on the London Transport system with the loss of the lives of 52 innocent victims, not counting the four lives of the suicide bombers.
Or 70 years ago tomorrow, when Japanese troops entered Peking (now called Beijing) as part of the Sino-Japanese war. Whilst in the Basque province, the towns of Durango and Gernika were still counting the number of their victims in those infamous Franco-Italo-German air attacks, on that very day.
Let’s hope there will be only good news tomorrow.