Seven – The Sacred Number of Creation

While thinking about how to shape a new album I became fascinated by the number 7 which Pythagoras, the father of mathematics and numerology, considered the most spiritual of all numbers. This fascination ultimately lead to my musings on the seven famous sisters of the Pleiades, but I am getting ahead of myself as this album will not be released until later.

Numbers enable us to measure and quantify our world. Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician who became famous in the 6th century, set the tone for the number based cults called the Pythagoreans, one of the earliest cults that attributed mystical properties to specific numbers. Historically, numbers took on a more spiritual dimension, and gave rise to the sacred sciences of numerology and geometry.

The number seven appears in music, mythology, science and religion in numerous applications. The star cluster of the Pleiades represents the famous seven sisters of the Greek legends, who were transformed into doves by Zeus. In their zoological form as birds, the Pleiades are associated with the creation through sound and harmony.

Organizing sounds into numeric dimensions, some identify birdsong as the “seventh” dimensional sound. Thus, it is possible to tune into the seventh dimension by studying the intonations of birds. Greek legends describe birds as teachers about navigation, and that they continue to do so until this day. In celebration of the avian navigators and their role guiding sailors to safety, the ancient Greeks released pigeons at the beginning of each sailing season. The stars of the Pleiades heralded this event, and because Zeus turned them into doves, these birds symbolized the Sisters in zoological form. We can make all sorts of connections between the sisters with the celestial, atmospheric, and nautical realms.

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