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seven

1. the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one and is a prime number
2. a numeral, 7, VII, etc., representing this number
3. the amount or quantity that is one greater than six
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What does it mean when you dream about the number seven?

In numerology, seven represents music and psychic abilities. It is also a mystical number; in Hinduism and Christianity it is the number of God.

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Nanakusa Matsuri (Seven Herbs or Grasses Festival)

January 7
A Japanese ceremony dating back to the ninth century, also called Wakana-setsu or " Festival of Young Herbs," or Jin-jitsu " Man Day " because it occurs on the zodiacal day for "man." After an offering to the clan deity in the morning, participants partake of nanakusa gayu, a rice gruel seasoned with seven different herbs that is said to have been served for its medicinal value to the young prince of the Emperor Saga (ruled 810-824). The herbs are shepherd's-purse, chickweed, parsley, cottonweed, radish, as well as herbs known as hotoke-no-za and aona in Japanese.
SOURCES:
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 540
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 83
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seven

symbolizes good luck in ancient and modern societies. [World Culture: Jobes, 1421–1422]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
'Do you know,' said I, as we walked along the passage, 'what felony was Number Twenty Seven's last "folly"?'
Twenty Seven was the knowingest bird of the lot, and had very nearly kept himself safe; but not quite.
They tore up trees in their sore need, and defended themselves with them, but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes, who can kill seven at one blow.' 'But are you not wounded?' asked the horsemen.
Seven at one blow, is my kind of affair.' He took a rope and an axe with him, went forth into the forest, and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside.
ha!" and as this was seriously meant for a joke, his laugh was chorused by the seven.
"Here we are!" cried the king, laughing at his acute discovery of the coincidence; "eight to a fraction -- I and my seven ministers.
On every side the seven gables pointed sharply towards the sky, and presented the aspect of a whole sisterhood of edifices, breathing through the spiracles of one great chimney.
Accordingly, with such a tramp of his ponderous riding-boots as might of itself have been audible in the remotest of the seven gables, he advanced to the door, which the servant pointed out, and made its new panels reecho with a loud, free knock.
The moment for my escape is fixed -- seven o'clock.
"At a few minutes to seven?" cried La Ramee, cold sweat upon his brow.
"O Zarathustra," said they, "now hast thou lain thus for seven days with heavy eyes: wilt thou not set thyself again upon thy feet?
All things long for thee, since thou hast remained alone for seven days-- step forth out of thy cave!