Christmas and the 7 x 7 Number Square. By this time, I know that some are saying, “Is there anything that he (meaning me) thinks that number squares cannot explain?” W.S. Andrews in Magic Squares and Cubes confirms the possibilities of what I blog about: In his introduction his states that the harmony of numbers that magic squares puts forth helps us to understand the cosmic order that dominates all existence. Furthermore, that reality is dominated by “mathematical regularity”- exactly what the magic squares are about.
HOW CHRISTMAS CAME TO BE DECEMBER 25
Seven is called a virgin number because no number less than seven enters into it as compared to other numbers. Specifically, 4,6,8 and 10 can be divided by two. Three divides 6 and 9. Four divides 8; and 5 divides 10. Here is the story of Christmas Day: If you add all the numbers from 1 to 49, their total is 1225 which I believe first Christians took as 12/25 or December 25. Certainly, coming out of the 7 x 7 virgin number square we could expect nothing less. Also, As Michael S. Schneider states in A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, the letters of the Greek alphabet also represent numbers in a tradition called gematria. He states when the letters of Athena’s Greek name are added together they total 77. When her maiden name as Athena Pallas is considered, it totals 343 which is 7 x 7 x 7. In Hebrew “mazel” means luck. It’s numerical equivalent is 77. Maybe that’s why we say “Lady Luck”. How about the song from Lerner and Loewe’s Guys and Dolls, “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”? Also, a boy becomes a man at age 13 with his Bar Mitzvah (son of the commandments) which in Hebrew has a gematria of 343 (7x7x7). Ancient civilizations had so many parallels. I think that just learning about our common traditions can help all of us to live together in peace.