I am the last child born to my mother.
I am her seventh child.
My mother was also born in the position of seventh child.
As I understand it, this makes me the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter.
Apparently, this is somewhat rare; and one might conjecture that families with numerous children are possibly becoming extinct in North America and certain other parts of the world, and thus it is likely that being born a seventh child of a seventh child is, indeed, a bit rare. A dying breed, as it were.
In Celtic mythology that birth order conferred magical powers, and there are many other ancient superstitions that say the seventh born of the seventh born will become a witch, or high priestess, (if female) and healer (if male.) There are even some South American superstitions that say these unfortunate children will become vampires and werewolves. If you believe in that sort of thing…
In addition to being born seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, I was also born under what is known as the Seventh Moon. This is an ancient way of referring to the month of August and is more common in lunar calendars, such as that used by the Chinese.
In some parts of the world, August is an interesting month. Otherwise, it is generally not thought of as particularly festive considering there are no holidays celebrated during the month.
There is a Chinese festival called Night of Sevens. In 2008 it took place on 7 August, this year it will be on the 26 August. Even with that wide variation in the date, it’s still considered to be the seventh night of the seventh month. Similarly, in old Japan, each year, on the seventh night of the seventh moon, the people celebrated the festival of Tanabata-Sama, the Weaving Lady of the Milky Way. It would be way cool if that were my birthday.
Another festival is called Ghost Festival, and it falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month. In 2008, a rather scary-looking horror flick was released in honour of the Ghost Festival, called Seventh Moon.
The Perseid Meteor Showers occur during the end of July to late August and are at their brightest and most prolific from August 8th and 12th.
I was born on the eighth. My numerology number is also eight; again, if you believe in that sort of thing… (and in nuclear physics, eight is the second of seven “magic numbers”).
There are seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. August is one of those seven.
A heptagram or septegram is a seven-pointed star drawn with seven straight strokes and is frequently features in religious/occult symbolism.
Here are some more factoids about the supposed “lucky” number seven:
Seven is the fourth prime number. It is not only a Mersenne prime, but also a double Mersenne prime since it is itself the exponent for another Mersenne prime (127). It is also a Newman-Shanks-Williams prime, a Woodall prime, a factorial prime, a lucky prime, a happy number and a safe prime. (Note that it has seven prime classifications.)
There are seven spots on a common ladybug
Seven days of the week
Seven holes in the heads of most mammals
Nearly all mammals’ necks have seven bones
Seven types of virus
Seven daughters of Atlas in the Pleiades (also called the “Seven Sisters” as depicted in the photo above)
Seven hills of Rome
Seven Liberal Arts
Seven Wonders of the ancient world
There are numerous references in various religions to the number seven. Here are seven:
-Seven days of Creation
-The Seven last words of Jesus on the cross
-Seven churches, seven stars, seven seals, seven last plagues, seven vials, seven thunders in the Revelation, the last book of the Bible
-The Seven Virtues
-The Seven deadly sins
-There are seven Chakras
-The Seven Valleys (Love, Knowledge, Unity, Contentment, Wonderment, True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness)
There were seven islands in mythological Atlantis
Seven Lucky Gods in Japanese mythology
The seventh glyph of the Mayan Calendar is the Blue Hand, it represents the days in creation and is associated with creative perfection. This is the glyph of the last day of their calendar that ends on December 21 2012.
Seven ad naseum….