Seznac, Gods, p.124:
hieratic meaning of number seven
Arcanum 7, in the Sacred Tarot, is the home of Jupiter/Zeus, and naturally the environment, or ecological site of the Mountain Peak, the 'Lha' Principle from which the REBIS is born:
The Circulation of Seven Times, through purification by Fire, is the same as the 7 beaks of the Pelican's children, the 7 Halls of the Merkabah Mystics, the 7 Levels of the Vision of the Prophet Mohammed, the Stairway of 7 Steps in Apuleus and Zosimos, the small Ladder of the Ka in ancient Egypt, the Ladders of Raymund Lully, and the Seven Pillars of The House of Wisdom of Solomon, in 'The Memory Theatre.'
It is not so much a ladder in the literal sense, but rather a 'circular chain reaction' of the elements and planetary cycles, as shown in Maier's 'Septima Philosophia' where the eco-cyclic/circulatory process is almost identical to the 'Aurea Catina' - The Golden Chain.
NOTE: The Fire is the energy of the emotion feeling from which the Salamander/Logos - gets away scot-free?
All Circulatory processes, stage by stage, produce the Phoenix.
7 as Number, is intrinsically Androgynous.
A strange temple, striped in seven colours stands among the paintings of the
Dura synagogue. These seven colours have seemed to reflect the seven planets.
Conrad, Seven and the Tasbií. On the implications of numerical symbolism
for the study of medieval Islamic history, in JESHO, xxxi (1988), 42-73
This could relate to the `Seven Mouths of the Nile' in Maier's Secrets.
The Mysteries of Gold are enshrined in Number 21, the Trinity of Seven -
physically, it represents the highest possible attainment, the climax of the
"The Masonic apron is "formed of a square and a triangle, their
combined sides adding up to the number /seven; the numerical significance of
seven is the completion of the quest."
Again, the Seven Planets are
shown around the heads of the REBIS. It becomes clear through all the associated
material that Androgyny is expressed by the number Seven and the permutations
thereof, i.e. Four and Three.
"Mithraic Cameo (Red Jasper).Reverse: A lion with a bee in his
mouth; above, seven stars surrounded by magic Greek inscriptions."
On the Title=page of 'SUMMUM BONUM' by the Rosicrucian Robert Fludd,
(1629), a close associate of Michael Maier, we see a rose with seven petals,
symbolic of the Seven Planets and Seven phases of transmutation, with bees
flying towards and sitting on it. A beehive is to be seen on the right. (Fig.29
in Jung, P.& A.)
There are actually seven circles of seven petals on this Rose. A Latin
heading: 'DAT ROSA MEL APIBUS' translates as "The Rose gives the Bees
Honey." The Rose is a Mandala form. The seven concentric circles of Seven
Petals, or the Seven Squared is the Number 49, featured in the Great Seal of Dr
John Dee. The Seven Petals are again, the Seven Pillars of the House of Wisdom
of Solomon, again arranged into 49 sections as seen in The Memory Theatre of
The bee is an adjunct to pollination and fertilization in the plant
kingdom - thus bees pollinating flowers, the `busy bee' and the `worker bee'
well illustrate the "laborious dwarfs" as in `Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs". (Hey Ho, Hey Ho, its Home form Work we go!). The Rose and the Bee
are associated with Venus. The dwarfs penetrate the earth and caves for the
precious metals - the bees penetrate the flowers for the pollen - thus both have
sexual and phallic connotations. .
The Seven Planets, (Containing
the Seven) or ;
The `Monas Hieroglyphicus *
lacuna... shown within an Egg, and also contained within it, the Seven Planetary
SEVEN - The Seven alchemical
Metals; the Seven Deadly Sins.
The 10 Planets.
Structurally, the Bardo Thodol
is founded on the symbolical squaring of the number 7, that is: 7 x 7 = 49.
There are Seven Worlds in some Gnostic systems, and seven degrees of Maya within
Samsara, constituted as the 7 Globes of a Planetary Chain. On each globe there
are seven rounds of evolution making the 49 Stations of Existence.
The elements create two sets
of polar opposites, defining a fifth point, the common Centre to all Four, which
is usually associated with SPACE or Ether, in some meta-grammars.By adding the
projections of Height (The Zenith) and Depth (The Nadir) - making the model
stereoscopic, or quodroscopic, we have the number SEVEN: i.e. :
NORTH - AIR SOUTH - EARTH
WEST - FIRE EAST - WATER
CENTRE - SPACE ZENITH NADIR.
"Cronos gave Egypt to
Tautos (Thoth) as his realm); this, says he (Philo Byblius), the children of
Sydek - the seven Cabiri, and their brother Asclepius making the eight - were
the first of all to record, as the god Tauthos ordered them." .
Another version of this
fragment is in G.R.S.Mead:
"And Cronus (Ammon) going
to the land of the South gave the whole of Egypt to the God Taaut to be his
kingdom. All these things were first recorded by the seven sons of Sydk, the
Cabiri, and their eighth brother, Asclepius, as it was commanded them by the God
Now I-EM-HOTEP was called the
Son of PTAH.THis would mean that the other Seven Sons of Sydek, the Cabiri or
the Corybantes, were also the Sons of Ptah, and therefore that Sydek, is the
Phoenician form of Ptah - who becomes Hephaistos to the Greeks, and later Vulcan
to the Romans.
In some pictures there are
seven Pelican chicklets - which if seen as the classic seven metals equated to
the seven planets - would explain how the streams of blood then penetrate the
Walt Disney - e.g. Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs.