Seven is considered a lucky number in most global cultures. Many people claim 7 to be their favorite over any other. Ask a random person to name an odd number between 1 and 10 and Seven will most likely be said. The number happens in Days, Colors, Notes, Continents, Dwarves and Brides & Brothers. Long ago, September was the Seventh month. That got me thinking why it wasn’t still.
I had to go back before the Gregorian calendar. Even further back than the Greeks, to find that ancient humans only counted the full moons between the Vernal Equinox and the Winter Solstice as part of the calendar year. The long dark days of winter were too horrific to name and categorize. There were typically ten full moons a ‘year’ with the 7th eventually being called September. Every once in a while an eleventh moon would slip in extending the wait for winter, this moon was always blue.
About 700 BCE the Romans added two months to the end of the calendar year for wintertime. Most ancient calendars (and some today), used the Spring Equinox as the start of the New Year. It was the Gregorian calendar that most matches ours. It was adapted from the Julian to align the Empire with its new official religion, Christianity. Christmas became an End-of-the-Year Celebration and January, which was once the 11th month, became the First. I enjoyed searching for Seven’s surreptitious significance. Let’s see if this posting can get 7 “Likes” in 7 hours, on this the 7th day of what used to be the 7th month of the year. That would assuredly make my Day Lucky!