One thing to always keep in mind when admiring someone’s body art is that every tattoo tells a story about the wearer. That story could simply be that he/she/they are a fan of the Peanuts comics, so they have Snoopy tattooed on their forearm.
Or perhaps a number that seems completely random to you but has a much deeper meaning to that person. The number 777 (or other repetitions of the number seven) is one such tattoo that may require a little deeper scrutiny than Snoopy. Is it their lucky number? Is it a significant date? Does it have religious meaning? Does this person have a gambling problem?
There are an amazing number of different meanings that the number seven, its repetitions, and its multiplications may have, including significant mentions in the Bible and other religious meanings, significance in gambling, its involvement in hate and white supremacy, and numerology. A tattoo of this number could mean any of these, as well as a whole slew of other things that this article regrettably does not touch on.
Other meanings of the number seven include the seven deadly sins, the seven wonders of the world, the Seven Heavens, seven days of the week, seven seas, and so on.
The meaning of a seven tattoo could be any of these examples, or something else entirely. If someone you know has this number tattooed, it just may show you a side of their personality or beliefs that are very important to them.
The Bible supposedly mentions multiples of the number seven, and repetitions of seven at least 700 times, be it seven people, seven buildings (such as churches), seven actions, seven days, seven punishments, etc.
Often the number is mentioned in sets of three: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2-3)
The Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation is the 49th (7×7) and last writing of the Bible, as well as the last of seven major sections – the Law, the Prophets, the Writings, the Gospels, the General Epistles, Paul’s writings, and Revelation.
The book represents various symbols of the number seven as well as represents the triple seven itself. In the book of Revelation, the numbers 777 as well as 7777 are used in the proclamation of God’s new holy city after his plan for salvation takes place.
Some believe the number 777 appears in your life as a sign that your guardian angel(s) is watching out for you. They send you this number as recognition that you are doing well, almost as if thanking you for a job well done.
If you happen to see this divine number speckled throughout your life, it could mean that God and your angels support your spiritual path and perhaps even that you should guide others as well.
Gambling & Luck
The number seven is incredibly important in gambling, and particularly in the game of Craps. It can make or break the entire game for a player, depending on how they bet. When rolling the dice in craps, if you are betting on any number in the upper boxes (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10) and a seven is rolled, it’s game over for not only you, but everyone else who also bet on any of those numbers.
In another scenario, you can bet on every one of those numbers, which could mean big wins for you, but if a seven is rolled, it wipes them all out. Alternatively, if you bet against all those numbers and a seven is rolled, then you win!
Slot machines are another story for the popular number, with 7-7-7 being the main winning jackpot combination. The name of a popular slot game is even called Blazing Sevens. Supposedly, the number seven has been associated with luck and good fortune, with the number being many people’s lucky number.
Casinos likely banked on that ideology to get more people to play – if their own lucky number was the one that would win them the jackpot, then they would have to win! Right?
Number Seven and Triskeles as Hate Symbols
Unfortunately, sevens have also been associated with negative symbolism and hate. A triskele symbol looks like three sevens wrapping around each other in a circular pattern, not unlike a swastika. They can appear as the blunt and angular three sevens as well as more curved lines with three continuing spirals and curlicues, but they all come to the same point of origin at the center.
The etymology of the word ‘triskele’ comes from two Greek words: ‘tri’ meaning three, and ‘Skelos’ meaning legs. The three sevens are sometimes portrayed as legs rather than solid lines or spirals.
In recent years, triskeles have been used in burning crimes by Neo-Nazis, stemming from Ku Klux Klan activities from the 1990s. The triskele has was appropriated by Nazis during World War II, then used again as a hate symbol by the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), white supremacists in South Africa during the 1970s.
This group is what propelled the three spiraling sevens triskele symbol to continue to be associated with white supremacy and is a common tattoo for white supremacists, alongside the swastika.
Numerology also has influence in the significance of the number seven in many people’s lives. They connect the number with aspects of their lives based on an intricate science of the way numbers can have deeper meaning.
What is Numerology?
In a nutshell, numerology is the way numbers appear in our lives and what they mean. It can be used to better understand the world around us by breaking down the world into very basic concepts, being numbers, and using those numbers to make sense of it all.
Some believe that there is a mystical relationship between numbers and everything in the world, and that if a person sees a particular number recurring in their life, then it has significant meaning. Your own name can be broken down into a system of numbers and an equation is used to decipher certain numbers that make up your personality.
Astrologyfutureeye.com uses a calculator to figure out which numbers make up your personality, and then give you a breakdown of your personality much like your zodiac sign would.
777 in Numerology
The number seven is an incredibly spiritual number, stemming from the Bible and reaching into other realms. According to certain numerology sources like mindbodygreen.com, which also references 777 as being the ‘angel number,’ 777 means a higher connection to one’s spiritual being.
It’s recommended to take a spiritual perspective when addressing a new challenge in life or if you are in the midst of confusion. If 777 appears repeatedly in the world around you, it might be time to examine spiritual traditions.
The triple sevens can also influence your love life and seem to read somewhat like a horoscope in terms of what to do if you encounter 777 and where your love life currently stands. If, while in a relationship, seeing 777 pop up can be a good omen that perhaps the partner you’re with is a suitable one for you.
Alternatively, if you’re single, seeing a 777 could mean that now is the time to embrace your alone time. If you’re in the midst of a breakup, 777 can shed some light on why this is happening to you and what can be learned from this painful experience.
Obviously, the number seven historically has had so many meanings, it’s difficult to wrap your head around them all. It can be a symbol of hope, luck, and religion for some and a symbol of hate for others. If seven is your lucky number and you have numerology or gambling to back you up on that, then a tattoo of the number could be incredibly beneficial or reassuring for you.
And if the Book of Revelation is your touchstone for getting through life, a 7777 tattoo could be the right one for you. Or perhaps three or four sevens scattered all around your body, similar to the way sevens are mentioned in context to the scripture in the Bible?
Essentially all you must avoid is creating a triskele symbol with this number, and a tattoo of sevens could hold much positivity in your life.