Eva Longoria Picks 7-07-07 Wedding Date - Is It Truly Lucky?
By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
Eva Longoria and beau Tony Parker have jumped on the bandwagon of thousands of other couples around the country who have selected 07-07-07 as their wedding date.
Parker is French, so the wedding is planned for the Chateau de Chantilly in Parker's native France. Longoria was quoted as saying that her hubby-to-be is highly superstitious and believes the 777 wedding date will give their marriage the best start.
They are not the only ones! Hotels across the land are seeing that 7-07-07 date book up fast as couples set their sights on pledging their love on a "lucky day."
You can just imagine what a popular day that will be in Las Vegas!
Ever wonder why the number 7 is so hot? From a spiritual perspective, here are some of the reasons it is considered sacred.
In the Bible. The number 7 is a perfect and important number number.
From the Jewish perspective: The number 7 is prominent in the Torah and the Zohar. God rested on the seventh day of creating earth, and hence, sanctified and deemed Sabbath on day seven. There are seven blessings over the wine are recited under the huppa during the marriage ceremony.
From the Catholic perspective: There are Seven sacraments, we have Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, and Pride) and Seven Virtues (Chastity, Moderation, Liberality, Charity, Meekness, Zeal, and Humility).
From the Christian perspective: In the New Testament, Jesus tells Peter he must forgive "seventy times seven."
From the Native American and Wiccan traditions: Their are 7 directions: east, west, north, south, Above, Below and Within. There are 7 sacred ceremonies.
From the Hindu tradition. There are 7 energy centers in the body called chakras. They represent both physical and energetic centers and they are: root, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown. In the Hindu wedding ceremony, the most important part is Saptapadi, the 7 steps around the sacred flame as 7 blessings are chanted.
From the Japanese Shinto religion: There are "Seven Lucky Gods" who preside over fortune.
In mythology: Innana, the Babylonian Goddess Queen of Heaven, had to descend 7 levels to the underworld stripping her jewels, clothes, crown, and ego (7 items in all) along the way in order to rescue her beloved Tamuz from the depths of hell.
Lucky 7- Will It Be Lucky For Marriage?
From sports to the stars: 7 comes up sacred again. In astronomy and astrology there are 7 planets that can be seen with the naked eye.In baseball, there was only one number 7 - Mickey Mantle.
Gambler's luck. In the game of craps, 7 wins in any combination. Lady Luck is a character who wears dice for earrings and they always have the number 7.
As you can see, ancient and popular thinking would seem to make 7-07-07 a helluva wedding date, a triple chance at good luck!
In Las Vegas, it may represent a lucky roll of the dice, but astrologer Shelley Ackerman, of KarmicRelief.com, says it will not be a good start for a new marriage. Hindus and Buddhists often check with the stars or a fortune teller before picking a wedding date. Western couples are doing it more and more.
Ackerman has told her clients to stay clear of 7-07-07. Why?
"Mercury is retrograde, which represents 'unkept promises'," says Ackerman. "This is not a good time to sign contracts of any kind." On top of that, she says:
* The moon is waning. Not a good time to begin something new as it represents the dying out and limited power.
* The planets are not properly aligned. Yikes. Venus, the planet of love, is in a difficult aspect with Saturn and Neptune. Translation? The limiting planet of Saturn and the disappearing/disappointing Neptune do not a happy marital picture make.
"There are other problems too," says Ackerman, "so this is not a day any astrologer worth their salt would recommend."
Of course, this is Las Vegas, where anything is possible. There is always a chance that love -- and luck -- can overcome the astrological odds.
© 2006, Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, contributing editor to Wedlok.com, is a leading interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiant. She creates unique ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds and faiths, and is also widely recognized as a bridal stress expert and columnist. She is author of WEDDING GODDESS: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress into Wedding Bliss (Perigee Books, May 2005). Visit Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway at www.WeddingGoddessWisdom.com.