When it comes to lucky numbers, there are a lot to choose from and a lot of different reasons a person might select one over the other. However, after doing some research I have found that the one factor that does not go into selecting a lucky number, even on a global scale, is a person’s gender. What does play a role in the selection of a lucky number, is the subtleties of culture and the date of birth. Here is a list of the numbers from around the world that are most commonly considered to be lucky and some background on why they may be your lucky numbers.
The number seven is lucky throughout the world, represented in art, mathematics and philosophy as a siren of good fortune and a harbinger of destiny. In the western world this is reflected in seven days in a week, the Seven Wonders of the World, the seven virtues, and in science in the seven colors of the light spectrum that humans can perceive. In the Shinto religion, the number is particularly lucky when it comes to fortune telling and construction as much of Shinto architecture contains the number seven in its composition. In Buddhism, the number 7 is closely related to reincarnation, and it is customary to celebrate seven days after a child has been born and to mourn seven days after someone has died. Psychologists have even connected a tendency to look for this number as a common method of coping throughout society.
This combination of numbers may be lucky to you, but it they also hold a special place in Japanese society, as a focal point for good fortune and positive outcomes. You could say that together they make up the luckiest number combination in Japan. You can find this number combination in the most ancient and modern examples of architecture in major Japanese cities be they a residence, a business or a place of worship. In particular, eight is referred to as “sue-hirogari” a phrase connected to being successful.
The number three has a reputation for being lucky in China and the US. The number 3 (三) sounds just like the character for “birth” (生) in Chinese, which is why it is linked to new beginnings and good luck. Then there is the concept of the three phases of life: birth, marriage, and death that are very important in Chinese culture. In the US, it is commonly accepted that good things come in sets of three. There is also the Christian concept of the Trinity to contend with, which marks the number with a special type of divinity.
5 is a number that is commonly considered to be good luck around the world including in countries around the Sahara desert. Five is also an important number in Chinese philosophy as it typically refers to the five elements Fire, Earth, Wood, Water, and Metal which are thought to be essential to the form of the universe and one’s personal luck.
The Enigmatic Number 39
The number 39 is a bit of a special case and a new number by all accounts in regards, being considered a divine number that is rooted in new age spiritualism. This is a number that numerologists have been touting for the last few years as a powerful tool for angels, using bible extracts to support their claims.