With special regards to the seven of Swords, I made some reference to my views in an earlier thread titled Suggested meanings for non-illustrated pips
(not given as a link in zorya's post), which also links to other threads - probably duplicating links made by Zoria above. But still, revisiting always adds to searches - as new discussions always take mildly different forms.
With regards to the number seven, it has a dynamism (as an odd number) more 'complete' or fuller than either three or five, without the squareness nor triplicities of nine. I always find the seven has a spiritual dimension which seems to want to communicate itself - a little of the Star's free-flowing waters of divine guidance (& the Star's number is, of course, X & VII, which in its Roman, Greek and Hebrew forms do not 'reduce' to 8).
But to answer the original question in a pre-discursive way. Each of the numerals, from one through to ten (& beyond - but these are not at issue here) can be geometrically represented within a circle
. In their very construction, certain common insights will, I am certain, inevitably result.
The trick is to both do
this and to allow various
reflections to emerge. For example:
- 1 - how else, besides the point at its centre, can this be represented?
2 - a line can divide the circle in two, but does it have different impact when horizontal (reminiscent of Theta, which begins the Greek 'thanatos'='death') to vertical (reminiscent of 'Phi', which is used both for the Golden Ratio and begins the Greek 'philos'='love'). And what about considering its curved division as in the Yin-Yang image?
3 - an equilateral triangle within the circle certainly gives an impression of three-ness (I realise some will see this as a fourfold division) - and there are numerous other renditions....
I do think that it is the exercise which leads to deeper insights. In addition, there are also the various considerations which one can enter when reflecting on the ways the specific suit can be depicted with a specific number in mind (eg, seven swords), and the actual
rendition in the depiction in question: why this
But I have started the discursive element, rather than its intrinsic geometrical qualities...
...as to the thread on Pictures vs. Symbols on the Pips
, I have only just caught sight of it, and will eagerly read it at length!