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[ WEREWOLVES ] * 7th Son of a 7th Son * (Iron Maiden)

* The book:
The Bible
 
* The numbers:
Seven, fifteen, six hundred threescore and six, thirteen
 
* The singer:
Marilyn Manson
 
* The video clip:
Thriller (Michael Jackson)

* The relationship:

The number seven has always been considered a sacred and magic number. It symbolizes fullness, that is the dynamic perfection of a complete cycle. The moon has four phases, each lasting lasting seven days. There are seven planets, seven world wonders, seven colours in the rainbow and the seven notes of the diatonic scale. Seven was an Ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal life. Seven even also recurs in countless Ancient Greek traditions and legends -the seven Hesperides, the seven gates of Thebes, Niobe's seven sons and seven daughters and so on. A group of seven comprises the fullness of moral life if the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity are added to the four cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Fortitude.
Seven is used seventy-seven times in the Old Testament. There is the seven-branched candlestick, the seven spirits resting on Jesse's rod, the seven heavens in which the orders of angels dwell, the seven years which Solomon spent building the temple and the fact that every seven years slaves were set at liberty and debts wiped clean.
Seven also appears in St. John's Gospel- seven weeks, seven miracles, seven references to Christ as "I am". The Book of Revelation makes reference to seven churches, seven stars, seven spirits of God, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven heads, seven plagues, seven cups and seven kings.
In fairy tales the number seven also appears frequently: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Wolf and The Seven Little Goats, The Seven Wise Princesses and many others... Even famous writer J.K.Rowling launched Harry Potter's last book, by the way the seventh in the series, on 7th July (the seventh month of the year) 2007...
In rock music, numbers also appear but they are basically related to the Devil. The Book of Revelation says that "the false prophet, or the Anti Christ, would have the mark or the number of the beast: six hundred threescore and six (666)". In the song The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden repeats the number 666 more than once. The soundtrack of the Spanish film El Día de la Bestia (shot in 1994) includes the homonym song (sung by Def Con Dos), in which the number 666 is mentioned quite a number of times. Three dice, each containing the number 6, also represent the number of the beast. On his left arm, Marilyn Manson has got a tattoo showing the picture of the devil and, underneath, three dice, each of course showing the number 6. Madonna's video clip What It Feels For A Girl also shows the three dice in a shot in the inside of the car she is driving.
Manson's obsession with the number 15 (the Devil in the Tarot cards) is well-known. In his album Mechanical Animals (1998) Manson included the song New Model 15. On the album cover, the name of the group was spelt Mar1lyn Man5on. The album was released on September the fifteenth. The album also introduced an alien called Omega. This Greek letter is equivalent to the number 0, which means humanity is worthless.
The number 13 is considered unlucky. Some Christian traditions have it that at the Last Supper, Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table, and for this reason 13 is considered to carry a curse. Besides, there were thirteen people at the last Supper since it was the last meal Jesus shared with his Twelve Apostles before his death. Due to the fear of number 13, some tall buildings skip the "thirteenth floor", either by numbering it "14" (though it's really still the thirteenth floor) or by designating the floor as "12a" or something similar. Similarly, some streets do not contain a house number 13... It is clear the acid rock group from Texas called Thirteenth Floor Elevators did not take into account superstition when they chose that name for their band...
 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is an album by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which was released in 1988 as the band's seventh studio album. In some cultures the belief in the curse of the seventh son was widespread. He was supposed to be a werewolf, that is a person who shapeshifted into a wolf or wolflike creature with the appearance of the full moon.
In the 14-minute music video for the song "Thriller", Michael Jackson transforms into both a zombie and a werewolf. There is a long list of coincidences involving Michael Jackson and the number seven:
-- Michael Jackson signed his will on 7/7/02.
-- Michael Jackson's memorial was on 7/7/09 ... exactly 7 years after the will was signed.
-- Michael Jackson two biggest hits -- "Black & White" and "Billie Jean" -- were each #1 for 7 weeks.
-- Michael Jackson's three biggest albums -- "Thriller," "Bad" and "Dangerous" -- each produced 7 top 40 hits.
-- Michael Jackson was the 7th of 9 children.
-- Michael Jackson was born in 1958 ... 19 + 58 = 77
-- Michael Jackson died on the 25th ... 2 + 5 = 7
-- Michael Jackson has 7 letters in his first and last name.

* The question *
 
Do you believe some numbers have special characteristics or is it just... superstition?