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it's story of a broken home.....done with beautiful lyrics and beautiful metaphors.....
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Im gonna re-sing this song! its sad to see only one comment! this song is about a divorced family, the son is is asking for help to make this all better. the mother seems sad that the husbands gone 'She sits alone, an empty stare A mother's face she wears Where did she go wrong...'
-'With dreams he tried, lost his pride He drinks his life away One photograph, in broken glass It should not end this way.'
And like many fathers, develops an alcohol problem. Just like my dad... i heard somewhere that the 'seventh son' is from something like Norske mythology or something like that and i think a seventh son is supposed to have powers... i think that the son is saying that he'll be there for both of them when trouble comes '...when lightin' strikes the family ' he will be their defender -'Don't you know that I'm alive for you'
-'Through bitter tears And wounded years, those ties of blood were strong So much to say, those yesterdays So now don't you turn away.' I think this part is saying that when the family was together in the hardships and not facing them alone, they were healthy so they could fight back, but that was in the past. 'So now don't you turn away'
I'm sure there are lotta people like me that are holding the family together, im only 18! its much bigger job than u would think! to all my brothers and sisters,Hang on help is on the way keep fighting! 2012!
I love this song! I first heard it over at a friends house and I watched Deen Castronovo sing it while playing the drums and I was blown away! He sang it with such ease! It was incredible! I listen to this song all the time. It makes me think of my own home that's broken. I love this song!
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My favorite Journey song. I like Castronovo's vocals on it as well, but no one touches Steve Perry's voice in my eyes.
I agree that Steve's vocals can't be matched but I too saw the video of Dean singing and for some reason that is my favorite version.
I think it isn't just for divorce. Any broken home sucks. If a family is ripped apart due to parents or kids actions..... any one of these versus can be a cry for help or a reflection on life. Awesome song. :)
''She sits alone, an empty stare A mother's face she wears Where did she go wrong, The fight is gone Lord help this broken home''
I have always felt it was coming from an outside view of a family with a rebellious, teenage son and controlling yet concerned father and the mother stuck in the middle. As often is the case when there is tensions in the family, the mother is often at the receiving end of fire from both sides and often feels she has failed as a mother and herself, hence the fight being gone, its gone in her.
''Don't you know that I'm alive for you I'm your sevenths son And when lightin' strikes the family Have faith, believe.''
In time the father and son clashed to the breaking point and the son being headstrong, decided to leave home with big ideas of making something of his life on his own with no family to help him. The idea of the 'seventh son' being the parable of The Prodigal Son. The mother has faith and believes if given time the son will come around in his views about his father and vice versa.
'With dreams he tried, lost his pride He drinks his life away One photograph, in broken glass It should not end this way.''
Once out in the real world he saw that life wasnt as easy as he thought it would be and that he yearned for the happy home life he had before his teenage years. But his pride prevented him from trying to set things right with his dad and so he lived his life trying something, anything to fill that void, until one day he comes across a broken photograph of his family he had packed away and there he saw the love he had for his father.
''Through bitter tears And wounded years, those ties Of blood were strong So much to say, those yesterdays So now don't you turn away.''
The son, putting his pride aside then decides that the ties of blood were strong and that he could have a relationship with his dad after all. That he needed to set things right as an adult. He was capable of seeing his fathers point of view on things now as a grown man and realised that his father was just trying to protect him from making bad decisions early on in his life. Instead of turning away as he did as a teen, the grown man decides to return home. He's realised that life was too short to hold onto pride and anger and that he needed to fix this before it was too late, ie. his father dying.
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She sits alone, an empty stare A mother's face she wears Where did she go wrong, the fight is gone Lord help this broken home Hey, mother, father, sister Hey, come back, tryin', believin' Hey, mother, father, dreamer Don't you know that I'm alive for you I'm your seventh son And when lightin' strikes the family Have faith, believe With dreams he tried, lost his pride He drinks his life away One photograph, in broken glass It should not end this way Through bitter tears and wounded years Those ties of blood were strong So much to say, those yesterdays So now don't you turn away Hey, mother, father, sister Hey, come back, tryin', believin' Hey, mother, father, dreamer Don't you know that I'm alive for you I'm your seventh son And when lightin' strikes the family Have faith, believe Don't you know that I'm alive for you I'm your seventh son And when lightin' strikes the family Have faith, believe Have faith, believe Believe
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The Legendary Powers of a Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
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Today is born the seventh one Born of woman the seventh son And he in turn of a seventh son He has the power to heal He has the gift of the second sight He is the chosen one So it shall be written So it shall be done – Iron Maiden , Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Seven – A Magical Number
Seven seems to be a magical number in many cultures, and is often imbued with mystical and religious attributes. In the Abrahamic faiths, for instance, it is believed that God created the world in seven days, while in Greek mythology, the Pleiades were seven sisters who were the companions of the goddess Artemis .
Other groups of seven include the Seven Wonders of the World , the Seven Sages of Greece, and the Shichi Fukujin (Seven Gods of Fortune) of Japanese mythology . In folklore, seven also has a special role in the order of birth.
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In the Greek myth of the Pleiades, a group of seven sisters were transformed into a cluster of stars, and were chased by a man seen in the Orion stars. ( Public Domain )
Healing Powers of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
In European folklore, the seventh son of a seventh son is believed to possess special powers. The seventh son must be preceded by six brothers, with no sisters born in between, and whose father is also such a seventh son. Such a child is said to be gifted with the power to heal diseases .
Some doctors in previous centuries even claim that one of their qualities that made them great healers was that they were the seventh son of a seventh son. In Ireland , the seventh son of a seventh son is also believed to have the power to foretell the future, in addition to his healing abilities.
In Ireland, the seventh son of a seventh son was said to be gifted with the power to heal diseases. ( Maya Kruchancova /Adobe Stock)
Or is it a Curse?
Not all the gifts of the seventh son of a seventh son are so benign, however. According to one superstition , the seventh son in a family of all boys is prone to fall victim to a curse that would turn him into a luison (or lobizon or lobisomen ). This creature exists in the mythology of South America, particularly in the countries of Argentina , Brazil , Paraguay , and Uruguay .
The myth of the luison originates with the Guarani , an indigenous group of people from Paraguay. In Guarani mythology, the luison was the seventh and youngest offspring of Tau, an evil spirit, and Kerana, a mortal woman. In the original story, the luison is said to be the God of Death and had a horrendous figure.
His face was long and pale, and much of his body was covered with long dirty hair. He also had frightening eyes and the stench of death and decay around him. It was perhaps interaction with European colonists that transformed this myth overtime, as the luizon changed from a God of Death into a werewolf .
It is believed that on the night of a full moon , especially if it fell on a Friday, the seventh son in a family of all boys, after he reached the age of 13, would transform into the luison . Like the European werewolf, the luison would terrorize the night by hunting and killing, and spread its curse through its bite.
On the night of a full moon, the seventh son in a family of all boys would transform into the luison . ( denissimonov /Adobe Stock)
Keeping a Seventh Son Tradition Alive
In 1907, another (possibly associated) custom about the seventh son was created. According to this custom, which originated in Germany, the reigning prince would be the sponsor to a seventh son of any of his subjects. When Enrique Brost and Apolonia Holmann, who were Volga Germans from south eastern Russia, immigrated to Argentina in the early 1900s, they brought the custom along.
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They requested the then Argentinian president, Jose Figueroa Alcorta, be their seventh son’s godfather . The president agreed to their request and this tradition has been kept till today. In 2014, Yair Tawil, a seventh son, became the godson of Argentina’s president , Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Yair Tawil, the seventh son, becomes the godson of Argentinian president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner . ( Twitter )
The myth of the seventh son of a seven son is still alive today, and has been used variously in films , literature, and music. In an age when superstition is frowned upon by many, our fascination with the number seven and the folklore regarding the seventh son of a seventh son still continues, and will probably persist into the future.
Top Image: A seventh son of a seventh son is believed to possess special powers. Source: venerala /Adobe Stock
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I am the seventh son of my 10th siblings. When I was born, just months later my mother got pregnant right then but the child died after his 6th months old. According to the doctor, the child who was the 8th of my siblings was actually my twin but the destiny put a space for me to born uncontested as the 7th son.
A year before I was born, a war happened in my country resulted to massive evacuation. The dictatorship risen, the rebellion at peak and my parents moved from 1 place to another to evade the war. They landed to a place named "San Francisco" hoping the place is safe and peaceful but not.. so they run again and hide in the middle of the jungle. I was formed that time and born in the middle of the virgin jungle.. a forest which was not touched that time.. When I was 6th month old, I was kidnap by a dozen of big monkeys while I was crying aloud and my mom was a bit far gathering fresh vegetables in the garden for our breakfast. My older sister who was very young at 7 was told to watch me but she was playing and didn't care that I was crying, The dozen of monkey invaded out small house and took me away for a day hiding at the top of the trees around the house. The Mother monkey took care of me according to my sister. I was fed with her breast milk to stop crying while on top of the tree.. They took me of the whole day and when the sun started to sit, my uncle forced to shot the monkey to save me. I was not harm.
I am a kind of different... it seems like I am not really human.. when someone hurt me, the nature will revenge and hurt back to them.. I have a rare vision, my dreams often tell me what happen tomorrow.. I am always aware what would happen next.. When I will pray to God and talk to them I could feel I am so closed to him. I could ask even material thing and he grant everything...
I am still continue discovering myself because it seems like I am owned by someone. If I fall in love to anyone, they would be driven away from me. I am good looking, and charming but it seems like I am not lovable.. very few became my girlfriend.. seems like the destiny does not want me to be owned by anyone because I am like already owned by unknown. I feel like a super cudgel or a stick of an immortal that being used to change a place I am the 7th son that owned by a supernatural nature. Anyone who loved me would be blessed and anyone who hurt me would suffered... I already avoid my family because more often my sister often hurt me with unpleasant words she is nagger .. and her kids suffered of what she did, I noticed it so I left home... away from them... I dunno me... really.. I already finished my study... I finished information and Technology, BS Accountancy and also finished my Masters post graduate study... but seems I could not see the answer of the questions who really I am... not in the library and not in Scientific theories... now.. what I know I am the seventh son.
Also worth noting - 7years old was regarded as he age of reason, when an infant became a child, and could work, or later, the school age (still is in Scandinavia). Fourteen was the church confirmation age, and still is, it was also the school leaving age in some places. And 21 was/is the coming of age, with parties and celebrations, it was the age you could vote (now lowered to 18), and drink alcohol (also now lowered). But interesting - 7, 14, 21. All significant. And lifespan, in the bible, is 3 score and 10 = 70. And the 7 ages of man.....
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The Journey of Seventh Son: From Athens to Stardom
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Seventh Son’s Epic Adventure Decoded
The myth of the Seventh Son has woven its way through the tapestry of storytelling like a golden thread, catching the light of our collective imagination. It’s a concept as fertile with meaning as it is with mysticism—drenched in legend and spiritual potency. As we delve into this epic adventure, we decode the enigma that has fascinated cultures globally, carved its niche in literature and film, and still captivates the hearts and minds of contemporary society.
Unraveling the Mythos of the Seventh Son: An Epic Adventure
The Lore of the Seventh Son in Global Mythology
From the mist-shrouded hills of Ireland to the bustling cities of China, the concept of the seventh son is a universal phenomenon, peppered throughout global mythology. Within these intricate belief systems, a child born seventh in a line is often considered blessed—or, in some cases, cursed—with remarkable powers.
- In Latin American countries, it’s believed that the seventh son is destined to become a werewolf—a lobizón .
- Russian lore suggests that the seventh son would be a healer or a psychic.
- According to Irish myths, the seventh son of a seventh son possesses the power to heal and has second sight.
Opie and Tatem (1989: 146–7) and Roud (2003: …) point out that from the 16th century onwards, a seventh son was widely thought to have psychic powers, usually as a healer but sometimes as a dowser or fortune-teller. Where this intersects with lineage—where the father or mother is also a seventh son or daughter—the potency of these powers seemed magnified.
The Seventh Son in Literature
The shelves of literary history creak under the weight of tomes influenced by the seventh son archetype. Joseph Delaney’s “The Spook’s Apprentice” bears the standard for this motif, presenting a world where the seventh son’s powers are pivotal to the narrative. Even more significant is when an author skews the blueprint, navigating the archetype into uncharted territories—conjuring stories that resonate with both newness and familiarity.
Take, for example, Orson Scott Card’s “Alvin Maker” series, wherein the seventh son possesses a “knack” for making things and changing destinies. Or Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Earthsea” saga, where the importance of knowing one’s true name—a common trope in seventh son mythos—is pivotal.
Cinematic Journeys: The Seventh Son’s Role in Film
Bridging the gap between literature and the silver screen, the seventh son narrative has been immortalized in Sergei Bodrov’s 2014 film adaptation, “Seventh Son.” Starring Ben Barnes as a young hero and Jeff Bridges as the grizzled mentor, the movie loosely harnesses Delaney’s original vision. While the film may not have soared to the high-fantasy heights envisioned by critics, it remains a testament to the character’s magnetic pull.
- The original novel’s chilling atmosphere, rich with lore and tension, transitioned into more of a Hollywood spectacle in the film.
- The critical reception was Polarizing ; at its height, it teetered on the edge of camp. Still, even the most scathing reviews can’t help but acknowledge the spectacle of watching Bridges, described as acting drunk with slurred lines, and Julianne Moore portraying a dragon witch.
Indeed, this “Seventh Son” film might not capture the nuanced depth of the mythos, but it allowed a new generation to peer into the legend.
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The Seventh Son in Pop Culture: Beyond Books and Films
Beyond the realms of literature and film, the seventh son continues to whisper to us from different media corners. In the world of television, the trope serves as an undercurrent for characters teetering on the edge of darkness and light.
Musically, the trope twangs the heartstrings of lore-enthusiasts with Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album—a conceptual epic diving headfirst into themes of prophecies, clairvoyance, and fate.
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Video games, too, knit the narrative into interactive experiences that echo with every choice and click—a testament to the trope’s ability to evolve and captivate in modern storytelling mediums.
Analyzing “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”: An Iron Maiden Epic
Let’s plunge into the heart of the Iron Maiden album “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.” Here, the band spins the myth into a tapestry of hard rock and heavy metal—each song a thread in the prophecy’s unfolding.
- The themes are consistent with global mythology, delving into the supernatural, the burden of knowledge, and the resonance of choice.
- Tracks like “The Prophecy” and “The Clairvoyant” distill the essence of the narrative, as if the seventh son’s destiny reverberates with every electric riff.
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The album is not just an auditory experience but an invitation to consider the seventh son’s weighty legacy.
Real-Life Seventh Sons: A Rare Phenomenon
The seventh son concept is not just confined to myths or artistic endeavors; it’s a rare demographic reality, marked by societal reactions ranging from awe to skepticism. Examining real-life cases provides us with poignant narratives about families who experience this rarity firsthand. Amidst the fascination lies the human element—stories that bring us back down to earth from the lofty heights of mythology.
- Families might celebrate the birth of a seventh son, while others regard it with a sense of apprehension due to the historic superstitions.
- In some communities, a real-life seventh son is more than a statistical anomaly; he’s a local legend in the making.
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The Seventh Son’s Adventure: A Symbolic Interpretation
When we strip away the layers of legend and lore, what remains is the psychological and sociological fabric that has given rise to the seventh son’s intrigue. It’s an adventure that taps into our innermost yearnings—for uniqueness, for purpose, for destiny.
- The seventh son’s journey often mirrors our own search for identity, as these characters frequently grapple with the weight of expectations versus self-determination.
- In stories, the seventh son often rises as a beacon of hope or an omen of great change, reflecting our cultural and individual relationship with the intersection of fate and free will.
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The mystique surrounding the seventh son archetype illuminates our desire to believe in the extraordinary amongst the ordinary—a metaphor for the undying belief in one’s potential to shape their path.
Conclusion: The Timeless Allure of the Seventh Son
Peering through the mist of time and tales, the allure of the seventh son endures, as enigmatic as it ever was. From ancient myths that speak of destiny forged by birthright to modern adaptations that wrestle with the notion of inherited power, the seventh son remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration and intrigue.
This age-old fascination, resting in the heart of our folklore, literature, music, film, and video games, persists because it mirrors our deepest hopes and fears. As we look ahead, there’s little doubt that the concept of the seventh son will continue to capture the imagination, spawning new stories for generations to come—a legacy as long and winding as the proverbial bread crumb trails of our favorite fairy tales.
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Through every appearance—be it clad in Heeled Boots for a surprise restructuring of an old narrative or striding the battlefields of a digital universe—the seventh son promises an adventure like no other. In a world awash with boundless creativity and continuous reinterpretation, it’s a safe bet that stories spun from the enigmatic seventh son will remain forever etched in our shared consciousness, as enduring and potent as the mystical number itself.
The Enigmatic Allure of the Seventh Son
Ah, the “seventh son” – just saying it feels like cracking open a dusty old tome to reveal a secret adventure, doesn’t it? Buckle up, because the lore surrounding the concept of the seventh son is chock-full of twists, turns, and tantalizing trivia that’ll have you seeing this mystical figure in a whole new light.
The Power of Seven: More Than Just a Number
See, in folklore, the seventh son was often believed to be endowed with special powers, and I’m not just talking about the kind of stuff that would get him a pat on the back from mom and dad. We’re diving deep into the realm of the supernatural here, folks. Magical healing, second sight, you name it – the fella had it all!
Imagine this: if you had a slight cough or an embarrassing wart that wouldn’t bid adieu, legend has it that a simple touch from a “seventh son” could have you right as rain. But wait, before you start counting your siblings to see if you’ve hit the jackpot, let’s just say it’s a wee bit more complex than that.
The Silver Screen Spin: From Lore to Blockbuster
Now, Hollywood caught a whiff of this mystical concept and said, “Hey, we’ve got ourselves a goldmine!” And thus, the “Seventh Son” rolled out the red carpet to a world of CGI magic and epic struggles. Big names, bigger monsters, and a hero’s journey to boot; it’s the kind of spectacle that popcorn was made for.
This particular hero doesn’t just grapple with adolescent angst – no siree. Our “seventh son” squared off against powerful witches and creatures that go bump in the night. With a sword in one hand and destiny in the other, this was one roller coaster of ancient prophecies and nail-biting showdowns.
What’s in a (Seventh) Name?
You might think all these seventh sons are running around incognito, but the term has even weaved its way through music and culture. Just take a gander at the legendary Iron Maiden. They didn’t miss a beat when they churned out the jam-worthy tune “The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.”
This headbanger anthem isn’t just a jumble of electric guitar riffs, though. It’s steeped in the mythos of our enigmatic hero. A little something for the eardrums as you imagine what it’d be like to wield such earth-shattering powers. Rock on, right?
The Crux of the Seventh Son
Let’s cut to the chase: why does this concept of the “seventh son” cling to our collective consciousness tighter than a fitted jean on a humid day? Well, folks, it’s the human connection to the mystical, the allure of the untapped power lying dormant within us. It’s no wonder tales of the seventh son have been spun and respun for generations.
And hey, as you sit back and ponder the mysterious seventh son, whether you’re considering your place in the family lineup or feeling the adrenaline rush from an action-packed cinematic odyssey, there’s no doubt that this little piece of folklore has carved out its place in our cultural mosaic. Extraordinary lives within the ordinary – maybe, just maybe, we’re all on the brink of discovering our own secret adventure.
What is the meaning behind the seventh son?
What is the meaning behind the seventh son? Ah, the seventh son, a phrase steeped in mystery and a tad of the supernatural, don’t you think? Traditionally, it’s believed that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with special powers and a heaping spoonful of good fortune. From healing gifts to clairvoyance, cultures worldwide have whispered about the unique destiny awaiting these rare lads. It’s more than a simple birth order; it’s about legends and prophecies entwined with destiny!
Is Seventh Son worth watching?
Is Seventh Son worth watching? Well, if you’re itching for a fantasy flick and have already scrolled through your usual go-tos, then “Seventh Son” might just be a popcorn-worthy adventure. It’s not topping any “Best of” lists, and critics weren’t exactly throwing roses at it, but hey, sometimes you just wanna see monsters getting their butts kicked! It’s a mixed bag, but for fans of the genre, it could be a fun, if not a groundbreaking, watch.
What is the seventh son movie about?
What is the seventh son movie about? “Seventh Son” dives headlong into a world brimming with witches, ghouls, and all sorts of dark creatures. In a nutshell, it’s about Master Gregory, a grizzled spook-fighter, who mentors Tom Ward, the chosen one, yep—you guessed it—the seventh son of a seventh son. Together they square off against an evil witch, Mother Malkin, who’s hell-bent on unleashing her wrath. Cue the epic battles and magical showdowns!
What book is the movie Seventh Son based on?
What book is the movie Seventh Son based on? Look no further than the bewitching pages of “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney. “Seventh Son” is loosely draped over the spine of this spellbinding book, the first in the Wardstone Chronicles series. While the movie weaves its own tale, the book digs its roots deep into fantasy soil, offering readers an even richer narrative to get lost in.
How does seventh son end?
How does seventh son end? Spoiler alert! “Seventh Son” wraps up with a classic showdown between good and evil. Our young hero, Tom, squares up against the dastardly dark witch, Mother Malkin. With a little help from his mystical heritage and a trick or two he’s picked up along the way, Tom saves the day, sending Mother Malkin to a fiery demise. And the cherry on top? Tom gets the girl, and they ride off into—what else?—a stunning sunrise.
Is the 7th son of a 7th son healing?
Is the 7th son of a 7th son healing? Step right up for a dose of folklore enchantment! People have long whispered that the 7th son of a 7th son has the innate ability to heal. Whether it’s curing a pesky wart or calming a fever, these gents are fabled to wield a natural touch of the miraculous. Scientific evidence? Not so much. But it’s the stuff of legends and many a tale, playing into the ancient belief in healing hands.
Who is the villain in Seventh Son?
Who is the villain in Seventh Son? Mother Malkin, hands down, is the big baddie of “Seventh Son.” Julianne Moore plunges into the role with viper-like charm, playing a powerful witch who’s been wronged in the past and is now out for vengeance. She’s got the power, the followers, and a wardrobe to die for, all whilst plotting to plunge the world into darkness. Classic villain agenda, wouldn’t you agree?
Was there supposed to be a sequel to Seventh Son?
Was there supposed to be a sequel to Seventh Son? Oh, the best-laid plans, right? Given that “Seventh Son” is based on a book series, you’d think a sequel would be a shoo-in. But with a lukewarm reception at the box office and critics giving it the cold shoulder, the would-be franchise was left out in the cold. So, as of my last update, there’s no sequel waiting in the wings—much to the dismay of loyal fans.
What is seventh son of a seventh son based on?
What is seventh son of a seventh son based on? Dig into folklore and superstition, and you’ll find the nitty-gritty of “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.” This concept floats around many cultures, loaded with the belief that such a person is the heir to extraordinary abilities. In some tales, they’re healers; in others, they’re prophets. The phrase is also the title of a rocking Iron Maiden album, if you’re ready to turn up the volume on the legend!
Who plays the witch in the seventh son?
Who plays the witch in the seventh son? The witching hour strikes with Julianne Moore as the fierce and fiery Mother Malkin in “Seventh Son.” She’s all sorcery and sass, serving up a storm of wickedness as our main antagonist. Moore dives broomstick-first into this magical role, enchanting us with her performance even if the movie itself doesn’t cast quite the same spell.
Is seventh son of a seventh son a good album?
Is seventh son of a seventh son a good album? Look, if you’re into heavy metal, Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” is pure gold—well, technically, it went platinum, but you get the idea. Fans will argue it’s one of the band’s best, packed with killer riffs and lore-laden lyrics. It’s a concept album that’s fist-pumping, headbanging, and unapologetically bold. Rock on!
What kids movie is about the 7th son of the 7th son?
What kids movie is about the 7th son of the 7th son? Unlike the more adult “Seventh Son,” if you’re on the lookout for a family-friendly twist on the tale, the animated delight “The Flight of Dragons” might just tickle your fancy. Okay, so it’s not all 7th-son-centric, but it’s got all the elements—a young hero, magic galore, and a fantasy quest that could keep the kiddos (and let’s be real, you) glued to the screen.
Is the seventh son part of a series?
Is the seventh son part of a series? You bet! “Seventh Son” might stand alone on the silver screen, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg of Joseph Delaney’s fascinating “Wardstone Chronicles.” The book series brims with ghastly ghouls and teen heroes, threading together many a tale in the Spook’s universe. For those hungry for more after the movie’s credits roll, the books might just be your next binge-worthy obsession.
What is the gift of the seventh son?
What is the gift of the seventh son? Roll up for some good old mystical charm! The gift of the seventh son is a folklore favorite, boasting inborn powers that set these lucky gents apart. Healing, psychic abilities, and even a touch of good old luck are said to be part of their spiritual toolkit. Whether or not it’s a true gift, well, that’s a matter of belief, but in storytelling, it’s pure spinning gold!
What is the origin of the seventh son of a seventh son?
What is the origin of the seventh son of a seventh son? Hop into the time machine of traditions, and you’ll see the origin of this intriguing idea spans multiple cultures and centuries. From Ireland to Argentina, the seventh son of a seventh son has been a thing of legend, associated with special powers and, in some places, even caught the attention of monarchs and governments. It’s a mysterious motif that’s wedged itself firmly into the pages of folklore history.
Who was the seventh son of Adam and Eve?
Who was the seventh son of Adam and Eve? Now, this is where things get biblical. According to the good book (and by that, I mean the Bible), Adam and Eve had a bunch of kids, but pinpointing who was numero seven? That’s a tricky, not to mention ancient, nut to crack. The Bible doesn’t dish out a detailed birth order, so we’re left guessing and stitching together genealogy from scripture as best we can. Theology buffs, over to you!
How rare is a 7th son of a 7th son?
How rare is a 7th son of a 7th son? As rare as hen’s teeth! With meatier families going the way of the dodo, the odds of being a seventh son of a seventh son are astronomical. Add modern birth control and smaller family trends to the mix, and you’re looking at a true needle-in-a-haystack situation. It’s still possible, sure, but you’d probably have better luck hitting a bullseye in a game of blindfolded darts.
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Magic is everywhere in myths and legends. Heroes may be born with magical powers, or they may acquire them as part of their quest. There are endless variations of Vladimir Propp’s “donor sequence,” when a hero is tested or questioned and then receives a magical agent or object in return. Harry Potter gets his wand, Aladdin finds the genie in the lamp, the Little Mermaid buys her magic powers from the Sea Witch, and so on. These magical powers, however, have to be limited. There wouldn’t be much of a story if the hero could achieve his goal simply by saying the magic word, or perhaps just by wiggling her nose, like Samantha in Bewitched . Precisely because magic exceeds the normal limits of human ability, there must be limits on magic itself, if you want to have a good story to tell.
In this series of articles, I will examine the rules for magic in a variety of fantasy and science fiction novels, what you might call “the ecology of magic” which these modern storytellers create for their imagined worlds. I will begin with the alternate America imagined by Orson Scott Card in Seventh Son , the first novel in his “Alvin Maker” series. ( Seventh Son was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1988, but did not win; Card had won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1986 for Ender’s Game , and in 1987 for its sequel, Speaker for the Dead .) So far, Card has published six books in the “Alvin Maker” series; The Crystal City was published in 2003 and the final book, to be titled Master Alvin , should be published soon.
The world that Card creates for Alvin Maker is recognizably our own world, but radically altered. Card draws on the history of early 19th-century America as it really happened, including many famous characters and events, while re-inventing that America in entirely new ways. For my purposes here, what is most important is that America in Seventh Son is full of magical powers, or “knacks.” Card’s imagined America has become a land particularly strong in knacks, because the Protestant authorities in his alternate Great Britain, in their effort to stamp out witchcraft, have been in the habit of banishing people with impressive knacks to the colonies. When the character named Taleswapper (none other than the mystic and visionary William Blake ) meets up with the seven sons of Alvin Miller, he finds out that they each have their knacks: Calm has a knack for music and dancing, Measure can see things from far off, the twins Wastenot and Wantnot have a knack for sensing trouble, and so on. Taleswapper himself is a keen observer of knacks, having lived with America’s greatest “wizard” and master of many knacks, Ben Franklin , before deciding to venture out west, where he meets the pioneering Miller family.
The seventh son of Alvin Miller, Alvin Junior, has a bit of every knack, as it turns out. In fact, Alvin is a “maker” — the first true maker born into the world since “the one who changed the water into wine,” as Card cagily explains. Yet Alvin has a problem: there is no teacher to help him learn to use his knacks. Worse: the Presbyterian minister who runs the local school believes all knacks to be the work of the devil, a sinful sort of self-delusion. Without guidance of any kind, Alvin is not sure what to make of his powers — until one fateful night when he has a vision that both teaches him about his powers and also prompts him to take an oath voluntarily limiting those powers.
The evening had begun with typical childhood shenanigans: Alvin has played a trick on one of his sisters, and they have paid him back by putting pins into his nightclothes and bedsheets. Ouch! Alvin decides he will get revenge by sending all the roaches from his room into his sisters’ room (for those of you who have read Ender’s Game , the presence of insects here will come as no surprise). Previously, Alvin had made an agreement with the roaches: if they didn’t climb into his bed, the roaches could have whatever they found on the floor, and Alvin promised never to stomp on them. As a result, there were more roaches in Alvin’s room than anywhere else in the house. So, he uses his knack to make the roaches think they will find food by crawling into his sisters’ bed. Don’t be afraid, he tells them; it’s safe. The roaches swiftly head off into the girls’ room and climb up into their beds. The girls start screaming, of course, and they stomp on the roaches, killing most of them. The final result is just what Alvin thought he wanted: the girls are furious, and he has gotten the last laugh.
But then, in the night, Alvin has a vision. A Shining Man comes to him, and that Shining Man makes Alvin see what happened through the eyes of the roaches. The roaches had trusted the peacemaker, and had gone to the other room, but there was no food there, only the “hard sharp crushing agony of death, each small trusting life, betrayed, crushed, battered.” Alvin is horrified at the consequences of what he has done. Wordlessly, the Shining Man then leads Alvin to see that both good and evil can come from “his knack for making things go just where he wanted [ ] , for understanding how things ought to be and helping them get that way.” Alvin finally realizes that he did wrong to use his knack selfishly, for his own benefit and pleasure alone (emphasis mine):
He had a knack, and he’d use it, but there was rules in things like that , rules that he would follow even if it killed him. ‘I’ll never use it for myself again,’ said Alvin Junior.
This vow against selfishness will indeed put Alvin’s life in danger before the end of the book, and he still has many lessons to learn. This is not his last encounter with the Shining Man, and it is not the vision that will ultimately give Alvin his quest in life, building the Crystal City. Yet when Alvin sees in his vision the world as the roaches see it, he realizes that he must place limits on his own power; learning how to use his powers consists also of learning how not to use them.
In my next article, I’ll look at the second book in the series, Red Prophet , to see what other questions Card poses for us about the rules of magic, as Alvin crosses paths again with the Shining Man, and with the Shining Man’s brother, the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh . Together the Shining Man and Tecumseh reveal to Alvin a different understanding of the magical world, a Native American “ecology of magic” which deepens Alvin’s perception of the otherwise invisible world, and adds to his powers.
- Card, Orson Scott. Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1 . New York: Tor Books, 1987. All quotes come from Chapter 7 of the book.
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Iron Maiden's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son: nothing sits better within their prog canon
We explore the prog credentials of Iron Maiden's 1988 album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Iron Maiden ’s flirtations with progressive music, writ large over their 2010 album The Final Frontier and 2021's Senjutsu , should come as no surprise to longtime followers of the East End metalheads’ career. Aside from the fact that both bassist Steve Harris and vocalist Bruce Dickinson are massive prog rock fans, one could point to the band’s 1983 cover of Jethro Tull ’s Cross-Eyed Mary, or the hefty progressive inclinations audible on 1999’s Brave New World album as further proof.
But nothing sits better within Maiden’s prog canon than their 1988 album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son . Not only was it a concept album – toying with those fine old adversaries good and evil, and throwing in elements of mysticism, reincarnation and the afterlife by the bucketload – Seventh Son… told the tale of a mythical child (the seventh son of a seventh son, no less) who possessed clairvoyant powers.
It wasn’t just the conceptual nature of the album that shoved it further into prog territory than Maiden had yet delved. Seventh Son… was also the first Iron Maiden album to feature keyboards, rather than the guitar synths that the band had used on previous albums. Here they were handled by Michael Kenney, Steve Harris’ bass tech and sometime live keyboard player for the band.
Musically, the album developed sonic themes that Maiden had introduced with 1986’s Somewhere In Time album, although no one could have envisaged quite how prog the band would take their sound. The immense success of metal-orientated lead singles Can I Play With Madness and The Evil That Men Do (still two of the band’s finest) helped offset possible fan unrest, but one can’t deny the overt progressive flourish of opener Moonchild as it segues into Infinite Dreams , or, further still, the nine minute-plus title track, all backed up more than ably by the Murray/Harris penned The Prophecy and Harris’s own The Clairvoyant , placing Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son not even in the territory of prog metal, but closer to dyed-in-the-wool prog rock.
None of this bothered the band’s fans however, with Seventh Son... being the second Maiden album (behind the groundbreaking Number Of The Beast ) to crash into the national album charts in top spot. And it remains their best album to date by far.
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1. The conflict between good and evil: Seventh Son explores the timeless theme of the battle between good and evil. In this book, Alvin Miller, the seventh son of a seventh son, possesses unique and powerful gifts. However, he is constantly tempted by the forces of evil, represented by the Unmaker. The story focuses on Alvin's struggle to resist these temptations and fulfill his destiny as a force for good.
2. The power of belief and destiny: Seventh Son emphasizes the importance of belief in oneself and one's destiny. Alvin's journey to understand his gifts and fulfill his purpose is shaped by his unwavering belief in himself and his abilities. The book highlights how a strong belief in one's potential can overcome even the most challenging obstacles.
3. The effects of discrimination and prejudice: The book explores themes of discrimination and prejudice in a fantastical context. Alvin is born with a caul, which grants him special powers. However, his caul also brings him the ire and suspicion of others who see him as different. Seventh Son highlights the damaging effects of discrimination and the importance of combating prejudice.
4. The importance of mentorship and guidance: As the story progresses, Alvin encounters various mentors who guide and teach him. The character of Taleswapper, an old bard, plays a significant role in helping Alvin understand the world and his place in it. Seventh Son emphasizes the significance of mentorship in shaping an individual's growth and development.
5. The complexity of morality: The book explores the gray areas of morality, questioning what is truly good and evil. It demonstrates that sometimes good intentions can lead to unintended consequences and vice versa. Through the characters' actions and choices, Seventh Son challenges simplistic notions of right and wrong, presenting a more nuanced view of morality.
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