The Menorah had seven branches. The central branch was the body of the Menorah itself. Three branches extended out from each side of the Menorah for a total of seven.
At the top of each branch was an oil cup. The cups were positioned so that the spouts for the wicks all pointed towards the middle lamp. This way all of the flames faced the central branch.
Chassidus explains that the seven lights of the Menorah represent the seven days of the week.
The central branch and focal point is Shabbos. The six weekdays represented by the six outer branches, all look towards Shabbos.
The three days leading up to Shabbos; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, are referred to as the “days before Shabbos”. We live with the excitement and anticipation, making our spiritual and physical preparations for the Shabbos that is approaching,
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are described as the “days after Shabbos”. We live with the upliftment and inspiration of the past Shabbos.
The middle flame is called the Ner Maaravi, the Western Lamp which miraculously burned longer than the others, testifying that Hashem’s presence rests amongst the Jewish people. Shabbos too is an eternal sign between Hashem and the Jewish people.
Wishing you a gut Shabbos.