Numerology and the numbers
Number 16 Meaning

The Tower

The digits in the number 16 have the digit sum 7 which resonates with the planet Neptune.

The balanced aspects, traits and adjectives of the energies given by the number 16 are:
Can only be balanced in the higher self, hard-working, skilled, mentally awakened, spiritual, philosophical, independent, loving, transcendent, thoughtful, the most profound karmic lessons are understood, transpersonal psychology, deep understanding of the human mind, clairvoyance, ESP, healing, therapeutical skill, a good listener, mental and emotional healing, disciplined, spiritual practice.

The imbalanced aspects, traits and adjectives of the energies given by the number 16 are:
Fear, feels abandoned, death anxiety, sudden loss, loss of personal relations, anxiety to lose, emotional distance to others, loneliness, misses other people in its life, control freak, phobias, feels that life is hard, follows the rules, fears to be itself, deep sadness and pain, paralyzed by fear, the heart freezes to ice, depression, addictions and drug misuse, attains success but loses it again.

The number 16 as birth day number

In Chaldean numerology, the day you are born in the month is of particular importance as it profoundly influences your personality. The following explains how this number will affect you if you are born on the 16th and which themes might be present in your life.

16 has a deep and complex symbolism.

The specific number 16 variant of number 7 is the most transcendent, wise and profound aspect of the number 7 – it is the variant, which easiest can melt into the void and enter deep states of Zen-like meditation.

TAROT: The tower

One of the most occult aspects of the number 16 is shown in Tarot card number 16 called "The Tower." In the card, we see lightning striking a tower, and a man and woman falling out of the tower and into the abyss. This symbolizes unforeseen challenges and disasters where everything is taken from us. At a deeper level, it symbolizes all sudden changes that shake the ego. At the deepest level, it symbolizes the freedom of all limitations and to completely embrace the energies of the void.

The couple falling into the void indicates the depths of the 16's personality. Initially, one fears the void, there is a look of terror on the faces of the couple – but like any energy, this fear can be mastered and overcome.

The void indicates a great depth, spirituality, the ability to take the step beyond physical reality, and to observe life from the outside - in a silent state of "witness." It gives the 16 an ability to meditate profoundly and to perform spiritual practice and thereby to understand some of the most profound lessons of life.

Karmic number

The number 16 is a karmic number. This means that there potentially could be terrifying life lessons that follow with the 16. The most important experience is the lesson of transcendence – meaning that you need to learn at a deep level that everything in this life is transient and that everything will die, perish, get consumed by existence and return to nothingness.

In the early incarnations, the soul tends to BLOCK this profound lesson by CLUTCHING onto life with the emotions and desires – but to this, life will respond by hitting back with some harsh lessons that come in the shape of loss already from a very early age.

Sometimes this lesson comes as a shock to shake the soul and force you to look inwards. That is why we see the couple, who struck by lightning are falling headfirst into the abyss. This terrifying imagery has a deeper and more esoteric meaning – the fear of the void - the most significant fear that we have as humans.

The lesson of number 16 is to go through this fear, which you perhaps have tried to evade or escape from for many lives. The experience of 16 is an essential lesson that you have signed up for in this life!

The most profound lesson of the soul

It is good to be reminded that these lessons are always here to make the soul wiser and more mature and to make us understand the even more profound happiness that comes from having experienced deep suffering.

With loss and suffering, you are forced to look deeper into your self to find the place where everything is ONE and where you, through the transcendence of pain, can merge with COSMOS. As a result of this encounter, you will find even more profound happiness and bliss, than what can be found on this physical plane. This makes the number 16 a very spiritual karmic number where you learn some of the most profound karmic lessons.

At some point or the other in the cycles of rebirth, we will all pass the life lesson of the number 16. In this vibration, life will always reflect the fear we have inside, no matter what the concern is about. In this way, nature, in all its wisdom, ensures that we go through all the lessons.

Healing and transformational power

With the energy of 16, you will be able to go deep down into the depths of the soul where the most vulnerable emotions reside – emotions such as shame and guilt and all our less flattering sides. By seeing these sides, you can transform your self at a deep level.

The number 16 understands the patterns of deep psychology, the value of doing "shadow work," and the value in admitting one's faults, lacks, dark sides, and egotism. In this way, the heart awakens, and an inner space is opened. Many people are attracted to this property of the 16 because it helps them to accept the more gruesome aspects of life.

Losing loved ones

With the 16 comes the lesson of loss, and you might have experienced loss in early childhood. You might have lost a loved one. Maybe one of your closest relations became ill and died – or perhaps you suffered a terrible illness your self.

It could also have been a deep sense of loneliness by being an only child or not being able to have children your self, or a deep inner feeling of not being able to connect with other people. It is as if you stand on the sideline, always looking at other people living life and having fun.

Because you know how it feels to lose, you can tend to close people out in fear of once again having to experience the pain of loss – and this creates a vicious cycle where you remain in loneliness. You feel that life is hard and that you have to fight to survive.

Examples of "falling out of the tower" in life

With the 16/7 energy, you might repeatedly experience getting thrown out of the tower and that you have to go through fear and emptiness.

You could become so engulfed by love, perhaps unrequited love that you completely lose your self.

You can experience periods of deep depression and existential crisis.

You could have experienced the loss of people close to you already as a child and feel the deep sorrow at the level of the soul that arises from these kinds of personal tragedies.

You could also seemingly, and without reason, have experienced getting engulfed in a deep feeling of emptiness that could have resulted in a depression, but which also turned into a deep state of transcendence that lifted your spirit.

Strong tendencies of 16/7

Difficulty in letting others come close to you.

The tendency to escape from reality or to take drugs to shut out the pain.

The tendency to isolate yourself and to retreat from life.

The tendency for escapism and drug misuse.

The tendency to attract emotional despair.

An insatiable need for privacy.

Defence mechanisms

With 16/7, you might have built up the tendency to be controlled by your fear. You can get so paralyzed by your emotions that you don't feel anything. You are programmed to go into "freeze" mode instead of the fight/flight mode, and you can also have schizoid tendencies where the mind escapes out of reality, leaving a numb body, that just witnesses what is happening to you.

Escapism and addiction

In 16/7, there is also a tendency to escape from reality - for example, through drug addiction, a mental world of computer games, fantasy literature/games, exaggerated studying of a minimal area or nerdy subject, etc. In this way, one escapes from the world into a kind of distraction.

Other people can see you as being distant from reality, closed down, and out of emotional reach. It's as if the light is on but nobody's home.

Strict mastery of the body

The number 16 can also give a tendency to go for an almost extreme mastery of the body. For example, through complicated acrobatics, long training routines, and forms of sport that require hard and intense training. Many with the energy of 16/7 are attracted to martial arts. These kinds of sports offer a controlled way to go through the fear by giving mastery over the body and emotions. Many athletes also overtrain with a masochistic attitude.

CHEIRO and other sources

The famous Chaldean numerologist Cheiro wrote: "This number has a most peculiar occult symbolism. It is pictured by" a Tower Struck by Lightning from which a man is falling with a Crown on his head." It is also called" the Shattered Citadel."
It gives warning of some strange fatality awaiting one, also the danger of accidents and defeat of one's plans. If it appears as a" compound" number relating to the future, it is a warning sign that should be carefully noted and plans made in advance in the endeavor to avert its fatalistic tendency."

The Vedic numerological scriptures write that you will attain the peak of success and glory and then get hurled into the void. In this way, you will achieve Vairagya – nonattachment. You will achieve enlightenment through the realization that everything is transient and that all shall pass.

Biggest emotional issue to greatest liberation

The biggest emotional issue of the number 16 is fear. Before 16 fully realizes the transient nature of reality, it fears loss. The greatest lesson of number 16 is to face loss during one's life. This could be the loss of material value – or loss of the ones nearest to you. Ultimately this fear can lead to the fear of connecting to others at a deep level or the fear of standing out – to the extent that number 16 can tend to lean towards conformity and always attempting to fit in.

But once the lesson of fear is mastered and transcended, the number 16 quickly returns to the infinite source of creation.

The most efficient ways to deal with the energies of anxiety and fear are to FACE them. To actively go into fear and to do what you fear the most. If you fear public speaking, then go and do it. If you fear your boss or asking for a promotion, then find a way to communicate this, so you get the promotion.

If you cannot find the fundamental cause of fear, then start a daily meditation practice or do a lot of physical exercises, which helps to transform the fear energy into other kinds of energy. There are many different things you can do to deal with the energy of fear and anxiety – we have just listed a few different possibilities here. The most important thing is to actively do something so that your fear doesn't completely take over your life.

The 16 in balance is:

  • Observant, skilled and mentally awakened
  • Both scientific and philosophical - seeing beyond the surface
  • The most transcendant number - an inner joy beyond this world
  • Able to dive into the depths of the soul/psyche and see deep patterns
  • Learning lessons of going through ones fears and transcending them

The 16 unbalanced is

  • Paralyzed by fear and anxiety due to previous loss of loved ones
  • Afraid of being annihilated, fearful of heights and full of phobias
  • Unable to connect with others and feels deeply lonely
  • Always following the rules out of fear and becomes a sheep
  • Standing and observing from the outside unable to participate

16 is under the influence of NEPTUNE

Neptune is the last planet in the solar system and resonates with the deep depths of the Cosmos. Neptune has a deep blue color and looks like a beautiful astral version of Earth.

Neptune has the strongest winds of the solar system, which are faster than the speed of sound here on Earth. In the middle of the planet, though, we find an ocean of serenity. Many scientist believe that there could be a vast ocean of water under the clouds of Neptune. This symbolizes that Neptune people have overactive psyches that are ridden with angst and worries, but that they can tap into deeper layers of their minds to achieve inner peace.

Neptune (in Greek called Poseidon) is the God of the sea and stands for the psyche and the subconscious mind.

The architecture of Neptune symbolizes a deep property of Neptune people. On the surface, the quick winds symbolize an overactive mind and psyche and a tendency towards anxiety. At a deeper level, Neptune people resonate with calmness, spirituality, and deep tranquility that is in touch with the Cosmos.

Neptune people are often philosophically, religiously or scientifically minded, and they can be a bit compliant as there is a strong fearful streak.

They have deep and profound thoughts but can often lack the power of finality, which ground the thoughts into practical conclusions or results. Usually, they prefer to step back and observe instead of acting or participating.

These are people with subtle and highly sensitive natures - sensitive to the mood of others. They are usually not good at making decisions, often physically weak, and appear fragile. They do not accept or like quarrels and conflicts.

Neptune people sympathize and empathize with the suffering of the world.

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