Sixteen, the symbol of wholeness

This is the number of perfect completeness.

Sixteen has been an auspicious number in India since ancient times.

The currency system of India One Rupee was equivalent to 16 Annas from 1865 to 1957.

There are 16 ounces in a pound.

Silverware anniversary celebrates 16 years.

Major Change

In the Tarot, Number 16 is the Tower card.

The Tower card symbolises great changes, moving on to something or someplace completely new.

It could for example be a change of faith, moving to a completely new location or another big change in life.

Reversed it indicates being stuck or being reluctant to make a change.

Politics & Publishing

A sixteenmo is the size of a book made by folding each sheet of paper into 16 leaves. The size of the book is approximately 6 X 4 inches (17 X 10 cm).

Tennessee became 16th State in the USA in 1796.

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America and held the high office during the Civil War (1861-1865).

The 16th Amendment (1913) made it legal to obtain income tax in the United States. The Government now had legal authority to collect income tax from individuals and corporations.

King Jotham reigned 16 years in Jerusalem. He did what was good in the eyes of the Lord. His son Ahaz also reigned 16 years. He did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord.

Saint Heliers is the Patron Saint of Jersey, who died in 555. The largest town in Jersey is also named Saint Heliers. His Feast day is observed on July 16.

November 16h is the International day of Tolerance.

Awards Ceremonies

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on July 16, 1929.

The 18th Amendment of the United States went into effect on January 16, 1920, making manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating liquors illegal.

The Boston Tea Party occurred on December 16, 1773.

The Residence Act affirmed Washington DC as the Capital of USA on July 16, 1790.

Mayflower, the historical ship set sail from Plymouth, England on July 16, 1620.

In Mathematics 

Sixteen is the natural number following 15 and preceding 17.

Sixteen is a composite number and a square number, being 42 = 4 × 4.

It is the smallest number with exactly five divisors, its proper divisors being 1,2, 4 and 8.

In speech, the numbers 16 and 60 are often confused. When carefully enunciated, they differ in which syllable is stressed. However, in dates such as 1666 or when contrasting numbers in the teens, such as 15, 16, 17, the stress shifts to the first syllable: 16.

Weight Measure

Sixteen is the fourth power of two. For this reason, 16 was used in weighing light objects in several cultures.

The British have 16 ounces in one pound; the Chinese used to have 16 liangs in one jin.

In old days, weighing was done with a beam balance to make equal splits. It would be easier to split a heap of grains into sixteen equal parts through successive divisions than to split into ten parts.

Chinese Taoists did finger computation on the trigrams and hexagrams by counting the finger tips and joints of the fingers with the tip of the thumb.

Source: The Mystics of Number 16

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