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[1] "The number sixteen, the Pythagorians call the number of felicity. It also comprehends all the Prophets of the Old Testament, and the Apostles, and Evangelists of the new." —Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

[2] "Number five (and the five-pointed star) is the hieratic symbol of individualized man. The fifth octave starts with number sixteen, which is two raised to the fourth power (24 or 2 X 2 X 2 X 2). From the point of view of the descent of spirit-radiated energy into material conditions, this level marks the full incorporation of the mother force, number two. It is the level of existence in physical bodies, spirit involved in material organization. From the point of view of the ascending evolution of the resonance of matter — that is, of the capacity to act in response to the impact of the image-making faculty and the will — the fifth octave marks the first stage of the process of individualization. It is the stage at which culture wholes are formed; their mental-emotional fields provide collective models as foundations upon which temples for the celebration of the individualized power and consciousness of man can rise. What then happens to the individual? And what is the quality of his or her individual acts? The questions are symbolically asked by number fifteen. The transition between fifteen and sixteen has conditioned the answer, which leads either to the divine mother (the eternal feminine that draws one on to one's individual stature) or to the dark mother (who binds one to the realm of passion and the sins of pride and ambition)." —The Magic of Tone and the Art of Music, by Dane Rudhyar

[3] Sixteen is quaternity squared.

[4] "In mathematics, hexadecimal (often abbreviated hex) is a base 16 numeral system, usually written using the symbols 0-9 and A-F or a-f. It is a useful system in computers because there is an easy mapping from four bits to a single hex digit. Thus one can represent every byte as two consecutive hexadecimal digits." —Wikipedia

[5] "The four binary elements of each figure allow for 2x2x2x2, or 16 different combinations. As there are 4 root figures in each chart, the total number of possible charts equals 16x16x16x16, or 65536. The charts are also interpreted differently depending on the nature of the question, making it one of the most thorough kinds of divination available, and with only 16 figures to understand is extremely simple." —Sixteen Geomantic Figures

[6] "This specific or particularized division of the gunas is divided into sixteen parts which deal primarily with man's reaction to the tangible objective world .... These sixteen means of perception and activity in the phenomenal world are channels for the real thinking man; they demonstrate his active reality and are the sum total of the physical facts relating to every incarnated son of God. Similary [158] in their cosmic connotation, they are the sum total of the facts demonstrating the reality of a cosmic incarnation. "The Word is made flesh" both individually and in a cosmic sense. —The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

[7] The ancients who translated the abstract nuances of Indian philosophy into images of everyday reality went even further and canonized the adornment of the female form into sixteen different ornaments (solah shringar), covering her entire being from the head to toe. The choice of the number sixteen too is not without significance. It is a significant number among the Hindus, and corresponds to the sixteen phases of the life of the moon, which in turn is connected with a woman's menstrual cycle. This is another pointer to the feminine physiognomy being a microcosm of the rhythms of natural processes. Further a woman of sixteen is considered at the peak of physical perfection in her life. At this stage of her life the aspect of delight is most pronounced. Her nature is to play, seek new experiences, and to charm others to her. Her innocence attracts to her all that is true and good. Indeed it is common for deities to be described as eternally sixteen years old, which is considered the most beautiful and vigorous human age. In fact an important goddess is named after the Sanskrit name for sixteen (Shodashi), and is visualized as having all the above mentioned qualities. —Women and Jewelry: The Spiritual Dimensions of Ornamentation

[8] Shodashi (aka, Bala Tripura) is an aspect of Lalita Tripurasundari whose yantra is the Shri Yantra. Shodashi is the Sixteen Lettered One. Body of the Sixteen Nityas. Form of the Sixteen Vowels. Dwelling in the Sixteen Petals. The mandala of 16 petals in the Shri Yantra: "is called Fulfiller of Desire .... The 16 yoginis in this mandala are associated with the attainment of desires by the cultivation or strengthening of power over mind, ego, sound, touch, sight, taste, smell, intellect, steadiness, memory, name, growth, etheric body, revivification, and physical body. They are described as the Nitya Kalas." Dear One, Tripura is the ultimate, primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation. She, the pile of letters of the alphabet, gave birth to the three worlds..

[9] "The Nityas or Eternities of Lalita represent the fifteen lunar days or tithis of the waxing Moon. Each has her own yantra, mantra, tantra and prayogas or ritual applications. The full circle of the Nityas also represents the 21,600 breaths a human being takes in a full day and night. As such, the Nityas are the Kalachakra, or Wheel of Time .... The 15 Nityas are modifications of Lalita as red goddess with her three gunas and her five elements of aether, air, fire, water and earth. As the moon remains itself, though appearing differently according to phase, so too does Lalita .... the Nityas are the vowels of the Sanskrit alphabet and are identical with both time and space. For example, if the number of tattvas or consonants (36) are multiplied by the 16 Nityas the number of letters is 576. The multiples of this number provide the number of years in the different Yugas. So the circle of the matrikas and the Nityas is identical with the sidereal zodiac as well as mantra .... Lalita or Tripurasundari is the 16th day or full moon, with her 15 digits." —The Fifteen Nityas

[10] "The units of the triangle's side are significant. The three units of the Osiris vertical has been attributed to the three Alchemical principles of Salt, Sulphur and Mercury (direct correspondence with the Hindu concept of the Gunas: Tamas, Rajas and Sattva.). All things are manifestations of these three principles according to Alchemical doctrine. The four units of the horizontal line of Isis relate to the so-called four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. These are of course the four Ancients. (Hindu classification: prithivi, vayu, apas, tejas). The ascending Horus line with its five units represents the five kingdoms: mineral, plant, animal, human, and the Fifth Kingdom. This is the Path of Return. The ascending line finally connects back up with the Osirian line. The Fifth Kingdom symbolizes the Adept as one who has consciously reunited with the Source of all Being." —Our Ancient Friend and Brother, the Great Pythagoras Fra. Thomas D. Worrel, VII°

[11] "This chariot is drawn by four sphinxes composed of the four Kerubs, the Bull, the Lion, the Eagle and the Man. In each sphinx these elements are counter-changed; thus the whole represents the sixteen sub-elements." —The Book of Thoth (Chariot)

[12] "She said 'There is no reason, And the truth is plain to see'. But I wandered through my playing cards And would not let her be. One of sixteen vestal virgins Who were leaving for the coast." —A Whiter Shade of Pale, Procul Harum

[13] There are 16 court cards.

[14] "Consider now a different sort of Tree of Life diagram. All the ten Sephirot are in the usual places, as well as all the traditional twenty-two paths. We add sixteen more, using up all the possibilities of connect-the-dots between the Sephirot that are not used by the twenty-two paths for the twenty-two Hebrew letters .... With sixteen new paths, we need something to help give them meaning. Consider the allocation of the Tarot Court Cards. The Golden Dawn and Crowley assigned them to Binah, Geburah, Tipheret and Malkut, with stacks of the four suits on each of those Sephirot. This was a parallel to the pattern used for the number cards and borrowed from the notion of dividing the Tree into countenances in four worlds .... We will come back to these sixteen paths when we take up human psychology on the Tree..." —An Introduction to Qabalah: Part XXXV - Hidden Paths

[15] There are Sixteen Personality Types.

[16] "The Sixteenth Pylon. The Osiris Heru-em-khebit, whose word is truth, shall say when he cometh to this pylon: 'Terrible one, lady of the rain-storm, destroyer of the souls of men, devourer of the bodies of men, orderer, producer, and maker of slaughter' is thy name. She inspecteth the swathing of the helpless one." —The Papyrus of Ani, Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge

[17] In Hebrew, the number sixteen consists of two words (six and ten). Six is ShSh = 600. The same value as red, ligature, and marble. The mosaic pavement mentioned in Esther 1:6 consists of red, blue, white and black marble. Some use a similar coloring scheme (red, blue, white, black) for the Enochian Great Table.

[18] LEA, Sixteenth Æthyr, "Keter. (Path of Pe.) The Overthrow of the Slave-Gods by The Beast 666." (Cf, Aphrodite with On the Physics of Metaphysics re: whirling, curls, wheel vs. comet and hair)

[19] Ayin, Sixteenth Hebrew Letter. Eye, Atu XV The Devil, Capricorn, "Sees object of Desire".

[20] Med, Sixteenth Enochian Letter (O).

[21] Each tablet of the Enochian Great Table has 16 Kerubic Angels.

[22] Atu XVI The Tower. "This card is attributed to the letter Peh, which means a mouth; it refers to the planet Mars. In its simplest interpretation it refers to the manifestation of cosmic energy in its grossest form. The picture shows the destruction of existing material by fire. It may be taken as the preface to Atu XX, the Last Judgment, i.e., the Coming of a New Aeon." —The Book of Thoth

[23] "In our study of the interlocking system of energies, in so far as they affect and condition a human being, the theme of the Three Crosses is of profound and practical interest, especially as they provide those points of crisis wherein a man steps off the ordinary path of evolution and treads the path of discipleship or - after the third initiation mounts a third Cross. It will underlie our thought and all that I have to say. A steady recollection of the twelve basic [85] energies (five major and seven minor which are in reality, and apart from astral reversion due to the Great Illusion, seven major and five minor) will be of value. These work out into human expression via the Lords of the twelve signs and the twelve planetary Rulers. These twelve basic energies emanate from the seven stars of the Great Bear (transmitted through seven stars of the Little Bear); two of them come from Sirius and three from the Pleiades. This set-up (if I may use such an unorthodox term) will be the condition of the major solar sphere of influence at the end of the Great Age of Brahma, as it is esoterically called. In the "interim or interlude of evolution" (which is the inadequate translation of an occult phrase given to a world cycle in the Masters' Archives) these energies are stepped down into forces and are literally sixteen all told - from the angle of manifestation, I would remind you - and make literally: 7 + 7 + 2 = 16 = 7. In these numbers the mystery of our evolutionary process lies hid." —Esoteric Astrology, Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

[24] "Now on the day of the Sun, in this the Sixteenth Year of the Aeon, when He stood in the 6th Degree of the Sign Sagitarius, whose letter hath the value of Sixty, the Moon being in the 16th Degree of the Sign Cancer whose letter hath the value 8..." —Cephaloedium Working (See also: Crowley's Paris Working as a Model for Personal Theurgy, Frater DH)

[25] "Among the Calls, two are of a general nature, and serve to define the polarity within which the system operates. The next sixteen invoke the elements and the sub-elements of the Tablets. The remaining Calls, which differ only in one word, are used to invoke the 30 Aethyrs and the 91 "Parts of the Earth" .... In the magickal universe, all things appear to exist as the product of the tension between two extremes, a "divine" pole and a "material" pole. This is true of the Enochian system as well; the First and Second Calls serve to invoke and define the specific polarity within which the rest of the system exists. Despite the appellation "material," both Calls invoke forces which act from outside the region in which the sixteen elemental Calls are active .... Careful analysis of the two divine and sixteen elemental Calls reveals that a definite form of hierarchy or relative status is being expressed. This is a vertical hierarchy, in which the powers are ranked one below the other, with the powers of Air highest, followed by the other three "pure" elements and the dual-attribute angles in the sequence defined by their respective Calls. The way in which this hierarchy is expressed in the calls suggests that in this form, the elements form a sequence of concentric circles or spheres around the earth, going from outermost to innermost in the sequence in which the Calls are numbered." —Godzilla Meets ET: The Calls and Medieval Cosmology, Benjamin Rowe

[26] Enochian 16th Key. "O Thou Second Flame, The House Of Justice: Which Has Thy Beginning In Glory And Shall Comfort The Just; Which Walks The Earth With Feet 8763 That Understand And Separate Creatures; Great Art Thou In The God Of Stretch-Forth-And-Conquer! Move And Appear! Open The Mysteries Of Your Creation! Be Friendly To Me, For I Am The Minister Of God, The True Worshiper Of The Highest!"

[27] "...Moses ordered for the Israelites eight courses, four from Eleazar, and four from Ithamar; Samuel came and made them sixteen; David came and made them twenty-four. It is a tradition, that Moses ordered for the Israelites sixteen courses, eight from Eleazar, and eight from Ithamar; and when the children of Eleazar increased above the children of Ithamar, they divided them, and appointed them twenty-four.” —John Gills Expositor

[28] Sixteen is the number of the temple. —The Key to the Mysteries, Eliphas Levi.

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