Karmic Debt Number 16

Numerology is the study of numbers and how they relate to people. And, when reading your numerology chart you may come across karmic debt numbers. It’s based on an ancient practice and idea—that we are spiritual beings that reincarnate again and again, with each new life being a step closer to enlightenment. 

This means that each time we reincarnate, we bring with us “karmic dust” from previous lifetimes. This isn’t always a bad thing—it means that we bring with us lessons and beliefs from before, too. 

Lessons learned with Karmic Debt number 16: 

  • New beginnings. 
  • Humility. 
  • Self-sabotage. 

What Are Karmic Debt Numbers? 

Do you ever feel like a dog chasing its tail, repeating certain circumstances over and over again? Are you always sabotaging your relationships or struggling with the same family problems again and again? 

Karmic debt is your life lesson accumulation. It’s brought forward to this lifetime when you reincarnate, and it exists on a soul level. That’s not to say that it’s based on every bad deed from your past lives. It’s about the decisions and actions you’ve taken and where they led to. 

Karmic debt can also refer to the lessons you wanted to learn and experience in this lifetime. If you decided (before beginning this life) that you wanted the opportunity to learn about anger or patience, you would have included the energy numbers of these into your date of birth. 

You’re probably asking yourself why you would choose any lessons when you reincarnate, especially ones that can be complex or painful. The simple answer is—these are the lessons that your soul needs in order to achieve a higher level of consciousness. 

How Is Your Karmic Debt Number Calculated? 

There are only four Karmic Debt numbers—13, 14, 16 and 19. If your birth date falls on one of those days, that’s automatically your karmic debt number. For example, someone born on the 16th of June would have Karmic Debt number 16. 

The other way you can find out if you have a Karmic Debt number is if your Life Path number, Destiny number, Soul Urge number, or Attitude number can split into the two numbers of a Karmic Debt number—for example, 1+3, 1+4, 1+6 or 1+9.

Here’s an example of how it works using your Life Path number: if your birthday is on the 11th of December 1982, then your calculation will look something like this: 

December 11th, 1982: 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 2 = 25 

Then, add: 2 + 5 = 7.

This is your Life Path number. 

Karmic Debt numbers are usually split into the sum of their digits: 13/4, 14/5, 16/7, and 19/1. 

As you can see, the Life Path number 7 also has Karmic Debt number 16. 

What Does Karmic Debt Number 16 Mean? 

There are some specific meanings associated with Karmic Debt number 16. 

Out With the Old, In With the New 

Karmic Debt number 16 always makes me think of the phoenix rising out of the ashes. When this number shows up in your chart, it means you need to get rid of the old to give birth to the new. 

This means letting go of the ego and all it’s holding onto. Life will give you challenges, detours and roadblocks, which means your grand plans are often going out the window.


The transformation of Karmic Debt number 16 can leave you feeling stripped of inspiration, resentful, battered and defeated. It’s usually in these storms, where everything is lost, that we find humility. 

By shedding the past, we give rise to an entirely new awareness. Think of it like renovating your house—you have to break down your favorite room to allow for the new parts to be built. It will be beautiful and much better than the old look and feel. 

We all battle to accept that something is wrong in our lives, and it’s hard to find different perspectives in which to understand our situations. This lesson would be one of flexibility—we need to understand that our opinion may be incorrect. 

Possible Challenges 

Some of the challenges you may be facing in this lifetime with Karmic Debt number 16 are:

  • You may spend an excessive amount of time alone.
  • You could find it difficult to develop meaningful relationships. 
  • People perceive you to be unapproachable. 
  • You may come across as self-absorbed. 
  • Connecting emotionally to others can be difficult. 
  • You may find yourself sabotaging your relationships. 

There are constructive steps that you can take to get your life back on to the right track. It starts with being more aware of how people perceive you, and opening up to show the real you (even if just a little!). 

Learn to be a better listener, and practice being more nurturing in your relationships. Learning to express yourself more intimately can help those with Karmic Debt number 16 to develop relationships that are meaningful and long-lasting. 

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