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syzygy(siz -ă-jee) The configuration arising when the Sun, Earth, and either the Moon or a planet lie approximately in line, i.e. when the Moon or planet is at opposition or conjunction.
Syzygy(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
Syzygy traditionally referred to a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon, such as occurs during a solar eclipse. By extension, it is currently applied to the alignment of any three celestial bodies in a straight line (such as occurs during eclipses and occultations). The etymology of the term is as follows: The sy[n], which is related to the prefix of such words as synchronic, means “together;”-zygy derives from the Greek zugón, meaning “yoke,” so syzygy literally means to yoke together. This makes syzygy appear to be a macrocosmic parallel to certain yoga practices in which the internal, symbolic (microcosmic) Sun and Moon are joined together—as in alternate nostril breathing, a technique said to join the Sun (right nostril) and Moon (left nostril) energies. What makes this parallel all the more striking is that both zugón and yoga ultimately derive from the same Indo-European root word yug (yoke).
a general name for the two phases of the moon—new moon and full moon—when the sun, earth, and moon are positioned along a straight line. This arrangement gives rise to a number of astronomical and geophysical phenomena. For example, eclipses of the sun and moon are observed during syzygy, and it is during syzygy that tides reach their highest point. The term “syzygy” is sometimes used in reference to planets at moments of the planets’ conjunction and opposition with respect to the sun.