123 SYZYGY

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DEFINITION/SUMMARY:

Syzygy

Means “joined together” “Conjunction” or “when all objects line up”

Astronomy

  • Collinear configuration of three celestial bodies
  • Used in reference to the Sun, Earth, and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition
  • Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations
  • The term is often applied when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction (new moon) or opposition (full moon)

Mathematics

  • Relation between the generators of a module

Biology
(meiosis)

  • The pairing of chromosomes during meiosis

Philosophy

  • A concept in the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyov, to denote ‘close union’
  • Russian philosopher, theologian, poet, pamphleteer and literary critic, who played a significant role in the development of Russian philosophy and poetry at the end of the 19th century and in the spiritual renaissance of the early 20th century

EXPANDED INFO:

A term used by Carl Jung to mean a union of opposite

Gnosticism

female–male pairings of the emanations known as aeons

Core of Gnostic theology

  • The terms for each syzygy differed from one group to another, but they represented the same thing: the balance of masculine and feminine energy, both being necessary for the attainment of perfection
  • The masculine side of a syzygy was its thought-concept, while the feminine side of the syzygy was the form it took. An integrated syzygy would produce harmonious results, but if one acted without the other, the result was an act of darkness and ignorance
  • To achieve apotheosis, the Gnostic would need to balance and integrate their own energies

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