It’s kind of a show-off word, because other than in astronomical discussions and literary verses, no one would use this word. In fact, I came across this fun quote about it:
“Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria — anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”
―W. P. Kinsella
But still, good to know what it means, right? So, here goes.
Syzygy (SIZ-uh-jee): noun, the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system
ORIGIN: Late Latin syzygia conjunction, from Greek, from syzygos yoked together, from syn- + zygon yoke
First Known Use: circa 1847
SYNONYMS: accent, anapest, beat, cadence, caesura, colon, conjugation, conjunction, connection, contiguity, counterpoint, dactyl, diaeresis, emphasis, foot, iambic, ictus, jingle, junction, juxtaposition, lilt, measure, meter, movement, numbers, perigee, period, pyrrhic, quantity, rhythm, stress, swing, thesis, trochee, union.
Of the two lower Syzygies, or Lower Quaternary of the Aeons, we have no details from the Fathers.
~ “Simon Magus” by George Robert Stow Mead
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