, a syzygy
is a situation where three bodies are situated along a straight line. It is usually used in context with the sun
, and the moon
or a planet
, where the latter is in conjunction
. For example, solar
eclipses are examples of syzygies.
The term is also often loosely used to describe interesting configurations of planets in general. For example, situations when all the planets are on the same side of the sun are sometimes called syzygies, although they are not necessarily found along a straight line.
, Carl Gustav Jung
used the term syzygy
to denote an archtypal
pairing of contrasexual opposites, which symbolized the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds.