(sizz' uh jee)
*The dance of opposites leading to deeper union*
Syzygy is a fundamental principle of our natural, instinctive, integrative approach to inner practice. The word is from the Greek and means marriage or conjunction, and is from the same root as "yoga." On this call, we explore the dynamic dance between complementary energies within Nature and within ourselves. It is important to learn how to cooperate with their self-balancing flow in meditation as well as in life. This is Wild Serenity.
There is a continual interplay between opposite qualities of Nature and within ourselves. Here are but a few:
earthy ~ cosmic
darkness ~ light
endings ~ beginnings
absorbing ~ releasing
rooting ~ blossoming
resting ~ expressing
solitude ~ community
individuality ~ universality
passion ~ compassion
strength ~ softness
wildness ~ serenity
These dynamics are always dancing in our bodies and hearts, giving us clues about what we need for wholeness, balance, and well being. Each pair can be felt as an inner marriage or flow between complementary energies leading us into deeper union. We call this love dance a syzygy.
Living is intense. Loving is super intense. Current events are...well, you know.
We all need effective inner resources to handle the intensity. What awareness must you cultivate now? What syzygy of energies is calling you?
What other pairs are you aware of?
immanence ~ transcendence
spirit ~ soul
energy ~ matter
inner ~ outer
self ~ other
holding ~ letting go
sinking ~ rising
old ~ new
hurting ~ healing
animal ~ divine
puer/puella ~ senex
knowing ~ not knowing
desire ~ letting go
past ~ future
male ~ female
masculine ~ feminine
raw ~ refined
Syzygy means Union or marriage of opposites. The yg at the end of the word syzygy is the same root as yoga. Both English and Sanskrit are thought to be descendants of an ancient language, Proto-Indo-European, which used the root yeug to mean, join.
Syzygy also means "when the planets align."h
Inflected forms: pl. syz·y·gies
a. Either of two points in the orbit of a celestial body where the body is in opposition to or in conjunction with the sun.
b. Either of two points in the orbit of the moon when the moon lies in a straight line with the sun and Earth.
c. The configuration of the sun, the moon, and Earth lying in a straight line.
2. The combining of two feet into a single metrical unit in classical prosody.
Syzygy and the Tides:
Syzygy causes the bimonthly phenomena of spring and neap tides. At the new and full moon, the Sun and Moon are in syzygy. Their tidal forces act to reinforce each other, and the ocean both rises higher and falls lower than the average. Conversely, at the first and third quarter, the Sun and Moon are at right angles, their tidal forces counteract each other, and the tidal range is smaller than average. Tidal variation can also be measured in the earth's crust, and this may affect the frequency of earthquakes. Source: Wikipedia
Late Latin syzygia, from Greek suzugi, union, from suzugos, paired : sun-, su-, syn- + zugon, yoke; see yeug- in Appendix I.
Derivatives include yoke, jugular, adjust, junta, and yoga.
I. Zero-grade form *yug-. 1. Suffixed form *yug-o-. a. yoke, from Old English geoc, yoke, from Germanic *yukam; b. jugate, jugular, jugum; conjugate, subjugate, from Latin iugum, yoke; c. zygo- zygoma, zygote, –zygous; azygous, syzygy, from Greek zugon, yoke, and zugoun, to join; d. Yuga, from Sanskrit yugam, yoke. 2. Suffixed (superlative) form *yug-isto-. jostle, joust; adjust, juxtapose, juxtaposition, from Latin ixt, close by, perhaps from *iugist (vi), “on a nearby (road).” 3. Nasalized zero-grade form *yu-n-g-. join, joinder, joint, jointure, junction, juncture, junta; adjoin, conjoin, conjugal, conjunct, enjoin, injunction, rejoin, rejoinder, subjoin, from Latin iungere, to join.
II. Suffixed form *yeug-m. zeugma, from Greek zeugma, a bond.
III. Suffixed o-grade form *youg-o-. yoga, from Sanskrit yoga, union. (Pokorny 2. eu- 508.)
1. also Yoga A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity. 2. A system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body and mind.
Hindi, from Sanskrit yoga, union, joining. See yeug- in Appendix I.
yogic (-gk) —ADJECTIVE
Yoga is called yoga because it is the study and technique of what develops union. What develops harmony among all the different parts, aspects, and dimensions of a human being.
The word infinity comes from the Latin infinitas or unboundedness. It refers to several distinct concepts (usually linked to the idea of without end or bigger than the biggest thing you can think of) which arise in philosophy, mathematics, and theology. In popular usage, infinity is usually thought of as something like the largest possible number or the furthest possible distance; hence questions such as what is the next number after infinity? or if you travel to infinity, what happens if you then go a bit further? The infinity symbol in several typefaces:
. . . the lemniscate, also called the lemniscate of Bernoulli, is a polar curve whose most common form is the locus of points the product of whose distances from two fixed points (called the foci) a distance away is the constant . This gives the Cartesian equationwhere both sides of the equation have been squared. Expanding and simplifying then gives
Jakob Bernoulli published an article in Acta Eruditorum in 1694 in which he called this curve the lemniscus (Latin for "a pendant ribbon")
The infinity symbol is also called the Figure-8 or lazy-8
The infinity symbol is important because meditators – even total beginners – often make it spontaneously with their hands when they are in the midst of a revelation. I started noticing this around 1976, and it has been a source of delight since then.
When syzygies are happening, be extra alert, because your energy system is reconfiguring itself.
The term syzygy is sometimes used in Jungian psychology, to refer to an alignment of inner aspects of the psyche.
Syzygies in the Sutras
For the last twenty-five years, the text has been waking me up at four in the morning, purring Sanskrit in my ear and calling me to come out and play. I walk around in the predawn for a few hours, whispering the words of the timeless language, letting it teach me about itself. In this way, the Sanskrit has sung itself into modern English.
The original Sanskrit of the Bhairava Tantra has a musical, mantric quality that massages the nerves like no other language I have ever heard. Sanskrit, like tantric meditation, is a union of opposites. The opposites embrace each other, as lovers do, as the eternally fascinating polarity of male and female, day and night, sun and moon.
Sanskrit sings of rhythm, vibrancy, and the transmutation of terror into ecstasy, fear into movement, stasis into electricity. It evokes flow, tenderness, intimacy with oneself and the universe, informality, attentiveness, and responsiveness. Devi’s opening statement to Bhairava gets my vote for one of the most enchanting phrases I have ever heard in any language. Chant it softly to yourself and listen:
shrutam deva maya sarvam rudra yamala sambhavam.
Urdhva - upward moving into heaven
Adhah - downward, pudendum muliebre (vulva), vestibule.
Prana - filled, full. The breath of life. Spirit, vitality. Air inhaled.
Jiva - the principle of life, any living being, individual soul (as distinguished from the universal soul).
ātman - to breathe, the soul. Sensation. Individual soul.
Not moving moving
Maruts - powers of nature madhye - middle
Vikalpa - alternation nirvikalpa - free from thought or distinction
Kumbhaka (pot of elixir)
emptying filling overflowing
āmūlāt - from the root, from the bottom, thoroughly - toward the top
suksma - subtle. Minute, small, fine, thin, narrow, short, feeble, trifling, insignificant, unimportant. Acute, subtle, keen (understanding or mental operation). Nice, exact, precise. Subtle, atomic, intangible
(implied, large, gross)
sthula - large, thick, stout, massive, bulky, big, huge. Coarse, gross, rough. Dense, dull, stolid, doltish, stupid, ignorant. Gross, tangible, material.
suksma - subtle. Minute, small, fine, thin, narrow, short, feeble, trifling, insignificant, unimportant. Acute, subtle, keen (understanding or mental operation). Nice, exact, precise. Subtle, atomic, intangible. A mystical name of the sound ī. A name of Shiva. Name of an atom, intangible matter. The subtle all-pervading spirit, Supreme Soul. Woven silk.
Sthūlasūkṣma - large and small, mighty and subtle (as God who sustains the universe and an atom).
śikhipakṣaiś citrarūpair - like the feathers of a peacock
śūnyapañcakam - emptiness five
krama - a step. (toward that which is always here)
anāhata - unbeaten, unwounded, intact; new and unbleached (as cloth); produced otherwise than by beating, not multiplied, the fourth of the mystical cakras or circles of the body.
(Hata= struck, beaten, smitten, killed, slain, destroyed, ended, gone, lost, injured, marred, wounded, violated sexually ruined)
Pranava - shout of joy
śūnyā - empty, void, hollow, barren, desolate, deserted. Vacant (as a look or stare), absent, absentminded, having no certain object or aim, distracted. Empty as in possessing nothing, wholly destitute. Wholly alone or solitary, having no friends or companions. Void of, free from, destitute of, wanting, lacking, non-existent. Vain, idle, unreal, nonsensical. Void of results, ineffectual. Free from sensitiveness or sensation (said of the skin), insensible. Bare, naked. Guileless, innocent. Indifferent. Space, heaven, atmosphere. [ √śūna - swelled, swollen, increased, grown. Emptiness (originally swollen state, hollowness, cf. śūnya. Lack, want, absence RV. A particular incorrect pronunciation (esp of vowels). √ śvi - to swell, grow, increase.] Note distinct śūnyā, śūnya.
bhāvanā - demonstration, argument, ascertainment. Feeling of devotion, faith in. Reflection, contemplation. Saturating any powder with fluid, steeping, infusion. (In arithmetic) finding by combination or composition. The moral of a fable.
17 beginning and end
pūrvā - being before or in front fore, first RV. eastern, to the east of. former , prior , preceding , previous to , earlier than. Seen before. Attended with. Speech accompanied by smiles. Ancient, old, customary, traditional. First (in a series). Initial. Foregoing. An ancestor, forefather, (the ancients, ancestors, RV). The east. The most ancient of Jaina writings. Name of a tantra.
anta - end, limit, boundary, term. End of a texture. End, conclusion. A final syllable, termination. Last word of a compound. Pause, settlement, definite ascertainment, certainty.
Spine and space
Root and space
pṛṣṭaśūnyaṁ mūlaśūnyaṁ yugapad
manas - mind (in its widest sense as applied to all the mental powers), intellect, intelligence, understanding, perception, sense, conscience, will, in philosophy: the internal organ or antaḥ-karaṇa of perception and cognition, the faculty or instrument through which thoughts enter or by which objects of sense affect the soul; in this sense manas is always regarded as distinct from ātman and puruṣa, "spirit or soul" and belonging only to the body. It is sometimes joined with hṛd or hṛdaya, the heart, with cakṣus, the eye) the spirit or spiritual principle, the breath or living soul which escapes from the body at death. Thought, imagination, excogitation,invention, reflection, opinion, intention, inclination, affection, desire, mood, temper, spirit.
laya - the act of sticking or clinging to, to become attached to any one, to disappear, be dissolved or absorbed, to hide or conceal one’s self. To be destroyed, perish. Making the mind inactive or indifferent. Lying down, cowering. Melting, dissolution, disappearance or absorption in. Extinction, destruction, death. Rest, repose. Place of rest, residence, house. Mental inactivity, spiritual indifference. Sport, diversion, merriness. Delight in anything. An embrace. (In music) time. A kind of measure. The union of song, dance, and instrumental music. A pause. A swoon.
svadehe - in your own body
sva - own , one's own , my own , thy own , his own , her own , our own , their own. one's self , the Ego , the human soul.
deha - the body. Form, shape, mass, bulk (as of a cloud). Person, individual. Appearance, manifestation.
jagatah - of the world, the universe (p. 408, jagat-moving, movable, locomotive, living, air, wind, people, mankind, that which moves or is alive, men and animals, within everybody’s sight, the world, this world, earth, heaven and the lower world.
Meditate on the middle, between two objects
madhya - middle. Middlemost, intermediate, central. Standing between two, impartial, neutral. In astronomy, mean i.e. theoretical. In the middle of the body, a woman's waist. In algebra, the middle term or the mean of progression. The middle finger. In music, a particular tone, also a kind of meter. The middle, midst, center, inside, interior, through, between. The middle of the sky. The space between (the eyebrows). The meridian. Intermediate condition between. The belly, abdomen. Ten thousand billions. Cessation, pause, interval. MW.
40 Meditate on body & universe simultaneously
41 The fusion of the out-breath and in-breath
42 The universe and your body simultaneously with bliss
44 Rivers of Power Flowing Everywhere
sanais - quietly, softly, gently, gradually, alternately.
pipela - ant. pipilasparsa - feeling sensation of an ant walking on you.
sparsha - touching, touch, the sense of touch, contact, the quality of tangibility, any quality which is perceptible by touching any object. Feeling, sensation.
vela - limit, boundary, end, distance, boundary of sea and land, limit of time, period, season, time of day, opportunity, leisure, tide, flow
45 Throw mind into the middle of the fire during sex
46 At the moment of orgasm be absorbed into Shakti
samkshubdha - tossed together, violently shaken or agitated
saṁkṣubh - to shake about violently, agitate, toss, excite.
47 Bathe in the memory of kissing, licking, embracing
The syzygy of memory and actuality
At a distance and in person
Touching at a distance
48 Great joy of seeing friends
Bandha - binding, tying, a bond, tie, chain, fetter. A ligature, bandage. Damming up (a river). Capture, arrest, imprisonment, custody. Connection or intercourse with. Putting together, uniting, contracting, combining, forming, producing. joining (the hollowed hands). any configuration or position of the body (esp. of the hands and feet). a partic. mode of sexual union (there are said to be 16 , 18 , 36 , or even 84 L. ). constructing , building (of a bridge &c ). bridging over (the sea). Knitting (the brows). Fixing, directing (mind , eyes). Assumption , obtainment (of a body). Conceiving, cherishing, feeling, betraying. A border , framework, inclosure, receptacle. a sinew, tendon. The body. (in phil.) mundane bondage, attachment to this world (opp. to mukti , mokṣa, final emancipation," and regarded in the sāṃkhya as threefold, viz. prakṛti-, vaikārika-, and dakṣiṇā). Combination of sounds (in rhet.) , construction or arrangement of words. arrangement of a stanza in a partic. shape. arrangement of musical sounds, composition.
nipat - to fly down, settle down, descend on (loc.), alight. to rush upon, attack, assail. to fall down, fall upon or into (lit. and fig., with upari, acc. or loc.; with pādayoḥ, to throw one's self at a person's [gen.] feet. To fall into ruin or decay, be lost. To enter, be inserted, get a place. To inlay, emboss. To fix the teeth in. To direct (the eyes) towards. To raise (taxes) from.
nipat -having fallen down, throwing yourself at a person, throwing down, overthrowing, destroying, killing, (SS translates as -Transfixed -in English is: to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc. To pierce through as if with a pointed weapon; impale).
58 Throw awareness into the middle and find peace
70 Wound Becomes Portal
nirmala - spotless, unsullied, clean, pure, shining, resplendent, bright, sinless, virtuous.
malā - dirt, filth, dust, impurity (physical and moral). (in med.) any bodily excretion or secretion. (with śaivas) , original sin , natural impurity. Tanned leather, a leathern or dirty garment. The tip of a scorpion's tail. Unbelieving, godless.
80 That space is bad, this is good, find the center
bhakti - distribution, partition, separation. A division, portion, share. A division of a sāman, (also called vidhi, of which 7 or 5 are enumerated). Division by streaks or lines. A streak or line, variegated decoration. A row, series, succession, order. That which belongs to or is contained in anything else, an attribute. Attachment, devotion, fondness for, devotion to. Trust, homage, worship, piety, faith or love or devotion to (as a religious principle or means of salvation, together with karman, “works“ and jñāna, "spiritual knowledge”).
100 All this talk of purity and impurity
śuddhi - cleansing , purification , purity (lit. and fig.) , holiness , freedom from defilement , purificatory rite (esp. a partic. śrāddha performed at the cost of a person who needs purification) . setting free or securing (from any danger) , rendering secure. Justification, exculpation, innocence (established by ordeal or trial), adquittal. quittance , clearing off or paying off , discharge (of a debt &c ) MW. Retaliation. verification , correction , making true , correctness , accuracy , genuineness , truth. clearness , certainty , accurate knowledge regarding (gen. or comp. ; śuddhiṁ- √kṛ, " to ascertain for certain " ; ś°- √labh , " to receive certain intelligence “). (in arithm.) leaving no remainder. subtraction of a quantity or a quantity to be subtracted. A name of Durga. One of the śaktis of viṣṇu MW.
nitya — नित्य innate, native. One's own. Continual, perpetual, eternal RV. Constantly dwelling or engaged in, intent upon, devoted or used to. Ordinary, usual, invariable, fixed, necessary, obligatory. The sea, ocean. A plough-share. Name of the goddess manasa.
na me bandho na mokṣo me
bandha - binding, tying, a bond, tie, chain, fetter. a ligature, bandage. damming up (a river). capture, arrest, imprisonment, custody. connection or intercourse with. putting together , uniting, contracting, combining, forming, producing. joining (the hollowed hands). a partic. mode of sexual union (there are said to be 16 , 18 , 36 , or even 84 L. ). fixing, directing (mind , eyes , &c ). (in phil.) mundane bondage, attachment to this world S3vetUp. Bhag. &c(opp. to mukti , mokṣa , " final emancipation,” and regarded in sāṃkhya as threefold , viz. prakṛti- , vaikārika- , and dakṣiṇā-b°). arrangement of musical sounds, composition.
na moksha me - nor liberation
mokṣa - emancipation, liberation, release from. Release from worldly existence or transmigration, final or eternal emancipation. Death. Name of sacred hymns conducive to final emancipation. In astronomy, the liberation of an eclipsed or occulted planet, end of an eclipse. Falling off or down. Effusion. Setting free, deliverance (of a prisoner). Loosing, untying (hair). Settling (a question). Acquittance of an oblilgation, discharge of a debt. Shedding or causing to flow (tears, blood). Casting, shooting, hurling. Strewing, scattering. Utterance (of a curse). Relinquishment, abandonment. A name of the divine mountain Meru.