the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally related or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner. (via wikipedia)
Synchronicity is like Serendipity, I think. You have to be observant in order to reap the benefits. Research is one of those things where you hope for a bit of both.
Part of my daily routine is reading some non-fiction before bedtime. (If I read fiction, I can't put it down.) Right now I have The New Secret Language of Dreams by David Fontana on the nightstand. It's a pretty book, easily followed and quite entertaining. It's another one of my Border's sale rack finds and I'm reading it to refine my fortunetelling threads. If you recall my previous post:
My method uses a connection to djinn via the fortuneteller. A medium taps into the superconscious telepathy to scry your fortune. The patterns and symbols which appear in the cup are translated into a fabulous story, which may or may not apply to you.
In my theory, the djinn uses a distanced perspective to view multiple people, their actions and possible circumstances. The synchronicity in the world around you determines your most likely path. Then the djinn tosses some symbols in the coffee cup, tea leaves, runes, or what have you, for the fortuneteller to read.
I relate it to reading dreams like this: Your mind assigns a symbolic object to something you are trying to comprehend in real life, but in a dream world. When you step back and overlap the two worlds, you'll find the synchronicity leading to understanding. Hopefully. Well, I am writing fiction. And fiction has to be logical, if fantastical.
Being a writer is like being a foretuneteller. Synchronicity happens for me when I place story threads next to each other and see where they overlap, devining my character's journey, if you will. And that's how I'm going to mix a neo-byzantine djinn queen with pirates, Mithraism...and a creepy cave full of dripping limestone.