Moon Parable: a Foreword

The moon has her phases, lovely in every turn; the sun has but his daily journey from east to west. When the moon palely ventures into the day in her appointed rounds and should happen to interpose between sun and Earth, her light returns to the sun, from whence it came, and is hidden from Earth: at which time her true, natural state is revealed, which is darkness. But even the sun's eclipse brings the moon no shame; for the solar light breaks forth from all sides of the moon and does not allow the day to be turned, completely, into dark of night: thus, does the dark moon inform us of aspects of the sun's splendor that we should not, otherwise, know.

Is the moon, whose natural state is revealed to be darkness, therefore a servant of darkness? Indeed not; for she participates in and partakes of the glory of the sun, whose light she drinks during all of her circuits. This, then, is her proper glory: that she, who is established from the beginning as a ruler of night, relieves her domain of great darkness by power of the ruler of the day.

When her light falters in the night by the turnings of her timid countenance, or should it fail by having fallen under the dark shadow of Earth, the stars of heaven assume greater brilliance, in testimony of the sure mercies of the Creator. Only when vapors of clouds stand between Earth and the greater vault of heaven are men of Earth convinced of a fear of darkness; but because the clouds of the second heaven-much like thoughts carried upon the inward heaven of Mind-are known by all mankind to be but transient things, this darkness, too, is revealed as a manifestation of mercy; for in every darkness, the mind of man perceives a temporality and anticipates the return of greater light, a full illumination.