Imagine you're sitting in your backyard - your cell phone is inside, and it’s a quiet night. Imagine you did this last night, and the night before, and each time you always made a point to look UP. You looked UP out of genuine interest and curiosity. You wanted some relief from the stress of the day, or the worries on your mind.
What would you see?
As the biggest, brightest light in the sky on most nights, you would never miss the moon, even if you just looked for a few seconds.
And most likely, it’s brightness and changing shape would make you even more curious - what stage is this? Is it waxing, or waning? Is it full? It looks almost full!
It would take you out of yourself. The moon would literally pull you away from whatever you were thinking about and draw you into a state of observation if even for just a split second.
And this, I will say, is divine.
The power that pulls us out of the known into the unknown.
The power that pulls us out of thinking, into presence, feeling, and emotion.
The power that lights up the sky, where the sky symbolizes the mind.
The moon is like the divine light in the darkness of the mind.
From the Lalita Sahasranama, the 1,000 names of the Divine Mother, as translated by Swami Tapasyananda:
"Salutations to Her who is the the subtle Self in the heart of all. Salutations to Her who is to be worshipped on the full-moon day. Salutations to Her who is Herself all the phases of the moon." - Names 609-611, pages 208-209