On Some Words by Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said that “moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.” To Hawthorne’s quote, I would add that moonlight is sunlight. The moon doesn’t emanate light of its own; it only reflects the light of the Sun. This suggests an even deeper dimension of syzygy within the coupling of the Sun King and Moon Queen; they appear to emanate their own light, but their light is shared.  One Light shines over the Night and the Day alike, but it has two faces, like the Roman God Janus.


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