from Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine (1991)
By Gertrud Mueller Nelson

In the night and by the light of the moon we see things in a different light. Thomas Mann coined the phrase “moon grammar” to describe that sense of an inner reality. “Daylight,” he said, “is one thing, moonlight another. Things take on a different look beneath the moon than beneath the sun. And it well might be that to the Spirit the light of the moon would appear to yield the truer illumination."

The moon is also reflective. It has no light of its own but takes sunlight, which is too bright to see into directly, and returns it to us in a way which we can tolerate and even comprehend. Moonlight and feminine wisdom have their own ways of shedding light on a subject. Feminine wisdom is less concerned about “original thinking” or what is “new under the sun” but takes the creative world as it is and reflects on it -- reflects the great light or the bright ideas back to us in endless variations, constantly making old knowledge new and ever applicable...

(Publisher's description of Here All Dwell Free: "Every human being has both masculine and feminine characteristics, but because our civilization undervalues the Feminine, she hides within each individual and stands in need of healing.")