What does the moon symbolize throughout The Secret Life of Bees?

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In Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees, nature plays a very important role in the healing and growth of Lily, the young protagonist. The regeneration and rebirth that we witness in the cycles of the natural world have long provided meaning and comfort to the observing human. The waxing and waning of the mysterious and enchanting moon, which itself was in some cultures once worshiped as goddess, has long been a powerful symbol of the feminine divine.

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