I had forgotten all about this thread and just came across it again. Here is an image I edited and circled what I see as "faces" within the painting:
I forgot to circle one more, the one closest to the moon.
Can anyone else make out the faces? If so, do you think van Gogh purposely put them in there because this painting is maybe a nightmare he had with images of himself and others swirling around in his mind?
Regardless of why he painted it or what it meant to him, I see it as beautiful and very spiritual.