Remembrance of Things Past

Today, Mercury moves into Cancer where he will remain until the end of June. 

Have you read any part of Remembrance of Things Past, the seven-part novel written in the beginning of the last century by the French author, Marcel Proust?

this is deep psychological stuff

“And as soon as I had recognised the taste of the piece of madeleine soaked in her decoction of lime-blossom which my aunt used to give me (although I did not yet know and must long postpone the discovery of why this memory made me so happy) immediately the old grey house upon the street, where her room was, rose up like a stage set to attach itself to the little pavilion opening on to the garden which had been built out behind it for my parents (the isolated segment which until that moment had been all that I could see); and with the house the town, from morning to night and in all weathers, the square where I used to be sent before lunch, the streets along which I used to run errands, the country roads we took when it was fine.”

Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

As in the above passage, so as with Mercury in Cancer; memory and the senses are so closely intertwined that information becomes a web of connections resonating on multiple levels of memory.

Whilst this may make for fine literature, it doesn’t usually make for effective every-day communication. This is deep psychological stuff and, quite honestly, not my cup of tea so best advice is whenever possible, pay attention to how you’re feeling as the result of whatever it is that another is saying.

  • What does this mean to you?
  • What wants to happen?
  • Who do you want to be in this situation?

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