“Her intense and pure religiousness took the form of her having equal faith in the existence of another world and in the impossibility of comprehending it in terms of earthly life. All one could do was to glimpse, amid the haze and the chimeras, something real ahead, just as persons endowed with an unusual persistence of diurnal cerebration are able to perceive in their deepest sleep, somewhere beyond the throes of an entangled and inept nightmare, the ordered reality of the waking hour.”
Nobokov’s Mercury is in Aries in the 12th (Pisces/Neptune) House and his Venus and Vesta are in Pisces in the 12th House as well.
He definitely has a way of creating dreamy wordscapes and invoking Neptunian feeling. I started reading Speak, Memory his autobiography this morning.
“There, for an instant, the figure of my father in his wind-rippled white summer suit would be displayed, gloriously sprawling in midair, his limbs in a curiously casual attitude, his handsome, imperturbable features turned to the sky.”
There’s plenty of those.
Mercury in Aries in the 12th house: “I may be inordinately fond of my earliest impressions, but I have reason to be grateful to them. They led the way to a veritable Eden of visual and tactile sensations.” He also calls “probing his childhood” the “next best to probing one’s eternity.” This is all baselined by his Pluto in Gemini in the 3rd house (of Gemini and communication), and the ruler of Gemini is his 12th house Mercury, also they are sextiling… so primordial desire nature/Soul DNA expressed through transcendent sensory impressions… no wonder he was a poet of a writer!
Of course, Lolita, to be written by a Venus in Pisces… forbidden love can be of fascination to the Venus in Pisces person, at least some point in their lives usually, because of the fantasy it coincides with, the incredible distance superimposed by dream of what it could be. Then there’s his Mars conjunct Lilith, too…