|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
ye serve God and fear Him and obey me. He will pardon you your sins,
and will defer you unto an appointed time; verily, God's appointed
time when it comes will not be deferred, did ye but know!'
Said he, 'My Lord! verily, I have called my people by night and day,
and my call did but increase them in flight; and, verily, every time I
called them, that Thou mightest pardon them, they placed their fingers
in their ears and tried to cover themselves with their garments and
persisted, and were very big with pride. Then I called them openly;
then I published to them and I spoke to them in secret, and I said,
"Ask forgiveness of your Lord, verily, He is very forgiving. He will
send the rain upon you in torrents, and will extend to you wealth
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare:
Musing the morning is so much o'erworn,
And yet she hears no tidings of her love;
She hearkens for his hounds and for his horn: 868
Anon she hears them chant it lustily,
And all in haste she coasteth to the cry.
And as she runs, the bushes in the way
Some catch her by the neck, some kiss her face, 872
Some twine about her thigh to make her stay:
She wildly breaketh from their strict embrace,
Like a milch doe, whose swelling dugs do ache,
Hasting to feed her fawn hid in some brake. 876
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Odyssey by Homer:
Ithaca itself, are eating up my house under the pretext of
paying court to my mother, who will neither say point blank that
she will not marry, nor yet bring matters to an end, so they are
making havoc of my estate, and before long will do so with
myself into the bargain. The issue, however, rests with heaven.
But do you, old friend Eumaeus, go at once and tell Penelope
that I am safe and have returned from Pylos. Tell it to herself
alone, and then come back here without letting any one else
know, for there are many who are plotting mischief against me."
"I understand and heed you," replied Eumaeus; "you need instruct
me no further, only as I am going that way say whether I had not
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne:
It was quite an inexplicable phenomenon. The projectile had
started, and consequently there must have been a detonation.
"Let us first find out where we are," said Barbicane, "and let
down this panel."
This very simple operation was soon accomplished.
The nuts which held the bolts to the outer plates of the
right-hand scuttle gave way under the pressure of the
English wrench. These bolts were pushed outside, and the
buffers covered with India-rubber stopped up the holes which let
them through. Immediately the outer plate fell back upon its
hinges like a porthole, and the lenticular glass which closed
From the Earth to the Moon