|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
Japanese verses about butterflies.
"And this season, O Butterfly, is indeed the season of your bright
prosperity: so comely you now are that in the whole world there is nothing
more comely. For that reason all other insects admire and envy you;-- there
is not among them even one that does not envy you. Nor do insects alone
regard you with envy: men also both envy and admire you. Soshu of China, in
a dream, assumed your shape;-- Sakoku of Japan, after dying, took your
form, and therein made ghostly apparition. Nor is the envy that you inspire
shared only by insects and mankind: even things without soul change their
form into yours;-- witness the barley-grass, which turns into a butterfly.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from King James Bible:
rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon
NAH 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth
is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
NAH 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the
fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks
are thrown down by him.
NAH 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he
knoweth them that trust in him.
NAH 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the
place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
King James Bible