|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Charmides and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde:
Which of some swarthy trader he had bought
Upon the sunny quay at Syracuse,
And was with Tyrian broideries inwrought,
And by the questioning merchants made his way
Up through the soft and silver woods, and when the labouring day
Had spun its tangled web of crimson cloud,
Clomb the high hill, and with swift silent feet
Crept to the fane unnoticed by the crowd
Of busy priests, and from some dark retreat
Watched the young swains his frolic playmates bring
The firstling of their little flock, and the shy shepherd fling
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Exodus 20: 21 (20:18) And the people stood afar off; but Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
Exodus 20: 22 (20:19) And the LORD said unto Moses: Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel: Ye yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
Exodus 20: 23 (20:20) Ye shall not make with Me--gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.
Exodus 20: 24 (20:21) An altar of earth thou shalt make unto Me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come unto thee and bless thee.
Exodus 20: 25 (20:22) And if thou make Me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stones; for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast profaned it.
Exodus 20: 26 (20:23) Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.
Exodus 21: 1 Now these are the ordinances which thou shalt set before them.
Exodus 21: 2 If thou buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
Exodus 21: 3 If he come in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he be married, then his wife shall go out with him.
Exodus 21: 4 If his master give him a wife, and she bear him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.