|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
et repentina consilia, eadem de causa Trebium Terrasidiumque retinent et
celeriter missis legatis per suos principes inter se coniurant nihil nisi
communi consilio acturos eundemque omnes fortunae exitum esse laturos,
reliquasque civitates sollicitant, ut in ea libertate quam a maioribus
acceperint permanere quam Romanorum servitutem perferre malint. Omni ora
maritima celeriter ad suam sententiam perducta communem legationem ad
P. Crassum mittunt, si velit suos recuperare, obsides sibi remittat.
Quibus de rebus Caesar a Crasso certior factus, quod ipse aberat
longius, naves interim longas aedificari in flumine Ligeri, quod influit
in Oceanum, remiges ex provincia institui, nautas gubernatoresque
comparari iubet. His rebus celeriter administratis ipse, cum primum per
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
I love; but still I am happy with him, and he's so jolly. Only,
why did he say that?..." she mused.
Catching sight of Kitty going away, and her mother meeting her at
the steps, Lving, flushed from his rapid exercise, stood still
and pondered a minute. He took off his skates, and overtook the
mother and daughter at the entrance of the gardens.
"Delighted to see you," said Princess Shtcherbatskaya. "On
Thursdays we are home, as always."
"We shall be pleased to see you," the princess said stiffly.
This stiffness hurt Kitty, and she could not resist the desire to
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
actually mentioned at this point.]
is the height of inhumanity.
[Sun Tzu's agreement is certainly ingenious. He begins by
adverting to the frightful misery and vast expenditure of blood
and treasure which war always brings in its train. Now, unless
you are kept informed of the enemy's condition, and are ready to
strike at the right moment, a war may drag on for years. The
only way to get this information is to employ spies, and it is
impossible to obtain trustworthy spies unless they are properly
paid for their services. But it is surely false economy to
grudge a comparatively trifling amount for this purpose, when
The Art of War
|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 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen:
every chance, every possibility of it, resting upon her
embarrassment only; if there was not hope in her confusion,
there was hope in nothing else--that he was almost ready
to wonder at his friend's perseverance. Fanny was worth
it all; he held her to be worth every effort of patience,
every exertion of mind, but he did not think he could have
gone on himself with any woman breathing, without something
more to warm his courage than his eyes could discern in hers.
He was very willing to hope that Crawford saw clearer,
and this was the most comfortable conclusion for his
friend that he could come to from all that he observed