|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle:
bare walls; men and women were tortured to compel them to
disclose where more treasure lay hidden.
Then, having wrenched all that they could from Maracaibo, they
entered the lake and descended upon Gibraltar, where the rest of
the panic- stricken inhabitants were huddled together in a blind
The governor of Merida, a brave soldier who had served his king
in Flanders, had gathered together a troop of eight hundred men,
had fortified the town, and now lay in wait for the coming of the
pirates. The pirates came all in good time, and then, in spite
of the brave defense, Gibraltar also fell. Then followed a
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
|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 The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
Thou shalt not kill.
We have now completed both the spiritual and the temporal government,
that is, the divine and the paternal authority and obedience. But here
now we go forth from our house among our neighbors to learn how we
should live with one another, every one himself toward his neighbor.
Therefore God and government are not included in this commandment nor
is the power to kill, which they have taken away. For God has delegated
His authority to punish evil-doers to the government instead of
parents, who aforetime (as we read in Moses) were required to bring
their own children to judgment and sentence them to death. Therefore,