|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Jeremiah 31: 7 For thus saith the LORD: sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout at the head of the nations; announce ye, praise ye, and say: 'O LORD, save Thy people, The remnant of Israel.'
Jeremiah 31: 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together; a great company shall they return hither.
Jeremiah 31: 9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them; I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble; for I am become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My first-born.
Jeremiah 31: 10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say: 'He that scattered Israel doth gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.'
Jeremiah 31: 11 For the LORD hath ransomed Jacob, and He redeemeth him from the hand of him that is stronger than he.
Jeremiah 31: 12 And they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow unto the goodness of the LORD, to the corn, and to the wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd; and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not pine any more at all.
Jeremiah 31: 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
looking at Augustine with an inimitable gleam of shrewdness and grace.
"The Duc de Carigliano adores me," said she. "Well, he dare not enter
by this door without my leave. And he is a man in the habit of
commanding thousands of soldiers. He knows how to face a battery, but
before me,--he is afraid!"
Augustine sighed. They entered a sumptuous gallery, where the
painter's wife was led by the Duchess up to the portrait painted by
Theodore of Mademoiselle Guillaume. On seeing it, Augustine uttered a
"I knew it was no longer in my house," she said, "but--here!----"
"My dear child, I asked for it merely to see what pitch of idiocy a
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Falk by Joseph Conrad:
He caught my hand and wrung it in a crushing
"Pardon me. I feel it every day more difficult
to live alone . . ."
"On rice and fish," I interrupted smartly, gig-
gling with the sheer nervousness of a danger es-
He dropped my hand as if it had become sud-
denly red hot. A moment of profound silence en-
sued, as though something extraordinary had hap-
|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 Options by O. Henry:
Suey of the tribe will buy the precious jewels and charms that will
make them beautiful and preserve and pickle them from evil spirits.
Tell 'em the Pittsburg banks are paying four per cent. interest on
deposits by mail, while this get-rich-frequently custodian of the
public funds ain't even paying attention. Keep telling 'em, Mac,'
says I, 'to let the gold-dust family do their work. Talk to 'em like
a born anti-Bryanite,' says I. 'Remind 'em that Tom Watson's gone
back to Georgia,' says I.
"McClintock waves his hand affectionately at one of his mules, and
then hurls a few stickfuls of minion type at the mob of shoppers.
"A gutta-percha Indian man, with a lady hanging on his arm, with three