|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson:
there can never be community of love or of esteem. It must happen
that one will please more than another; he that knows himself
despised will always be envious, and still more envious and
malevolent if he is condemned to live in the presence of those who
despise him. The invitations by which they allure others to a
state which they feel to be wretched, proceed from the natural
malignity of hopeless misery. They are weary of themselves and of
each other, and expect to find relief in new companions. They envy
the liberty which their folly has forfeited, and would gladly see
all mankind imprisoned like themselves.
"From this crime, however, I am wholly free. No man can say that
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
belonged to me. I waited for what the girl had to say. I had to
wait some time, though during that silence she gave no sign of
distress or agitation. It was for her obviously a moment of
reflection. Her lips were compressed a little in a characteristic,
capable manner. I looked at her with a friendliness I really felt
towards her slight, unattractive, and dependable person.
"Well," I said at last, rather amused by this mental hesitation. I
never took it for anything else. I was sure it was not distrust.
She appreciated men and things and events solely in relation to
Dona Rita's welfare and safety. And as to that I believed myself
above suspicion. At last she spoke.
The Arrow of Gold
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
doomed, people of Anahuac, whom I would have nurtured as an eagle
nurtures her young. Hell yawns for you and Earth refuses you
because of your sins, and the remnant that remains shall be slaves
from generation to generation, till the vengeance is accomplished!'
Having cried thus with a great voice, Cuitlahua fell back upon the
cushions, and before the frightened leech who tended him could lift
his head, he had passed beyond the troubles of this earth. But the
words which he had spoken remained fixed in the hearts of those who
heard them, though they were told to none except to Guatemoc.
Thus then in my presence and in that of Otomie died Cuitlahua,
emperor of the Aztecs, when he had reigned but fifteen weeks. Once
|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 United States Constitution:
Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime,
who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State,
shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from
which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having
Jurisdiction of the Crime.
No person held to Service or Labor in one State, under the Laws thereof,
escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein,
be discharged from such Service or Labor, But shall be delivered up on Claim
of the Party to whom such Service or Labor may be due.
Section 3. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union;
The United States Constitution