|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
the blinding desert only for this? Have I passed by silver and
gold enough to make me rich for all my life, only to find a
little piece of blue glass?"
Jacob Stuck did not know what he had found. I shall tell you what
it was. It was a solid piece of good luck without flaw or
blemish, and it was almost the only piece I ever heard tell of.
Yes; that was what it was--a solid piece of good luck; and as for
Jacob Stuck, why, he was not the first in the world by many and
one over who has failed to know a piece of good luck when they
have found it. Yes; it looked just like a piece of blue glass no
bigger than my thumb, and nothing else.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Long Odds by H. Rider Haggard:
right and left, and, what is more, I never heard of anybody else doing
it. Naturally I was considerably pleased with myself, and having again
loaded up, I went on to look for the black-maned beauty who had killed
Kaptein. Slowly, and with the greatest care, I proceeded up the kloof,
searching every bush and tuft of grass as I went. It was wonderfully
exciting, work, for I never was sure from one moment to another but that
he would be on me. I took comfort, however, from the reflection that a
lion rarely attacks a man--rarely, I say; sometimes he does, as you will
see--unless he is cornered or wounded. I must have been nearly an hour
hunting after that lion. Once I thought I saw something move in a clump
of tambouki grass, but I could not be sure, and when I trod out the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
these (people) ye did not press forward after them with horse or
riding camel; but God gives His Apostle authority over whom He
pleases, for God is mighty over all!
What God gave as spoils to His Apostle of the people of the cities
is God's, and the Apostle's, and for kinsfolk, orphans, and the
poor, and the wayfarer, so that it should not be circulated amongst
the rich men of you.
And what the Apostle gives you, take; and what he forbids you,
desist from; and fear God, verily, God is keen to punish!
And (it is) for the poor who fled, who were driven forth from
their houses and their wealth, who crave grace from God and His
|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 Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbot:
a new kind of Space, with a wake of its own -- shall create
a still more perfect perfection than himself, with sixteen terminal
Extra-solid angles, and Eight solid Cubes for his Perimeter.
And once there, shall we stay our upward course? In that blessed
region of Four Dimensions, shall we linger on the threshold
of the Fifth, and not enter therein? Ah, no! Let us rather resolve
that our ambition shall soar with our corporal ascent. Then,
yielding to our intellectual onset, the gates of the Sixth Dimension
shall fly open; after that a Seventh, and then an Eighth --
How long I should have continued I know not. In vain did the Sphere,
in his voice of thunder, reiterate his command of silence,
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions