|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin:
In diving, its little wings are used as fins; but on the land,
as front legs. When crawling, it may be said on four legs
through the tussocks or on the side of a grassy cliff, it move
so very quickly that it might easily be mistaken for a
quadruped. When at sea and fishing, it comes to the surface fo
the purpose of breathing with such a spring, and dives agai
so instantaneously, that I defy any one at first sight to b
sure that it was not a fish leaping for sport.
Two kinds of geese frequent the Falklands. The uplan
species (Anas Magellanica) is common, in pairs and in smal
flocks, throughout the island. They do not migrate, but buil
The Voyage of the Beagle
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Falk by Joseph Conrad:
bounded cheerily before the toe of my boot. Sud-
denly we clambered through a gap in a prickly
fence. . . .
It was a very clean native compound: and the
big native woman, with bare brown legs as thick
as bedposts, pursuing on all fours a silver dollar
that came rolling out from somewhere, was Mrs.
Johnson herself. "Your man's at home," said the
ex-sergeant, and stepped aside in complete and
marked indifference to anything that might follow.
Johnson--at home--stood with his back to a native
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
"I have heard this talk," whispered Taminah; "and this morning by
the riverside I saw the body. Where it is now I do not know."
"So you have seen it?" asked Reshid, eagerly. "Is it Dain? You
have seen him many times. You would know him."
The girl's lips quivered and she remained silent for a while,
"I have seen him, not a long time ago," she said at last. "The
talk is true; he is dead. What do you want from me, Tuan? I
Just then the report of the gun fired on board the steam launch
was heard, interrupting Reshid's reply. Leaving the girl he ran
|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 Works of Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson:
of peevishness, or the dreams of dotage; and,
notwithstanding all the documents of hoary wisdom,
we commonly plunge into the world fearless and
credulous, without any foresight of danger, or
apprehension of deceit.
I have remarked, in a former paper, that credulity
is the common failing of unexperienced virtue; and
that he who is spontaneously suspicious, may be
justly charged with radical corruption; for, if he has
not known the prevalence of dishonesty by information,
nor had time to observe it with his own eyes,