|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:
In its regular routine as in its more salient junctures, life
presents itself to these races a totally different affair from what
it seems to us. The cause lies in what is taken to be the basis of
socio-biology, if one may so express it.
In the Far East the social unit, the ultimate molecule of existence,
is not the individual, but the family.
We occidentals think we value family. We even parade our
pretensions so prominently as sometimes to tread on other people's
prejudices of a like nature. Yet we scarcely seem to appreciate the
inheritance. For with a logic which does us questionable credit, we
are proud of our ancestors in direct proportion to their remoteness
|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 Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
'And I want to tell you that I am very much charmed with Cecily.'
'Well,' I said, 'I am not going to gratify you by saying anything
'You don't deserve her, you know.'
'I won't dispute that. But, if you don't mind--I'm not sure that
I'll stand being abused, dear boy.'
'I quite see it isn't any use. Though one spoke with the tongues of
men and of angels--'
'And had not charity,' I continued for him. 'Precisely. I won't go
on, but your quotation is very apt.'
'I so bow down before her simplicity. It makes a wide and beautiful