|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin:
intimate knowledge of me, he may have it by knowing with what
persons in past history I have most sympathy.
I will name three.
In all that is strongest and deepest in me,--that fits me for my
work, and gives light or shadow to my being, I have sympathy with
In my constant natural temper, and thoughts of things and of people,
In my enforced and accidental temper, and thoughts of things and of
people, with Dean Swift.
Any one who can understand the natures of those three men, can
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin:
dead heart, in the diseased habit, in the hardened conscience, that
men become vulgar; they are for ever vulgar, precisely in proportion
as they are incapable of sympathy,--of quick understanding,--of all
that, in deep insistence on the common, but most accurate term, may
be called the "tact" or "touch-faculty," of body and soul: that
tact which the Mimosa has in trees, which the pure woman has above
all creatures;--fineness and fulness of sensation, beyond reason;--
the guide and sanctifier of reason itself. Reason can but determine
what is true:- it is the God-given passion of humanity which alone
can recognise what God has made good.
We come then to that great concourse of the Dead, not merely to know
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
servant. I will come and see that you keep your health. I have capital
invested in your head, he! he! so I am bound to look after you. There,
come round in the evening and bring your principal with you!'
" 'Would you mind telling me, if there is no harm in asking, what was
the good of my birth certificate in this business?' I asked, when the
little old man and I stood on the doorstep.
"Jean-Esther Van Gobseck shrugged his shoulders, smiled maliciously,
and said, 'What blockheads youngsters are! Learn, master attorney (for
learn you must if you don't mean to be taken in), that integrity and
brains in a man under thirty are commodities which can be mortgaged.
After that age there is no counting on a man.'
|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 Heroes by Charles Kingsley:
you, lest you rush upon your ruin unawares. The oracle in
Delphi has said that a man wearing one sandal should take the
kingdom from Pelias, and keep it for himself. Therefore
beware how you go up to his palace, for he is the fiercest
and most cunning of all kings.'
Then Jason laughed a great laugh, like a war-horse in his
pride. 'Good news, good father, both for you and me. For
that very end I came into the town.'
Then he strode on toward the palace of Pelias, while all the
people wondered at his bearing.
And he stood in the doorway and cried, 'Come out, come out,