|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Heroes by Charles Kingsley:
into her breast and the grass grew up all green again above
them, and Jason's work was done.
Then the Minuai rose and shouted, till Prometheus heard them
from his crag. And Jason cried, 'Lead me to the fleece this
moment, before the sun goes down.'
But Aietes thought, 'He has conquered the bulls, and sown and
reaped the deadly crop. Who is this who is proof against all
magic? He may kill the serpent yet.' So he delayed, and sat
taking counsel with his princes till the sun went down and
all was dark. Then he bade a herald cry, 'Every man to his
home for to-night. To-morrow we will meet these heroes, and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
and those who are strenuous in God's way with their wealth and their
persons. God hath preferred those who are strenuous with their
wealth and their persons to those who sit still, by many degrees,
and to each hath God promised good, but God hath preferred the
strenuous for a mighty hire over those who sit still,- degrees from
him, and pardon and mercy, for God is forgiving and merciful.
Verily, the angels when they took the souls of those who had wronged
themselves, said, What state were ye in? they say, 'We were but weak
in the earth;' they said, 'Was not God's earth wide enough for you
to flee away therein?' These are those whose resort is hell, and a bad
journey shall it be!
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"There!" says she, and taking the most unwomanly oaths upon her
tongue, bade me begone and carry it to the Judas who had sent me.
It was the first time I had heard the name applied to Mr. Henry; I
was staggered besides at her sudden vehemence of word and manner,
and got forth from the room, under this shower of curses, like a
beaten dog. But even then I was not quit, for the vixen threw up
her window, and, leaning forth, continued to revile me as I went up
the wynd; the freetraders, coming to the tavern door, joined in the
mockery, and one had even the inhumanity to set upon me a very
savage small dog, which bit me in the ankle. This was a strong
lesson, had I required one, to avoid ill company; and I rode home
|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 Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
"May I come and talk it over?" she asked.
"Of course, if you like. But you must be awfully
"No, I'm not sleepy. I should like to sit with you a
"Very well," he said, pushing her chair near the fire.
She sat down and he resumed his seat; but neither
spoke for a long time. At length Archer began abruptly:
"Since you're not tired, and want to talk, there's something
I must tell you. I tried to the other night--."
She looked at him quickly. "Yes, dear. Something