|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Altar of the Dead by Henry James:
have been that danger."
"Surely she knew you went every day to church," Stransom objected.
"She didn't know what I went for."
"Of me then she never even heard?"
"You'll think I was deceitful. But I didn't need to be!"
He was now on the lower door-step, and his hostess held the door
half-closed behind him. Through what remained of the opening he
saw her framed face. He made a supreme appeal. "What DID he do to
"It would have come out - SHE would have told you. That fear at my
heart - that was my reason!" And she closed the door, shutting him
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
Oh, he is turning head over heels! There is his back fin again.
And-- Ah! was that not a slap! How the water boiled and foamed;
and what a tail he had! And how the mackerel flew out of the
Yes. You are a lucky boy to have seen that. I have not seen one
of those gentlemen show his "flukes," as they call them, since I
was a boy on the Cornish coast.
Where is he gone?
Hunting mackerel, away out at sea. But did you notice something
odd about his tail, as you call it--though it is really none?
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
Verily, ye have in cattle a lesson; we give you to drink from that
which is in their bellies, betwixt chyme and blood,- pure milk,-
easy to swallow for those who drink.
And of the fruit of the palms and the grapes ye take therefrom an
intoxicant and a goodly provision; verily, in that is a sign to a
people who have sense!
And thy Lord inspired the bee, 'Take to houses in the mountains, and
in the trees, and in the hives they build.
'Then eat from every fruit, and walk in the beaten paths of thy
Lord;' there cometh forth from her body a draught varying in hue, in
|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 Tanach:
Ezekiel 20: 21 But the children rebelled against Me; they walked not in My statutes, neither kept Mine ordinances to do them, which if a man do, he shall live by them; they profaned My sabbaths; then I said I would pour out My fury upon them, to spend My anger upon them in the wilderness.
Ezekiel 20: 22 Nevertheless I withdrew My hand, and wrought for My name's sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought them forth.
Ezekiel 20: 23 I lifted up My hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the nations, and disperse them through the countries;
Ezekiel 20: 24 because they had not executed Mine ordinances, but had rejected My statutes, and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.
Ezekiel 20: 25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and ordinances whereby they should not live;
Ezekiel 20: 26 and I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they set apart all that openeth the womb, that I might destroy them, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 20: 27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them: Thus saith the Lord GOD: In this moreover have your fathers blasphemed Me, in that they dealt treacherously with Me.
Ezekiel 20: 28 For when I had brought them into the land, which I lifted up My hand to give unto them, then they saw every high hill, and every thick tree, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering, there also they made their sweet savour, and there they poured out their drink-offerings.