|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
all that it was possible for man to know, he said to himself,
"Now I will take my ease and enjoy my life." So he called the
Demon Zadok to him, and said to the monster, "I have read in my
books that there is a treasure that was one time hidden by the
ancient kings of Egypt--a treasure such as the eyes of man never
saw before or since their day. Is that true?"
"It is true," said the Demon.
"Then I command thee to take me to that treasure and to show it
to me," said Aben Hassen the Wise.
"It shall be done," said the Demon; and thereupon he caught up
the Wise Man and transported him across mountain and valley,
|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 Phaedo by Plato:
to be good, and the other to have folly and vice, and to be an evil soul:
and this is said truly?
But what will those who maintain the soul to be a harmony say of this
presence of virtue and vice in the soul?--will they say that here is
another harmony, and another discord, and that the virtuous soul is
harmonized, and herself being a harmony has another harmony within her, and
that the vicious soul is inharmonical and has no harmony within her?
I cannot tell, replied Simmias; but I suppose that something of the sort
would be asserted by those who say that the soul is a harmony.
And we have already admitted that no soul is more a soul than another;