|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
that they swore to one another that they would be revenged, and
that not an Indian that came into their hands should have any
quarter; and to work they went immediately, and yet not so madly as
might be expected from the rage and fury they were in. Their first
care was to get something that would soon take fire, but, after a
little search, they found that would be to no purpose; for most of
the houses were low, and thatched with flags and rushes, of which
the country is full; so they presently made some wildfire, as we
call it, by wetting a little powder in the palm of their hands, and
in a quarter of an hour they set the town on fire in four or five
places, and particularly that house where the Indians were not gone
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
and tunnels, and in turn declined and died away.
"Our noisy years seem moments in the wake
Of the eternal silence."
As to the success of Silverado in its time of being, two
reports were current. According to the first, six hundred
thousand dollars were taken out of that great upright seam,
that still hung open above us on crazy wedges. Then the
ledge pinched out, and there followed, in quest of the
remainder, a great drifting and tunnelling in all directions,
and a great consequent effusion of dollars, until, all
parties being sick of the expense, the mine was deserted, and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
burning and smoking, the black clouds rent by fierce lightning flashing up
and down in the inky darkness, when they heard the sound of the trumpet
blowing louder and longer, shattered by the roll of thunder, they were so
frightened that they begged Moses: "Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but
let not God speak with us, lest we die." (Ex. 20:19.) I ask you, what good
did their scrubbing, their snow-white clothes, and their continence do them?
No good at all. Not a single one could stand in the presence of the glorious
Lord. Stricken by the terror of God, they fled back into their tents, as if
the devil were after them.
The Law is meant to produce the same effect today which it produced at
Mount Sinai long ago. I want to encourage all who fear God, especially
|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 Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
Woodman had the best right to talk to his own head and
renew acquaintance with it.
But now the Tin Soldier remarked:
"I wonder if my old head happens to be in any of
these cupboards," and he proceeded to open all the
cupboard doors. But no other head was to be found on
any of the shelves.
"Oh, well; never mind," said Woot the Wanderer; "I
can't imagine what anyone wants of a cast-off head,
"I can understand the Soldier's interest," asserted
The Tin Woodman of Oz