|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Disputation of the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences by Dr. Martin Luther:
75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could
absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and
violated the Mother of God -- this is madness.
76. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not
able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its
guilt is concerned.
77. It is said that even St. Peter, if he were now Pope, could
not bestow greater graces; this is blasphemy against St. Peter
and against the pope.
78. We say, on the contrary, that even the present pope, and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
narrative) what a vast amount of wooden spars and cables a ship
depends on in order to get to moorings; or again, in putting out to
sea; you know the host of sails and cordage, rigging as they
call it, she requires for sailing; the quantity of engines and
machinery of all sorts she is armed with in case she should encounter
any hostile craft; the infinitude of arms she carries, with her crew
of fighting men aboard. Then all the vessels and utensils, such as
people use at home on land, required for the different messes, form a
portion of the freight; and besides all this, the hold is heavy laden
with a mass of merchandise, the cargo proper, which the master carries
with him for the sake of traffic.