|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
guard them both, for He is high and grand.
There is no compulsion in religion; the right way has been
distinguished from the wrong, and whoso disbelieves in Taghut and
believes in God, he has got hold of the firm handle in which is no
breaking off; but God both hears and knows.
God is the patron of those who believe, He brings them forth from
darkness into light. But those who misbelieve, their patrons are
Taghut, these bring them forth from light to darkness,- fellows of the
Fire, they dwell therein for aye.
Do you not look at him who disputed with Abraham about his Lord,
that God had given him the kingdom? When Abraham said, 'My Lord is
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
in his various pockets, and then, to the indescribable surprise of
his audience, to remove what they did not know, and could not have
imagined, were the souvenirs from his previous wanderings. When his
pockets were finally emptied, there was still no identification, but
instead, on the table before them, his interrogators saw the
following objects, namely, viz., and to wit: the bottle cap, the
chicken brains, the horse manure, a piece of grimy string, a cigar
butt, three pieces of chewed and flattened gum, a wing nut with
stripped threads, a rusty nail (bent in two places), part of a candy
wrapper, some rat pills (eleven of them), half a marble, and a
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Vailima Prayers & Sabbath Morn by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Thee, so praise Thee. Amen.
WE beseech Thee, Lord, to behold us with favour, folk of many
families and nations gathered together in the peace of this roof,
weak men and women subsisting under the covert of thy patience. Be
patient still; suffer us yet awhile longer; - with our broken
purposes of good, with our idle endeavours against evil, suffer us
awhile longer to endure, and (if it may be) help us to do better.
Bless to us our extraordinary mercies; if the day come when these
must be taken, brace us to play the man under affliction. Be with
our friends, be with ourselves. Go with each of us to rest; if any
|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 Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
Indelicate friend that he was, Ernest pounced upon the note and took
possession of it. The Scottish youth, furious, flung himself upon the
treacherous French boy; on which Monsieur de l'Estorade, a thousand
leagues from imagining the subject of the quarrel, intervened and
parted the combatants, which enabled the ravisher to escape into a
corner of the salon to enjoy his booty. The note contained no writing.
The young scamp had probably taken the paper out of his mother's
blotting-book. A moment after, returning to his adversary and giving
him the note, he said in a jeering tone,--
"There's your note; it is awfully compromising."
"Keep it, monsieur," replied the Scot. "I shall ask for it to-morrow