|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
and call not with God upon any other god; there is no god but He!
everything is perishable, except His face; His is the judgment, and
unto Him shall ye return!
THE CHAPTER OF THE SPIDER
IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
ALIF LAM MIM. Do men then reckon that they will be left alone to
say, 'We believe,' and not be tried? we did try those who were
before them, and God will surely know those who are truthful, and He
will surely know the liars. Do those who do evil reckon that they
can outstrip us? evil is it that they judge.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
through the clear water the dome was still visible and
the houses of the Skeezers could be dimly seen through
the panes of glass.
"Good!" exclaimed the Su-dic, who had armed all his
followers and had brought with him two copper vessels,
which he carefully set down upon the ground beside him.
"If Coo-ee-oh wants to hide instead of fighting our job
will be easy, for in one of these copper vessels I have
enough poison to kill every fish in the lake."
"Kill them, then, while we have time, and then we can
go home again," advised one of the chief officers.
Glinda of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
drawing the curtains together as though the berth were still occupied,
I made my way to the vestibule of the car.
I was not clad for dress parade. Is it because the male is so
restricted to gloom in his every-day attire that he blossoms into
gaudy colors in his pajamas and dressing-gowns? It would take a Turk
to feel at home before an audience in my red and yellow bathrobe, a
Christmas remembrance from Mrs. Klopton, with slippers to match.
So, naturally, when I saw a feminine figure on the platform, my
first instinct was to dodge. The woman, however, was quicker than
I; she gave me a startled glance, wheeled and disappeared, with a
flash of two bronze-colored braids, into the next car.
The Man in Lower Ten
|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 In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
simple, provided food"--she pointed to a little bag beside her--"a lettuce,
a carrot, a potato, and some nuts are ample, rational nourishment. I wash
them under the tap and eat them raw, just as they come from the harmless
earth--fresh and uncontaminated."
"Do you take nothing else all day?" I cried.
"Water. And perhaps a banana if I wake in the night." She turned round
and leaned on one elbow. "You over-eat yourself dreadfully," she said;
"shamelessly! How can you expect the Flame of the Spirit to burn brightly
under layers of superfluous flesh?"
I wished she would not stare at me, and thought of going to look at my
watch again when a little girl wearing a string of coral beads joined us.