|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:
elements indefinitely and change this polygonal line into a curve.
To suggest an explanation why this spiral has so greatly exercised
the meditations of science, let us confine ourselves for the
present to a few statements of which the reader will find the proof
in any treatise on higher geometry.
The logarithmic spiral describes an endless number of circuits
around its pole, to which it constantly draws nearer without ever
being able to reach it. This central point is indefinitely
inaccessible at each approaching turn. It is obvious that this
property is beyond our sensory scope. Even with the help of the
best philosophical instruments, our sight could not follow its
The Life of the Spider
|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 Europeans by Henry James:
and going to bed at ten o'clock."
"Your description is very animated," said Mr. Wentworth;
"but I see nothing improper in what you describe."
"Neither do I, dear uncle. It is extremely delightful;
I should n't like it if it were improper. I assure you I
don't like improper things; though I dare say you think I do,"
Felix went on, painting away.
"I have never accused you of that."
"Pray don't," said Felix, "because, you see, at bottom I am
a terrible Philistine."
"A Philistine?" repeated Mr. Wentworth.