|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
four days of heat, wind, and sun without a drop of rain, had passed;
the stalks were bending, the buds drooping, the leaves falling;
all this needed water, the rhododendron was particularly sad.
Father Mabeuf was one of those persons for whom plants have souls.
The old man had toiled all day over his indigo plot, he was worn out
with fatigue, but he rose, laid his books on the bench, and walked,
all bent over and with tottering footsteps, to the well, but when he
had grasped the chain, he could not even draw it sufficiently to
unhook it. Then he turned round and cast a glance of anguish toward
heaven which was becoming studded with stars.
The evening had that serenity which overwhelms the troubles of man
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from God The Invisible King by H. G. Wells:
either reason or observation, are in origin the groping of a lonely-
souled gregarious animal to find its herd or its herd-leader in the
great spaces between the stars.
"At any rate, it is a belief very difficult to get rid of."
There the passage and the lecture end.
I would urge that here again is an inadvertent witness to the
reality of God.
Professor Murray writes of gregarious animals as though there
existed solitary animals that are not gregarious, pure
individualists, "atheists" so to speak, and as though this appeal to
a life beyond one's own was not the universal disposition of living
|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:
Whether regular or irregular, the house is plastered to a certain
depth with a coat of silk, which prevents earth-slips and
facilitates scaling when a prompt exit is required.
Baglivi, in his unsophisticated Latin, teaches us how to catch the
Tarantula. I became his rusticus insidiator; I waved a spikelet
at the entrance of the burrow to imitate the humming of a Bee and
attract the attention of the Lycosa, who rushes out, thinking that
she is capturing a prey. This method did not succeed with me. The
Spider, it is true, leaves her remote apartments and comes a little
way up the vertical tube to enquire into the sounds at her door;
but the wily animal soon scents a trap; it remains motionless at
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 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain:
has been a nation somewhere, some time or other
which WASN'T capable of it -- wasn't as able to govern
itself as some self-appointed specialists were or would
be to govern it. The master minds of all nations, in
all ages, have sprung in affluent multitude from the
mass of the nation, and from the mass of the nation
only -- not from its privileged classes; and so, no
matter what the nation's intellectual grade was; whether
high or low, the bulk of its ability was in the long
ranks of its nameless and its poor, and so it never saw
the day that it had not the material in abundance
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court