|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dreams by Olive Schreiner:
And I said to God, "When will this crown be ended?"
And God said, "Look up!"
I looked up; and I saw the mountain tower above me, but its summit I could
not see; it was lost in the clouds.
God said no more.
And I looked at the crown: then a longing seized me. Like the passion of
a mother for the child whom death has taken; like the yearning of a friend
for the friend whom life has buried; like the hunger of dying eyes for a
life that is slipping; like the thirst of a soul for love at its first
spring waking, so, but fiercer was the longing in me.
I cried to God, "I too will work here; I too will set stones in the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
mighty weapon with a thousand points.
3 Illustrious is the man whoever presseth out Soma for him
or in cloud and rain.
The mighty Maghavan who is the sage's Friend advanceth more
his beauteous progeny.
4 The Strong God doth not flee away from him whose sire, whose
or whose brother he hath done to death.
The Rig Veda