|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Ezekiel 8: 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
Ezekiel 8: 5 Then said He unto me: 'Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north.' So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward of the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
Ezekiel 8: 6 And He said unto me: 'Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel do commit here, that I should go far off from My sanctuary? but thou shalt again see yet greater abominations.'
Ezekiel 8: 7 And He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.
Ezekiel 8: 8 Then said He unto me: 'Son of man, dig now in the wall'; and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.
Ezekiel 8: 9 And He said unto me: 'Go in, and see the wicked abominations that they do here.'
Ezekiel 8: 10 So I went in and saw; and behold every detestable form of creeping things and beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.
Ezekiel 8: 11 And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, every man with his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:
derived from an episcopal grandparent that the remarriage of
divorced persons is sinful, and by a secret but well-founded doubt
whether her husband loved her with a truly romantic passion. She
might perhaps have borne either of these troubles singly, but the
two crushed her spirit.
Her temperament was not one that goes out to meet happiness. She
had reluctant affections and suspected rather than welcomed the
facility of other people's. Her susceptibility to disagreeable
impressions was however very ample, and life was fenced about with
protections for her "feelings." It filled young Benham with
inexpressible indignations that his sweet own mother, so gay, so