|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from King James Bible:
believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
CO1 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
CO1 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that
watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
CO1 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every
man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
CO1 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry,
ye are God's building.
CO1 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a
wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth
thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
She was too deep to have run long under bare poles.
And it was I that managed to set it for him. Anyway, he came.
When I had him in my cabin--he stood by the door looking
at me as if I had the halter round my neck already--
I asked him right away to leave my cabin door unlocked
at night while the ship was going through Sunda Straits.
There would be the Java coast within two or three miles,
off Angier Point. I wanted nothing more. I've had a prize
for swimming my second year in the Conway."
"I can believe it," I breathed out.
"God only knows why they locked me in every night.
The Secret Sharer
|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:
proceeded with great deliberation to light a cigar. By hurrying,
however, he caught the car that we took, and stood unobtrusively
on the rear platform. He looked fagged, and absent-mindedly paid
our fares, to McKnight's delight.
"We will give him a run for his money," he declared, as the car
moved countryward. "Conductor, let us off at the muddiest lane
you can find."
At one o'clock, after a six-mile ramble, we entered a small country
hotel. We had seen nothing of Johnson for a half hour. At that
time he was a quarter of a mile behind us, and losing rapidly.
Before we had finished our luncheon he staggered into the inn. One
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 Emma by Jane Austen:
But I live out of the world, and am often astonished at what I hear.
However, this does make a difference; and, perhaps, when we come
to talk it over--but these sort of things require a good deal
of consideration. One cannot resolve upon them in a hurry.
If Mr. and Mrs. Weston will be so obliging as to call here one morning,
we may talk it over, and see what can be done."
"But, unfortunately, sir, my time is so limited--"
"Oh!" interrupted Emma, "there will be plenty of time for talking
every thing over. There is no hurry at all. If it can be contrived
to be at the Crown, papa, it will be very convenient for the horses.
They will be so near their own stable."