|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
save what God pleases; verily, thy Lord is wise and knowing.'
Thus do we make some of the unjust patrons of the others, for that
which they have earned.
O assembly of ginns and men! did there not come to you apostles from
among yourselves, relating to you our signs, and warning you of the
meeting of this very day of yours? They say, 'We bear witness
against ourselves.' The life of this world deceived them, and they
bear witness against themselves that they were unbelievers.
That is because thy Lord would never destroy towns unjustly while
their people are careless; but for every one are degrees of what
they have done; and thy Lord is not careless of that which they do.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain:
sorry for the trouble you took to learn them; for knowl-
edge is worth more than anything there is in the world;
it's what makes great men and good men; you'll be a
great man and a good man yourself, some day, Thomas,
and then you'll look back and say, It's all owing to the
precious Sunday-school privileges of my boyhood -- it's
all owing to my dear teachers that taught me to learn
-- it's all owing to the good superintendent, who en-
couraged me, and watched over me, and gave me
a beautiful Bible -- a splendid elegant Bible -- to keep
and have it all for my own, always -- it's all owing to
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Dust by Mr. And Mrs. Haldeman-Julius:
tenant? The new little Rose's father was not to be compared to
Martin, and yet he had brought the supreme experience to her
sister. So Rose sat dreaming, the arid level of monotonous days
which, one short hour ago, had stretched before her, flowering
into fragrant, sun-filled fields.
Meanwhile, Martin congratulated himself upon having found a woman
as sensible, industrious and free from foolish notions, as even
he could wish.
DUST IN HER HEART
SIX weeks later Martin and Rose were married. Martin had let the
|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 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
intense interest to an account of some exciting cricket match,
though the phrases, `caught off a tice', `stumped off his ground'',
and `the leg hit for three', were as intelligible to her as
Sanskrit. She also fancied, having set her heart upon seeing it,
that she saw a certain increase of gentleness in Laurie's manner,
that he dropped his voice now and then, laughed less than usual,
was a little absent--minded, and settled the afghan over Beth's
feet with an assiduity that was really almost tender.
"Who knows? Stranger things have happened," thought Jo,
as she fussed about the room. "She will make quite an angel
of him, and he will make life delightfully easy and pleasant