|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:
house of God.
EZR 6:6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river,
Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond
the river, be ye far from thence:
EZR 6:7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of
the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his
EZR 6:8 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of
these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's
goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given
unto these men, that they be not hindered.
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
no Carteret ever failed in chivalry to a lady or failed to keep his
word when it was given."
Then Blue-Tie, with frank decision showing on his countenance, turned
to Miss De Ormond.
"Olivia," said he, "on what date will you marry me?"
Before she could answer, Black-Tie again interposed.
"It is a long journey," said he, "from Plymouth rock to Norfolk Bay.
Between the two points we find the changes that nearly three centuries
have brought. In that time the old order has changed. We no longer
burn witches or torture slaves. And to-day we neither spread our
cloaks on the mud for ladies to walk over nor treat them to the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from King James Bible:
KI1 16:10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the
twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.
KI1 16:11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he
sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not
one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his
KI1 16:12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to
the word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet.
KI1 16:13 For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by
which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking
the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
King James Bible
|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 The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
little now, the lips molded in sterner lines, and for all her
outward show of composure, she knew a sick dismay. And for a moment
she neither moved nor spoke. What he would do next, she did not
know; but she knew quite well that he had not the slightest
intention of leaving her here undisturbed to carry out her plan,
unless - unless, somehow, she could outwit him. She bit her lips
again. And then inspiration came. She turned, and with a sudden
leap gained the wall, and the next instant, holding him back with
her revolver as she reached up with her left hand, she caught at
the great metal shield with its encircling cluster of small arms,
and wrenched it from its fastenings. It crashed to the floor with