|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Plutarch's Lives by A. H. Clough:
shoe that was loose, another to water his horse, a third to drink
himself; and thus lagging behind, by degrees left him, they having not so
much reason to fear their enemies, as his cruelty; for he, disordered by
his misfortune, sought to clear himself by laying the cause of the
overthrow upon everybody else. He arrived at Pella in the night, where
Euctus and Eudaeus, two of his treasurers, came to him, and, what with
their reflecting on his former faults, and their free and ill-timed
admonitions and counsels, so exasperated him, that he killed them both,
stabbing them with his own dagger. After this, nobody stuck to him but
Evander the Cretan, Archedemus the Aetolian, and Neon the Boeotian. Of
the common soldiers there followed him only those from Crete, not out of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Pocket Diary Found in the Snow by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
scream will mean death to you.' It was written in French like the
letter. Why? Was it because the old woman could not read it? She
knew of the piece of paper, for she took it away from me. It
frightens me that I should have forgotten to write this down. Am
I really ill? If I am not yet ill, this terrible solitude will make
"What a gloomy room this is, this prison of mine. And such a strange
ugly wall-paper. I tore off a tiny bit of it and hid it in this
little book. Some one may find it some day and may discover from it
this place where I am suffering, and where I shall die, perhaps.
There cannot be many who would buy such a pattern, and it must be
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon:
that we here in no wise are holding back from anything that could
bring about Christian concord, -- such as could be effected with
God and a good conscience, -- as also Your Imperial Majesty and,
next, the other Electors and Estates of the Empire, and all who
are moved by sincere love and zeal for religion, and who will
give an impartial hearing to this matter, will graciously deign
to take notice and to understand this from this Confession of
ours and of our associates.
Your Imperial Majesty also, not only once but often, graciously
signified to the Electors Princes, and Estates of the Empire, and
at the Diet of Spires held A. D. 1526, according to the form of
|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 Middlemarch by George Eliot:
if you would let me see it. Of course, it is sinking money;
that is why people object to it. Laborers can never pay rent to make
it answer. But, after all, it is worth doing."
"Worth doing! yes, indeed," said Dorothea, energetically, forgetting
her previous small vexations. "I think we deserve to be beaten
out of our beautiful houses with a scourge of small cords--all
of us who let tenants live in such sties as we see round us.
Life in cottages might be happier than ours, if they were real
houses fit for human beings from whom we expect duties and affections."
"Will you show me your plan?"
"Yes, certainly. I dare say it is very faulty. But I have been