|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:
not eaten thereof;
JOB 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a
father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
JOB 31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor
JOB 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed
with the fleece of my sheep;
JOB 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I
saw my help in the gate:
JOB 31:22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm
be broken from the bone.
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Aesop's Fables by Aesop:
soon as he had heard the news. "Will you not stop and
congratulate the Dog on the reign of universal peace?"
"I would gladly do so," said the Fox, "but I fear he may not
have heard of King Lion's decree."
Cunning often outwits itself.
The Wind and the Sun
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger.
Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun
said: "I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can
cause that traveller to take off his cloak shall be regarded as
the stronger. You begin." So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
and laughter-loving old woman, instead of whom Yegor, a
dull-witted and conceited fellow with a white glove on his right
hand, waits at dinner. The intervals between the courses are
short, but they seem immensely long because there is nothing to
occupy them. There is none of the gaiety of the old days, the
spontaneous talk, the jokes, the laughter; there is nothing of
mutual affection and the joy which used to animate the children,
my wife, and me when in old days we met together at meals. For
me, the celebrated man of science, dinner was a time of rest and
reunion, and for my wife and children a fete -- brief indeed, but
bright and joyous -- in which they knew that for half an hour I
|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 Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac:
"Shall we do the business before dinner?" asked uncle Pillerault.
"We are waiting for Monsieur Claparon," said Roguin, "I left him
"Monsieur Roguin," said Cesar, "I hope you told him that we should
dine in a wretched little room on the /entresol/--"
"He thought it superb sixteen years ago," murmured Constance.
"--among workmen and rubbish."
"Bah! you will find him a good fellow, with no pretension," said
"I have put Raguet on guard in the shop. We can't go through our own
door; everything is pulled down."
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau