|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
God will not have it but that we should perfect His light, averse
although the misbelievers be!
He it is who sent His Apostle with guidance and the religion of
truth, to make it prevail over every other religion, averse although
idolaters may be!
O ye who believe! verily, many of the doctors and the monks devour
the wealth of men openly, and turn folk from God's way; but those
who store up gold and silver and expend it not in God's way,- give
them glad tidings of grievous woe! On the day when it shall be
heated in the fire of hell, and their brows shall be branded
therewith, and their sides and their backs!- 'This is what ye stored
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Damaged Goods by Upton Sinclair:
But the other cried, "No, no! I will go to the very end. I have
a duty to perform, and I will not be stopped by the sensibility
of your nerves."
He went on reading: "'Of the upper lip not a trace was left; the
ridge of the upper gums appeared perfectly bare.'" But then at
the young man's protests, his resolution failed him. "Come," he
said, "I will stop. I am sorry for you--you who accept for
another person, for the woman you say you love, the chance of a
disease which you cannot even endure to hear described. Now,
from whom did that woman get syphilis? It is not I who am
speaking, it is the book. 'From a miserable scoundrel who was
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Poems of William Blake by William Blake:
She saw the couches of the dead, & where the fibrous roots
Of every heart on earth infixes deep its restless twists:
A land of sorrows & of tears where never smile was seen.
She wandered in the land of clouds thro' valleys dark, listning
Dolors & lamentations: waiting oft beside the dewy grave
She stood in silence, listning to the voices of the ground,
Till to her own grave plot she came, & there she sat down.
And heard this voice of sorrow breathed from the hollow pit.
Why cannot the Ear be closed to its own destruction?
Or the glistening Eye to the poison of a smile!
Why are Eyelids stord with arrows ready drawn,
Poems of William Blake
|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 Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
life? These hard riders, familiar with every trail and
bypath, would get him long before he could hope to
reach the coast.
As these thoughts passed through his mind he entered
the tent where Mohammed Beyd sat cross-legged upon a
rug, smoking. The Arab looked up as the European came
into his presence.
"Greetings, O Brother!" he said.
"Greetings!" replied Werper.
For a while neither spoke further. The Arab was the
first to break the silence.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar