|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
them sighing, and then they shall be overcome! Those who misbelieve,
into hell shall they be gathered!- that God may distinguish the vile
from the good, and may put the vile, some on the top of the other, and
heap all up together, and put it into hell!- These are those who lose!
Say to those who misbelieve, if they desist they will be forgiven
what is past; but if they return,- the course of those of former
days has passed away.
Fight them then that there should be no sedition, and that the
religion may be wholly God's; but if they desist, then God on what
they do doth look. But if they turn their backs, then know that God is
your Lord; a good Lord is He, and a good help; and know that
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"Europe," breathed one of the men, his voice tense with
excitement. "My grandfather used to tell me stories of the
world beyond thirty. He had been a great student, and he
had read much from forbidden books."
"In which I resemble your grandfather," I said, "for I, too,
have read more even than naval officers are supposed to
read, and, as you men know, we are permitted a greater
latitude in the study of geography and history than men of
"Among the books and papers of Admiral Porter Turck, who
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Purse by Honore de Balzac:
in spite of your indifference to the arts."
The old man saw his friend's mischievous intent in suppressing
the name, and bowed to the young man.
"Certainly," said he. "I heard a great deal about his pictures at
the last Salon. Talent has immense privileges." he added,
observing the artist's red ribbon. "That distinction, which we
must earn at the cost of our blood and long service, you win in
your youth; but all glory is of the same kindred," he said,
laying his hand on his Cross of Saint-Louis.
Hippolyte murmured a few words of acknowledgment, and was silent
again, satisfied to admire with growing enthusiasm the beautiful
|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 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain:
out chips that you throw in. Do you like to comb up
Sundays, and all that kind of foolishness? You bet I
don't, but ma she makes me. Confound these ole
britches! I reckon I'd better put 'em on, but I'd
ruther not, it's so warm. Are you all ready? All
right. Come along, old hoss."
Cold corn-pone, cold corn-beef, butter and butter-
milk -- that is what they had for me down there, and
there ain't nothing better that ever I've come across
yet. Buck and his ma and all of them smoked cob
pipes, except the nigger woman, which was gone, and
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn