|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain:
"it's only Tom's giddy way -- he is always in such a rush
that he never thinks of anything."
"More's the pity. Sid would have thought. And
Sid would have come and DONE it, too. Tom, you'll
look back, some day, when it's too late, and wish you'd
cared a little more for me when it would have cost you
"Now, auntie, you know I do care for you," said
"I'd know it better if you acted more like it."
"I wish now I'd thought," said Tom, with a re-
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The United States Constitution:
for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislature.
No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the
Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a citizen of the United States,
and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which
he shall be chosen.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among
the several States which may be included within this Union,
according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined
by adding to the whole number of free Persons, including those
bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed,
three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made
The United States Constitution
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare:
Here 's packing, with a witness, to deceive us all!
Where is that damned villain, Tranio,
That fac'd and brav'd me in this matter so?
Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio?
Cambio is chang'd into Lucentio.
Love wrought these miracles. Bianca's love
The Taming of the Shrew
|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 Travels of Sir John Mandeville by Sir John Mandeville:
And at the left side of the emperor's siege is the siege of his
first wife, one degree lower than the emperor; and it is of jasper,
bordered with gold and precious stones. And the siege of his
second wife is also another siege, more lower than his first wife;
and it is also of jasper, bordered with gold, as that other is.
And the siege of the third wife is also more low, by a degree, than
the second wife. For he hath always three wives with him, where
that ever he be.
And after his wives, on the same side, sit the ladies of his
lineage yet lower, after that they be of estate. And all those
that be married have a counterfeit made like a man's foot upon