|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Exodus 9: 31 And the flax and the barley were smitten; for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was in bloom.
Exodus 9: 32 But the wheat and the spelt were not smitten; for they ripen late.--
Exodus 9: 33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread forth his hands unto the LORD; and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth.
Exodus 9: 34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
Exodus 9: 35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.
Exodus 10: 1 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Go in unto Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might show these My signs in the midst of them;
Exodus 10: 2 and that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what I have wrought upon Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them; that ye may know that I am the LORD.'
Exodus 10: 3 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him: 'Thus saith the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before Me? let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Exodus 10: 4 Else, if thou refuse to let My people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring locusts into thy border;
Exodus 10: 5 and they shall cover the face of the earth, that one shall not be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
belongings generally; but Lycurgus, whose aim was to secure to all the
citizens a considerable share in one another's goods without mutual
injury, enacted that each one should have an equal power of his
neighbour's children as over his own. The principle is this. When a
man knows that this, that, and the other person are fathers of
children subject to his authority, he must perforce deal by them even
as he desires his own child to be dealt by. And, if a boy chance to
have received a whipping, not from his own father but some other, and
goes and complains to his own father, it would be thought wrong on the
part of that father if he did not inflict a second whipping on his
son. A striking proof, in its way, how completely they trust each