|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
promontories of afternoon sun. This was a pass like that of
Killiecrankie; a deep turning gully in the hills, with the Tarn
making a wonderful hoarse uproar far below, and craggy summits
standing in the sunshine high above. A thin fringe of ash-trees
ran about the hill-tops, like ivy on a ruin; but on the lower
slopes, and far up every glen, the Spanish chestnut-trees stood
each four-square to heaven under its tented foliage. Some were
planted, each on its own terrace no larger than a bed; some,
trusting in their roots, found strength to grow and prosper and be
straight and large upon the rapid slopes of the valley; others,
where there was a margin to the river, stood marshalled in a line
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
if we did not fight together. But I only laughed at
him and ran toward Dian.
Both the fierce beasts were upon the Thurian simul-
taneously--he must have died almost before his body
tumbled to the ground. Then the female wheeled to-
ward Dian. I was standing by her side as the thing
charged her, my javelin ready to receive her.
But again Raja was too quick for me. I imagined he
thought she was making for me, for he couldn't have
known anything of my relations toward Dian. At any
rate he leaped full upon her back and dragged her
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac:
not bound to know that," said Blondet.
"There are women," Bixiou gravely resumed, "and for that matter, men
too, who can cut their lives in two and give away but one-half.
(Remark how I word my phrase for you in humanitarian language.) For
these, all material interests lie without the range of sentiment. They
give their time, their life, their honor to a woman, and hold that
between themselves it is not the thing to meddle with bits of tissue
paper bearing the legend, 'Forgery is punishable with death.' And
equally they will take nothing from a woman. Yes, the whole thing is
debased if fusion of interests follows on fusion of souls. This is a
doctrine much preached, and very seldom practised."
|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 Mountains by Stewart Edward White:
figgerin' on tackin' on a new shoe for a week."
"I never was over this road but onct, and then I
was headed th' other way. I was driving of a cor??e."
Then, after two hours of it, BING! BANG! SMASH!
our tongue collided with a sheer black wall, no
blacker than the atmosphere before it. The trail here
took a sharp V turn to the left. We had left the face
of the precipice and henceforward would descend the bed
of the canon. Fortunately our collision had done damage
to nothing but our nerves, so we proceeded to do so.
The walls of the crevice rose thousands of feet