|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Chita: A Memory of Last Island by Lafcadio Hearn:
... Nausea,--and the stinging bitterness of quinine rising in his
throat;---dizziness, and a brutal wrenching within his stomach.
Everything began to look pink;---the light was rose-colored. It
darkened more,---kindled with deepening tint. Something kept
sparkling and spinning before his sight, like a firework ... Then
a burst of blood mixed with chemical bitterness filled his mouth;
the light became scarlet as claret ... This--this was ... not
... Carmen knew what it was; but the brave little woman was not
afraid of it. Many a time before she had met it face to face, in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Job 10: 17 Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, and increasest Thine indignation upon me; host succeeding host against me.
Job 10: 18 Wherefore then hast Thou brought me forth out of the womb? Would that I had perished, and no eye had seen me!
Job 10: 19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
Job 10: 20 Are not my days few? Cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Job 10: 21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
Job 10: 22 A land of thick darkness, as darkness itself; a land of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
Job 11: 1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said:
Job 11: 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be accounted right?
Job 11: 3 Thy boastings have made men hold their peace, and thou hast mocked, with none to make thee ashamed;
Job 11: 4 And thou hast said: 'My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in Thine eyes.'
Job 11: 5 But oh that God would speak, and open His lips against thee;