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Today's Stichomancy for Karl Rove

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 malaria ...

VI.

... 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;


The Tanach
The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Child of Storm by H. Rider Haggard:

the housewife does not always get the egg."

As it chanced, although Saduko's hen was cackling very loudly just at this time, he was not destined to find the coveted egg. But of that matter I will speak in its place.

I, too, looked at those cattle, wondering whether Saduko would remember our bargain, under which some six hundred head of them belonged to me. Six hundred head! Why, putting them at #5 apiece all round--and as oxen were very scarce just at that time, they were worth quite as much, if not more--that meant #3,000, a larger sum of money than I had ever owned at one time in all my life. Truly the paths of violence were profitable! But would he remember? On the whole I thought probably


Child of Storm
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 Phoenix and the Turtle by William Shakespeare:

Augur of the fever's end, To this troop come thou not near.

From this session interdict Every fowl of tyrant wing, Save the eagle, feather'd king: Keep the obsequy so strict.

Let the priest in surplice white, That defunctive music can, Be the death-defying swan, Lest the requiem lack his right.

And thou, treble-dated crow,