|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Pagan and Christian Creeds by Edward Carpenter:
a very practical reason. Sir J. G. Frazer, in his lately
published volumes on The Folk-lore of the Old Testament,
has a chapter (in vol. ii) on the very numerous sacred stones
of various shapes and sizes found or spoken of in Palestine
and other parts of the world. Though uncertain as to the
meaning of these stones he mentions that they are "frequently,
though not always, UPRIGHT." Anointing them with
oil, he assures us, "is a widespread practice, sometimes by
women who wish to obtain children." And he concludes
the chapter by saying: "The holy stone at Bethel was probably
one of those massive standing stones or rough pillars
Pagan and Christian Creeds
|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 Nada the Lily by H. Rider Haggard:
or whether good or evil befell them. Then he spoke to Umslopogaas, who
looked him boldly in the face, as an equal looks at an equal.
"Boy," he said, "what hast thou to say as to why thou shouldst not be
killed as these men demand?"
"This, Black One," answered Umslopogaas; "that I stabbed the woman in
defence of my own life."
"That is nothing," said Chaka. "If I, the king, wished to kill thee,
mightest thou therefore kill me or those whom I sent? The Itongo in
the woman was a Spirit King and ordered her to kill thee; thou
shouldst then have let thyself be killed. Hast thou no other reason?"
"This, Elephant," answered Umslopogaas; "the woman would have murdered
Nada the Lily