|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
sweetly enough to content any ear. But what brings you away from
the gentlemen so early?"
"These letters," said he, "which have just been put into my hand;
and as they call me home to Spain, I was loath to lose a moment of
that delightful company from which I must part so soon."
"To Spain?" asked half-a-dozen voices: for the Don was a general
"Yes, and thence to the Indies. My ransom has arrived, and with it
the promise of an office. I am to be Governor of La Guayra in
Caracas. Congratulate me on my promotion."
A mist was over Rose's eyes. The Spaniard's voice was hard and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from United States Declaration of Independence:
Nor have We been wanting in attention to our British brethren.
We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their
legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and
settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice
and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our
common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably
interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been
deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore,
acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them,
as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
United States Declaration of Independence
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
fugitives; but she would not show him where they were, unless he
promised not to kill them. He, of course, had no mind for so
rigorous a method: he both needed the men, and he had no malice
against them,--for the one, Ebsworthy, was a plain, honest, happy-
go-lucky sailor, and as good a hand as there was in the crew; and
the other was that same ne'er-do-weel Will Parracombe, his old
schoolfellow, who had been tempted by the gipsy-Jesuit at
Appledore, and resisting that bait, had made a very fair seaman.
So forth Amyas went, with Ayacanora as a guide, some five miles
upward along the forest slopes, till the girl whispered, "There
they are;" and Amyas, pushing himself gently through a thicket of
|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 Somebody's Little Girl by Martha Young:
Bell! How could you do so to the beautiful peacock-feather-fly-
So Bessie Bell could only cry--and that very softly--and feel
ashamed as she was bid, and forget what it was that she remembered.
Bessie Bell might have remembered one time when a great house was
all desolate, and when nobody or nothing at all breathed in the
whole great big house, but one little tiny girl and one great big
white cat, with just one black spot on its tail.
The nurse that always had played so nicely with the tiny little girl
was lying with her cheek in her hand over yonder.
The Grandmother who had always talked so much to the tiny little