|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Isaiah 46: 2 They stoop, they bow down together, they could not deliver the burden; and themselves are gone into captivity.
Isaiah 46: 3 Hearken unto Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, that are borne by Me from the birth, that are carried from the womb:
Isaiah 46: 4 Even to old age I am the same, and even to hoar hairs will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear; yea, I will carry, and will deliver.
Isaiah 46: 5 To whom will ye liken Me, and make Me equal, and compare Me, that we may be like?
Isaiah 46: 6 Ye that lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance; ye that hire a goldsmith, that he make it a god, to fall down thereto, yea, to worship.
Isaiah 46: 7 He is borne upon the shoulder, he is carried, and set in his place, and he standeth, from his place he doth not remove; yea, though one cry unto him, he cannot answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
Isaiah 46: 8 Remember this, and stand fast; bring it to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isaiah 46: 9 Remember the former things of old: that I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me;
Isaiah 46: 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying: 'My counsel shall stand, and all My pleasure will I do';
Isaiah 46: 11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My counsel from a far country; yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed, I will also do it.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Sons of the Soil by Honore de Balzac:
the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And there's a learned man at
Soulanges, Monsieur Gourdon, our doctor, who is making, so they tell
me, a collection of natural history which hasn't its mate at Dijon
even; indeed he is first among the learned men in these parts, and
he'll pay me a fine price, too; he stuffs men and beasts. Now my boy
there stands me out that that otter has got the white spots. 'If
that's so,' says I to him, 'then the good God wishes well to us this
morning!' Ha! didn't you see the water bubble? yes, there it is! there
it is! Though it lives in a kind of a burrow, it sometimes stays whole
days under water. Ha, there! it heard you, my good gentleman; it's on
its guard now; for there's not a more suspicious animal on earth; it's
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
She passed the clump of cedars and the low brick wall which marked
the family burying ground, trying not to think of the new grave
lying by the three short mounds of her little brothers. Oh, Ellen--
She trudged on down the dusty hill, passing the heap of ashes
and the stumpy chimney where the Slattery house had stood, and she
wished savagely that the whole tribe of them had been part of the
ashes. If it hadn't been for the Slatterys--if it hadn't been for
that nasty Emmie who'd had a bastard brat by their overseer--Ellen
wouldn't have died.
She moaned as a sharp pebble cut into her blistered foot. What was
Gone With the Wind
|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 Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter:
knocked at the front door, and
Moppet jumped into the flour barrel
in a fright.
Mittens ran away to the dairy and
hid in an empty jar on the stone shelf
where the milk pans stand.
The visitor was a neighbor, Mrs.
Ribby; she had called to borrow some
Mr. Tabitha came downstairs
mewing dreadfully--"Come in,