|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
shall suffer from violence."
"That," said the Fool, diligently belabouring the animal, "is what
I'm trying to teach this beast - which has kicked me."
"Doubtless," said the Philosopher to himself, as he walked away,
"the wisdom of fools is no deeper nor truer than ours, but they
really do seem to have a more impressive way of imparting it."
The Man of Principle
DURING a shower of rain the Keeper of a Zoological garden observed
a Man of Principle crouching beneath the belly of the ostrich,
which had drawn itself up to its full height to sleep.
"Why, my dear sir," said the Keeper, "if you fear to get wet, you'd
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Psalms 119: 170 Let my supplication come before Thee; deliver me according to Thy word.
Psalms 119: 171 Let my lips utter praise: because Thou teachest me Thy statutes.
Psalms 119: 172 Let my tongue sing of Thy word; for all Thy commandments are righteousness.
Psalms 119: 173 Let Thy hand be ready to help me; for I have chosen Thy precepts.
Psalms 119: 174 I have longed for Thy salvation, O LORD; and Thy law is my delight.
Psalms 119: 175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise Thee; and let Thine ordinances help me.
Psalms 119: 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; for I have not forgotten Thy commandments.
Psalms 120: 1 A Song of Ascents. In my distress I called unto the LORD, and He answered me.
Psalms 120: 2 O LORD, deliver my soul from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
Psalms 120: 3 What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee, thou deceitful tongue?
Psalms 120: 4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of broom.