|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
instigator of the atrocious villainy that had been perpetrated
against her and her father. She found it almost equally difficult
to believe that Mr. Theriere was so much more sinned against
than sinning as he would have had her believe. And yet, did
his story not sound even more plausible than that of Divine
which she had accepted before Theriere had made it possible
for her to know the truth? Why, then, was it so difficult for
her to believe the Frenchman? She could not say, but in the
inmost recesses of her heart she knew that she mistrusted and
feared the man.
As she stood leaning against the rail, buried deep in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Reason Discourse by Rene Descartes:
Perfect and Infinite Being, however clear and distinct our ideas might be,
we should have no ground on that account for the assurance that they possessed
the perfection of being true.
But after the knowledge of God and of the soul has rendered us certain of
this rule, we can easily understand that the truth of the thoughts we
experience when awake, ought not in the slightest degree to be called in
question on account of the illusions of our dreams. For if it happened
that an individual, even when asleep, had some very distinct idea, as, for
example, if a geometer should discover some new demonstration, the
circumstance of his being asleep would not militate against its truth; and
as for the most ordinary error of our dreams, which consists in their
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from 1492 by Mary Johntson:
and the gods!'' The notion of a sail had never come to
them, though with their cotton they might have made them.
They were slow to learn that the wind pushed us, acting
like a thousand tireless rowers. We were thrillingly new to
them and altogether magical. To any seeing eye a ship under
full sail is a beautiful, stately, thrilling thing! To these
red men there was a perilous joy in the vision. If to us in
the ships there hung in this voyage something mystic, hidden,
full of possibility, inch by inch to unroll, throbbing all
with the future which is the supernatural, be sure these, too,
who were found and discovered, moved in a cloud of mystery
|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 Koran:
with a sound heart; when he said to his father and his people, 'What
is it that ye serve? with a lie do ye desire gods beside God? What
then is your thought respecting the Lord of the worlds?'
And he looked a look at the stars and said, 'Verily, I am sick!' and
they turned their backs upon him fleeing. And he went aside unto their
gods and said, 'Will ye not eat? What ails you that ye will not
speak?' And he went aside to them smiting with the right hand.
And they rushed towards him. Said he, 'Do ye serve what ye hew
out, when God has created you, and what ye make?'
Said they, 'Build for him a pyre, and throw him into the flaming
hell!' They desired to plot against him, but we made them inferior.