|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
without having learnt the art of a sculptor undertakes a contract to
carve a statue. Considering that the whole fortunes of the state are
entrusted to the general during a war, with all its incidental peril,
it is only reasonable to anticipate that great blessings or great
misfortunes will result in proportion to the success or bungling of
that officer. I appeal to you, young sir, do you not agree that a
candidate who, while taking pains to be elected neglects to learn the
duties of the office, would richly deserve to be fined?
 i.e. "head of the war department, and commander-in-chief," etc.
With arguments like these he persuaded the young man to go and take
lessons. After he had gone through the course he came back, and
|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 Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
Send a navvie to work into an artist's studio, and see what you will find
there! And yet, thank God, we have this work," she added, quickly--"it is
the one window through which we see into the great world of earnest labour.
The meanest girl who dances and dresses becomes something higher when her
children look up into her face and ask her questions. It is the only
education we have and which they cannot take from us."
She smiled slightly. "They say that we complain of woman's being compelled
to look upon marriage as a profession; but that she is free to enter upon
it or leave it, as she pleases.
"Yes--and a cat set afloat in a pond is free to sit in the tub till it dies
there, it is under no obligation to wet its feet; and a drowning man may