|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen:
too open--the pewter soldier had fallen through a crevice, and there he lay as
in an open tomb.
That day passed, and the little boy went home, and that week passed, and
several weeks too. The windows were quite frozen, the little boy was obliged
to sit and breathe on them to get a peep-hole over to the old house, and there
the snow had been blown into all the carved work and inscriptions; it lay
quite up over the steps, just as if there was no one at home--nor was there
any one at home--the old man was dead!
In the evening there was a hearse seen before the door, and he was borne into
it in his coffin: he was now to go out into the country, to lie in his grave.
He was driven out there, but no one followed; all his friends were dead, 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 A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw:
or to any library where there were no schoolbooks. I should have read
very dry and difficult books: for example, though nothing would have
induced me to read the budget of stupid party lies that served as a
text-book of history in school, I remember reading Robertson's Charles
V. and his history of Scotland from end to end most laboriously.
Once, stung by the airs of a schoolfellow who alleged that he had read
Locke On The Human Understanding, I attempted to read the Bible
straight through, and actually got to the Pauline Epistles before I
broke down in disgust at what seemed to me their inveterate
crookedness of mind. If there had been a school where children were
really free, I should have had to be driven out of it for the sake of