|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Divine Comedy (translated by H.F. Cary) by Dante Alighieri:
Eager to view and one to 'scape the sun,
So mov'd she on, against the current, up
The verdant rivage. I, her mincing step
Observing, with as tardy step pursued.
Between us not an hundred paces trod,
The bank, on each side bending equally,
Gave me to face the orient. Nor our way
Far onward brought us, when to me at once
She turn'd, and cried: "My brother! look and hearken."
And lo! a sudden lustre ran across
Through the great forest on all parts, so bright
The Divine Comedy (translated by H.F. Cary)
|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 Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
" Think well!'" he bawled out; " think well! before you do what
you are about to do, think well!'"
When the two thieves heard Babo's piece of advice, they thought
that the judge's officers were after them for sure and certain.
Down they dropped the pot of money, and away they scampered as
fast as their legs could carry them.
Babo heard them running, and poked his head through the hedge,
and there lay the pot of gold. "Look now," said he: "this has
come from the advice that was given me; no one ever gave me
advice that was worth so much before." So he picked up the pot of
gold, and off he marched with it.