|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Mosses From An Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
snaky nature was yet hidden, and scarcely hidden, under the mere
outward guise of humanity. Herkimer remarked that his complexion
had a greenish tinge over its sickly white, reminding him of a
species of marble out of which he had once wrought a head of
Envy, with her snaky locks.
The wretched being approached the gate, but, instead of entering,
stopped short and fixed the glitter of his eye full upon the
compassionate yet steady countenance of the sculptor.
"It gnaws me! It gnaws me!" he exclaimed.
And then there was an audible hiss, but whether it came from the
apparent lunatic's own lips, or was the real hiss of a serpent,
Mosses From An Old Manse
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
look at thee- canst thou guide the blind, although they cannot see?
Verily, God wrongs not man at all, but men do wrong themselves.
And on the day when we will gather them together it will be as
though they had not tarried save an hour of the day, they shall know
each other. Lost are those who called the meeting with God a lie,
and were not guided!
Either we will show thee something of that with which we
threatened them, or we will take thee to ourself, for unto us is their
return; then is God a witness to what they do.
Every nation has its apostle; and when their apostle comes to
them, it is decided between them with justice, and they are not
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Message by Honore de Balzac:
Countess at the foot of my bed. The light from a lamp set on my
table fell full upon her face.
"Is it really true, monsieur, quite true?" she asked. "I do not
know how I can live after that awful blow which struck me down a
little while since; but just now I feel calm. I want to know
"What calm!" I said to myself as I saw the ghastly pallor of her
face contrasting with her brown hair, and heard the guttural
tones of her voice. The havoc wrought in her drawn features
filled me with dumb amazement.
Those few hours had bleached her; she had lost a woman's last
|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 Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
She recoiled. "You know what I mean. I'm a customer, like you.
We're both in the same ba-boat. And I have been doing my best to
indicate the merits of-er-of- "
"The idle rich," she said, smiling. "Yes, but you see you
shouldn't have. When you saw me coming you ought to have- "
"Dodged behind a pillar, picked up my stick and gloves, and kept
about ten bath-lengths away, until the partner reappeared? No
doubt. But, then, you shouldn't have looked so priceless, or
worn your sense of humour on your sleeve. You shouldn't have had
a small, straight nose or a mouth like a red flower. You
The Brother of Daphne