|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
That phantom crescent kept advancing.
When first the brazen bells of churches
Called clerk and parson to their perches,
The worshippers of every sect
Already viewed it with respect;
A second Sunday had not gone
Before the roof was rattled on:
And when the fourth was there, behold
The crescent finished, painted, sold!
The stars proceeded in their courses,
Nature with her subversive forces,
|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 Fisherman's Luck by Henry van Dyke:
Of course such a fire as I have been describing can be used for
cooking, when it has burned down a little, and there is a bed of hot
embers in front of the backlog. But a correct kitchen fire should
be constructed after another fashion. What you want now is not
blaze, but heat, and that not diffused, but concentrated. You must
be able to get close to your fire without burning your boots or
scorching your face.
If you have time and the material, make a fireplace of big stones.
But not of granite, for that will split with the heat, and perhaps
fly in your face.
If you are in a hurry and there are no suitable stones at hand, lay