|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
2_Samuel 7: 14 I will be to him for a father, and he shall be to Me for a son; if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men;
2_Samuel 7: 15 but My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
2_Samuel 7: 16 And thy house and thy kingdom shall be made sure for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever.'
2_Samuel 7: 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
2_Samuel 7: 18 Then David the king went in, and sat before the LORD; and he said: 'Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me thus far?
2_Samuel 7: 19 And this was yet a small thing in Thine eyes, O Lord GOD; but Thou hast spoken also of Thy servant's house for a great while to come; and this too after the manner of great men, O Lord GOD.
2_Samuel 7: 20 And what can David say more unto Thee? for Thou knowest Thy servant, O Lord GOD.
2_Samuel 7: 21 For Thy word's sake, and according to Thine own heart, hast Thou wrought all this greatness, to make Thy servant know it.
2_Samuel 7: 22 Therefore Thou art great, O LORD God; for there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
2_Samuel 7: 23 And who is like Thy people, like Israel, a nation one in the earth, whom God went to redeem unto Himself for a people, and to make Him a name, and to do for Thy land great things and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon:
wiser than himself; and that more by an hour's
discourse, than by a day's meditation. It was well
said by Themistocles, to the king of Persia, That
speech was like cloth of Arras, opened and put
abroad; whereby the imagery doth appear in
figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in
packs. Neither is this second fruit of friendship, in
opening the understanding, restrained only to
such friends as are able to give a man counsel;
(they indeed are best;) but even without that, a
man learneth of himself, and bringeth his own
Essays of Francis Bacon