|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain:
just keep it a-going till we've carted this whole Desert
over there and sold it out; and there ain't ever going
to be any opposition, either, because we'll take out a
"My goodness," I says, "we'll be as rich as Creo-
sote, won't we, Tom?"
"Yes -- Creesus, you mean. Why, that dervish was
hunting in that little hill for the treasures of the earth,
and didn't know he was walking over the real ones for
a thousand miles. He was blinder than he made the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
pas qu'elle danse pendant que vous la regardez comme cela. Enfin,
je ne veux pas qu'elle danse.
HERODE. Ne te leve pas, mon epouse, ma reine, c'est inutile. Je ne
rentrerai pas avant qu'elle n'ait danse. Dansez, Salome, dansez
HERODIAS. Ne dansez pas, ma fille.
SALOME. Je suis prete, tetrarque.
[Salome danse la danse des sept voiles.]
HERODE. Ah! c'est magnifique, c'est magnifique! Vous voyez qu'elle
a danse pour moi, votre fille. Approchez, Salome! Approchez, afin
que je puisse vous donner votre salaire. Ah! je paie bien les
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin:
small animals throughout this broken archipelago!
In all parts of Chiloe and Chonos, two very strange birds
occur, which are allied to, and replace, the Turco and Tapacolo
of central Chile. One is called by the inhabitants
"Cheucau" (Pteroptochos rubecula): it frequents the most
gloomy and retired spots within the damp forests. Sometimes,
although its cry may be heard close at hand, let a person
watch ever so attentively he will not see the cheucau; at
other times, let him stand motionless and the red-breasted
little bird will approach within a few feet in the most familiar
manner. It then busily hops about the entangled mass of
The Voyage of the Beagle
|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 Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
THE DEPTHS OF OMEAN
Now I realized why the black pirate had kept me engrossed
with his strange tale. For miles he had sensed the approach
of succour, and but for that single tell-tale glance the
battleship would have been directly above us in another moment,
and the boarding party which was doubtless even now swinging
in their harness from the ship's keel, would have swarmed our deck,
placing my rising hope of escape in sudden and total eclipse.
I was too old a hand in aerial warfare to be at a loss
now for the right manoeuvre. Simultaneously I reversed the
The Gods of Mars