|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Myths and Myth-Makers by John Fiske:
apple from the head of a beloved page. In all these stories,
names and motives of course differ; but all contain the same
essential incidents. It is always an unerring archer who, at
the capricious command of a tyrant, shoots from the head of
some one dear to him a small object, be it an apple, a nut, or
a piece of coin. The archer always provides himself with a
second arrow, and, when questioned as to the use he intended
to make of his extra weapon, the invariable reply is, "To kill
thee, tyrant, had I slain my son." Now, when a marvellous
occurrence is said to have happened everywhere, we may feel
sure that it never happened anywhere. Popular fancies
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|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 Tanach:
Psalms 7: 9 (7:10) Oh that a full measure of evil might come upon the wicked, and that Thou wouldest establish the righteous; for the righteous God trieth the heart and reins.
Psalms 7: 10 (7:11) My shield is with God, who saveth the upright in heart.
Psalms 7: 11 (7:12) God is a righteous judge, yea, a God that hath indignation every day:
Psalms 7: 12 (7:13) If a man turn not, He will whet His sword, He hath bent His bow, and made it ready;
Psalms 7: 13 (7:14) He hath also prepared for him the weapons of death, yea, His arrows which He made sharp.
Psalms 7: 14 (7:15) Behold, he travaileth with iniquity; yea, he conceiveth mischief, and bringeth forth falsehood.
Psalms 7: 15 (7:16) He hath digged a pit, and hollowed it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Psalms 7: 16 (7:17) His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own pate.
Psalms 7: 17 (7:18) I will give thanks unto the LORD according to His righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
Psalms 8: 1 (8:1) For the Leader; upon the Gittith. A Psalm of David. (8:2) O LORD, our Lord, how glorious is Thy name in all the earth! whose majesty is rehearsed above the heavens.
Psalms 8: 2 (8:3) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou founded strength, because of Thine adversaries; that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.