|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
merchants stood grinning nearby, and the sight of those humps
in their turbans made him almost as faint as did the stench that
filtered up through the sinister hatches. He saw slip past him
the glorious lands and cities of which a fellow-dreamer of earth
- a lighthouse-keeper in ancient Kingsport - had often discoursed
in the old days, and recognized the templed terraces of Zak, abode
of forgotten dreams; the spires of infamous Thalarion, that daemon-city
of a thousand wonders where the eidolon Lathi reigns; the charnel
gardens of Zura, land of pleasures unattained, and the twin headlands
of crystal, meeting above in a resplendent arch, which guard the
harbour of Sona-Nyl, blessed land of fancy.
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
|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 Master Key by L. Frank Baum:
than once with a start of fear that the machine had broken and he was
falling into the sea. Sometimes he was carried along at a swift pace,
and again the machine scarcely worked at all; so his anxiety was excusable.
The following day was one of continued uneasiness for the boy, who
began to be harrassed by doubts as to whether, after all, he was moving
in the right direction. The machine had failed at one time in this
respect and it might again. He had lost all confidence in its accuracy.
In spite of these perplexities Rob passed the second night of his
uneven flight in profound slumber, being exhausted by the strain and
excitement he had undergone. When he awoke at daybreak, he saw, to
his profound delight, that he was approaching land.
The Master Key