|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy:
"I was beside myself. I accused her of indelicacy. She made the
same accusation against me, and the dispute broke out. In her
words, in the expression of her face, of her eyes, I noticed
again the hatred that had so astonished me before. With a
brother, friends, my father, I had occasionally quarrelled, but
never had there been between us this fierce spite. Some time
passed. Our mutual hatred was again concealed beneath an access
of sensual desire, and I again consoled myself with the
reflection that these scenes were reparable faults.
"But when they were repeated a third and a fourth time, I
understood that they were not simply faults, but a fatality that
The Kreutzer Sonata
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum:
kicking up their heels delightedly at every step.
"When is Christmas Eve?" Claus asked the Master.
"In about ten days," he replied.
"Then I can not use the deer this year," said Claus, thoughtfully,
"for I shall not have time enough to make my sackful of toys."
"The shrewd Prince foresaw that," responded Ak, "and therefore named
Christmas Eve as the day you might use the deer, knowing it would
cause you to lose an entire year."
"If I only had the toys the Awgwas stole from me," said Claus, sadly,
"I could easily fill my sack for the children."
"Where are they?" asked the Master.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
bright rays; and winged squadrons, each of them itself a light,
dwelt in this city, making such melody as mortal ear ne'er heard.
And Ioasaph heard a voice crying, "This is the rest of the
righteous: this the gladness of them that have pleased the Lord."
When these dread men had carried him out from thence, they spake
of taking him back to earth. But he, that had lost his heart to
that scene of joyaunce and heartsease, exclaimed, "Reave me not,
reave me not, I pray you, of this unspeakable joy, but grant me
also to dwell in one corner of this mighty city." But they said,
"It is impossible for thee to be there now; but, with much toil
and sweat, thou shalt come hither, if thou constrain thyself."
|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 Pupil by Henry James:
buttonhole, the ribbon of a foreign order - bestowed, as Pemberton
eventually learned, for services. For what services he never
clearly ascertained: this was a point - one of a large number -
that Mr. Moreen's manner never confided. What it emphatically did
confide was that he was even more a man of the world than you might
first make out. Ulick, the firstborn, was in visible training for
the same profession - under the disadvantage as yet, however, of a
buttonhole but feebly floral and a moustache with no pretensions to
type. The girls had hair and figures and manners and small fat
feet, but had never been out alone. As for Mrs. Moreen Pemberton
saw on a nearer view that her elegance was intermittent and her