|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Rinkitink In Oz by L. Frank Baum:
watched Inga clear the room of its rubbish. This done,
the boy hunted through the ruins until he discovered a
stool and an armchair that had not been broken beyond
use. Some bedding and a mattress were also found, so
that by nightfall the little room had been made quite
The following morning, while Rinkitink was still
sound asleep and Bilbil was busily cropping the dewy
grass that edged the shore, Prince Inga began to search
the tumbled heaps of marble for the place where the
royal banquet hall had been. After climbing over the
Rinkitink In Oz
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll:
The Red Queen made no resistance whatever; only her face grew
very small, and her eyes got large and green: and still, as
Alice went on shaking her, she kept on growing shorter--and
fatter--and softer--and rounder--and--
--and it really WAS a kitten, after all.
Which Dreamed it?
`Your majesty shouldn't purr so loud,' Alice said, rubbing her
eyes, and addressing the kitten, respectfully, yet with some
Through the Looking-Glass
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
of blood, like the moon in broad daylight, and his fair hair was
clotted in points upon his forehead, where the blood had hardened.
When he came forth from the castle he looked up and he looked down,
but though he saw some faces that showed pity and some that showed
friendliness, he saw none that he knew. Then his heart sank within
him like a plummet of lead, but nevertheless he spoke up boldly.
"Give a sword into my hand, Sir Sheriff," said he, "and wounded man though
I be, I will fight thee and all thy men till life and strength be gone."
"Nay, thou naughty varlet," quoth the Sheriff, turning his head and looking
right grimly upon Will Stutely, "thou shalt have no sword but shall die
a mean death, as beseemeth a vile thief like thee."
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|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 Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
fusion of love and had emerged from it as incommunicably apart as
though the transmutation had never taken place. Every other
passion, he mused, left some mark upon the nature; but love passed
like the flight of a ship across the waters.
She sank into her usual seat near the lamp, and he leaned against
the chimney, moving about with an inattentive hand the knick-
knacks on the mantel.
Suddenly he caught sight of her reflection in the mirror. She was
looking at him. He turned and their eyes met.
He moved across the room and stood before her.
"There's something that I want to say to you," he began in a low