|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Aesop's Fables by Aesop:
am sure they are sour."
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
The Horse, Hunter, and Stag
A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the
Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the
Stag. The Hunter agreed, but said: "If you desire to conquer the
Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your
jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this
saddle to be placed upon your back so that I may keep steady upon
you as we follow after the enemy." The Horse agreed to the
conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him. Then
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu:
With gifts of thy opulent giving we come;
O source of our manifold gladness, we hail thee,
We praise thee, O Prithvi, with cymbal and drum.
Lord of the Universe, Lord of our being,
Father eternal, ineffable Om!
Thou art the Seed and the Scythe of our harvests,
Thou art our Hands and our Heart and our Home.
We bring thee our lives and our labours for tribute,
Grant us thy succour, thy counsel, thy care.
O Life of all life and all blessing, we hail thee,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
tricts, Okhotsk and Kamtschatka; and possesses two coun-
tries, now under the Muscovite dominion -- that of the
Kirghiz and that of the Tshouktshes. This immense extent
of steppes, which includes more than one hundred and ten
degrees from west to east, is a land to which criminals and
political offenders are banished.
Two governor-generals represent the supreme authority
of the Czar over this vast country. The higher one resides
at Irkutsk, the far capital of Eastern Siberia. The River
Tchouna separates the two Siberias.
No rail yet furrows these wide plains, some of which
|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 Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
M. de Treville listened to the young man's account with a
seriousness which proved that he saw something else in this
adventure besides a love affair. When D'Artagnan had finished,
he said, "Hum! All this savors of his Eminence, a league off."
"But what is to be done?" said D'Artagnan.
"Nothing, absolutely nothing, at present, but quitting at Paris,
as I told you, as soon as possible. I will see the queen; I will
relate to her the details of the disappearance of this poor
woman, of which she is no doubt ignorant. These details will
guide her on her part, and on your return, I shall perhaps have
some good news to tell you. Rely on me."
The Three Musketeers