|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
and in his hand he carried a right stout crabstaff full six feet long,
and thus sang he:
"_In peascod time, when hound to horn
Gives ear till buck be killed,
And little lads with pipes of corn
Sit keeping beasts afield_--"
"Halloa, good friend!" cried Robin.
"I WENT TO GATHER STRAWBERRIES--"
"Halloa!" cried Robin again.
"BY WOODS AND GROVES FULL FAIR--"
"Halloa! Art thou deaf, man? Good friend, say I!"
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from King James Bible:
to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to
JER 7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not
provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
JER 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my
fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and
upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it
shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
JER 7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your
burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
JER 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the
King James Bible
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
by the stranger's physical aspect, it is necessary to coin a new
pronoun, for none in earthly use would be applicable. Instead of
"he," "she," or "it," therefore "ae" will be used.
He found himself incapable of grasping at first why the bodily
peculiarities of this being should strike him as springing from sex,
and not from race, and yet there was no doubt about the fact itself.
Body, face, and eyes were absolutely neither male nor female, but
something quite different. Just as one can distinguish a man from a
woman at the first glance by some indefinable difference of
expression and atmospheres altogether apart from the contour of the
figure, so the stranger was separated in appearance from both. As
|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 Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon:
over the churches. It is not our design now to wrest the
government from the bishops, but this one thing is asked,
namely, that they allow the Gospel to be purely taught, and
that they relax some few observances which cannot be kept
without sin. But if they make no concession, it is for them to
see how they shall give account to God for furnishing, by
their obstinacy, a cause for schism.
These are the chief articles which seem to be in controversy.
For although we might have spoken of more abuses, yet, to
avoid undue length, we have set forth the chief points, from