|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson:
constant, uniform, and lasting; and fancy to a meteor, of bright
but transitory lustre, irregular in its motion and delusive in its
He then communicated the various precepts given from time to time
for the conquest of passion, and displayed the happiness of those
who had obtained the important victory, after which man is no
longer the slave of fear nor the fool of hope; is no more emaciated
by envy, inflamed by anger, emasculated by tenderness, or depressed
by grief; but walks on calmly through the tumults or privacies of
life, as the sun pursues alike his course through the calm or the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
had influence at court. (_Vide supra._)
Once Law was sitting on the bench,
And Mercy knelt a-weeping.
"Clear out!" he cried, "disordered wench!
Nor come before me creeping.
Upon your knees if you appear,
'Tis plain your have no standing here."
Then Justice came. His Honor cried:
"_Your_ status? -- devil seize you!"
"_Amica curiae,_" she replied --
The Devil's Dictionary
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
he said: "What is your object in questioning me as to my birth?"
She stood motionless, cold, and speechless.
"Mademoiselle," Maximilien went on, "let us go no further if we do not
understand each other. I love you," he said, in a voice of deep
emotion. "Well, then," he added, as he heard the joyful exclamation
she could not suppress, "why ask me if I am of noble birth?"
"Could he speak so if he were not?" cried a voice within her, which
Emilie believed came from the depths of her heart. She gracefully
raised her head, seemed to find new life in the young man's gaze, and
held out her hand as if to renew the alliance.
"You thought I cared very much for dignities?" said she with keen
|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 Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson:
home; but even as he turned, his eye lit upon a figure behind, a
"Stand!" he cried. "Who goes?"
The figure stepped forth and waved its hand like a dumb person. It
was arrayed like a pilgrim, the hood lowered over the face, but
Dick, in an instant, recognised Sir Daniel.
He strode up to him, drawing his sword; and the knight, putting his
hand in his bosom, as if to seize a hidden weapon, steadfastly
awaited his approach.
"Well, Dickon," said Sir Daniel, "how is it to be? Do ye make war
upon the fallen?"