|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
the heavens and the earth? He feedeth men, but is not fed.' Say, 'I am
bidden to be the first of those resigned;' and it was said to me,
'Be not thou of the idolaters.' Say, 'I fear, if I rebel against my
Lord, the torment of the mighty day.'
Whomsoever it is averted from on that day, God will have had mercy
on; and that is obvious happiness.
And if God touch thee with harm, there is none to take it off but
He; and if He touch thee with good, He is mighty over all. He is
sovereign over His servants, He is the wise, the aware!
Say, 'What is the greatest witness?' Say, 'God is witness between
you and me.' This Koran was inspired to me to warn you and those it
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
God, and nothing more. He seems to have meant by 'silent worship' the
prayer of the Lacedaemonians, which is indeed widely different from the
usual requests of the Hellenes. For they either bring to the altar bulls
with gilded horns or make offerings to the Gods, and beg at random for what
they need, good or bad. When, therefore, the Gods hear them using words of
ill omen they reject these costly processions and sacrifices of theirs.
And we ought, I think, to be very careful and consider well what we should
say and what leave unsaid. Homer, too, will furnish us with similar
stories. For he tells us how the Trojans in making their encampment,
'Offered up whole hecatombs to the immortals,'
and how the 'sweet savour' was borne 'to the heavens by the winds;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
sat in the same teaching-rooms and read in the same book; and
I know you still retain for me some carnal kindness. It
would be my shame if I denied it; I live here at your mercy
and by your favour, and glory to acknowledge it. You have
pity on my wretched body, which is but grass, and must soon
be trodden under: but O, Haddo! how much greater is the
yearning with which I yearn after and pity your immortal
soul! Come now, let us reason together! I drop all points
of controversy, weighty though these be; I take your defaced
and damnified kirk on your own terms; and I ask you, Are you
a worthy minister? The communion season approaches; how can
|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 Poems by Bronte Sisters:
And MY love is truer than angel-care."
Silent is the house: all are laid asleep:
One alone looks out o'er the snow-wreaths deep,
Watching every cloud, dreading every breeze
That whirls the wildering drift, and bends the groaning trees.
Cheerful is the hearth, soft the matted floor;
Not one shivering gust creeps through pane or door;
The little lamp burns straight, its rays shoot strong and far:
I trim it well, to be the wanderer's guiding-star.
Frown, my haughty sire! chide, my angry dame!