|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
suggest this teaching. Not one of these but gives us freely of his
blessings; yet they do not step from behind their veil in order to
grant one single boon. And pre-eminently He who orders and holds
together the universe, in which are all things beautiful and
good; who fashions and refashions it to never-ending use unworn,
keeping it free from sickness or decay, so that swifter than
thought it ministers to his will unerringly--this God is seen to
perform the mightiest operations, but in the actual administration of
the same abides himself invisible to mortal ken. Reflect further, this
Sun above our heads, so visible to all--as we suppose--will not suffer
man to regard him too narrowly, but should any essay to watch him with
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tao Teh King by Lao-tze:
benighted. They look full of discrimination, while I alone am dull
and confused. I seem to be carried about as on the sea, drifting as
if I had nowhere to rest. All men have their spheres of action, while
I alone seem dull and incapable, like a rude borderer. (Thus) I alone
am different from other men, but I value the nursing-mother (the Tao).
21. The grandest forms of active force
From Tao come, their only source.
Who can of Tao the nature tell?
Our sight it flies, our touch as well.
Eluding sight, eluding touch,
The forms of things all in it crouch;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare:
Which shewes him hardy, fearelesse, proud of dangers:
The circles of his eyes show fire within him,
And as a heated Lyon, so he lookes;
His haire hangs long behind him, blacke and shining
Like Ravens wings: his shoulders broad and strong,
Armd long and round, and on his Thigh a Sword
Hung by a curious Bauldricke, when he frownes
To seale his will with: better, o'my conscience
Was never Souldiers friend.
Thou ha'st well describde him.
|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 Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
join the Emir. Siberia is cut in two now, and very cer-
tainly Feofar's army is only waiting for him to advance on
"And once free, what shall we do?"
"Once free, we will continue our campaign, and follow
the Tartars, until the time comes when we can make our
way into the Russian camp. We must not give up the
game. No, indeed; we have only just begun. You, friend,
have already had the honor of being wounded in the service
of the Daily Telegraph, whilst I -- I have as yet suffered
nothing in my cousin's service. Well, well! Good," mur-