|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter:
They eat up the chicken food, and
steal the oats and bran, and make
holes in the meal bags.
And they are all descended from
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Whiskers--
children and grandchildren and
There is no end to them!
Moppet and Mittens have grown up
into very good rat-catchers.
They go out rat-catching in the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
It may be that this strange night existence is telling on me,
but would that that were all! If there were any one to talk
to I could bear it, but there is no one. I have only the Count
to speak with, and he--I fear I am myself the only living soul
within the place. Let me be prosaiac so far as facts can be.
It will help me to bear up, and imagination must not run riot
with me. If it does I am lost. Let me say at once how I stand,
or seem to.
I only slept a few hours when I went to bed,and feeling that I
could not sleep any more, got up. I had hung my shaving glass
by the window, and was just beginning to shave. Suddenly I felt
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Charmides by Plato:
indeed that there is a mistake, and that I must be a bad enquirer, for
wisdom or temperance I believe to be really a great good; and happy are
you, Charmides, if you certainly possess it. Wherefore examine yourself,
and see whether you have this gift and can do without the charm; for if you
can, I would rather advise you to regard me simply as a fool who is never
able to reason out anything; and to rest assured that the more wise and
temperate you are, the happier you will be.
Charmides said: I am sure that I do not know, Socrates, whether I have or
have not this gift of wisdom and temperance; for how can I know whether I
have a thing, of which even you and Critias are, as you say, unable to
discover the nature?--(not that I believe you.) And further, I am sure,
|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 A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
their place was filled by singular creatures that seemed to partake
of both characters. They had limbs, faces, will, and intelligence,
but they remained for the greater part of their time rooted in the
ground by preference, and they fed only on soil and air. Maskull saw
no sexual organs and failed to understand how the young came into
Then he witnessed an astonishing sight. A large and fully developed
plant-animal appeared suddenly in front of him, out of empty space.
He could not believe his eyes, but stared at the creature for a long
time in amazement. It went on calmly moving and burrowing before
him, as thought it had been there all its life. Giving up the