|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost:
"`If I thought,' said he to me, 'that he could bring himself to
live on good terms with me, I should be too happy to make him a
tender of my services and attentions.' I assured him that, from
what I knew of your disposition, I had no doubt you would
acknowledge his kindness in a congenial spirit: especially, I
added, if he could assist you in your affairs, which had become
embarrassed since your disagreement with your family. He
interrupted me by declaring, that he would gladly render you any
service in his power, and that if you were disposed to form a new
attachment, he would introduce you to an extremely pretty woman,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
eius soceri L. Pisonis avum, L. Pisonem legatum, Tigurini eodem proelio
quo Cassium interfecerant.
Hoc proelio facto, reliquas copias Helvetiorum ut consequi posset,
pontem in Arari faciendum curat atque ita exercitum traducit. Helvetii
repentino eius adventu commoti cum id quod ipsi diebus XX aegerrime
confecerant, ut flumen transirent, illum uno die fecisse intellegerent,
legatos ad eum mittunt; cuius legationis Divico princeps fuit, qui bello
Cassiano dux Helvetiorum fuerat. Is ita cum Caesare egit: si pacem
populus Romanus cum Helvetiis faceret, in eam partem ituros atque ibi
futuros Helvetios ubi eos Caesar constituisset atque esse voluisset; sin
bello persequi perseveraret, reminisceretur et veteris incommodi populi
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
We climb again to the pines, and there squat down upon the sun-flecked
grass, and look over town and sea. But we do not play as before: the spell
of the wizard is strong upon us both... "Perhaps he is a goblin," I venture
at last, "or a fairy?" "No," says Robert,-- "only a gipsy. But that is
nearly as bad. They steal children, you know."...
"What shall we do if he comes up here?" I gasp, in sudden terror at the
lonesomeness of our situation.
"Oh, he wouldn't dare," answers Robert -- "not by daylight, you know."...
[Only yesterday, near the village of Takata, I noticed a flower which the
Japanese call by nearly the same name as we do: Himawari, "The
Sunward-turning;" -- and over the space of forty years there thrilled back
|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 Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
in which there was a sob of atonement.
Nonetheless, the rest of the day I watched for further occasion
to approach my colleague, especially as, toward evening,
I began to fancy she rather sought to avoid me. I overtook her,
I remember, on the staircase; we went down together, and at the
bottom I detained her, holding her there with a hand on her arm.
"I take what you said to me at noon as a declaration that
YOU'VE never known him to be bad."
She threw back her head; she had clearly, by this time,
and very honestly, adopted an attitude. "Oh, never known him--
I don't pretend THAT!"