|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe:
justice, and give him the satisfaction of knowing that she was
not afraid to say No, either to him or any man else.
With that she told him what she had heard, or rather raised
herself by my means, of his character; his not having paid for
the part he pretended to own of the ship he commanded; of
the resolution of his owners to put him out of the command,
and to put his mate in his stead; and of the scandal raised on
his morals; his having been reproached with such-and-such
women, and having a wife at Plymouth and in the West Indies,
and the like; and she asked him whether he could deny that she
had good reason, if these things were not cleared up, to refuse
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Droll Stories, V. 1 by Honore de Balzac:
always find the place taken; by this means you will enjoy their
Thus having said, La Beaupertuys disappeared with the lady to go and
turn the wheel, after the custom of women, and of which I will tell
you the origin in another place. And after an honest lapse of water,
Beaupertuys came back alone, leaving it to be believed that she had
left the lady at the little laboratory of natural alchemy. Thereupon
the king, singling out the cardinal, made him get up, and talked with
him seriously of his affairs, holding him by the tassel of his amice.
To all that the king said, La Balue replied, "Yes, sir," to be
delivered from this favour, and slip out of the room, since the water
Droll Stories, V. 1
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
Beecher. If he hadn't dealt so competently with the situation
murder would have been done. Did you learn your boxing at the
Academy, Lieutenant?" Helen asked, trying to treat the situation
lightly in spite of her hammering heart.
"I was the champion middleweight of our class," Beecher could not
help saying boyishly, with another of his blushes.
"I can easily believe it," returned Helen.
"I wish y'u would teach me how to double up a man so prompt and
immediate," said the admiring foreman.
"I expect I'm under particular obligations to that straight right
to the chin, Lieutenant," chimed in the sheepman. "The fact is
|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 Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
God, the Father of all mercies, who has called me out of darkness into the
light of His glorious Gospel, and has granted unto me the saving
knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord.
We conclude with Paul, that we are justified by faith in Christ, without the
Law. Once a person has been justified by Christ, he will not be
unproductive of good, but as a good tree he will bring forth good fruit. A
believer has the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will not permit a person
to remain idle, but will put him to work and stir him up to the love of
God, to patient suffering in affliction, to prayer, thanksgiving, to the habit
of charity towards all men.
VERSE 19. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live