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Today's Stichomancy for Terry Gilliam

The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:

tell, but it must have been very far. It was thousands of feet high, stretching in a great concave arc from the grey impassable peaks to the unimagined westward spaces, and had once indeed been a ridge of mighty onyx hills. But now these hills were hills no more, for some hand greater than man's had touched them. Silent they squatted there atop the world like wolves or ghouls, crowned with clouds and mists and guarding the secrets of the north forever. All in a great half circle they squatted, those dog-like mountains carven into monstrous watching statues, and their right hands were raised in menace against mankind. It was only the flickering


The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:

Proverbs 10: 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 10: 3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish; but He thrusteth away the desire of the wicked.

Proverbs 10: 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Proverbs 10: 5 A wise son gathereth in summer; but a son that doeth shamefully sleepeth in harvest.

Proverbs 10: 6 Blessings are upon the head of the righteous; but the mouth of the wicked concealeth violence.

Proverbs 10: 7 The memory of the righteous shall be for a blessing; but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Proverbs 10: 8 The wise in heart will receive commandments; but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 10: 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh securely; but he that perverteth his ways shall be found out.

Proverbs 10: 10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; and a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 10: 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; but the mouth of the wicked concealeth violence.

Proverbs 10: 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all transgressions.


The Tanach
The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:

Posed sentimentally by the sideboard, the steward gave a start.

"Lor', no, sir! It's real mutton!"

Mr. Burns got through his breakfast impatiently, as if exasperated by being made a party to some monstrous foolishness, muttered a curt excuse, and went on deck. Shortly afterwards the second mate took his smooth red countenance out of the cabin. With the appetite of a schoolboy, and after two months of sea-fare, he appreciated the generous spread. But I did not. It smacked of extravagance. All the same, it was a remarkable feat to have produced it so quickly, and I congratulated the steward on his smartness in a somewhat ominous tone. He gave me a deprecatory


'Twixt Land & Sea
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 Songs of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Unused to fail, foredoomed to yield: For in the groins of branches, lo! The cancers of the orchid grow. Silent as in the listed ring Two chartered wrestlers strain and cling; Dumb as by yellow Hooghly's side The suffocating captives died; So hushed the woodland warfare goes Unceasing; and the silent foes Grapple and smother, strain and clasp Without a cry, without a gasp.