|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
for a little while. Cursed wherever they are found,-taken and slain
God's course with those who have passed away before: and thou
shalt never find in God's course any alteration.
The folk will ask thee about the Hour; say, 'The knowledge thereof
is only with God, and what is to make thee perceive that the Hour is
Verily, God has cursed the misbelievers and has prepared for them
To dwell therein for ever and for aye; they shall not find a
patron or a helper!
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
to set right."
"And the Voice that I asked you about?" I in-
"Oh, she doesn't sing," said Cleon. "But you
ought to bear her recite my 'Angel of the Inshore
I passed on. I cornered a newsboy and be flashed
at me prophetic pink papers that outstripped the
news by two revolutions of the clock's longest hand.
"Son," I said, while I pretended to chase coins in
my penny pocket, "doesn't it sometimes seem to you
The Voice of the City
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Phoenix and the Turtle by William Shakespeare:
Two distincts, division none:
Number there in love was slain.
Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
Distance, and no space was seen
'Twixt the turtle and his queen;
But in them it were a wonder.
So between them love did shine,
That the turtle saw his right
Flaming in the phoenix' sight:
Either was the other's mine.
Property was thus appall'd,
|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 Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche:
good FRIEND): all these are typical characteristics of the noble
morality, which, as has been pointed out, is not the morality of
"modern ideas," and is therefore at present difficult to realize,
and also to unearth and disclose.--It is otherwise with the
second type of morality, SLAVE-MORALITY. Supposing that the
abused, the oppressed, the suffering, the unemancipated, the
weary, and those uncertain of themselves should moralize, what
will be the common element in their moral estimates? Probably a
pessimistic suspicion with regard to the entire situation of man
will find expression, perhaps a condemnation of man, together
with his situation. The slave has an unfavourable eye for the
Beyond Good and Evil