|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
researches on Radiant Heat. Plucker's and Faraday's investigations
filled all minds at the time, and towards the end of 1849, Professor
Knoblauch and myself commenced a joint investigation of the entire
question. Long discipline was necessary to give us due mastery over it.
Employing a method proposed by Dove, we examined the optical
properties of our crystals ourselves; and these optical observations
went hand in hand with our magnetic experiments. The number of
these experiments was very great, but for a considerable time no
fact of importance was added to those already published. At length,
however, it was our fortune to meet with various crystals whose
deportment could not be brought under the laws of magne-crystallic
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
The day the heavens shall be cleft asunder with the clouds, and
the angels shall be sent down descending.
The true kingdom on that day shall belong to the Merciful, and it
shall be a hard day for the misbelievers.
And the day when the unjust shall bite his hands and say, 'O,
would that I had taken a way with the Apostle! O, woe is me! would
that I had not taken such a one for a friend now, for he did lead me
astray from the Reminder after it had come to me, for Satan leaves man
in the lurch!'
The Apostle said, my Lord! verily, my people have taken this Koran
to be obsolete!'
|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:
are fair words; and by them temperance is implanted in the soul, and where
temperance is, there health is speedily imparted, not only to the head, but
to the whole body. And he who taught me the cure and the charm at the same
time added a special direction: 'Let no one,' he said, 'persuade you to
cure the head, until he has first given you his soul to be cured by the
charm. For this,' he said, 'is the great error of our day in the treatment
of the human body, that physicians separate the soul from the body.' And
he added with emphasis, at the same time making me swear to his words, 'Let
no one, however rich, or noble, or fair, persuade you to give him the cure,
without the charm.' Now I have sworn, and I must keep my oath, and
therefore if you will allow me to apply the Thracian charm first to your
|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 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
What was past was past. Those who were dead were dead. The lazy
luxury of the old days was gone, never to return. And, as Scarlett
settled the heavy basket across her arm, she had settled her own
mind and her own life.
There was no going back and she was going forward.
Throughout the South for fifty years there would be bitter-eyed
women who looked backward, to dead times, to dead men, evoking
memories that hurt and were futile, bearing poverty with bitter
pride because they had those memories. But Scarlett was never to
She gazed at the blackened stones and, for the last time, she saw
Gone With the Wind