|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
the fact that something had happened Billy Byrne was fifty
miles west of Joliet, bowling along aboard a fast Santa Fe
freight. Shortly after night had fallen the train crossed the
Mississippi. Billy Byrne was hungry and thirsty, and as the
train slowed down and came to a stop out in the midst of a
dark solitude of silent, sweet-smelling country, Billy opened
the door of his box car and dropped lightly to the ground.
So far no one had seen Billy since he had passed from the
ken of the trussed deputy sheriff, and as Billy had no desire to
be seen he slipped over the edge of the embankment into a
dry ditch, where he squatted upon his haunches waiting for
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll:
only one day at a time.'
The Red Queen said, `That's a poor thin way of doing things.
Now HERE, we mostly have days and nights two or three at a time,
and sometimes in the winter we take as many as five nights
together--for warmth, you know.'
`Are five nights warmer than one night, then?' Alice ventured
`Five times as warm, of course.'
`But they should be five times as COLD, by the same rule--'
`Just so!' cried the Red Queen. `Five times as warm, AND five
times as cold--just as I'm five times as rich as you are, AND
Through the Looking-Glass
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Start in Life by Honore de Balzac:
reality, looking for the head-clerk of his notary (in case he had been
forced, like himself, to take Pierrotin's vehicle), intending to
caution him instantly about his own incognito. But feeling reassured
by the appearance of Oscar, and that of Pere Leger, and, above all, by
the quasi-military air, the waxed moustaches, and the general look of
an adventurer that distinguished Georges, he concluded that his note
had reached his notary, Alexandre Crottat, in time to prevent the
departure of the clerk.
"Pere Leger," said Pierrotin, when they reached the steep hill of the
faubourg Saint-Denis by the rue de la Fidelite, "suppose we get out,
|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 Koran:
to her that there should be no hindrance to the believers in the
matter of the wives of their adopted sons when they have fulfilled
their desire of them: and so God's bidding to be done.
There is no hindrance to the prophet about what God has ordained for
him;-(such was) the course of God with those who have passed away
before,-and God's bidding is a decreed decree! Those who preach
God's messages and fear Him and fear not any one except God,-but God
is good enough at reckoning up.
Mohammed is not the father of any of your men, but the Apostle of
God, and the Seal of the Prophets; for God all things doth know!
O ye who believe! remember God with frequent remembrance, and