|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
liberal of soul. Look at Socrates; from him it was I got these riches.
He did not supply me with it by weight or by measure, but just as much
as I could carry, he with bounteous hand consigned to me. And I, too,
grudge it to no man now. To all my friends without distinction I am
ready to display my opulence: come one, come all; and whosoever likes
to take a share is welcome to the wealth that lies within my soul.
Yes, and moreover, that most luxurious of possessions, unbroken
leisure, you can see, is mine, which leaves me free to contemplate
things worthy of contemplation, and to drink in with my ears all
charming sounds. And what I value most, freedom to spend whole days in
pure scholastic intercourse with Socrates, to whom I am
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
taken not in a literal, but in a figurative sense from the binding
and beating of wheat: for as all rich men were Robin's harvest,
the bishops and archbishops must have been the finest and fattest
ears among them, from which Robin merely proposes to thresh
the grain when he directs them to be bound and beaten:
and as Pharaoh's fat kine were typical of fat ears of wheat,
so may fat ears of wheat, mutatis mutandis, be typical of fat kine.
"The articles of Hospitality are two:
"I. Postmen, carriers and market-folk, peasants and mechanics,
farmers and millers, shall pass through our forest dominions
without let or molestation.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
rejoined. "The fact is she's a neighbour of mine--queer
quarter for such a beauty to settle in--and she's been
awfully kind to my little boy, who fell down her area
chasing his kitten, and gave himself a nasty cut. She
rushed in bareheaded, carrying him in her arms, with
his knee all beautifully bandaged, and was so sympathetic
and beautiful that my wife was too dazzled to
ask her name."
A pleasant glow dilated Archer's heart. There was
nothing extraordinary in the tale: any woman would
have done as much for a neighbour's child. But it was
|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 Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
contenderunt aut lintribus inventis sibi salutem reppererunt. In his fuit
Ariovistus, qui naviculam deligatam ad ripam nactus ea profugit; reliquos
omnes consecuti equites nostri interfecerunt. Duae fuerunt Ariovisti
uxores, una Sueba natione, quam domo secum eduxerat, altera Norica, regis
Voccionis soror, quam in Gallia duxerat a fratre missam: utraque in ea
fuga periit; duae filiae: harum altera occisa, altera capta est. C.
Valerius Procillus, cum a custodibus in fuga trinis catenis vinctus
traheretur, in ipsum Caesarem hostes equitatu insequentem incidit. Quae
quidem res Caesari non minorem quam ipsa victoria voluptatem attulit, quod
hominem honestissimum provinciae Galliae, suum familiarem et hospitem,
ereptum ex manibus hostium sibi restitutum videbat neque eius calamitate