|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
hostium premantur, expeditum ad quos receptum habeant. Ita mobilitatem
equitum, stabilitatem peditum in proeliis praestant, ac tantum usu
cotidiano et exercitatione efficiunt uti in declivi ac praecipiti loco
incitatos equos sustinere et brevi moderari ac flectere et per temonem
percurrere et in iugo insistere et se inde in currus citissime recipere
Quibus rebus perturbatis nostris [novitate pugnae] tempore
oportunissimo Caesar auxilium tulit: namque eius adventu hostes
constiterunt, nostri se ex timore receperunt. Quo facto, ad lacessendum
hostem et committendum proelium alienum esse tempus arbitratus suo se loco
continuit et brevi tempore intermisso in castra legiones reduxit. Dum
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Rua," - "Taheia," they cry - "my heart, my soul, and my eyes,"
And clasp and sunder and kiss, with lovely laughter and sighs,
"Rua!" - "Taheia, my love," - "Rua, star of my night,
Clasp me, hold me, and love me, single spring of delight."
And Rua folded her close, he folded her near and long,
The living knit to the living, and sang the lover's song:
NIGHT, NIGHT IT IS, NIGHT UPON THE PALMS.
NIGHT, NIGHT IT IS, THE LAND WIND HAS BLOWN.
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT, OVER DEEP AND HEIGHT;
LOVE, LOVE IN THE VALLEY, LOVE ALL ALONE.
"Taheia, heavy of hair, a foolish thing have we done,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Smalcald Articles by Dr. Martin Luther:
a fictitious, unnecessary matter, which can be well obtained
in another and more blessed way?
Let [care be taken that] it be publicly preached to the people
that the Mass as men's twaddle [commentitious affair or human
figment] can be omitted without sin, and that no one will be
condemned who does not observe it, but that he can be saved in
a better way without the Mass. I wager [Thus it will come to
pass] that the Mass will then collapse of itself, not only
among the insane [rude] common people, but also among all
pious, Christian, reasonable, God-fearing hearts; and that the
more, when they would hear that the Mass is a [very] dangerous
|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 Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
again, for she could see how all this trouble was worrying her aunt
and uncle, and knew that unless she found a way to help them their
future lives would be quite miserable and unhappy. She knew that she
COULD help them. She had thought of a way already. Yet she did not
tell them at once what it was, because she must ask Ozma's consent
before she would be able to carry out her plans.
So she only said:
"If you will promise not to worry a bit about me, I'll go to the Land
of Oz this very afternoon. And I'll make a promise, too; that you shall
both see me again before the day comes when you must leave this farm."
"The day isn't far away, now," her uncle sadly replied. "I did not
The Emerald City of Oz