|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin:
mind, and remember that every day of your early life is ordaining
irrevocably, for good or evil, the custom and practice of your soul;
ordaining either sacred customs of dear and lovely recurrence, or
trenching deeper and deeper the furrows for seed of sorrow. Now,
therefore, see that no day passes in which you do not make yourself
a somewhat better creature: and in order to do that, find out,
first, what you are now. Do not think vaguely about it; take pen
and paper, and write down as accurate a description of yourself as
you can, with the date to it. If you dare not do so, find out why
you dare not, and try to get strength of heart enough to look
yourself fairly in the face in mind as well as body. I do not doubt
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
well pleased. "Some one else will save me the
trouble of scattering that phonograph," said he;
"for it is not possible that such a music-maker
can last long in the Land of Oz. When you are
rested, friends, let us go on our way."
During the afternoon the travelers found
themselves in a lonely and uninhabited part of the
country. Even the fields were no longer cultivated
and the country began to resemble a wilderness.
The road of yellow bricks seemed to have been
neglected and became uneven and more difficult to
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Ebb-Tide by Stevenson & Osbourne:
is still your watch on deck, and surely your wheel also?'
'You come the 'eavy swell, don't you, ducky?' said Huish.
'Stand away from that binnacle. Surely your w'eel, my man.
He lit a cigar ostentatiously, and strolled into the waist with
his hands in his pockets.
In a surprisingly short time, the captain reappeared; he did
not look at Herrick, but called Huish back and sat down.
'Well,' he began, 'I've taken stock--roughly.' He paused as if
for somebody to help him out; and none doing so, both gazing
|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 Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
friends and enemies at Devlen, and though it first showed itself
in what was but a little matter, nevertheless it set a mark upon
him that singled him out from the rest, and, although he did not
suspect it at the time, called to him the attention of Sir James
Lee himself, who regarded him as a lad of free and frank spirit.
The first morning after the roll-call in the armory, as Walter
Blunt, the head bachelor, rolled up the slip of parchment, and
the temporary silence burst forth into redoubled noise and
confusion, each lad arming himself from a row of racks that stood
along the wall, he beckoned Myles to him.
"My Lord himself hath spoken to Sir James Lee concerning thee,"
Men of Iron