|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac:
present at that grand ball.
" 'I can only tell you,' said the surgeon-major of the company of
which I was paymaster, 'I applied formally to Prince Murat only
yesterday to be recalled. Without being afraid exactly of leaving my
bones in the Peninsula, I would rather dress the wounds made by our
worthy neighbors the Germans. Their weapons do not run quite so deep
into the body as these Castilian daggers. Besides, a certain dread of
Spain is, with me, a sort of superstition. From my earliest youth I
have read Spanish books, and a heap of gloomy romances and tales of
adventures in this country have given me a serious prejudice against
its manners and customs.
The Muse of the Department
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther:
affections to sympathise with Christ, to indignation against the
Jews, and other childish and womanish absurdities of that kind.
Now preaching ought to have the object of promoting faith in Him,
so that He may not only be Christ, but a Christ for you and for
me, and that what is said of Him, and what He is called, may work
in us. And this faith is produced and is maintained by preaching
why Christ came, what He has brought us and given to us, and to
what profit and advantage He is to be received. This is done when
the Christian liberty which we have from Christ Himself is
rightly taught, and we are shown in what manner all we Christians
are kings and priests, and how we are lords of all things, and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from King James Bible:
LEV 20:20 And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath
uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall
LEV 20:21 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean
thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be
LEV 20:22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my
judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell
therein, spue you not out.
LEV 20:23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I
cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore
King James Bible
|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 Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
"Well, take one, anyhow," advised Trot; but the cocoanuts were gone
now, and a deep, purple, pear-shaped fruit which was unknown to them
took their place. Again Cap'n Bill hesitated, and Trot said to him:
"You ought to have captured a peach and a banana, as I did. If
you're not careful, Cap'n, you'll miss all your chances. Here, I'll
divide my banana with you."
Even as she spoke, the Magic Plant was covered with big red apples,
growing on every branch, and Cap'n Bill hesitated no longer. He
grabbed with both hands and picked two apples, while Trot had only
time to secure one before they were gone.
"It's curious," remarked the sailor, munching his apple, "how these
The Magic of Oz