|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
accomplishments, unless there were some which you acquired in secret; and I
think that secrecy was hardly possible, as you could not have come out of
your door, either by day or night, without my seeing you.
ALCIBIADES: Yes, that was the whole of my schooling.
SOCRATES: And are you going to get up in the Athenian assembly, and give
them advice about writing?
ALCIBIADES: No, indeed.
SOCRATES: Or about the touch of the lyre?
ALCIBIADES: Certainly not.
SOCRATES: And they are not in the habit of deliberating about wrestling,
in the assembly?
|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 Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
cably to him, she had refused two very good suit-
ors. She had become more and more fascinated
by her own success in the round of gaieties she
But this success could not last long. A year
passed, then two, then three. She was a familiar
figure, beautiful--but her first youth had passed,
and she had become somehow part of the ball-
room furniture. Michael Ivanovich remembered
how he had realised that she was on the road to
spinsterhood, and desired but one thing for her.
The Forged Coupon