|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
But we made them models calling to the fire; and on the resurrection
day they shall not be helped; and we followed them up in this world
with a curse; and on the resurrection day they shall be abhorred!
And we gave Moses the Book, after that we had destroyed the former
generations, as an insight to men and a guidance and a mercy; haply
they may be mindful!
Thou wast not upon the western side when we decided for Moses, but
afar off; nor wast thou of the witnesses. But we raised up (other)
generations, and life was prolonged for them; and thou wast not
staying amidst the people of Midian, reciting to them our signs; but
we were sending our apostles.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Odyssey by Homer:
'Lo now, my sons, yoke for Telemachus horses with flowing
mane and lead them beneath the car, that he may get forward
on his way.'
Even so he spake, and they gave good heed and hearkened;
and quickly they yoked the swift horses beneath the
chariot. And the dame that kept the stores placed therein
corn and wine and dainties, such as princes eat, the
fosterlings of Zeus. So Telemachus stept up into the goodly
car, and with him Peisistratus son of Nestor, leader of
men, likewise climbed the car and grasped the reins in his