|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Human Drift by Jack London:
Where the tall grain is ripe
Thrust in your sickles!
Stripped and adust
In a stubble of empire
Scything and binding
The full sheaves of sovereignty."
Even if, as of old, man should wander hungrily, sword in hand,
slaying and being slain, the relief would be only temporary. Even
if one race alone should hew down the last survivor of all the
other races, that one race, drifting the world around, would
saturate the planet with its own life and again press against
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
and talked with Madame M; auunster. The prospect was
beautiful in spite of there being nothing human within sight.
There was a wilderness of woods, and the gleam of a distant river,
and a glimpse of half the hill-tops in Massachusetts.
The road had a wide, grassy margin, on the further side of which
there flowed a deep, clear brook; there were wild flowers in
the grass, and beside the brook lay the trunk of a fallen tree.
Acton waited a while; at last a rustic wayfarer came trudging
along the road. Acton asked him to hold the horses--
a service he consented to render, as a friendly turn to a
fellow-citizen. Then he invited the Baroness to descend,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
corner. But she'll be back in a minute."
Michael Ivanovich followed the stout figure of
Maria Ivanovna into a tiny parlour, and from the
next room came the screams of a baby, sounding
cross and peevish, which filled him with disgust.
They cut him like a knife.
Maria Ivanovna apologised, and went into the
room, and he could hear her soothing the child.
The child became quiet, and she returned.
"That is her baby; she'll be back in a minute.
You are a friend of hers, I suppose?"
The Forged Coupon
|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 De Profundis by Oscar Wilde:
to be admitted, so that I might share in what I was entitled to
share in. If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him, I
should feel it as the most poignant humiliation, as the most
terrible mode in which disgrace could be inflicted on me. But that
could not be. I have a right to share in sorrow, and he who can
look at the loveliness of the world and share its sorrow, and
realise something of the wonder of both, is in immediate contact
with divine things, and has got as near to God's secret as any one
Perhaps there may come into my art also, no less than into my life,
a still deeper note, one of greater unity of passion, and