|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
that everyone must be very cruel and hard upon the
poor. He had seen them in all their sorrow and misery
and poverty--stretching a long, scattering line all the
way from London town. Their bent backs, their poor
thin bodies and their hopeless, sorrowful faces attest-
ing the weary wretchedness of their existence.
"Be no one happy in all the world?" he once broke
out to the old woman.
"Only he who wields the mightiest sword," responded
the old woman. "You have seen, my son, that all Eng-
lishmen are beasts. They set upon and kill one another
The Outlaw of Torn
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
centre hath he made his home.
The waters too have flowed, the Sisters, to the kine: he meets
pressing-stones at the beloved rite.
4 Thou givest pleasure as a wife delights her lord. Listen,
O Child of
Pajri, for to thee I speak.
Amid the holy songs go on that we may live: in time of trouble,
watch thou free from blame.
The Rig Veda
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Crito by Plato:
understanding? also to be soothed, and gently and reverently entreated when
angry, even more than a father, and either to be persuaded, or if not
persuaded, to be obeyed? And when we are punished by her, whether with
imprisonment or stripes, the punishment is to be endured in silence; and if
she lead us to wounds or death in battle, thither we follow as is right;
neither may any one yield or retreat or leave his rank, but whether in
battle or in a court of law, or in any other place, he must do what his
city and his country order him; or he must change their view of what is
just: and if he may do no violence to his father or mother, much less may
he do violence to his country.' What answer shall we make to this, Crito?
Do the laws speak truly, or do they not?
|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 A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare:
How low am I? I am not yet so low,
But that my nailes can reach vnto thine eyes
Hel. I pray you though you mocke me, gentlemen,
Let her not hurt me; I was neuer curst:
I haue no gift at all in shrewishnesse;
I am a right maide for my cowardize;
Let her not strike me: you perhaps may thinke,
Because she is something lower then my selfe,
That I can match her
Her. Lower? harke againe
Hel. Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me,
A Midsummer Night's Dream