|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Job 18: 8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon the toils.
Job 18: 9 A gin shall take him by the heel, and a snare shall lay hold on him.
Job 18: 10 A noose is hid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
Job 18: 11 Terrors shall overwhelm him on every side, and shall entrap him at his feet.
Job 18: 12 His trouble shall be ravenous, and calamity shall be ready for his fall.
Job 18: 13 It shall devour the members of his body, yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.
Job 18: 14 That wherein he trusteth shall be plucked out of his tent; and he shall be brought to the king of terrors.
Job 18: 15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his; brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
Job 18: 16 His roots shall dry up beneath, and above shall his branch wither.
Job 18: 17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name abroad.
Job 18: 18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
kind of Inquisition weighing and analyzing the most insignificant
actions of every man of any fortune, and our forecasts are infallible.
One of us looks out over the judicial world, one over the financial,
another surveys the administrative, and yet another the business
world. I myself keep an eye on eldest sons, artists, people in the
great world, and gamblers--on the most sensational side of Paris.
Every one who comes to us lets us into his neighbor's secrets.
Thwarted passion and mortified vanity are great babblers. Vice and
disappointment and vindictiveness are the best of all detectives. My
colleagues, like myself, have enjoyed all things, are sated with all
things, and have reached the point when power and money are loved for