|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
tyrant of the earth and heaven.
11 O Indra, were this earth extended forth tenfold, and men
therein multiplied day by day,
Still here thy conquering might, Maghavan, would be famed:
waxed vast as heaven in majesty and power.
12 Thou, bold of heart, in thine own native might, for help,
limit of this mid-air and of heaven,
The Rig Veda
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac:
" 'Have you courage to hear what I have to say? I wonder whether you
will see how much a man must be attached to a friend if he can be
guilty of such a breach of confidence as this for his sake.'
"Something in Rastignac's voice stung like a lash of a whip.
" 'WHAT?' asked Godefroid de Beaudenord, turning pale.
" 'I was unhappy over your joy; I had not the heart to keep such a
secret to myself when I saw all these preparations, your happiness in
" 'Just say it out in three words!'
" 'Swear to me on your honor that you will be as silent as the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
fortunate) a party of officers bearing a warrant to arrest my
father's person, and a man of a gross body and low manners,
who declared the island, the plantation, and all its human
chattels, to be now his own. 'I think,' said my slave-girl,
'he must be a politician or some very powerful sorcerer; for
Madam Mendizabal had no sooner seen them coming, than she
took to the woods.'
'Fool,' said I, 'it was the officers she feared; and at any
rate why does that beldam still dare to pollute the island
with her presence? And O Cora,' I exclaimed, remembering my
grief, 'what matter all these troubles to an orphan?'
|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 Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:
and stumpy gestures would alone have sufficed to have made it a
memorable occasion. The later one had been read to the daughter
club of the ENQUIRERS, the SOCIAL ENQUIRERS, in the year after White
had gone down, and it was new to him.
Both these papers were folded flat and neatly docketed; they were
rather yellow and a little dog-eared, and with the outer sheet
pencilled over with puzzling or illegible scribblings, Benham's
memoranda for his reply. White took the earlier essay in his hand.
At the head of the first page was written in large letters, "Go
slowly, speak to the man at the back." It brought up memories of
his own experiences, of rows of gaslit faces, and of a friendly