|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
'Why didn't you tie it down, child?' said a voice behind her.
'I meant to, but the flies are so bad I let her off - and this is what
she's done!' Una looked round, expecting Puck, and saw a curly-
haired girl, not much taller than herself, but older, dressed in a
curious high-waisted, lavender-coloured riding-habit, with a
high hunched collar and a deep cape and a belt fastened with a steel
clasp. She wore a yellow velvet cap and tan gauntlets, and carried
a real hunting-crop. Her cheeks were pale except for two pretty
pink patches in the middle, and she talked with little gasps at the
end of her sentences, as though she had been running.
'You don't milk so badly, child,' she said, and when she smiled
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Leviticus 25: 14 And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbour, or buy of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not wrong one another.
Leviticus 25: 15 According to the number of years after the jubilee thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the crops he shall sell unto thee.
Leviticus 25: 16 According to the multitude of the years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of the years thou shalt diminish the price of it; for the number of crops doth he sell unto thee.
Leviticus 25: 17 And ye shall not wrong one another; but thou shalt fear thy God; for I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 25: 18 Wherefore ye shall do My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.
Leviticus 25: 19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat until ye have enough, and dwell therein in safety.
Leviticus 25: 20 And if ye shall say: 'What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we may not sow, nor gather in our increase';
Leviticus 25: 21 then I will command My blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth produce for the three years.
Leviticus 25: 22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat of the produce, the old store; until the ninth year, until her produce come in, ye shall eat the old store.
Leviticus 25: 23 And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and settlers with Me.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
Let him fear this; for it will come to pass
That every braggart shall be found an ass.
Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, live
Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery thrive.
There's place and means for every man alive.
I'll after them.
SCENE 4. Florence. A room in the Widow's house.
[Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA.]
That you may well perceive I have not wrong'd you!
|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 Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:
mantle falling about it in the most graceful of folds, it is the
very eastern princess of a building standing in the majesty of her
court to give you audience.
A pebbly path, a low flight of stone steps, a pause to leave your
shoes without the sill, and you tread in the twilight of reverence
upon the moss-like mats within. The richness of its outer ornament,
so impressive at first, is, you discover, but prelude to the lavish
luxury of its interior. Lacquer, bronze, pigments, deck its ceiling
and its sides in such profusion that it seems to you as if art had
expanded, in the congenial atmosphere, into a tropical luxuriance of
decoration, and grew here as naturally on temples as in the jungle