|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from La Grande Breteche by Honore de Balzac:
"Next morning when he got up he said with apparent carelessness, 'Oh,
by the way, I must go to the Maire for the passport.' He put on his
hat, took two or three steps towards the door, paused, and took the
crucifix. His wife was trembling with joy.
" 'He will go to Duvivier's,' thought she.
"As soon as he had left, Madame de Merret rang for Rosalie, and then
in a terrible voice she cried: 'The pick! Bring the pick! and set to
work. I saw how Gorenflot did it yesterday; we shall have time to make
a gap and build it up again.'
"In an instant Rosalie had brought her mistress a sort of cleaver;
she, with a vehemence of which no words can give an idea, set to work
La Grande Breteche
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Menexenus by Plato:
more gently; for thus you will be most endeared to the dead and to the
living, and your sorrows will heal and be healed. And now do you and all,
having lamented the dead in common according to the law, go your ways.
You have heard, Menexenus, the oration of Aspasia the Milesian.
MENEXENUS: Truly, Socrates, I marvel that Aspasia, who is only a woman,
should be able to compose such a speech; she must be a rare one.
SOCRATES: Well, if you are incredulous, you may come with me and hear her.
MENEXENUS: I have often met Aspasia, Socrates, and know what she is like.
SOCRATES: Well, and do you not admire her, and are you not grateful for
MENEXENUS: Yes, Socrates, I am very grateful to her or to him who told
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
Journal, shows that playing with sword-swallowing
is about as dangerous as playing with
On Monday evening last, a man named
William Dempster, a juggler of inferior
dexterity while exhibiting his tricks in a
public house in Botchergate, kept by a person
named Purdy, actually accomplished
the sad reality of one of those feats, with the
semblance only of which he intended to
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods
|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 Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the passion of men for learning, and poetry, and art; but it was
written, by good luck, after a solid, prosaic fashion, that suited
the room infinitely more nearly than the matter; and the result was
that I thought less, perhaps, of Lippo Lippi, or Lorenzo, or
Politian, than of the good Englishman who had written in that volume
what he knew of them, and taken so much pleasure in his solemn
I was not left without society. My landlord had a very pretty little
daughter, whom we shall call Lizzie. If I had made any notes at the
time, I might be able to tell you something definite of her
appearance. But faces have a trick of growing more and more