|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:
obliged to go against the current he advanced but slowly.
Raoul continued his way and was visibly gaining ground; but
the horse and its rider, of whom he did not lose sight, were
evidently sinking. The nostrils of the horse were no longer
above water, and the rider, who had lost the reins in
struggling, fell with his head back and his arms extended.
One moment longer and all would disappear.
"Courage!" cried Raoul, "courage!"
"Too late!" murmured the young man, "too late!"
The water closed above his head and stifled his voice.
Raoul sprang from his horse, to which he left the charge of
Twenty Years After
|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 Pagan and Christian Creeds by Edward Carpenter:
into a screen, to hide you from others, or the others from you.
If you cease from running after qualities, then after a little
time your soul will become purified, and you will KNOW that your
self is the Self of all creatures; and when you can feel that you
will know that the other things do not much matter.
Sometimes people are so awfully good that their very goodness
hides them from other people. They really cannot be
on a level with others, and they feel that the others are far
below them. Consequently their 'selves' are blinded or hidden
by their 'goodness.' It is a sad end to come to! And sometimes
it happens that very 'bad' people--just because they are so
Pagan and Christian Creeds