|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
is more, they are the basest of the base, as you can hardly fail to
note, if at least you believe idleness and effeminacy and reckless
negligence to be baseness. Then, too, there are other treacherous
beldames giving themselves out to be innocent pleasures, to wit,
dicings and profitless associations among men. These in the
fulness of time appear in all their nakedness even to them that are
deceived, showing themselves that they are after all but pains tricked
out and decked with pleasures. These are they who have the dominion
over those you speak of and quite hinder them from every good and
 Or, "frivolous society."
|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 Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
life, and help him all we can. You have been telling me you--you cared for me,
and now that we are about to part I--I don't know what to say to you--unless
it is: Give up this intention of yours to seek adventure, and come with us. It
seems to me you need not hunt for excitement here; it will come unsought."
"I wish I were Jim," said he, suddenly.
"Who is Jim?"
"Tell me of him."
"There's nothing much to tell. He and I are all that are left of our people,
as are you and Kate of yours. Jim's a preacher, and the best fellow--oh! I
cared a lot for Jim."
The Spirit of the Border