|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
the main street behind his wolf-dogs. She accompanied the lady
reporter of the "Kansas City Star" when photographs were taken of
his Bonanza properties, and watched the genesis of a six-column
article. At that time they were dined royally in Flossie's cabin,
on Flossie's table linen. Likewise there were comings and goings,
and junketings, all perfectly proper, by the way, which caused the
men to say sharp things and the women to be spiteful. Only Mrs.
Eppingwell did not hear. The distant hum of wagging tongues rose
faintly, but she was prone to believe good of people and to close
her ears to evil; so she paid no heed.
Not so with Freda. She had no cause to love men, but, by some
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe:
that I had heard he was well. 'For I have observed, madam,'
says she, 'you hadn't been so pleasant as you used to be; you
have been over head and ears in care for him, I dare say,' says
the good woman; ''tis easy to be seen there's an alteration in
you for the better,' says she. 'Well, I am sorry the esquire
can't come yet,' says my landlord; 'I should have been heartily
glad to have seen him. But I hope, when you have certain
news of his coming, you'll take a step hither again, madam,'
says he; 'you shall be very welcome whenever you please to
With all these fine compliments we parted, and I came merry
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
Strolling together slowly in their summer twilight and their empty
corner of Mayfair, they found themselves emerge at last opposite to
one of the smaller gates of the Park; upon which, without any
particular word about it--they were talking so of other things--
they crossed the street and went in and sat down on a bench. She
had gathered by this time one magnificent hope about him--the hope
he would say nothing vulgar. She knew thoroughly what she meant by
that; she meant something quite apart from any matter of his being
"false." Their bench was not far within; it was near the Park Lane
paling and the patchy lamplight and the rumbling cabs and 'buses.
A strange emotion had come to her, and she felt indeed excitement
|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 Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
BOUNTY, n. The liberality of one who has much, in permitting one who
has nothing to get all that he can.
A single swallow, it is said, devours ten millions of insects
every year. The supplying of these insects I take to be a signal
instance of the Creator's bounty in providing for the lives of His
Henry Ward Beecher
BRAHMA, n. He who created the Hindoos, who are preserved by Vishnu
and destroyed by Siva -- a rather neater division of labor than is
found among the deities of some other nations. The Abracadabranese,
for example, are created by Sin, maintained by Theft and destroyed by
The Devil's Dictionary