|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Eryxias by Platonic Imitator:
intractable. And now they have sent ambassadors to Athens, and intend, I
suspect, to play us some trick.--While we were talking, the Syracusan
envoys chanced to go by, and Erasistratus, pointing to one of them, said to
me, That, Socrates, is the richest man in all Italy and Sicily. For who
has larger estates or more land at his disposal to cultivate if he please?
And they are of a quality, too, finer than any other land in Hellas.
Moreover, he has all the things which go to make up wealth, slaves and
horses innumerable, gold and silver without end.
I saw that he was inclined to expatiate on the riches of the man; so I
asked him, Well, Erasistratus, and what sort of character does he bear in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
So many visits to this island had he made, and counted so many
hours of revery spent in its haunting sweetness, that the spot
had come to seem his own. It belonged to no man, for it was deep
in the unsurveyed and virgin wilderness; neither had he ever made
his camp here with any man, nor shared with any the intimate
delight which the place gave him. Therefore for many weeks he had
planned to bring her here after their wedding, upon the day
itself, and show her and share with her his pines and his fishing
rock. He would bid her smell the first true breath of the
mountains, would watch with her the sinking camp-fire, and with
her listen to the water as it flowed round the island.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin:
about a foot and a half high.
"That's right!" said the dwarf, stretching out first his
legs and then his arms, and then shaking his head up and down and
as far round as it would go, for five minutes without stopping,
apparently with the view of ascertaining if he were quite correctly
put together, while Gluck stood contemplating him in speechless
amazement. He was dressed in a slashed doublet of spun gold, so
fine in its texture that the prismatic colors gleamed over it as if
on a surface of mother-of-pearl; and over this brilliant doublet his
hair and beard fell full halfway to the ground in waving curls, so
exquisitely delicate that Gluck could hardly tell where they ended;
|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 A Princess of Parms by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
limbs, and breast.
When he was within about fifty feet of me he unclasped an
enormous metal armlet, and holding it toward me in the
open palm of his hand, addressed me in a clear, resonant
voice, but in a language, it is needless to say, I could not
understand. He then stopped as though waiting for my reply,
pricking up his antennae-like ears and cocking his strange-looking
eyes still further toward me.
As the silence became painful I concluded to hazard a little
conversation on my own part, as I had guessed that he was
making overtures of peace. The throwing down of his weapons