|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from King James Bible:
children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
JOS 21:42 These cities were every one with their suburbs round about
them: thus were all these cities.
JOS 21:43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to
give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
JOS 21:44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all
that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their
enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their
JOS 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had
spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
to the poorhouse. It's a bargain then. I'll take you out there
"You're so good to me. I never had anybody be so good before."
Tears stood in the big eyes and splashed over.
"Cut out the water works, kid. You want to take a brace and act
like a man," advised his new friend brusquely.
"I know. I know. If you knew what I have done maybe you wouldn't
ask me to go with you. I--I can't tell you anything more than
that," the youngster sobbed.
"Oh, well. What's the diff? You're making a new start to-day.
Ain't that right?"
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Yates Pride by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
They also bent over the blue and white bundle. They also said
something about the darling coming to see his aunties. Then
there ensued the softest chorus of lady-laughter, as if at some
"Come in, Eudora dear," said Amelia Lancaster. "Yes, come in,
Eudora dear," said Anna Lancaster. "Yes, come in, Eudora dear,"
said Sophia Willing.
Sophia looked much older than her sisters, but with that
exception the resemblance between all three was startling. They
always dressed exactly alike, too, in silken fabric of bluish
lavender, like myrtle blossoms. Some of the poetical souls in the
|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 Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
Granice was overcome by the futility of any farther attempt to
inculpate himself. He was chained to life--a "prisoner of
consciousness." Where was it he had read the phrase? Well, he
was learning what it meant. In the glaring night-hours, when his
brain seemed ablaze, he was visited by a sense of his fixed
identity, of his irreducible, inexpugnable SELFNESS, keener, more
insidious, more unescapable, than any sensation he had ever
known. He had not guessed that the mind was capable of such
intricacies of self-realization, of penetrating so deep into its
own dark windings. Often he woke from his brief snatches of
sleep with the feeling that something material was clinging to