|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
dubitare quin de omnibus obsidibus qui apud eum sint gravissimum
supplicium sumat. Caesarem vel auctoritate sua atque exercitus vel
recenti victoria vel nomine populi Romani deterrere posse ne maior
multitudo Germanorum Rhenum traducatur, Galliamque omnem ab Ariovisti
iniuria posse defendere.
Hac oratione ab Diviciaco habita omnes qui aderant magno fletu
auxilium a Caesare petere coeperunt. Animadvertit Caesar unos ex omnibus
Sequanos nihil earum rerum facere quas ceteri facerent sed tristes capite
demisso terram intueri. Eius rei quae causa esset miratus ex ipsis
quaesiit. Nihil Sequani respondere, sed in eadem tristitia taciti
permanere. Cum ab his saepius quaereret neque ullam omnino vocem
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic:
into his companion's face.
"Oh, we were going to be frank, you know," she added,
with a pleasant play of mingled mirth and honest liking
in her eyes.
"No," he said, picking his words, "my point would
rather be that--that there ought not to have been any
of what you yourself call this--this 'dirty work.'
THAT is my feeling."
"Now we're getting at it," said Sister Soulsby, briskly.
"My dear friend, you might just as well say that potatoes
are unclean and unfit to eat because manure is put
The Damnation of Theron Ware
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from 1984 by George Orwell:
close to him two days running. His cigarette had gone out, and he laid it
carefully on the edge of the table. He would finish smoking it after work,
if he could keep the tobacco in it. Quite likely the person at the next
table was a spy of the Thought Police, and quite likely he would be in the
cellars of the Ministry of Love within three days, but a cigarette end
must not be wasted. Syme had folded up his strip of paper and stowed it
away in his pocket. Parsons had begun talking again.
'Did I ever tell you, old boy,' he said, chuckling round the stem of his
pipe, 'about the time when those two nippers of mine set fire to the old
market-woman's skirt because they saw her wrapping up sausages in a poster
of B.B.? Sneaked up behind her and set fire to it with a box of matches.
|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 Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
"I feel it's all my fault," I exclaimed, "mine and
nobody else's. That's how I feel. I shall never
"That's very foolish, sir," said Mr. Burns fiercely.
And after this effort he fell back exhausted on
his bed. He closed his eyes, he panted; this affair,
this abominable surprise had shaken him up, too.
As I turned away I perceived Ransome looking at
me blankly. He appreciated what it meant, but
managed to produce his pleasant, wistful smile.
Then he stepped back into his pantry, and I rushed
The Shadow Line