|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
Death, stumbling, falling, with head turned backward, fighting to
the last. And Death is kind. It is only Life, and the things of
Life that hurt. Yet we love Life, and we hate Death. It is very
"We spoke little, Passuk and I, in the days which came. In the
night we lay in the snow like dead people, and in the morning we
went on our way, walking like dead people. And all things were
dead. There were no ptarmigan, no squirrels, no snowshoe
rabbits,--nothing. The river made no sound beneath its white
robes. The sap was frozen in the forest. And it became cold, as
now; and in the night the stars drew near and large, and leaped
|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 Euthydemus by Plato:
And what does that signify? said Ctesippus; you and I may contradict all
the same for that.
But can we contradict one another, said Dionysodorus, when both of us are
describing the same thing? Then we must surely be speaking the same thing?
Or when neither of us is speaking of the same thing? For then neither of
us says a word about the thing at all?
He granted that proposition also.
But when I describe something and you describe another thing, or I say
something and you say nothing--is there any contradiction? How can he who
speaks contradict him who speaks not?