|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
Ginevra shuddered; she sprang like a bird on her father's knee, threw
her arms around his neck, and caressed his white hair, exclaiming,
"Oh, yes, yes, let me die first! I could never survive you, my father,
my kind father!"
"Oh! my Ginevra, my own Ginevra!" replied Piombo, whose anger melted
under this caress like snow beneath the rays of the sun.
"It was time you ceased," said the baroness, in a trembling voice.
"Ah! Ginevretta! mia bella Ginevra!"
And the father played with his daughter as though she were a child of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
lose your life out there I'll see your name cleared--the
service you render known. You can rest assured of that."
"I am satisfied," replied Duane. "That's so much more than I've
dared to hope."
"Well, it's settled, then. I'll give you money for expenses.
You'll start as soon as you like--the sooner the better. I hope
to think of other suggestions, especially about communicating
Long after the lights were out and the low hum of voices had
ceased round the camp-fire Duane lay wide awake, eyes staring
into the blackness, marveling over the strange events of the
The Lone Star Ranger
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Complete Angler by Izaak Walton:
belly or throat will receive, and swallow a part of him, and let the other
part remain in his mouth till the swallowed part be digested, and then
swallow that other part that was in his mouth, and so put it over by
degrees; which is not unlike the Ox, and some other beasts taking their
meat, not out of their mouth immediately into their belly, but first into
some place betwixt, and then chew it, or digest it by degrees after,
which is called chewing the cud. And, doubtless, Pikes will bite when
they are not hungry; but, as some think, even for very anger, when a
tempting bait comes near to them.
And it is observed, that the Pike will eat venomous things, as some kind
of frogs are, and yet live without being harmed by them; for, as some
|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 Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
before these times the bulk of the people did not over-eat
themselves, because they couldn't, whether they wanted to do so
or not, and all but a very few were kept "fit" by unavoidable
exercise and personal danger. Now, if only he pitch his standard
low enough and keep free from pride, almost any one can achieve a
sort of excess. You can go through contemporary life fudging and
evading, indulging and slacking, never really hungry nor
frightened nor passionately stirred, your highest moment a mere
sentimental orgasm, and your first real contact with primary and
elemental necessities, the sweat of your death-bed. So I think
it was with my uncle; so, very nearly, it was with me.