|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
"And you married her?" she asked in even tones.
"I have never allowed her to know that I love her."
"She was married."
Mary threw him a startled look and he went on
"I could have used my power over mind and body to
separate her from her husband. I confess that I was
tempted. But there was a child. Their union had been
sealed with the strongest tie that can bind two human
beings. I have never allowed her to realize that she
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Profits of Religion by Upton Sinclair:
wise, and therefore not so happy as they might have been. In the
course of time I have formulated to myself the peril to which
young radicals are exposed. We see so much that is wrong in
ancient things, it gets to be a habit with us to reject them. We
have only to know that a thing is old to feel an impulse of
impatient scorn; on the other hand, we are tempted to welcome
anything which can prove itself to be unprecedented. There is a
common type of radical whose aim in life is to be several jumps
ahead of mankind; whose criterion of conduct is that it shocks
the bourgeois. If you do not know that type, you may find
him--and her--in the newest of the Bohemian cafes, drinking the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
altogether; to dwell therein for aye; the torment shall not be
lightened for them, nor shall they be looked upon.
Your God is one God; there is no God but He, the merciful, the
Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the
alternation of night and day, and in the ship that runneth in the
sea with that which profits man, and in what water God sends down from
heaven and quickens therewith the earth after its death, and spreads
abroad therein all kinds of cattle, and in the shifting of the
winds, and in the clouds that are pressed into service betwixt
heaven and earth, are signs to people who can understand.
|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 Lamentable Tragedy of Locrine and Mucedorus by William Shakespeare:
A merry man a merry master makes.
How saist thou, sirra, wilt thou dwell with me?
Nay, soft, sir, two words to a bargain: pray you, what
occupation are you?
No occupation, I live upon my lands.
Your lands! away, you are no master for me: why, do
you think that I am so mad, to go seek my living in the
lands amongst the stones, briars, and bushes, and tear