|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The United States Bill of Rights:
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The United States Bill of Rights.
The Ten Original Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Passed by Congress September 25, 1789
Ratified December 15, 1791
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
moment; I should take the hundred pistoles. We want money for
our return to Paris."
"I am much attached to that horse, Athos."
"And there again you are wrong. A horse slips and injures a
joint; a horse stumbles and breaks his knees to the bone; a horse
eats out of a manger in which a glandered horse has eaten. There
is a horse, while on the contrary, the hundred pistoles feed
"But how shall we get back?"
"Upon our lackey's horses, PARDIEU. Anybody may see by our
bearing that we are people of condition."
The Three Musketeers
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from King James Bible:
PSA 48:4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
PSA 48:5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and
PSA 48:6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in
PSA 48:7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
PSA 48:8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of
hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
PSA 48:9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of
PSA 48:10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends
King James Bible
|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 Roads of Destiny by O. Henry:
in a double-breasted frock-coat, trying to touch the floor with his
toes. He was the colour of vici kid, and his whiskers was like
excelsior made out of mahogany wood. He breathed hard, and he never
once took his eyes off of Denver. There was a look of admiration and
respect on his face like you see on a boy that's following a champion
base-ball team, or the Kaiser William looking at himself in a glass.
"After Denver goes his rounds he takes me into his private office.
"'What's your report on the dingy I told you to watch?' he asks.
"'Well,' says I, 'if you was as big a man as he takes you to be, nine
rooms and bath in the Hall of Fame, rent free till October 1st, would
be about your size.'