|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen:
I do not feel so very, very much afflicted as one would have thought."
"You feel, as you always do, what is most to the credit
of human nature. Such feelings ought to be investigated,
that they may know themselves."
Catherine, by some chance or other, found her spirits
so very much relieved by this conversation that she could
not regret her being led on, though so unaccountably,
to mention the circumstance which had produced it.
From this time, the subject was frequently canvassed
by the three young people; and Catherine found,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
Lochnagar, which is now 3000 feet deep of empty air was once
filled up with ice to the height of the hills on which I stand--
about 1700 feet high--and that that ice ran over into Glen Muick,
between these pretty knolls, and covered the ground where Birk
Hall now stands."
And more:- When you see growing on those knolls of serpentine a
few pretty little Alpine plants, which have no business down there
so low, you will have a fair right to say, as I said, "The seeds
of these plants were brought by the ice ages and ages since from
off the mountain range of Lochnagar, and left here, nestling among
the rocks, to found a fresh colony, far from their old mountain
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
offer any so that this lady is suffered to withdraw with me." And he
took in his own a hand that Ruth, amazed and unresisting, yielded up
to him. That touch of his seemed to drive out her fears and to restore
her confidence; the mortal terror in which she had been until his coming
dropped from her now. She was no longer alone and abandoned to the
vindictiveness of rude and violent men. She had beside her one in whom
experience had taught her to have faith.
Louis Duras, Marquis de Blanquefort, and Earl of Feversham, coughed with
mock discreetness under cover of his hand. "Ahem!"
He was a comely man with a long nose, good lowlidded eyes, a humorous
mouth, and a weak chin; at a glance he looked what he was, a weak,
|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 Unconscious Comedians by Honore de Balzac:
a coating of some greasy, fuliginous substance, the furniture, the
chairs, the table, were all most abject. The floor tiles oozed like a
water-cooler. In short, every accessory was in keeping with the
fearful old woman of the hooked nose, ghastly face, and decent rags
who directed the "consulters" to sit down, informing them that only
one at a time could be admitted to Madame.
Gazonal, who played the intrepid, entered bravely, and found himself
in presence of one of those women forgotten by Death, who no doubt
forgets them intentionally in order to leave some samples of Itself
among the living. He saw before him a withered face in which shone
fixed gray eyes of wearying immobility; a flattened nose, smeared with