|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from King James Bible:
be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the
writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
DAN 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father
a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
DAN 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and
languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and
whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he
would he put down.
DAN 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in
pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Letters of Two Brides by Honore de Balzac:
Behold, my fair Renee, where our business now stands,
as the great Corneille has said.
MME. DE L'ESTORADE TO MLLE. DE CHAULIEU
LA CRAMPADE, February.
My dear Louise,--I was bound to wait some time before writing to you;
but now I know, or rather I have learned, many things which, for the
sake of your future happiness, I must tell you. The difference between
a girl and a married woman is so vast, that the girl can no more
comprehend it than the married woman can go back to girlhood again.
I chose to marry Louis de l'Estorade rather than return to the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
There are no idols in this temple, and his prayers go up to
Shang-ti the Supreme Being "by whom kings reign and princes
decree justice." When therefore instead of giving rain Heaven
sent down a fiery bolt to destroy the temple at which the Son of
Heaven prays, the people were struck with dismay.
The pale faces of the women, the apprehensive noddings of the
men, and the hushed voices of our old Confucian teachers as they
spoke of the matter, indicated the concern with which they viewed
it. Here was a boy who had been placed upon the throne by a
woman; he was the same generation as the Emperor who had preceded
him, and hence could not worship him as his ancestor. It augured
|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 Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:
Worthing in his pocket at the time. Worthing is a place in Sussex.
It is a seaside resort.
LADY BRACKNELL. Where did the charitable gentleman who had a
first-class ticket for this seaside resort find you?
JACK. [Gravely.] In a hand-bag.
LADY BRACKNELL. A hand-bag?
JACK. [Very seriously.] Yes, Lady Bracknell. I was in a hand-bag
- a somewhat large, black leather hand-bag, with handles to it - an
ordinary hand-bag in fact.
LADY BRACKNELL. In what locality did this Mr. James, or Thomas,
Cardew come across this ordinary hand-bag?