|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The War in the Air by H. G. Wells:
The flat Asiatic airships kept high above the Germans and behind
them, and fired unanswered bullets into their gas-chambers and
upon their flanks--the one-man flying-machines hovered and
alighted like a swarm of attacking bees. Nearer they came, and
nearer, filling the lower heaven. Two of the Germans swooped and
rose again, but the Hohenzollern had suffered too much for that.
She lifted weakly, turned sharply as if to get out of the battle,
burst into flames fore and aft, swept down to the water, splashed
into it obliquely, and rolled over and over and came down stream
rolling and smashing and writhing like a thing alive, halting and
then coming on again, with her torn and bent propeller still
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
and yours shall be what ye have gained; ye shall not be questioned
as to that which they have done.
They say, 'Be ye Jews or Christians so shall ye of Abraham be
guided.' Say, 'Not so! but the faith of Abraham he was not of the
Say ye, 'We believe in God, and what has been revealed to us, and
what has been revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and
Jacob, and the Tribes, and what was brought to Moses and Jesus, and
what was brought unto the Prophets from their Lord; we will not
distinguish between any one of them, and unto Him are we resigned.'
If they believe in that in which ye believe, then are they guided;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Myths and Myth-Makers by John Fiske:
darkness. She does not care for their cows, but will take a
drink of milk, if they will be so good as to get it for her.
Then she goes back and tells Indra that she cannot find the
cows. He kicks her with his foot, and she runs back to the
Panis, followed by the god, who smites them all with his
unerring arrows and recovers the stolen light. From such a
simple beginning as this
has been deduced the Greek myth of the faithlessness of
 Max Muller, Science of Language, II 484.
 As Max Muller observes, "apart from all mythological
Myths and Myth-Makers
|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 Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Who can he be?" said the gelding.
"He seems suspiciously civil," said the mare.
"I do not think he can be much account," said the gelding.
"Depend upon it he is only a Kanaka," said the mare.
Then they turned to him.
"Go to the devil!" said the gelding.
"I wonder at your impudence, speaking to persons of our quality!"
cried the mare.
The saddle-horse went away by himself. "I was right," said he,
"they are great chiefs."
XV - THE TADPOLE AND THE FROG.