|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
I must tell you, Socrates, what strikes me as the finest and most
accurate arrangement of goods and furniture it was ever my fortune to
set eyes on; when I went as a sightseer on board the great Phoenician
merchantman, and beheld an endless quantity of goods and gear of
all sorts, all separately packed and stowed away within the smallest
compass. I need scarce remind you (he said, continuing his
narrative) what a vast amount of wooden spars and cables a ship
depends on in order to get to moorings; or again, in putting out to
sea; you know the host of sails and cordage, rigging as they
call it, she requires for sailing; the quantity of engines and
machinery of all sorts she is armed with in case she should encounter
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
was there with a party of young men, and he was obliged to dine
with them. Their trivial conversation and idle jests did not
interest him, and as soon as coffee was brought he left them,
inventing some engagement in order to get away. As he was going
out of the club, the hall-porter handed him a letter. It was from
Herr Winckelkopf, asking him to call down the next evening, and
look at an explosive umbrella, that went off as soon as it was
opened. It was the very latest invention, and had just arrived
from Geneva. He tore the letter up into fragments. He had made up
his mind not to try any more experiments. Then he wandered down to
the Thames Embankment, and sat for hours by the river. The moon
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
their lives on that sad occasion.
I was once making a list of all such, I mean of all those professions
and employments who thus died, as I call it, in the way of their duty;
but it was impossible for a private man to come at a certainty in the
particulars. I only remember that there died sixteen clergymen, two
aldermen, five physicians, thirteen surgeons, within the city and
liberties before the beginning of September. But this being, as I said
before, the great crisis and extremity of the infection, it can be no
complete list. As to inferior people, I think there died six-and-forty
constables and head-boroughs in the two parishes of Stepney and
Whitechappel; but I could not carry my list oil, for when the violent
A Journal of the Plague Year
|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 Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie:
to the theatre--take a night off."
"Thank you, your excellency."
The secretary bowed and departed.
Julius stood at the door watching his retreat. Finally, with a
satisfied sigh, he closed it, and came back to his position in
the centre of the room.
"Now, Mr. Hersheimmer, perhaps you will be so kind as to come to
"I guess that won't take a minute," drawled Julius. Then, with
an abrupt change of manner: "Hands up--or I shoot!"
For a moment Kramenin stared blindly into the big automatic,