|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:
EXO 35:26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun
EXO 35:27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for
the ephod, and for the breastplate;
EXO 35:28 And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil,
and for the sweet incense.
EXO 35:29 The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the
LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for
all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand
EXO 35:30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
Friends. At a time when the greater part of the Continent was sunk
in spiritual sleep, these men were reasserting doctrines concerning
man, and his relation to his Creator, which, whether or not all
believe them (as I believe them) to be founded on eternal fact, all
must confess to have been of incalculable benefit to the cause of
humanity and civilisation.
From England, finally, about the middle of the eighteenth century,
went forth--promulgated by English noblemen--that freemasonry which
seems to have been the true parent of all the secret societies of
Europe. Of this curious question, more hereafter. But enough has
been said to show that England, instead of falling, at any period,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin:
thus certain exanthematous diseases cause the affected places in the negro
to appear blacker, instead of, as with us, redder. The skin, perhaps,
from being rendered more tense by the filling of the capillaries,
would reflect a somewhat different tint to what it did before.
That the capillaries of the face in the negro become filled with blood,
under the emotion of shame, we may feel confident; because a perfectly
characterized albino negress, described by Buffon, showed a faint
tinge of crimson on her cheeks when she exhibited herself naked.
Cicatrices of the skin remain for a long time white in the negro,
and Dr. Burgess, who had frequent opportunities of observing a scar of this
kind on the face of a negress, distinctly saw that it "invariably became
Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals
|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 Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
"They're stopped," he cried gleefully, "at least for a little.
A piece of rock as big as a house gently slid from above onto their
precious heads. It may have blocked them off completely."
We hurried forward then; Harry helped Desiree, while I
painfully brought up the rear. At every few steps they were forced
to halt and wait for me, though I did my utmost to keep us with
them. Harry had taken my spear that I might have both hands to
help me over the rocks.
Climbing, sliding, jumping, we left the Incas behind; no sound
came from the rear. I began to think that they had really been
completely shut off, and several times opened my mouth to call to