|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Passion in the Desert by Honore de Balzac:
delights. He discovered in the rising and setting of the sun sights
unknown to the world. He knew what it was to tremble when he heard
over his head the hiss of a bird's wing, so rarely did they pass, or
when he saw the clouds, changing and many colored travelers, melt one
into another. He studied in the night time the effect of the moon upon
the ocean of sand, where the simoom made waves swift of movement and
rapid in their change. He lived the life of the Eastern day, marveling
at its wonderful pomp; then, after having reveled in the sight of a
hurricane over the plain where the whirling sands made red, dry mists
and death-bearing clouds, he would welcome the night with joy, for
then fell the healthful freshness of the stars, and he listened to
|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 Tanach:
1_Chronicles 17: 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne for ever.
1_Chronicles 17: 13 I will be to him for a father, and he shall be to Me for a son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;
1_Chronicles 17: 14 but I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever.'
1_Chronicles 17: 15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
1_Chronicles 17: 16 Then David the king went in, and sat before the LORD; and he said: 'Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me thus far?
1_Chronicles 17: 17 And this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; but Thou hast spoken of Thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me after the manner of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
1_Chronicles 17: 18 What can David say yet more unto Thee concerning the honour which is done to Thy servant? for Thou knowest Thy servant.
1_Chronicles 17: 19 O LORD, for Thy servant's sake, and according to Thine own heart, hast Thou wrought all this greatness, to make known all these great things.
1_Chronicles 17: 20 O LORD, there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
1_Chronicles 17: 21 And who is like Thy people Israel, a nation one in the earth, whom God went to redeem unto Himself for a people, to make Thee a name by great and tremendous things, in driving ou