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Today's Stichomancy for James Brown

The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:

Job 5: 8 But as for me, I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause;

Job 5: 9 Who doeth great things and unsearchable, marvellous things without number;

Job 5: 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields;

Job 5: 11 So that He setteth up on high those that are low, and those that mourn are exalted to safety.

Job 5: 12 He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands can perform nothing substantial.

Job 5: 13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; and the counsel of the wily is carried headlong.

Job 5: 14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Job 5: 15 But He saveth from the sword of their mouth, even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

Job 5: 16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

Job 5: 17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth; therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.

Job 5: 18 For He maketh sore, and bindeth up; He woundeth, and His hands make whole.


The Tanach
The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Poems by Oscar Wilde:

Poem: La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente

My limbs are wasted with a flame, My feet are sore with travelling, For, calling on my Lady's name, My lips have now forgot to sing.

O Linnet in the wild-rose brake Strain for my Love thy melody, O Lark sing louder for love's sake, My gentle Lady passeth by.

She is too fair for any man To see or hold his heart's delight,

The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:

knowing what he said, "everything is ours."

"Poor dear father!"

He rose and went over to her, and took her face in his hands, and set a kiss on the plaits of hair. "If you only knew, little one, how happy you can make me--how little it takes to make me happy! Will you come and see me sometimes? I shall be just above, so it is only a step. Promise me, say that you will!"

"Yes, dear father."

"Say it again."

"Yes, I will, my kind father."

"Hush! hush! I should make you say it a hundred times over if I


Father Goriot
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 Children of the Night by Edwin Arlington Robinson:

Around that sunken sill? They are all gone away,

And our poor fancy-play For them is wasted skill: There is nothing more to say.

There is ruin and decay In the House on the Hill: They are all gone away, There is nothing more to say.

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,