|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
programme in a corner pleasantly isolated. The other chair was
occupied by the Assistant Secretary. Captain Drake represented an
interruption, and was obliged to take a step towards the nearest
lamp to read the card. Three dances were rather ostentatiously
left, and Drake initialled them all. He brought back the card with
a bow, which spoke of dignity under bitter usage, together with the
inflexible intention of courteous self-control, and turned away.
'Oh, if you please, Captain Drake--let me see what you've done. All
'Isn't it after eleven, Mrs. Innes?' asked the Assistant Secretary,
with a timid smile. He was enjoying himself, but he had a respect
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
the affections, not only in act and operation, but even in the
thoughts of thine heart, that thou mayest present thy soul
without blemish to God. For not our actions only, but our
thoughts also are recorded, and procure us crowns or punishments:
and we know that Christ, with the Father and the Holy Ghost,
dwelleth in pure hearts. But, just as smoke driveth away bees,
so, we learn, do evil imaginations drive out of us the Holy
Spirit's grace. Wherefore take good heed hereto, that thou blot
out every imagination of sinful passion from thy soul, and plant
good thoughts therein, making thyself a temple of the Holy Ghost.
For from imaginations we come also to actual deeds, and every
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
walls, while facing him in a semi-circle a half-dozen huge
monsters crouched waiting for an opening. Their blood-
streaked heads and shoulders testified to the cause of their
wariness as well as to the swordsmanship of the green warrior
whose glossy hide bore the same mute but eloquent witness to
the ferocity of the attacks that he had so far withstood.
Sharp talons and cruel fangs had torn leg, arm, and breast
literally to ribbons. So weak was he from continued exertion
and loss of blood that but for the supporting wall I doubt
that he even could have stood erect. But with the tenacity and
indomitable courage of his kind he still faced his cruel and
The Gods of Mars
|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 Helen of Troy And Other Poems by Sara Teasdale:
When tides came in to ease the hungry beach,
And running, running, till the night was black,
Would fall forespent upon the chilly sand
And quiver with the winds from off the sea?
Ah, quietly the shingle waits the tides
Whose waves are stinging kisses, but to me
Love brought no peace, nor darkness any rest.
I crept and touched the foam with fevered hands
And cried to Love, from whom the sea is sweet,
From whom the sea is bitterer than death.
Ah, Aphrodite, if I sing no more