|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
"That will set the duchess off," said Percy Beaumont.
"I suspect she will come."
"She may do as she pleases."
Beaumont looked at Lord Lambeth. "You do really propose to marry
the little sister, then?"
"I like the way you talk about it!" cried the young man.
"She won't gobble me down; don't be afraid."
"She won't leave you on your knees," said Percy Beaumont.
"What IS the inducement?"
"You talk about proposing: wait till I HAVE proposed,"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy:
"Just to think," he continued; "I shall have in my possession
three thousand half-rubles [the peasant manner of speaking of
money so as to make it appear a larger sum than it really is],
and will carry them in my bosom. If I wished to I might run away
to Odessa instead of taking the money to my mistress. But no; I
will not do that. I will surely carry the money straight to the
one who has been kind enough to trust me."
When Polikey reached the first kabak (tavern) he found that from
long habit the mare was naturally turning her head toward it; but
he would not allow her to stop, though money had been given him
to purchase both food and drink. Striking the animal a sharp
The Kreutzer Sonata
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain:
work good, we was so full of laugh, and Jim he kept
fretting and wanting to know what tickled us so, and
we had to keep making up things to account for it, and
they was pretty poor inventions, but they done well
enough, Jim didn't see through them. At last when
we got done we was 'most dead, but not with work
but with laughing. By and by Jim was 'most dead,
too, but: it was with work; then we took turns and
spelled him, and he was as thankfull as he could be,
and would set on the gunnel and swab the sweat, and
heave and pant, and say how good we was to a poor
|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 King James Bible:
wine for a drink offering.
EXO 29:41 And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even, and shalt do
thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to
the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire
unto the LORD.
EXO 29:42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your
generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the
LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.
EXO 29:43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the
tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.
EXO 29:44 And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and
King James Bible