|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence:
forgotten during his absence of years, a pettiness and a vulgarity of
manner extremely distasteful. He admitted now at last, how important
manner was. He admitted, also, how important it was even TO PRETEND not
to care about the halfpence and the small things of life. But among the
common people there was no pretence. A penny more or less on the bacon
was worse than a change in the Gospel. He could not stand it.
And again, there was the wage-squabble. Having lived among the owning
classes, he knew the utter futility of expecting any solution of the
wage-squabble. There was no solution, short of death. The only thing
was not to care, not to care about the wages.
Yet, if you were poor and wretched you HAD to care. Anyhow, it was
Lady Chatterley's Lover
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
remains to be considered an objection which may be raised about dreams and
diseases, in particular about madness, and the various illusions of hearing
and sight, or of other senses. For you know that in all these cases the
esse-percipi theory appears to be unmistakably refuted, since in dreams and
illusions we certainly have false perceptions; and far from saying that
everything is which appears, we should rather say that nothing is which
THEAETETUS: Very true, Socrates.
SOCRATES: But then, my boy, how can any one contend that knowledge is
perception, or that to every man what appears is?
THEAETETUS: I am afraid to say, Socrates, that I have nothing to answer,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
his vital vigour.
2 As God comprising Gods by Law Eternal, bear, as the Chief
knoweth, our oblation,
Smoke-bannered with the fuel, radiant, joyous, better to praise
worship, Priest for ever.
3 When the cow's nectar wins the God completely, men here below
The Rig Veda
|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 Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey:
to be broken. Your body's to be held, given to some man, made, if
possible, to bring children into the world. But your soul?...What
do they care for your soul?"
CHAPTER XIII. SOLITUDE AND STORM
In his hidden valley Venters awakened from sleep, and his ears
rang with innumerable melodies from full-throated mockingbirds,
and his eyes opened wide upon the glorious golden shaft of
sunlight shining through the great stone bridge. The circle of
cliffs surrounding Surprise Valley lay shrouded in morning mist,
a dim blue low down along the terraces, a creamy, moving cloud
along the ramparts. The oak forest in the center was a plumed and
Riders of the Purple Sage