|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
disappeared in the crowd.
She rushed up the stairs, her cheeks aflame, her
heart beating a tattoo of foolish joy.
She snatched the kitten from sleep and whispered in
his tiny ear:
"Oh, Kitty dear, I've had such an adventure! I've
spent the happiest, silliest afternoon of my life! I'm
going to have a more wonderful day tomorrow. I just
feel it. In a big racing automobile if you please, Mr.
Thomascat! Sorry I can't take you but the dust would
blind you, Kitty dear. I'm sorry to tell you that
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift:
that those who have condemned this art, though otherwise learned,
having been such as either did not apply their studies this way, or
at least did not succeed in their applications, their testimony
will not be of much weight to its disadvantage, since they are
liable to the common objection of condemning what they did not
Nor am I at all offended, or think it an injury to the art, when I
see the common dealers in it, the students in astrology, the
Philomaths, and the rest of that tribe, treated by wise men with
the utmost scorn and contempt; but rather wonder, when I observe
gentlemen in the country, rich enough to serve the nation in
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
foot of the earth's surface is, according to Faraday, equivalent in
magnetic force to 8160 lbs. of crystallized protosulphate of iron.
Such a substance cannot be absolutely neutral as regards the
deportment of the magnetic needle. But Faraday's writings on this
subject are so voluminous, and the theoretic points are so novel and
intricate, that I shall postpone the complete analysis of these
researches to a time when I can lay hold of them more completely
than my other duties allow me to do now.
Footnote to Chapter 12
 This persuasion has been greatly strengthened by the recent
perusal of a paper by Mr. Baxendell.
|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 U. S. Project Trinity Report by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer:
After Guard Post 2 was reoccupied, the chief monitor returned to the
roadblock at the intersection of Broadway and the North Shelter Road.
The north shelter monitor informed the chief monitor of the sudden
evacuation of the north shelter, whereupon the chief monitor surveyed
the north shelter area and found intensities of only 0.01 and 0.02
roentgens per hour (R/h). The chief monitor then contacted the south
shelter and informed Dr. Bainbridge that the north shelter region was
safe for those who needed to return, that Broadway was safe from the
Base Camp to Guard Post 2, and that Guard Post 2 was now manned so
that personnel leaving for LASL could be checked out (1).
The chief monitor then returned to the south shelter and assembled the