|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne:
examined all that mass of granite, and there is not a hole, not a cranny!"
"No, not one!" added Pencroft. "Ah, if we were able to dig out a dwelling
in that cliff, at a good height, so as to be out of the reach of harm, that
would be capital! I can see that on the front which looks seaward, five or
"With windows to light them!" said Herbert, laughing.
"And a staircase to climb up to them!" added Neb.
"You are laughing," cried the sailor, "and why? What is there impossible
in what I propose? Haven't we got pickaxes and spades? Won't Captain
Harding be able to make powder to blow up the mine? Isn't it true, captain,
that you will make powder the very day we want it?"
The Mysterious Island
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
law. The fact that you are circumcised does not mean you are righteous
and free from the Law. The truth is that by circumcision you have become
debtors and servants of the Law. The more you endeavor to perform the
Law, the more you will become tangled up in the yoke of the Law."
The truth of this I have experienced in myself and in others. I have seen
many work themselves down to the bones in their hungry effort to obtain
peace of conscience. But the harder they tried the more they worried.
Especially in the presence of death they were so uneasy that I have seen
murderers die with better grace and courage.
This holds true also in regard to the church regulations. When I was a
monk I tried ever so hard to live up to the strict rules of my order. I used