|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"It is done, Vas Kor," he said, handing a small metal
key to the tall noble who had just risen from his sleeping
silks and furs.
"Good!" exclaimed the latter. "You must have worked
upon it all during the night, Larok."
The warrior nodded.
"Now fetch me the Heliumetic metal you wrought some
days since," commanded Vas Kor.
This done, the warrior assisted his master to replace
the handsome jewelled metal of his harness with the
plainer ornaments of an ordinary fighting man of Helium,
Thuvia, Maid of Mars
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Poems of William Blake by William Blake:
Is this a Worm? I see they lay helpless & naked: weeping
And none to answer, none to cherish thee with mothers smiles.
The Clod of Clay heard the Worms voice & rais'd her pitying head:
She bowd over the weeping infant, and her life exhald
In milky fondness, then on Thel she fix'd her humble eyes
O beauty of the vales of Har, we live not for ourselves,
Thou seest me the meanest thing, and so I am indeed:
My bosom of itself is cold, and of itself is dark,
But he that loves the lowly, pours his oil upon my head
And kisses me, and binds his nuptial bands around my breast.
And says; Thou mother of my children, I have loved thee
Poems of William Blake
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw:
learn to read and write with tears by an incompetent and ill mannered
person than left in ignorance. Reading, writing, and enough
arithmetic to use money honestly and accurately, together with the
rudiments of law and order, become necessary conditions of a child's
liberty before it can appreciate the importance of its liberty, or
foresee that these accomplishments are worth acquiring. Nature has
provided for this by evolving the instinct of docility. Children are
very docile: they have a sound intuition that they must do what they
are told or perish. And adults have an intuition, equally sound, that
they must take advantage of this docility to teach children how to
live properly or the children will not survive. The difficulty is to
|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 The Virginian by Owen Wister:
There were five horses. Balaam led on Pedro, his squat figure
stiff in the saddle, but solid as a rock, and tilted a little
forward, as his habit was. One of the Judge's horses came next, a
sorrel, dragging back continually on the rope by which he was
led. After him ambled Balaam's wise pack-animal, carrying the
light burden of two days' food and lodging. She was an old mare
who could still go when she chose, but had been schooled by the
years, and kept the trail, giving no trouble to the Virginian who
came behind her. He also sat solid as a rock, yet subtly bending
to the struggles of the wild horse he led, as a steel spring
bends and balances and resumes its poise.