|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous by Oscar Wilde:
FIRST MAN. We are afraid of him.
MYRRHINA. Why are ye afraid of him?
FIRST MAN. We do not know.
MYRRHINA. What is his name?
FIRST MAN. The voice that speaks to him at night time in the cavern
calls to him by the name of Honorius. It was also by the name of
Honorius that the three lepers who passed by once called to him. We
think that his name is Honorius.
MYRRHINA. Why did the three lepers call to him?
FIRST MAN. That he might heal them.
MYRRHINA. Did he heal them?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
and say not 'Three.' Have done! it were better for you. God is only
one God, celebrated be His praise that He should beget a Son! His is
what is in the heavens and what is in the earth and God sufficeth
for a guardian.
The Messiah doth surely not disdain to be a servant of God, nor do
the angels who are nigh to Him; and whosoever disdains His service and
is too proud, He will gather them altogether to Himself.
But as for those who believe and do what is right, He will pay their
hire and will give increase to them of His grace. But as for those who
disdain and are too proud, He will punish them with a grievous woe,
and they shall not find for them other than God a patron or a help.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey:
who lived for happiness and the day at hand.
Jane turned Lassiter's horse loose in the thick grass. "You will
want him to be near you," she said, "or I'd have him taken to the
alfalfa fields." At her call appeared women who began at once to
bustle about, hurrying to and fro, setting the table. Then Jane,
excusing herself, went within.
She passed through a huge low ceiled chamber, like the inside of
a fort, and into a smaller one where a bright wood-fire blazed in
an old open fireplace, and from this into her own room. It had
the same comfort as was manifested in the home-like outer court;
moreover, it was warm and rich in soft hues.
Riders of the Purple Sage
|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 Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
quiet, and the night began to settle down upon the village street.
Afterward, when the room was almost dark, so that they could not see each
other's faces, she said, "It will rain tonight;" and moved restlessly on
the pillows. "How terrible when the rain falls down on you."
He wondered what she meant, and they sat on in the still darkening room.
She moved again.
"Will you presently take my cloak--and new grey cloak from behind the door-
-and go out with it. You will find a little grave at the foot of the tall
gum-tree; the water drips off the long, pointed leaves; you must cover it
up with that."
She moved restlessly as though in pain.