|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
"No matter. Truth needs no ascription."
"That statement is obviously the product of extensive reading and
protracted thought. With a little more effort, no doubt you'll be
able to announce that the sun shines on a clear day."
"I suppose you have never read von Hoch: 'I had always known what he
said, but I did not live it until I heard it spoken.'"
"I reject that statement together with its sordid implications. It
smacks of the grimy hands of utilitarianism. In a minute you'll be
insisting that philosophy have practical consequences for berry
pickers and children. Perhaps you would be happier as some sort of
|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 Tanach:
Genesis 29: 30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
Genesis 29: 31 And the LORD saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
Genesis 29: 32 And Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said: 'Because the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.'
Genesis 29: 33 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said: 'Because the LORD hath heard that I am hated, He hath therefore given me this son also.' And she called his name Simeon.
Genesis 29: 34 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said: 'Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons.' Therefore was his name called Levi.
Genesis 29: 35 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she said: 'This time will I praise the LORD.' Therefore she called his name Judah; and she left off bearing.
Genesis 30: 1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob: 'Give me children, or else I die.'
Genesis 30: 2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said: 'Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?'
Genesis 30: 3 And she said: 'Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may be builded up through her.'
Genesis 30: 4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her.
Genesis 30: 5 And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.