|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
SOCRATES: Oedipus, as I was saying, Alcibiades, was a person of this sort.
And even now-a-days you will find many who (have offered inauspicious
prayers), although, unlike him, they were not in anger nor thought that
they were asking evil. He neither sought, nor supposed that he sought for
good, but others have had quite the contrary notion. I believe that if the
God whom you are about to consult should appear to you, and, in
anticipation of your request, enquired whether you would be contented to
become tyrant of Athens, and if this seemed in your eyes a small and mean
thing, should add to it the dominion of all Hellas; and seeing that even
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
She motioned him to keep his seat and sprang
lightly to his side.
"Aren't you happy, sir?" she added gayly.
"I am, yes--but to tell you the truth, I'm
beginning to get scared. You know what to do, don't
you, when we get before that preacher?"
"Of course, silly----"
"I never saw a wedding in my life."
She pressed his hand tenderly.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Had this been an English peasant the conclusion would be tenable.
But Mackay had most of the elements of a liberal education. He had
skirted metaphysical and mathematical studies. He had a thoughtful
hold of what he knew, which would be exceptional among bankers. He
had been brought up in the midst of hot-house piety, and told, with
incongruous pride, the story of his own brother's deathbed ecstasies.
Yet he had somehow failed to fulfil himself, and was adrift like a
dead thing among external circumstances, without hope or lively
preference or shaping aim. And further, there seemed a tendency
among many of his fellows to fall into the same blank and unlovely
opinions. One thing, indeed, is not to be learned in Scotland, and
|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 Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
he yawned, knocked the ashes from his pipe, and got to his feet.
"Now," said he, a new ring in his voice, "come on and let's get
They responded to a man.
By midnight the water seemed to have gone down slightly. Half the
crew snatched a little sleep. For several hours more the issue hung
aggravatingly in equilibrium. Then, with the opening of the channel
into Stearn's Bayou the heaviest pressure was relieved. For the
moment the acute danger point was passed.
Orde spent the next two days in strengthening the defences. The men