|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Poems by Oscar Wilde:
Is that every stone one lifts by day
Becomes one's heart by night.
With midnight always in one's heart,
And twilight in one's cell,
We turn the crank, or tear the rope,
Each in his separate Hell,
And the silence is more awful far
Than the sound of a brazen bell.
And never a human voice comes near
To speak a gentle word:
And the eye that watches through the door
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
"Come, Dave, Come. I have for both. The way is soft." She
looked about her at the bare furnishings of the cabin. "I have
for both. The world is at our feet, and all joy is ours. Come!
She was in his arms, trembling, and he held her tightly. He rose
to his feet . . . But the snarling of hungry dogs, and the shrill
cries of Winapie bringing about peace between the combatants, came
muffled to his ear through the heavy logs. And another scene
flashed before him. A struggle in the forest,--a bald-face
grizzly, broken-legged, terrible; the snarling of the dogs and the
shrill cries of Winapie as she urged them to the attack; himself
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
and are much more in need of the Sacrament against the misery which
unfortunately you do not see, so that, with the grace of God, you may
feel it more and become the more hungry for the Sacrament, especially
since the devil plies his force against you, and lies in wait for you
without ceasing, to seize and destroy you, soul and body, so that you
are not safe from him one hour. How soon can he have brought you
suddenly into misery and distress when you least expect it!
Let this, then, be said for exhortation, not only for those of us who
are old and grown, but also for the young people, who ought to be
brought up in the Christian doctrine and understanding. For thereby the
Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord's Prayer might be the more
|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 New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
IT'S forth across the roaring foam, and on towards the west,
It's many a lonely league from home, o'er many a mountain crest,
From where the dogs of Scotland call the sheep around the fold,
To where the flags are flying beside the Gates of Gold.
Where all the deep-sea galleons ride that come to bring the corn,
Where falls the fog at eventide and blows the breeze at morn;
It's there that I was sick and sad, alone and poor and cold,
In yon distressful city beside the Gates of Gold.
I slept as one that nothing knows; but far along my way,
Before the morning God rose and planned the coming day;
Afar before me forth he went, as through the sands of old,