|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Exiles by Honore de Balzac:
inferior spheres, and exile them from our own; we deny them the
faculty of divining human thoughts, and yet we ourselves would fain
master the highest of all ideas--the Idea of the Idea!
"Well, go then, start! Fly by faith up from globe to globe, soar
through space! Thought, love, and faith are its mystical keys.
Traverse the circles, reach the throne! God is more merciful than you
are; He opens His temple to all His creatures. Only, do not forget the
pattern of Moses; put your shoes from off your feet, cast off all
filth, leave your body far behind; otherwise you shall be consumed;
for God--God is Light!"
Just as Doctor Sigier spoke these grand words, his face radiant, his
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
rest - huge, shapeless, and grand, like the growing image in the soul
of a creative artist: the staggering thought that he was a man of
The more he reflected upon all that had occurred since his arrival in
this new world - and even before leaving Earth - the clearer and more
indisputable it became, that he could not be here for his own
purposes, but must be here for an end. But what that end was, he
could not imagine.
Through the forest he saw Branchspell at last sinking in the west.
It looked a stupendous ball of red fire - now he could realise at his
ease what a sun it was! The avenue took an abrupt turn to the left