|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
for one sees their weird eyes long before one can discern their
small, slippery brown outlines.
Out they swarmed, from hidden
burrow and honeycombed tree, till the whole dim-litten region
was alive with them. Some of the wilder ones brushed Carter unpleasantly,
and one even nipped loathsomely at his ear; but these lawless
spirits were soon restrained by their elders. The Council of Sages,
recognizing the visitor, offered a gourd of fermented sap from
a haunted tree unlike the others, which had grown from a seed
dropt down by someone on the moon; and as Carter drank it ceremoniously
a very strange colloquy began. The Zoogs did not, unfortunately,
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tao Teh King by Lao-tze:
3. To him by whom this harmony is known,
(The secret of) the unchanging (Tao) is shown,
And in the knowledge wisdom finds its throne.
All life-increasing arts to evil turn;
Where the mind makes the vital breath to burn,
(False) is the strength, (and o'er it we should mourn.)
4. When things have become strong, they (then) become old, which may
be said to be contrary to the Tao. Whatever is contrary to the Tao
56. 1. He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak (about it); he
who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know it.