|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
we believe in God, and what was revealed to us before, and for that
most of you are evildoers?'
Say, 'Can I declare unto you something worse than retribution from
God?' Whomsoever God has cursed and been wroth with- and he has made
of them apes and swine- and who worship Taghut, they are in a worse
plight and are more erring from the level path. When they come to
you they say, 'We believe;' but they entered in with unbelief, and
they went out therewith, and God knows best what they did hide.
Thou wilt see many of them vieing in sin and enmity, and in eating
unlawful things,- evil is it that they have done. The masters and
their doctors prohibit them from speaking sin and eating unlawful
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Ebb-Tide by Stevenson & Osbourne:
you talk of, or that sweetheart you were writing to this morning,
you would feel like me. You would say, What matters laws, and
God, and that? My folks are hard up, I belong to them, I'll get
them bread, or, by God! I'll get them wealth, if I have to burn
down London for it. That's what you would say. And I'll tell
you more: your heart is saying so this living minute. I can see
it in your face. You're thinking, Here's poor friendship for the
man I've starved along of, and as for the girl that I set up to
be in love with, here's a mighty limp kind of a love that won't
carry me as far as 'most any man would go for a demijohn of
whisky. There's not much ROmance to that love, anyway; it's not
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Summer by Edith Wharton:
back?" as if nothing had happened, and he answered:
"Yes, I'm back," and walked in ahead of her, pushing
open the door of his office. She climbed to her room,
every step of the stairs holding her fast as if her
feet were lined with glue.
Two days later, she descended from the train at
Nettleton, and walked out of the station into the dusty
square. The brief interval of cold weather was over,
and the day was as soft, and almost as hot, as when she
and Harney had emerged on the same scene on the Fourth
of July. In the square the same broken-down hacks 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 Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
in mine. But when I raised it to my lips, and kissed the soft, open
palm, she drew it away without displeasure.
"Not that, please," she protested, and fell to whistling softly again,
her chin in her hands. "I can't sing," she said, to break an awkward
pause, "and so, when I'm fidgety, or have something on my mind, I
whistle. I hope you don't dislike it?"
"I love it," I asserted warmly. I did; when she pursed her lips
like that I was mad to kiss them.
"I saw you - at the station," she said' suddenly. "You - you were
in a hurry to go." I did not say anything, and after a pause she
drew a long breath. "Men are queer, aren't they?" she said, and
The Man in Lower Ten