|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Critias by Plato:
while to his twin brother, Eumelus, or Gadeirus, he assigned that part of
the country which was nearest the Straits. The other brothers he made
chiefs over the rest of the island. And their kingdom extended as far as
Egypt and Tyrrhenia. Now Atlas had a fair posterity, and great treasures
derived from mines--among them that precious metal orichalcum; and there
was abundance of wood, and herds of elephants, and pastures for animals of
all kinds, and fragrant herbs, and grasses, and trees bearing fruit. These
they used, and employed themselves in constructing their temples, and
palaces, and harbours, and docks, in the following manner:--First, they
bridged over the zones of sea, and made a way to and from the royal palace
which they built in the centre island. This ancient palace was ornamented
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from King James Bible:
KI1 20:18 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them
alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.
KI1 20:19 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out
of the city, and the army which followed them.
KI1 20:20 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and
Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse
with the horsemen.
KI1 20:21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and
chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
KI1 20:22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto
him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at
King James Bible
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Ruling Passion by Henry van Dyke:
except that I am sorry that they have thereby embittered their own
"For this is the punishment of men who malign and revile those that
differ from them in religion, or prefer another way of living; their
revilings, by so much as they spend their wit and labour to make
them shrewd and bitter, do draw all the sweet and wholesome sap out
of their lives and turn it into poison; and so they become vessels
of mockery and wrath, remembered chiefly for the evil things that
they have said with cleverness.
"For be sure of this, Scholar, the more a man giveth himself to
hatred in this world, the more will he find to hate. But let us
|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 Koran:
But we have not brought them any book which they may study, and we
have not sent to them before thee a warner.
Those before them said it was a lie, and these have not reached a
tithe of what we had given them. And they said my apostles were liars,
and how great a change was then!
Say, 'I only admonish you of one thing, that ye should stand up
before God in twos or singly, and then that ye reflect that there is
no ginn in your companion. He is only a warner to you before the
Say, 'I do not ask you for it a hire; that is for yourselves; my
hire is only from God, and He is witness over all.'