|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
hire is only from God; nor do I repulse those who believe; verily,
they shall meet their Lord. But I see you, a people who are
ignorant. O my people! who will help me against God, were I to repulse
you? do ye not then mind? I do not say that I have the treasures of
God; nor do I know the unseen; nor do I say, "Verily, I am an
angel;" nor do I say of those whom your eyes despise, "God will
never give them any good!"- God knows best what is in their souls-
verily, then should I be of the unjust.'
They said, 'O Noah! thou hast wrangled with us, and hast
multiplied wranglings with us; bring us then what thou hast threatened
us with, if thou art of those who tell the truth.' Said he, 'God
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
connected with my experience in slavery, giving names of persons,
places, and dates--thus putting it in the power of any who
doubted, to ascertain the truth or falsehood of my story of being
a fugitive slave. This statement soon became known in Maryland,
<283 DANGER OF RECAPTURE>and I had reason to believe that an
effort would be made to recapture me.
It is not probable that any open attempt to secure me as a slave
could have succeeded, further than the obtainment, by my master,
of the money value of my bones and sinews. Fortunately for me,
in the four years of my labors in the abolition cause, I had
gained many friends, who would have suffered themselves to be
My Bondage and My Freedom
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Eve and David by Honore de Balzac:
illusions, in her inmost heart there was a tremor of fear lest David
should be right, for a mother's consciousness bore a witness to the
truth of his words. So well did she know Eve's sensitive nature, that
she could not bring herself to speak of her fears; she was obliged to
choke them down and keep such silence as mothers alone can keep when
they know how to love their children.
And Eve, on her side, had watched her mother, and saw the ravages of
hidden grief with a feeling of dread; her mother was not growing old,
she was failing from day to day. Mother and daughter lived a live of
generous deception, and neither was deceived. The brutal old
vinegrower's speech was the last drop that filled the cup of
|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 Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Was Miss McIntyre composed in manner or did she appear frightened?"
asked Penfield. It was one of the questions which Kent had expected,
and he waited with intense interest for the policeman's reply.
"She was very pale and - and breathless like." O'Ryan flapped his
arms about vaguely in his endeavor to demonstrate his meaning. "She
kept begging me to hurry and get the burglar out of the house, and
after telling her that she would have to appear in the Police Court
first thing that morning, I went off with the prisoner."
"Were there lights in the house?" questioned Penfield.
"Only dim ones in the halls and two bulbs turned on in the library;
it's a big room though, and they hardly made any light at all,"
The Red Seal