|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
in the creature's neck. Tibo had shuddered at the sight,
but he had thrilled, too, and for the first time there
entered his dull, Negroid mind a vague desire to emulate
his savage foster parent. But Tibo, the little black boy,
lacked the divine spark which had permitted Tarzan,
the white boy, to benefit by his training in the ways
of the fierce jungle. In imagination he was wanting,
and imagination is but another name for super-intelligence.
Imagination it is which builds bridges, and cities,
and empires. The beasts know it not, the blacks only
a little, while to one in a hundred thousand of earth's
The Jungle Tales of Tarzan
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
Spendius first read the letter three times in succession; and held up
by two Cappadocians, who bore him seated on their shoulders, he had
himself conveyed from place to place and re-read it. For seven hours
He reminded the Mercenaries of the promises of the Great Council; the
Africans of the cruelties of the stewards, and all the Barbarians of
the injustice of Carthage. The Suffet's mildness was only a bait to
capture them; those who surrendered would be sold as slaves, and the
vanquished would perish under torture. As to flight, what routes could
they follow? Not a nation would receive them. Whereas by continuing
their efforts they would obtain at once freedom, vengeance, and money!
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
magic. This masterpiece of her art and her joy was a votive offering
to their wedded felicity.
Another year of ease and comfort went by. The history of their life
may be given in three words: THEY WERE HAPPY. No event happened to
them of sufficient importance to be recorded.
At the beginning of the year 1819 the picture-dealers requested
Ginevra to give them something beside copies; for competition had so
increased that they could no longer sell her work to advantage. Madame
Porta then perceived the mistake she had made in not exercising her
|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 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence:
a stoat, if I'd but been allowed: a raving, doomed thing in the shape
of a woman! If only I could have shot her, and ended the whole misery!
It ought to be allowed. When a woman gets absolutely possessed by her
own will, her own will set against everything, then it's fearful, and
she should be shot at last.'
'And shouldn't men be shot at last, if they get possessed by their own
'Ay!--the same! But I must get free of her, or she'll be at me again. I
wanted to tell you. I must get a divorce if I possibly can. So we must
be careful. We mustn't really be seen together, you and I. I never,
NEVER could stand it if she came down on me and you.'
Lady Chatterley's Lover