|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
the wisdom of Damon.
NICIAS: I perceive, Laches, that you think nothing of having displayed
your ignorance of the nature of courage, but you look only to see whether I
have not made a similar display; and if we are both equally ignorant of the
things which a man who is good for anything should know, that, I suppose,
will be of no consequence. You certainly appear to me very like the rest
of the world, looking at your neighbour and not at yourself. I am of
opinion that enough has been said on the subject which we have been
discussing; and if anything has been imperfectly said, that may be
hereafter corrected by the help of Damon, whom you think to laugh down,
although you have never seen him, and with the help of others. And when I
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
them all. You haf been ill, my friend?"
He put the question abruptly, for, as Jo hung up his coat,
the light fell on her face, and he saw a change in it.
"Not ill, but tired and sorrowful. We have had trouble
since I saw you last."
"Ah, yes, I know. My heart was sore for you when I heard
that," And he shook hands again, with such a sympathetic face
that Jo felt as if no comfort could equal the look of the kind
eyes, the grasp of the big, warm hand.
"Father, Mother, this is my friend, Professor Bhaer," she
said, with a face and tone of such irrepressible pride and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Rinkitink In Oz by L. Frank Baum:
table. Usually she had but one pail.
"But now," said Zella, "I shall be able to carry two
pailsful to the Queen, who will, I am sure, give me a
good price for it."
"True," answered her mother, "and, as the boy Prince
may take it into his head to conquer Coregos, as well
as Regos, I think it best for you to start on your
journey to Queen Cor tomorrow morning. Do you not agree
with me, Nikobob?" she added, turning to her husband,
the charcoal-burner, who was eating his supper.
"I agree with you," he replied. "If Zella must go to
Rinkitink In Oz
|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 Tanach:
Amos 2: 9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
Amos 2: 10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorites.
Amos 2: 11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
Amos 2: 12 But ye gave the Nazirites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying: 'Prophesy not.'
Amos 2: 13 Behold, I will make it creak under you, as a cart creaketh that is full of sheaves.
Amos 2: 14 And flight shall fail the swift, and the strong shall not exert his strength, neither shall the mighty deliver himself;
Amos 2: 15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself; neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself;
Amos 2: 16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
Amos 3: 1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying:
Amos 3: 2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.
Amos 3: 3 Will two walk together, except they have agreed?