|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Heroes by Charles Kingsley:
find it, and bring it home to Greece.'
But Jason cheered the heroes, for his heart was high and
bold; and he said, 'I will go alone up to Aietes, though he
be the child of the Sun, and win him with soft words. Better
so than to go altogether, and to come to blows at once.' But
the Minuai would not stay behind, so they rowed boldly up the
And a dream came to Aietes, and filled his heart with fear.
He thought he saw a shining star, which fell into his
daughter's lap; and that Medeia his daughter took it gladly,
and carried it to the riverside, and cast it in, and there
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
himself to the sheriff, and demanded an armed force to assist in
the apprehension of the outlawed Earl of Huntingdon. The sheriff,
who was willing to have his share of the prize, determined to accompany
the knight in person, and regaled him and his man with good store
of the best; after which, they, with a stout retinue of fifty men,
took the way to Gamwell feast.
"God's my life," said the sheriff, as they rode along,
"I had as lief you would tell me of a service of plate.
I much doubt if this outlawed earl, this forester Robin,
be not the man they call Robin Hood, who has quartered
himself in Sherwood Forest, and whom in endeavouring
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
XXI A Bar of Soap
XXII It Was A Delirium
Needles and pins
Needles and pins,
When a man marries
His trouble begins.
Chapter I. AT LEAST I MEANT WELL
When the dreadful thing occurred that night, every one turned on
me. The injustice of it hurt me most. They said I got up the
dinner, that I asked them to give up other engagements and come,
|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 Moby Dick by Herman Melville:
before the continents broke water; he once swam over the site of the
Tuileries, and Windsor Castle, and the Kremlin. In Noah's flood he
despised Noah's Ark; and if ever the world is to be again flooded,
like the Netherlands, to kill off its rats, then the eternal whale
will still survive, and rearing upon the topmost crest of the
equatorial flood, spout his frothed defiance to the skies.
The precipitating manner in which Captain Ahab had quitted the Samuel
Enderby of London, had not been unattended with some small violence
to his own person. He had lighted with such energy upon a thwart of