|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
reinforcements were coming, and by means of this false statement
should revive the courage of his men, to which of the two accounts
shall we place that act of fraud?
 Cf. "Hell." IV. iii. 10; "Cyrop." I. vi. 31.
On the side of right, to my notion (he replied).
Soc. Or again, if a man chanced to have a son ill and in need of
medicine, which the child refused to take, and supposing the father by
an act of deceit to administer it under the guise of something nice to
eat, and by service of that lie to restore the boy to health, to which
account shall we set down this fraud?
Euth. In my judgment it too should be placed to the same account.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum:
"But tell me, sir, where did you get the Love Magnet which you say
The shaggy man grew red and looked downcast, as he answered
in a low voice:
"I stole it, your Majesty."
"Oh, Shaggy Man!" cried Dorothy. "How dreadful! And you told me the
Eskimo gave you the Love Magnet."
He shuffled first on one foot and then on the other, much embarrassed.
"I told you a falsehood, Dorothy," he said; "but now, having bathed in
the Truth Pond, I must tell nothing but the truth."
"Why did you steal it?" asked Ozma, gently.
The Road to Oz
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Tapestried Chamber by Walter Scott:
mended your shooting since you have been amongst the Indians of
the back settlements."
The General gladly accepted his friendly host's proposal in all
its points. After a morning of manly exercise, the company met
at dinner, where it was the delight of Lord Woodville to conduce
to the display of the high properties of his recovered friend, so
as to recommend him to his guests, most of whom were persons of
distinction. He led General Browne to speak of the scenes he had
witnessed; and as every word marked alike the brave officer and
the sensible man, who retained possession of his cool judgment
under the most imminent dangers, the company looked upon the
|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 Marie by H. Rider Haggard:
cleared up thus.
We had reached a big kraal called Fokoti, on the Umkusi River, which
appeared to be almost deserted. We asked an old woman whom we met where
its people had gone. She answered that they had fled towards the
borders of Swaziland, fearing an attack from the Zulus, whose
territories began beyond this Umkusi River. It seemed that a few days
before a Zulu impi or regiment had appeared upon the banks of the river,
and although there was no war at the time between the Zulus and the
Tongas, the latter had thought it wise to put themselves out of reach of
those terrible spears.
On hearing this news we debated whether it would not be well for us to