|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
the barriers, leaving their horses at the outer gate, they met
the Earl of Alban and his followers, who were just quitting the
lists, which they also were in the habit of visiting nearly every
day. As the two parties passed one another, the Earl spoke to a
gentleman walking beside him and in a voice loud enough to be
clearly overheard by the others: "Yonder is the young sprig of
Falworth," said he. "His father, my Lords, is not content with
forfeiting his own life for his treason, but must, forsooth,
throw away his son's also. I have faced and overthrown many a
better knight than that boy."
Myles heard the speech, and knew that it was intended for him to
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
Mountains so very keen, so severely cold, as to be intolerable and
to endanger benumbing and perishing of our fingers and toes.
Poor Friday was really frightened when he saw the mountains all
covered with snow, and felt cold weather, which he had never seen
or felt before in his life. To mend the matter, when we came to
Pampeluna it continued snowing with so much violence and so long,
that the people said winter was come before its time; and the
roads, which were difficult before, were now quite impassable; for,
in a word, the snow lay in some places too thick for us to travel,
and being not hard frozen, as is the case in the northern
countries, there was no going without being in danger of being
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Damaged Goods by Upton Sinclair:
he said; "nothing disturbing."
"Doctor," said Madame Dupont, gravely, "from now on, you will be
able to devote your attention to the baby and the nurse without
any scruple. During your absence we have arranged matters
nicely. The nurse has been informed about the situation, and she
does not mind. She has agreed to accept an indemnity, and the
amount has been stated."
But the doctor did not take these tidings as the other had hoped
he might. He replied: "The malady which the nurse will almost
inevitably contract in feeding the child is too grave in its
consequences. Such consequences might go as far as complete
|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 Koran:
They said, 'Verily, if thou desist not, O Noah! thou shalt surely be
of those who are stoned!' Said he, 'My Lord! verily, my people call me
liar; open between me and between them an opening, and save me and
those of the believers who are with me!'
So we saved him and those with him in the laden ark, then we drowned
the rest; verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be
believers; and, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful.
And 'Ad called the apostles liars; when their brother Hud said to
them, 'Will ye not fear? Verily, I am to you a faithful apostle;
then fear God and obey me. I do not ask you for it any hire; my hire
is only with the Lord of the worlds. Do ye build on every height a