|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
board meetings of corporations and hospitals, conferences in
Wall Street and at Albany, consultations and committee meetings
the brownstone mansion.
For a share in all this business and its adjuncts John Weightman
had his son in training in one of the famous law firms of the
for he held that banking itself is a simple affair, the only real
difficulties of finance are on its legal side. Meantime he
the young man to meet and know the men with whom he would have to
|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 Aesop's Fables by Aesop:
Calf came up to receive the last wishes of the Lord of the Beasts.
But soon the Lion seemed to recover, and came to the mouth of his
cave, and saw the Fox, who had been waiting outside for some time.
"Why do you not come to pay your respects to me?" said the Lion to
"I beg your Majesty's pardon," said the Fox, "but I noticed
the track of the animals that have already come to you; and while
I see many hoof-marks going in, I see none coming out. Till the
animals that have entered your cave come out again I prefer to
remain in the open air."
It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.