|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Myths and Myth-Makers by John Fiske:
to shoot out with a loud explosion. The same account is given
in German folk-lore. Elsewhere, as in Iceland, Normandy, and
ancient Greece, the bird is an eagle, a swallow, an ostrich,
or a hoopoe.
In the Icelandic and Pomeranian myths the schamir, or
"raven-stone," also renders its possessor invisible,--a
property which it shares with one of the treasure-finding
plants, the fern. In this respect it resembles the ring of
Gyges, as in its divining and rock-splitting qualities it
resembles that other ring which the African magri-cian gave to
Aladdin, to enable him to descend into the cavern where stood
Myths and Myth-Makers
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
an excuse to your Lord, that haply they may fear.' But when they
forgot what they had been reminded of, we saved those who forbade
evil, but we overtook those who did wrong with punishment;- evil was
the abomination that they did, but when they rebelled against what
they were forbidden, we said to them, 'Become ye apes, despised and
spurned!' and then thy Lord proclaimed that He would surely send
against them till the resurrection day, those who should wreak them
evil torment; verily, thy Lord is quick at following up, but,
verily, He is forgiving, merciful.
We cut them up in the earth into nations. Of them are the righteous,
and of them are the reverse of that; we have tried them with good
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
teased Numa when we were still little apes, throwing sticks
and nuts at him from the safety of high branches."
The brute he had addressed stopped with a look of half-
comprehending, dull wonderment upon his savage face.
"And Magor," continued Tarzan, addressing another, "do you
not recall your former king--he who slew the mighty Kerchak?
Look at me! Am I not the same Tarzan--mighty hunter--invincible
fighter--that you all knew for many seasons?"
The apes all crowded forward now, but more in curiosity
than threatening. They muttered among themselves for
a few moments.
The Return of Tarzan
|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 Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
the papers published in France, which Albert henceforth read at home.
This third number included a tale signed "A. S.," and attributed to
the famous lawyer. In spite of the small attention paid by the higher
circle of Besancon to the /Review/ which was accused of Liberal views,
this, the first novel produced in the county, came under discussion
that mid-winter at Madame de Chavoncourt's.
"Papa," said Rosalie, "a /Review/ is published in Besancon; you ought
to take it in; and keep it in your room, for mamma would not let me
read it, but you will lend it to me."
Monsieur de Watteville, eager to obey his dear Rosalie, who for the
last five months had given him so many proofs of filial affection,--