|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Reminiscences of Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy:
then individual words would be changed, and then whole sentences,
till in the end the proof-sheet would be reduced to a mass of
patches quite black in places, and it was quite impossible to
send it back as it stood, because no one but my mother could make
head or tail of the tangle of conventional signs, transpositions,
My mother would sit up all night copying the whole thing out
In the morning there would lie the pages on her table,
neatly piled together, covered all over with her fine, clear
handwriting, and everything ready so that when
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from King James Bible:
the mother with the children.
GEN 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy
seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
GEN 32:13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which
came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
GEN 32:14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes,
and twenty rams,
GEN 32:15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten
bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
GEN 32:16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every
drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me,
King James Bible
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Several Works by Edgar Allan Poe:
"Who dares,"--he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers who stood
near him--"who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery?
Seize him and unmask him--that we may know whom we have to hang, at
sunrise, from the battlements!"
It was in the eastern or blue chamber in which stood the
Prince Prospero as he uttered these words. They rang throughout
the seven rooms loudly and clearly, for the prince was a bold and
robust man, and the music had become hushed at the waving of his
It was in the blue room where stood the prince, with a group
|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 Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
the election draws near, the activity of intrigue and the
agitation of the populace increase; the citizens are divided into
hostile camps, each of which assumes the name of its favorite
candidate; the whole nation glows with feverish excitement; the
election is the daily theme of the public papers, the subject of
private conversation, the end of every thought and every action,
the sole interest of the present. As soon as the choice is
determined, this ardor is dispelled; and as a calmer season
returns, the current of the State, which had nearly broken its
banks, sinks to its usual level: *a but who can refrain from
astonishment at the causes of the storm.