|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
day. Thenceforth my wife laboured single-handed in the
palace, and I lay or wandered on the platform at my own sweet
will. The little corner near the forge, where we found a
refuge under the madronas from the unsparing early sun, is
indeed connected in my mind with some nightmare encounters
over Euclid, and the Latin Grammar. These were known as
Sam's lessons. He was supposed to be the victim and the
sufferer; but here there must have been some misconception,
for whereas I generally retired to bed after one of these
engagements, he was no sooner set free than he dashed up to
the Chinaman's house, where he had installed a printing
|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 Ion by Plato:
painter was produced, went to sleep and was at a loss, and had no ideas;
but when he had to give his opinion about Polygnotus, or whoever the
painter might be, and about him only, woke up and was attentive and had
plenty to say?
ION: No indeed, I have never known such a person.
SOCRATES: Or did you ever know of any one in sculpture, who was skilful in
expounding the merits of Daedalus the son of Metion, or of Epeius the son
of Panopeus, or of Theodorus the Samian, or of any individual sculptor; but
when the works of sculptors in general were produced, was at a loss and
went to sleep and had nothing to say?
ION: No indeed; no more than the other.