|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Bucolics by Virgil:
Of circling centuries begins anew:
Justice returns, returns old Saturn's reign,
With a new breed of men sent down from heaven.
Only do thou, at the boy's birth in whom
The iron shall cease, the golden race arise,
Befriend him, chaste Lucina; 'tis thine own
Apollo reigns. And in thy consulate,
This glorious age, O Pollio, shall begin,
And the months enter on their mighty march.
Under thy guidance, whatso tracks remain
Of our old wickedness, once done away,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
rigged for her new purpose, and turned into the lee of the
Isle of May. `It was proposed that the whole party should
meet in her and pass the night; but she rolled from side to
side in so extraordinary a manner, that even the most seahardy
fled. It was humorously observed of this vessel that she was
in danger of making a round turn and appearing with her keel
uppermost; and that she would even turn a half-penny if laid
upon deck.' By two o'clock on the morning of the 15th July
this purgatorial vessel was moored by the Bell Rock.
A sloop of forty tons had been in the meantime built at
Leith, and named the SMEATON; by the 7th of August my