In many ancient traditions, Indo-European, Celtic, and Native American, the four directions of North, South, East, and West represent different aspects of Being. In addition to the four cardinal directions there is the Fifth Direction which is the Center / Spirit / Void / Unknown. There are many different meanings for each direction from the various cultures, except for the fifth, that is Spirit. Within the four earthly directions there are Air, Earth, Water, and Fire. Attributes represented with the directions are North: Wisdom / Logic / Balance; South: Introspection / Death / Intuition; East: Trust / Innocence / Emotion; and West: Illumination / Enlightenment / Beauty.
The heart of the four directional symbolism is the fifth direction, the center or within. This is the navel and source of creation. This is the direction of Spirit. Its Nature form is the Divine Soul stuff that links all life together. It is the synthesis of the Elements and the directions. In human life, this is the spiritual realm and the dimension of the Divine in its many forms. In connection with this direction, pay attention to the core of your being – your inner Self.