I was thinking of the nature of the compass and how it is used in various forms of witchcraft. Decided to post my thoughts here for discussion:
When you work with compass points do you regard the "place of power" to be the mere direction itself (so something immediate south of you has the same amount of southern energy as something far away; self-centric perspective) or is it a "shout out" to energies at the extreme of that direction (like egregores of that directions effect on your geography)?
I work with the compass points in regard to how they represent transition, as that is the nature of witchcraft for me - change. So for me, distance has power, as does the movement represented by the compass points. I also only consider them down to the relative equator, since the northern hemisphere has always been what I am familiar with. Therefore north is darker, colder, closer to death, south is hotter, sunnier, more vibrant and blasting. East is beginnings and growth to fruition, west is settling or calming down, into dying. East and west represent a more fluid ebb and flow, whereas north and south are more permanent stations, following their cycles as EW days go fasters than NS relative changes such as seasons and daylength. So for a working that I want to grow I might plant the seed using eastern energy then foster it using southern energy. For moving an annoying situation out I would address the west and to keep it dead I would plug northern energy. I generally do not incorporate standard, neopagan elements into my compass philosophy, though natural energies certainly exist within my personal paradigm.