Movement or guidance to the left, in most cultures, is regarded as a negative sign. In medieval times, for the purpose of heraldry, left was called “sinister,” reflecting the overall negative feelings toward this side of the body. Similarly, in crystal gazing, wisps of color moving to the left indicate a negative answer. This feeling may have developed because left-handedness is recessive, and therefore an oddity not easily explained by earlier peoples.
Right is a beneficial direction (note the term righteous), generally revealing positive actions and motivations.
Movement upward may be a type of ascension dream that shows your personal progress, hopes, and improvement.
Downward movement may show dissension, fatality, or pessimism that leads to feeling literally “down.” Alternatively, this can signify a new focus on your internal nature—an exploration that often proves very useful to personal growth.
When two directions are featured at the same time, this symbolizes harmony and balance between opposites (see Cross). Conversely, this can also indicate an internal tug of war between two facets of your being.
Being shown directions by a compass or a map reveals feelings of being somewhat lost or out of place in your current situation (see Blueprints, Schematics).
Each direction on a compass has slightly different meanings. North is cool, denoting frozen movement and frosty emotions. East is the point of the rising .raw, bringing hope and a new beginning. South is for fire, which can warm, energize, or consume depending on its potency, and West is the water or emotional center where fountains of creativity or floods of feeling may originate.
Each direction may signify movement toward esoteric knowledge, spiritual light, and personal transformation. By noticing which direction you are facing or moving toward in your dream, you may come to understand more about the direction of your life course.
For Native Amencans, the four directions bring spiritual power into manifestation on the earth. (See Compass, and East, North, South, West.)